Lunch time is always something that I look forward to, especially with my gang of adventurous colleagues. Every few days, we venture to somewhere new and exciting! This time, a colleague suggested a restaurant hidden in the unassuming shop lots in Kuchai Lama, supposedly selling amazing fish head noodles. “Unassuming”, I would say, because the restaurant is the only one serving food in the row of shops mostly servicing cars. Also, the surroundings are generally abandoned or old flats. But when you see the rows and rows of cars parking or even double parking around the area, you’d start wondering what are all these Mercedes, BMWs and Camrys doing here? And then you spot Goon Wah, a rather old restaurant with a faded signboard that is filled to the brim with people!
NOTE: Pictures taken with iPhone 3GS
Winter Melon Longan Dessert
We started by ordering their famous dishes. If you’re in doubt, just look at the pictures on the wall and start pointing. It’s hard to be wrong. 🙂 I ordered their dessert of the day for my drink, Winter Melon Longan. It was packed with ingredients, especially longan, which is my favourite! Definitely refreshing to the body on a hot afternoon.
Winter Melon Longan picture taken with Instagram 🙂
My colleague raved about the XO Fish Head Noodles here so we simply had to order a pot! It arrived in a claypot, steaming hot with a frothy top! I liked the look of it already! 🙂 It was served with thick vermicelli, with a smooth and slightly chewy texture, which was a delight to slurp!
Claypot XO fish head noodles
The amount of fish meat given was so generous, this pot was definitely meant to be shared. I was expecting to get only fish head with lots of bones but to my surprise, there were plenty of fresh meaty parts in it. The fish was flaky and firm, with a slightly crisp edge due to deep frying before that. The star of the day though, was the soup! Not overly thick or creamy, it had just the right balance of flavours – sour, salty, gingery, sweet and a little tangy from the tomatoes and lime. Love love LOVE it to bits! Needless to say, the pot was polished right to the very last drop! 🙂
Generous amount of fish meat in the clay pot
Our next order was also one of the signature, Claypot Lou Shu Fun, or they called it as Claypot Short Noodles with Pork. The presentation of the dish was already a sight to behold, with blaring hot fire underneath the charcoal black pot. It doesn’t get anymore authentic than this! Served with lots of minced pork, scallions, chilli and shallots on top, the waitress asked us to stir it well upon serving. And so, stir it we did!
Claypot Lou Shu Fun
Stirring it good and well
Blaring hot fire at the bottom
While stirring, one can’t help but drool with the pleasant aroma emitting from the clay pot. I was that close to dripping my saliva onto the pot! *LOL* But the wait was worth it! The noodles ended up to be a nice concoction of all the ingredients, each piece of noodle well coated and bursting with flavour. Oh, be careful while eating this or you might end up burning your tongue. I loved the combination of savoury and spicy taste that the noodles had. Very appetizing and delicious!
Well-mixed claypot lou shu fun
From what the other tables order, we couldn’t help but notice this plate of Special Sauce Chicken Wings, which I later found out to be cooked with Stout! Each piece of wing was not overly oily, and the meat was so tender it fell off the bones! Although they claimed to have stout in the sauce, I could barely taste it. It was more like a sweet and sour sauce, with a thicker texture like that of the honey. Still, I had no complaints on the wings.
Another shot by Instagram – which one do you prefer?
And to satisfy the carb cravings of the guys, we had the Fried Rice and Fried Glass Noodles. Perhaps all the dishes were really tasty, that when I took a bite of the fried rice, I thought it was a little on the bland side? Or, it could also have to do with the fact that we asked them not to use pork in the fried rice since one of us didn’t eat pork. Either way, I thought the fried rice was pretty average.
The Fried Glass Noodles though, was another of my favourite! Gosh, I’ve never had so many favourites in one shop! 😛 The noodles were light and not oily, but really tasty! I know how hard it is to fry a plate of glass noodles, they always tend to clump or end up being too crumbly. But look at what a splendid job they did! If I had it my way, I would have eaten this all by myself. Oh, but that would apply to the Fish Head Noodles and the Claypot Lou Shu Fun as well. Ah, if only I had a bigger stomach.
Fried Glass Noodles
Short working hours!
With such amazing food, it was no wonder the surroundings of the shop were filled with cars! And the interior of it filled with people. Even before we finished our food, there were other people standing by waiting for tables. Business was really brisk! Guess what? Their working hours are even shorter than mine! Only opened from 9.30am to 3.30pm and off on Saturday and Sunday! My goodness! Just shows how good their business is to thrive with such short working hours, right?
Full house restaurant
Goon Wah Restaurant
I really enjoyed my lunch here, but my only gripe is that they should open for dinner as well! Ah, that pot of steaming hot fish head noodles and the claypot lou shu fun, wouldn’t that be a delight to eat during cold nights? Oh well. By the way, the above dishes were for 4 persons, and bill came up to only RM13/person!
Goon Wah Restaurant
G13, Jalan 3/115C, Block KP2,
Taman Kuchai Jaya,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hours: 9.30am – 3.30pm, Off on Sat and Sun