I am personally not a huge fan of beef tripe noodles or ‘ngau lam mee’ in Cantonese. Saucer, though, is more active in looking for nice beef noodles whenever he’s in the mood. When his friend came over to visit him a few months ago, they found out that the beef tripe noodles at Chong Loy Restaurant were good!
Beef Tripe Noodles
So, one fine day, I suggested to Saucer to revisit the restaurant since I haven’t been there before. We were there on a Sunday morning around 10+am to find the restaurant more than half full.
Interior of Chong Loy restaurant
What struck me the most was how polite and friendly the lady owner was! I was walking in at the entrance, wondering if I should place my order at the counter or take a seat first, when the lady gave me a big warm smile and asked me what I wanted. She, in the midst of cooking the noodles, immediately put me at ease, unlike many stall owners who don’t have the courtesy to ask the customers what they want.
Freshly roasted duck, chicken and pork
After placing my order, I actually changed it a few times – first I ordered medium sized noodles, then I went back and changed to small sized noodles but adding a bowl of ‘sui kow’ and a plate of BBQ pork ‘char siew’, and then Saucer went back again and requested for her to add in some roasted pork ‘siu yoke’ as well. But all those times, she was just smiling and never showing even a sign of irritation! I love her already! 🙂
BBQ pork and roasted pork (Char siew and siu yoke)
The plate of roasted meat arrived first, and I hungrily gobbled up the ‘char siew‘ which was charred at the edges and had lean meat, just the way I like it! It is also important to note that the lean meat was tender and juicy instead of dry. Of course, the addition of gravy on top gave it a thumbs-up! Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same for the roasted pork or ‘siu yoke’, which turned out to be rather dry and hard. I also thought that the skin could be more fragrant and crispy compared to what they served that morning.
Delicious char siew
The dumpling or ‘sui kow’ came in sizable pieces, even larger than the size of a spoon! It was filled with minced meat, chives and mushrooms, making the whole combination a delight to eat. In actual fact, I’m a sucker for any ‘sui kow’ which is large and had thin skin. 🙂
Delicious and huge ‘sui kow’
Last but not least, the main star of the day – Beef Tripe noodles or Ngau Lam Mee! Even though we ordered the ‘small’ size, it was big enough to make me full. And I’m not a small eater, really. The noodles used were not of the springy type, but more like the soft and smooth version, the ones that you could slurp them in heartily. 🙂 Even from the pictures, one could tell that they’re pretty generous with the amount of beef tripe served! They were tender and fragrant, but with no gamey smell at all. I could tell that the beef tripe was definitely braised for some hours to result in such a soft and tender goodness.
Beef tripe noodles
witch enjoying her noodles
The total bill for everything we had (2 plates of ngau lam mein, a bowl of ‘sui kow’, a plate of roasted pork and ‘char siew’ with 2 drinks) was RM24. Reasonable? To be honest, this was my first time having beef tripe and innards noodles after I moved to KL and I thought this was very good. I’m sure there are many more of the same kind out there, just waiting to be discovered! After this try, I’m sold! Where is the next Ngau Lam Mein restaurant that I should go to? Suggestions? 🙂
Restoran Chong Loy
Restoran Chong Loy (Beef Brisket Noodles)
Jalan PJS 10/9,
46150 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
GPS: 3.076731, 101.603934