Category: Beef Noodles

Boat Noodles @ Victory Monument, Bangkok

Boat Noodles (Kuay Tiau Rua) is one of the most popular things to try in Bangkok, recommended by both locals and tourists alike. Boat Noodles is called as such because was originally sold to passing customers on wooden boats that ply the canals in Bangkok. Each vendor would have their own recipe that distinguishes their noodles from the others – may it be a different type of noodle or broth. After looking at various sources online, we made a special trip to the Victory Monument where many Boat Noodles restaurants are located at. We thought this unique local favorite was worth a detour.

Victory-Monument

This is the Victory Monument, easily reachable via BTS or bus provided you know which to take. If you rely on the Victory Monument and map alone to look for the boat noodles, you are going to have a bad time. Even with the amount of directions available online, you will be lost.

Canal

Based on my own experience the easiest way is to look for the canal while walking on the pedestrian bridge. As long as you keep the Victory Monument on your left while walking on the bridge, you should be on the right path. And assuming you are indeed on the right path, the canal will be on your right. Forget about looking at maps, just follow this simple instruction of mine and you will be fine. Or better still, just ask a local who speaks English (if you are lucky enough to encounter one) to point you to the right way.

Cooking-Boat-Noodles

Obviously there will be more than one boat noodle restaurants (signage apart, differentiated by the colors of their shirts) along the canal but only one was open when we were there, so our decision was already made for us.

Boat-Noodles-Crowd

Many locals like to have their lunch here so it will be extremely packed during lunch hours. But we did not have to wait long for seats because the turnover rate is fast owing much to the speed of the food arriving at the tables.

Boat Noodles (Kuay Tiau Rua) is one of the most popular things to try in Bangkok, recommended by both locals and tourist...

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Soo Kee’s Son (Meng Chuan) Prawn & Beef Noodles @ Medan Imbi

Pan Heong’s Sang Har Hor Fun was good but the not-so-fresh prawns triggered me to look for a better one. Since there is no way I will ever step foot into Soo Kee, I walked into their son’s shop instead which is situated just across the road at Medan Imbi. You will definitely be able to recognize the restaurant just by looking at the signboard that says “Soo Kee’s Son (Meng Chuan)” Prawn & Beef Noodles.
In fact, this was Soo Kee’s original location before they moved to the current one (under big tree), then Meng Chuan took over. There is certainly some family dispute among them but let’s not go into that and just enjoy the food.

beef-noodle

Besides Sang Har Noodle, I am also here is to try Meng Chuan’s famous beef noodles that always comes with plenty of recommendations.

tender-beef-slices

This is the main reason the beef noodles here is famous – soft and tender beef slices that make all the difference. The noodle itself is not bad too, skillfully cooked with lots of ‘wok hei’, delicious even without the beef. Even though the beef slices are really out of the world and melts in the mouth, there is a weird metallic aftertaste after consuming too much of them, which I suspect is due to the huge amount of baking soda used to tenderize the beef. A normal serving costs RM9 but ours cost RM15 because we requested additional meat.

Pan Heong's Sang Har Hor Fun was good but the not-so-fresh prawns triggered me to look for a better one. Since there is...

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Lai Foong Beef Noodles @ Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur

Lai Foong Restaurant on Jalan Tun HS Lee is one of the most popular places in KL for beef noodle. For people who are driving they would usually park their cars at Central Market and take a short walk to the restauraunt. From my own experience I have never had any problem looking for a parking spot there and the rate is quite cheap too considering it’s KL. It starts from RM2.50 so it is still very bearable.

dry-beef-koay-noodle

This was actually my first time here after hearing so much about it from friends who have patronized this stall since they were small. And of course I know the standard has dropped compared to last time. Nevertheless, I was still keen to give it a try especially given their fame and long history as one of the oldest beef noodle in town. I had the dry version and found it disappointingly bland and flat tasting. Given that I skipped breakfast and was feeling extremely hungry but yet did not finish the noodles, it’s a really bad sign.

Lai Foong Restaurant on Jalan Tun HS Lee is one of the most popular places in KL for beef noodle. For people who are dri...

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Seremban One Day Eating Trip – Hawker Food, Siew Pau & Seafood

Compared to the neighboring towns and cities like KL, Melaka and Port Dickson, Seremban might not have much to offer on sights and entertainment but you will surely find the distinctive local food something worthwhile. I went on an one day eating trip to Seremban last weekend and found the experience to be relaxing and stress free.
Unlike other cities (eg. Ipoh, Penang, Melaka) Seremban’s traffic is less and I hardly saw any crowd at the eateries, even the famous ones. So here’s a very simple one day itinerary of Seremban’s food, good for a quick weekend getaway.

seremban-market-food-court

Reach Seremban before 10am, drive straight to Pasar Besar Seremban (GPS Coordinates: N2 43.840 E101 56.200) for breakfast. There are at least three things to eat here. Don’t fret if any of them are not open because you will surely find something among the many food stalls here. In case you are wondering the food court is not smelly at all despite having a wet market right under it. Luckily.

mee-hoon-sotong

If you reach before 9.30am then stall 787′s Mee Hoon Sotong should still be open, if not just starting to close. According to locals 787 is THE stall to try when it comes to Mee Hoon Sotong. As for us, we reached after 9.30am so we went for the 2nd best, Hioong Kee (stall 753)

hioong-kee

Mee Hoon Sotong is quite rare in Malaysia and so far I only see it being sold here. Taste wise it was above expectations. If you are from Penang, then I can say the gravy’s flavor is very similar to our Hokkien Char. The chili is nice too, kinda addictive and gives the noodle a good, exciting kick. RM3.50 only. Rating: 7/10.

Compared to the neighboring towns and cities like KL, Melaka and Port Dickson, Seremban might not have much to offer on...

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