jakar

I have been told by Will that there’s a famous place serving Big Prawn Mee at Jakar so I made a road trip down there with Katherine during the weekend. Jakar is a small town about an hour’s drive away from Sibu. Jakar is apparently famous for their Sarawak pepper cultivation, as can be seen by their official mascot (?). It doesn’t really help that Jakar sounds exactly like the Malay word for penis with their phallic looking emblem.

peking restaurant

Peking Restaurant in Jakar is the place to go for the Jakar Big Prawn Noodles. Jakar is located to your right as you drive into the Kuching highway and Peking Restaurant is near the pepper tree ornament. I took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get there due to a couple of wrong turns but only 59 minutes to get back – and that was maintaining a constant 120 km/h with a lowest speed of 80 km/h and reaching a highest speed of 150 km/h.

jakar big prawn noodles

Katherine and I both ordered the Jakar Big Prawn Mee (RM 15). The waitress asked us if we wanted the “special” Jakar Big Prawn Noodles (which contains the large “antlers” of the prawn) and we replied in the affirmative. This is her bowl of the noodles.

jakar big prawn mee

This is my bowl of the Jakar Big Prawn Mee. There is no difference between the two – we both ordered the same thing, it’s just here for…er, illustrative purposes. ;)

jakar big prawn

The Jakar Big Prawn Noodles contains one (1) big prawn cut diagonally with the head and the “antlers” (would someone be kind enough to tell me what this is actually called?) included. The noodles are cooked Foochow style with the soup infused with the tasty prawn essence. It tastes delicious! I would rate this as better than Min Kong Big Prawn Noodles but the 1 hour drive there would make this a costlier dish due to the recent petrol price hike.

jakar splash damage

I heeded Will’s advice and wore a T-shirt in a dark shade due to the splash damage I incurred during my previous expedition for the Sarikei Big Prawn Asam Tom Yam Noodles. Unfortunately, some splash damage did occur again, but Katherine claims it’s inevitable with dishes like these. Oh well…

jakar us

Nevertheless, it was a nice road trip to check out the famous Jakar Big Prawn Noodles. It’s a long weekend since Saturday is a gazetted public holiday so there’s time to drive around and do some Rural Adventuring (TM).

jakar me

…and I just couldn’t resist touching Jakar. ;)

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21 Responses to “Jakar Big Prawn Noodles”

  1. Damn, RM15 per bowl for Sarawak’s standard is quite high no?

  2. hahahha… I never realised that there was a big zakar there. And I can say it is hairy/leavy too!!! Not a smooth one. wakakakaka…..

  3. Sarawak got lots of places with interesting name like Lachau and Jakar, coincidently its chinese and malay words.You should call it Jakar size prawn mee ;p

  4. Wise men think alike…I was thinking the same things when l saw the name of the place and the monument. Actually the word in BM is zakar but anyway, some people cant pronounce z, so they’ll say joo, jebra, ajis… Btw, in Bintulu, there’s the Similanjau (simi=what in hokkein) beach! LOL!

  5. the first pic make me laugh, exactly jakar means penis in Malay. So that mascot looks very jakar. prawn noodle is really delicious. we would drive there just for that.

  6. I was there 6 months ago. Wonder whether the cute dogs are still around Peking Restaurant.

  7. Got Lachau and Jakar (which sound very near to words mean penis), so I really wonder are there any place in Sarawak called Kibai, Cipai, Paraj,Falaj, Bajina, Vazina etc etc…

  8. “…and I just couldn’t resist touching Jakar.”
    LOL That is a pretty HB way to end the post.
    http://www.shrimpnews.com/AnatomyShrimp.html
    Too much scientific terms to remember. My mom has one name for this type of jumbo shrimp, “Lam Kiap” which mean “Blue clamp”. When my father used to teach in Simunjan, we have very cheap Lam Kiap, 1kg for RM1. Much much bigger too. Those days were long gone.
    Driving 150 km/h on Kuching highway is quite risky, no? Better be safe than sorry later HB.

