Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's Sarawak laksa again for Anthony Bourdain

KUCHING: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is in town. He bought everyone breakfast, again at Choon Hui Kopitiam, on Friday.

Bourdain has taped shows in Sarawak twice, and on both occasions he has featured Choon Hui Kopitiam, which is rare. His first visit in 2005 was for Travel Channel's No Reservation.

On this visit, Bourdain, who will be here until June 3, is filming an episode of CNN's Parts Unknown.

The New York chef turned writer and TV presenter started taping at the popular family run kopitiam Friday morning.

Dressed casually in a black "The Warriors" t-shirt and jeans, Bourdain ate Sarawak laksa, filmed for about two hours and paid the bill for everyone.

"His people arrived first around 8am then he came at 9am. It was a typical busy morning. We knew he was coming but we didn't do anything special.

"Ten years ago, he also came for Laksa," said Myap Chin, one of the owners of the family business, which is synonymous with Sarawak laksa and Kuching.

Chin said Bourdain appeared to enjoy his breakfast.

"He also ordered a kopi-c-peng (iced milk coffee)," she said. "We know he is really famous because other people have been sending us photos of him eating Laksa," Chin laughed.

Bourdain, who has a social media following of millions, tweeted a photo of his breakfast, which received over 1,200 likes by lunch time.

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