I love beef noodles, I really do. So when a friend highly recommends his favorite beef noodle to me, I just had to try it. Restoran Tangkak Beef Noodles should be familiar to Johoreans reading this, as this restaurant at Jalan Imbi is indeed a branch of the famous Kuang Fei at Tangkak.
As much as I want to drive all the way to Tangkak to have a taste of the original, I will have to settle for the nearest available to me first lol. By the way it’s worth mentioning that the food served here is Halal certified so anyone can eat here.
The variety is good considering the many different combinations of meat, tripe, tendon and shin you could have for your bowl of noodles. Besides the selection of meat, types of noodles like koay teow, mihun and even ramen (extra RM1) can be ordered. But we simply stuck to having koay teow, which I feel should be the best choice for its silky smooth texture.
Beef + Tendon Koay Teow @ RM8.90.
Beef + Tripe + Tendon Koay Teow @ RM8.90. Among the many offals, tripe should be considered the ‘mildest’ with the least yuck factor. I myself am not a big fan of offals like kidneys, liver and stuff but tripe is definitely a favorite.
If you haven’t tried beef tripe before you are missing out on something delicious here. It is soft and chewy with a slight crunch on the outside. And honestly I felt it is more enjoyable than the jelly-like-tendon, which tend to get old when you had too much.
The broth is good too, no question about that because I dried the bowl lol. And although cooked using 10 types of Chinese herbs, the herbal taste is minimal with the beef flavor being the prime attention. I didn’t feel thirsty at all after the meal so the use of MSG should be as little as it gets.
The beef balls (RM5.50 for 8 pieces) are recommended as well. I have always preferred beef balls to chicken or pork meat balls simply because it has a springier (is there such a word?) texture.
But my main purpose of having it is simply because I feel no beef noodle meal is complete without having any beef meat balls. For others, I would say the reason to try this is because the soup tastes slightly different from the one that comes with noodles. It has a more herby and sweet flavor, almost feels like drinking Bak Kut Teh soup.
I don’t know if you believe this but noodles and bean sprouts could actually affect the taste of any soup rendering it less flavorful. I actually experimented this a few times and found it to be true. This is even acknowledged by people who sell soup-based noodles for a living. Worth trying right?
With good quality of food, it is no wonder Tangkak Beef Noodles is doing well with another two branches at Melaka and Kluang.
Restoran Tangkak Beef Noodles
No. 133, G-Floor, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N3 08.661 E101 42.822
Business hour: 10am – 9pm daily