Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Brunei Restaurant Review: Sukanya Kopitiam

The local community would be familiar with a restaurant in Kilanas Spg 66 area – an old canteen which serves good Chinese Malaysian dishes. The road is pretty rough and bumpy while parking is pretty limited but it hasn’t stop a flock of people having breakfast there on Fridays and Sunday mornings. I have fond memories of their braised pork leg and chicken rice ~~~ it was pretty sad to hear the restaurant has since closed down.



Fortunately – I heard news about the restaurant actually is still around – in this very restaurant. I first heard about Sukanya restaurant when I posted about Thiam Hock’s Curry Fish Head – and my readers pointed me to this restaurant in Bunut Spg 618 – claiming to have Curry Fish Head that’s not only as good – but even better than Thiam Hock.



The best part about the sign is to hear about my favourite Ah Lai Ocean Quarry Kolomee is served here. Another best part is to see Uncle Ah Lai himself in the restaurant during the tea time there. Nostalgic memories of the kolomee satisfied right on the spot!



Fans of Cao Chai Mee Fen will be glad to hear they serve this pickled vegetable soup with thick rice bee hoon here. Since they also serve a variety of YU CHAP (fish parts) – I ordered mine with Yu Chap.



Oooooo look at that! Slurp slurp!



When I was in Kuching, I had fond memories of Tomato Kway Teow. I had tried quite a few in Brunei but left with disappointment – but when I tried Sukanya’s version – with Yu Chap of course – I was very happy! The Kway Teow had the wok hei while the sauce was to my liking! Hurray for good Kio Chap Kway Teow!



Fish Head or Fish Slices Bee Hoon is another one of their specialties. My dad whose a fan of these enjoyed it as well!



My readers will know that my favourite Curry Mee is at Soon Lai restaurant in Menglait but this curry mee was preferred and recommended by some of my readers. Personally – it is a very good curry mee but not as rich as the one in Soon Lai – so my vote still goes to Soon Lai – but taste is pretty subjective and you might like this version better! The tau hu pok loaded with curry sauce .. ooooh yes yes yes!!!



I caught a glimpse of Singapore Hokkien Mee on their menu and decided to have that as well – an interesting combination of two types of noodles – stir fried in a special gravy – very different to the typical Hokkien Mee we are used to – which tends to be darker in colour and using thicker starchy noodles. A pretty good dish to try too – though I must ask my Singaporean friends to verify it’s authenticity ~~ *update – my sg foodie claims it doesn’t taste like Singapore’s version but it’s still ok – better than most she had in Brunei*



Last but not least – is this Kuching Fried Noodles – Oh my ! Using one of my fav veggies Mani Chai (cangkuk manis) to stir fried with kolomee noodles – this has definitely won me over. The thinly sliced charsiew adds a good texture contrast with the noodles. I’m missing this as I’m typing! Thank god this place is near where I live!

I had yet to check out their other dishes – but so far this has been a regular place for me to visit! Check them out at


Restaurant Sukanya

Spg 618, Madewa Bunut Area

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