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KajoPicks: 5 best foods to go with your beer at Kuching Food Fest 2019

So by now, you might have seen all the reviews for Kuching Food Fest 2019. From the most popular foods, most popular ice-creams to the classic and best foods you should actually try.

But we, at KajoMag are going to share with you the type of food that actually matters to us – food that goes well with beer.

First of all, what kinds of foods are compatible with your brew? That actually depends on what kinds of beer you are having.

Generally, foods that digest well with your beer are barbecued meat (think Sabahan sinalau bakas) and fried salty foods.

According to Men’s Journal, cheese, sandwiches and pizza could go well with almost any beer. While chicken, seafood, pasta go well with light beer and fried foods should be paired with any brew which cleanse your palate like Stella Artois.

If you prefer your brew as dark as your soul like stout, be a carnivore and choose burgers, steak and roasted meats instead.

Some of the choices of beer offered at the Kuching Food Fest include Carlsberg, Asahi, Tiger, Royal Stout and various flavours of Somersby cider.

So here are our picks for five best foods to go with our Carlsberg Draught, Asahi and Somersby Blackberry Cider during Kuching Food Fest:
1.Thai Pork Barbecued at Stall No.211 (3 sticks for RM15)
Thai BBQ Pork Meat

If you have been to any night markets in Thailand and tried their barbecued pork, this is the closest thing you can get to it here.

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Although Kuching Food Fest does not offer any Thai beers like Chang, this flavourful and tender barbecued pork is a champion because it goes well with any other beer.

The stall also offers other items on the menu such as garlic and cheese sausages. But take it from us; if you are planning to drink beer, the garlic sausage can leave a funny after-taste on your palate, so this is best eaten on another day.

2.Swedish Kurobuta Meatballs at Stall No.190 (6 balls for RM10)
Swedish meatballs.

Just by taking in the aroma, you can tell these Swedish meatballs are made from fresh ground pork because it gives off that warm smell of your mum cooking minced pork soup in the kitchen.

Surprisingly, the best pairing for Swedish Kurobuta Meatballs is Somersby Blackberry Cider.

So you might want to try other fruity ciders to go with it.

3.Sausages from Pinoy Lechon Baboy at Stall No.122 (1 stick with 3 sausages for RM10)

While the meatballs go well with cider, the pork sausages from Pinoy Lechon Baboy are sweet and the flavours tend to get lost with the sweetness of the ciders.

These sausages go best with punchy beers or lagers like Carlsberg and Asahi.

4.Takoyaki at Stall No.10 (One box for RM12.90)
Takoyaki

Unlike most takoyaki which are filled with minced or diced octopus, this one has its legs poking out from the batter.

Plus, the best part of this snack is that the octopus is nicely cooked and not chewy. Choose this if you are looking something light to go with your beer.

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5.Stuffed Chicken with Rice at Stall No.176 (One piece for RM8.50)
Stuffed Chicken with rice.

This food item is a random find at the festival and unexpectedly, it is compatible with beer.

It is made from chicken stuffed with rice. You can choose the original normal white rice and Malaysian favourite nasi lemak.

The marinade for the chicken is more on the sweet side and the rice is equally flavourful.

About Kuching Food Fest 2019

Kuching Food Festival or widely known as Kuching Food Fest is part of Kuching Festival, an annual event organised by Kuching South City Council (MBKS) to celebrate Kuching being elevated to city status on Aug 1, 1988.

This year the food fair happening from July 26 to Aug 16 is made up of 281 stalls selling a wide variety of food ranging from local, Japanese, Korean, Western Indian and Taiwanese cuisine.

While it might not be easy to find a seat due to the crowd, there are designated places for those having beer.

Do take note that some of the beer brands might run out sooner then you think, so you might want to go early.

Besides food, the festival also features nightly entertainment and a trade fair.

Read more about tips before going to Kuching Food Fest here.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.
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