One can find Chinatown in all major cities around the world. In Malaysian cities, we have Little India besides Chinatown in major cities. The Little India in Kuching, Sarawak is adjacent to the main bazaar on waterfront, along Jalan India.
My favourite shops were the traditional spice merchants.
They are sellings seeds, beans, dry foods, spices and other cooking essentials.
The smells of the spices and foods were strong, with narrow passage ways. This is the sour Asam, key ingredient for local dishes. When I was a kid, I used to eat asam like how it was presented. It looks like ‘SH*T’ but tastes good.
Shopping at these traditional shops has more fun than the clean hypermarkets.
I also got to see interesting trades and sign boards. Fake teeth anyone?
My favourite was still the dry foods and spices. I was lucky to see a bit of light in the dim shop front.
If you are visiting Kuching, do walk further than the tourist area (main bazaar) and towards Little India and masjid.