  9. Dude, looks like “Flip” is the replacement shirt for the “notorious Red T”?

  10. Yes cook!
    This cook be your TM. Or you could create your own SixthSeal.com at a site like http://www.customink.com/ and sell them. I’d buy a couple at least.

  11. Damn!!! The prawn looks HUGE and JUICY! Must be real YUMMY!
    You should be writing the Lonely Planet for Sarawak, dude…

  12. dude.. you are like 3km away from my house. should email me next time you are coming to Sarikei. You should have my email.
    cheers.

  13. come on HB, u’re making me hungry here. the prawns….awwwwwwwww…..! love it.

  14. 13 Comments
    xes: It’s even more expensive over here in Sibu. The price is RM 20 for a bowl of the very same big prawn noodles over at Min Kong.
    Choonie: I noticed it the moment I got there. I was thinking to myself: Oh, we’re at Jakar. I see the thing already. ;)
    Yeah, Jakar should take to a razor blade, eh? ;)
    Roland: Yeah, I know Lachau too…always pass by the place when driving to Kuching. Hey, that’s a good idea! Jakar sized prawn mee. I like it! :)
    suituapui: Great minds think alike indeed. ;)
    Similanjau beach sounds like fun too. Endless fun with wordplay with the places around Sarawak. The actual word is Zakar but it sounds too similar to Jakar and the pepper tree just seals the deal. :)
    evil feline: It takes about an hour though…and with the current gas prices, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re bored during the weekend. The roads are relatively good, but the petrol price hike isn’t.
    Borneo Falcon: I did not see any dogs but there was a stray cat over there that I fed with one of the prawn bits. It loved it and ran away with the prawn in its mouth.
    Wil: I doubt there is but there’s some very similar sounding names in our fine state. ;)
    fish fish: Gotta touch it to boost my fertility. ;)
    RM 1 for 1 kg of big prawns?!?!? When was that?
    Yeah, I know it was a little risky to be driving at the speeds I was going at on our roads (single lane with incoming traffic) but I had to overtake a huge line of vehicles held up by a truck or we’ll have arrived 30 minutes later. The line was going at 60 km/h! I had to get past that logjam.
    I shall be more careful in the future. Thanks fish fish!
    e: That would be the infamous Quiksilver red t-shirt which has met an untimely demise thanks to the now defunct FAX (Fly Asian Express) who lost my luggage…
    Crunk Juice: Hmm…I have been thinking about that for quite some time actually. I’ll get around to actually doing it, and you don’t have to buy it. I’ll make a couple to give away as promos. :)
    al’sera: I would love to! Either that or being a food critic on TV travelling around the world to sample the world’s finest.
    fred: Sure, mate. I’m planning to go the weekend after to stay at the Sebangkoi resort. I’ll email you before I go and maybe we can meet up in Sarikei.
    Myst3: I tend to make people hungry. ;)

  15. “Antlers”? You probably meant “antennae”. Still, never knew any prawn with antennae so huge that it contains flesh…
    And that is not a prawn. More like a freaking crayfish – or something that Ultraman fights.

  16. Giant Sotong: I was thinking of deer. ;) Yeah, antennae would be a better word for it. There are prawns with blue antennae that contains flesh inside, those are the big prawns they use in these expensive noodle dishes. Big prawn noodles.
    It’s not crayfish, crayfish is popular in Australia and I’ve eaten crayfish, which has claws while the prawns with antennae over here doesn’t have any claws. These are definately prawns, perhaps one day it would grow to the size that requires Hancock to throw back into the ocean after being beached. ;)

  17. That first pic is the dildo of all dildos.

  18. jessy: Indeed! It sounds like the local word for penis to boot. :)

  19. I’d have to concede with you on this. Which is not something I typically do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  20. http://www.manta.com/c/mm8s91k/ymca-upland Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time :-)

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