Top Spot Seafood - 25th April 2015

Well Top Spot Seafood was indeed a “Top Spot”. It takes up the roof area of a large multi -story car park atop the UTC Building in Kuching. We have eaten at some very large restaurants. The largest prior to last night was the famous “La Coupole” in Montparnasse Paris that seated over 400 and was a hive of activity. Top Spot made “La Coupole” seem like a country café. This place seated over a thousand and was served by at least 6 large open displays of fresh seafood and vegetables.

Fish at Top Spot

Fish at Top Spot

Crowded building at Top Spot

Crowded building at Top Spot

We arrived early as advised and noticed many large tables were already reserved. The seafood on offer was remarkable in both its freshness and its choices. It included whole fish of many species, fresh lobsters, large freshwater crayfish, supersized sea prawns, razor clams, calamari, shellfish of all types, slipper lobsters, and the list goes on.  All is sold by weight and cooked to order in the method you choose.

Selected half a dozen super- size (about 3 times the size of an Aussie King Prawn) prawns to be barbequed, fresh calamari rings to be served in Assam curry sauce and a plate of Chilli and Garlic Water spinach. Lemon juice with heaps of sliced lemon was our choice of drinks. It was all very tasty! Cost was more than an Aussie retiree would like to spend at 56RM or about $20 Australian but it was worth it! The new 6% GST has pushed the prices up here. A visit here is a “Must” when in Kuching (even if only to walk through it and gasp)!  The higher price balances out when you average it with the street food prices that you eat every day.

Jumbo prawns

Jumbo prawns

River crayfish

River crayfish

Had delicious dry noodle local dish in Bites breakfast this morning. Include chicken, prawn vermicelli noodles, ground peanuts and other yummy things. As we left the hotel Erica heard and then spotted parking opposite, a Ferrari F430 and crossed the road to inspect. A nice young Chinese man came along and Erica had a chat to him about the car with him until he drove off emitting that wonderful noise that only a Ferrari can make.

Strolled along the Sarawak riverfront after breakfast and ended up in the old Chinese street behind Jalan Main Bazaar (the street running along theriver). Decided to give Chinese Medicine a spin so walked into Kok Ann Medical Store on Jalan Carpenter.  Father and son are the practitioners. Dad has been there 55 years and his English was not great. His son Winston agreed to make a script up for me to prevent reflux that I sometimes suffer from after imbibing too much red wine! After a lot if thought he wrote a script in Chinese characters and came up with a powder and some capsules and I parted with some serious cash! Erica explained her eyes were a bit scratchy so Dad weighed up some Goji berries, insisting that taking three tablespoon doses a day sometimes works miracles.

Father and son medicine men

Father and son medicine men

Father weighs Goji Berries

Father weighs Goji Berries

Indeed a miracle appeared immediately in the form of an Australian couple who for the past 15 years have been living 6 months in Kuching, Laos or Thailand and the other 6 on Magnetic Island. He was 74 and she 72. They are the real pioneers of this lifestyle choice and described themselves as “Nomadic”. We were with kindred spirits and we conversed at length.

Unfortunately (and this is why time should not be wasted procrastinating) poor health is about to bring this lifestyle to an end and they are returning to Australia soon. It was very interesting to have met them. Our Chinese medicine man had been treating them for years and was so excited to have two lots of Aussies in his shop at the same time he starting taking lots of pics of the meeting.

Storm clouds are building over Kuching and the locals are complaining about the heat! We have retreated to the cool of our Hotel.