Bukit Mata Seafood Centre

bukit mata seafood center

Permata Carpark in Kuching is host to some of the freshest catch from the seas if you’re not in the mood to drive down to Lundu or Serian. It’s smack dab in the middle of the city. My favorite is ABC Seafood (Stall #10) and we went to Bukit Mata Seafood Centre (Stall #25) this very day a week ago during the Project Alpha shoot.

bukit mata

Verily, much has changed in Kuching but the popularity of this al fresco (a very atas word meaning open air) seafood court has not waned.


We had beef, prawns, ferns native to Sarawak, fish, noodles, bamboo clams and crabs.


Me and Aud ate quite a bit of the chilli crab – it’s pretty big by normal crab standards if you don’t compare it to Alaskan King Crab.

crab claw


crab meat

The sauce is tangy and sweet, with a hint of spiciness to it. It goes very well with rice, I just love the eggy and starchy texture of the gravy.


It was so good that I didn’t realize I cut my index finger multiple times while digging for that elusive crab meat. Lacerations galore. >.<

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29 thoughts on “Bukit Mata Seafood Centre”

  1. the chili crab seem nice…on new year eve we ordered butter crab n its not nice as all as the butter too thicky…
    i thot bamboo clam should taste nice fried with curry but saw ur plate are clear fried… :O

  2. lots of people, lots of food, lots of noise, lots of energy, lots of eye contact. lots of paranoia, it’s a good thing i carry syringe full of bleach with me. (for protection of course)

  3. ah nel: Yeah I love butter crabs too! Sinful but delicious. The bamboo clams are not fried with curry, preserves the taste. πŸ™‚
    ahlost: You didn’t come also! πŸ™‚
    Ya, next time I come to Kuching k? We go have seafood again! Yay! =D
    WEEN: A syringe full of bleach? What would you need it for? What if you accidentally jab yourself? πŸ˜‰
    foodcrazee: Yup, it’s quite big by normal crab standards, discounting the ginormous Alaskan King Crab. πŸ™‚

  4. huuuu~~~ i didnt time to have the chilli crab that night! regret~~~ but the prawns was good! you forgot mani chai (cangkok manis)!! that was really good too! =P

  5. Sharon: Cheers! πŸ™‚
    Yes, I’m still single. πŸ˜‰
    Eriku: Haha! Well, the crab was good, liked the gravy a lot. πŸ™‚
    Erica: It’s a kind of wild fern called “billion” (pronounced that way anyway) that grows in Sarawak, but not over here in Peninsula. πŸ™‚
    yomi: Hello Naomi! =D
    Oh ya, we had that too…and also the chicken in bamboo and satay! I didn’t bring my dSLR out that day. :S
    The chilli crab was awesome, too bad you had to leave early but it was good meeting you again the next day. πŸ™‚

  6. Dammit! you ve made me drool man. I missed those kind of seafood especially the topspot delicacies! I just can imagine how amazing that crab chilli taste like just by looking at it. You said Kuching has much changed? How much is that much? Oh man, cant wait to go back to Kuching this summer

  7. What’s with the fern? Why s everyone crazy about the fern, what’s so good about it? Must be a restaurant inside joke. When I was a kid, nobody wanted to eat this, then out of the blue, everyone is crazy about it.
    The crab looks marvellous, yum. Don’t dig with your finger dude, you never know where you have been scracthing with them. Use a fork, ha ha ha

  8. hmmm…its true also preserved the taste as mayb next time i request them uncook o just boil in hot water… πŸ˜‰
    btw those crab try not to dig with hand as other crab/hai can be dig n wont leave a scratch but pleasure to u… πŸ˜€

  9. Was the the source of the numerous visits to the toilet that were tweeted far and wide??
    On another note, ‘diamond wedding band’ and ‘ipod video’ are interesting examples of ‘social engineering’ for spam comments. The generic comments can fit any blog, and also are more likely to generate a response:
    ‘Blogs are important and yours is a good example. But are you sure that what you do is the right way?’ πŸ˜‰

  10. Fleece Master: Hello there! Yeah, Kuching has a lot of new malls now, it’s different from the Kuching I know. However, the usual spots are still familiar, it hasn’t changed THAT much but it’s changed. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, I miss the Topspot seafood too!
    rocket: Haha! Well, I don’t know it’s probably the Ibans who introduced it to the Foochows who started cooking it. The story of the wild fern as told by my grandma (source: dubious).
    The crab has been pre-cracked for easy eating so I thought I’ll get away with digging at it with my fingers. πŸ™‚
    ciki: Hello ciki! Was just talking about you yesterday and how fun you’re to be with. =D
    Anyway, I wouldn’t have used the eating implements even if it was given to me. I’m prefer to eat crabs the old fashioned way…with my fingers! πŸ™‚
    ah nel: Crabs are also good when it’s cooked without anything – baked crabs without seasoning or sauce/gravy is awesome! You can really taste the crab meat as it is supposed to taste. πŸ™‚
    julian: Haha! Yeah, we all suspect it was this dinner that gave most of the Project Alpha Season 1 bloggers a bad case of the runs. πŸ˜‰
    Ya, been seeing that spam regularly and have consistantly marked it as spam – it’s automatic for me now, anything that fits that search string gets marked as spam and deleted with the IP banned. πŸ™‚
    ahlost: Haha! Updating, updating. Hello Rose! =D
    KY: Huge eh? πŸ™‚

  11. lol, i can just sit in front of the computer and watching your .. T.T LOL…
    By the way, you’re enjoying life man..i like it.. wakakaka
    DYMM Tuanku: Yo, Sup ? Happy New Year to you too man !!

  12. e: Heh! That’s coz I keep my fingernails really short. It’s hard to get grime underneath when you have short nails. πŸ™‚
    Eriku: Yeah, this was during the Kuching trip for the Project Alpha Season 1 bloggers. Fun times. πŸ™‚

  13. fatboybakes: Hello there! Yeah, sixth seal is from Revelation to St John (last book in the bible). It’s one of the judgements of God.
    Yeah, we’ve met at a food review session with ciki and bangsarbabe. πŸ™‚


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