Mouthwatering Traditional Foods of Singkawang City, West Kalimantan Province


While exploring Singkawang City, it is recommended to drop by at nearby eateries and try some signature foods of the region! Thanks to the variety of foods and drinks. Visitors can find one which is suitable to their preferences. Singkawang have many options, after all, including Bubur Paddas, Tiaw Asu Noodle, Bubur Gunting, Rujak Ebi, Es Nona, and many more! What tourists need is only good information regarding where they can get those foods. Thus, hiring a local guide is considered a good idea. It helps them to find the right place to eat in a more efficient manner, for sure.

The Best Place to Get Them
Even though many tourists may think that a hotel where they stay becomes the best place to get those foods, they must consider the price. After all, getting foods at local eateries is both cheaper and more meaningful. It is because they can eat together with villagers and feel the traditional nuance directly. As for the reference, tourists can visit the downtown where many food vendors sell the foods. Usually, they are also available near to public places like parks and hotels.

Enjoying the Foods
The most popular food in Singkawang City perhaps is the local porridge. In fact, tourists can find many types of it. In terms of popularity, Bubur Paddas is the top choice. Unlike regular porridges, it has the color of gray and tastes both savory and sour. It is because the locals include lime water in it! As for the other ingredients, there are corns, anchovies, peanuts, and stock. This is definitely the best food that tourists should not miss when visiting Singkawang.

What is more? The next recommended food is Tiaw Asu Noodle. In terms of shape, the noodle is similar to kwetiau. It tastes savory and delicious! The noodle also includes sprouts, which make it crispier. Here is the next choice. The name is Bubur Gunting and it becomes an excellent alternative to Paddas Porridge. Unlike its sibling, this one tastes sweet due to the presence of sugar and green beans. Also, it comes with diced Cakwe! For the information, the sellers are only available in the morning as this food is suitable for breakfast.

Well, after eating those unique dishes, it is the time to try the deserts. Singkawang City has two popular choices called Rujak Ebi and Es Nona. The first one includes small shrimps as the main ingredient. It also comes with various fruits and the spicy sauce. As for Es Nona, it tastes both sweet and fresh! No wonder, the locals often eat it at noon during a hot weather. Overall, just try them all!

Nearby Attractions

  • Sinka Zoo
  • Taman Cinta Waterboom
  • Setapuk Besar Mangroves
  • Sedau Beach
  • Pajintan Reservoir
  • Bukit Bougenville Park
  • Eria Public Bath

How to Get There
For those coming from Pontianak City, they can directly head to Singkawang City by any local transportation service. For the information, the distance is 151 km. That means the trip may take around 3 hours and 4 minutes to get to the location. Once arriving at Singkawang, tourists can hire a local guide to show them the best place to find those foods. It costs some money, but the service is quite helpful.

Where to Stay

  • Venetion Hotel
  • Jaya Wijaya Hotel
  • Restu Hotel
  • Simpang Hotel
  • Prapatan Hotel
  • Kalbar Hotel


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