Id ducks to be dick. *Grabs tissue and make a a loud trumpeting sound as I clear my nose into it* Urgh sorry, what I meant to say was that it sucks to be sick. It really does especially when one gets the bug at the beginning of a long weekend. It suck even more when the sniffles doesn’t clear up at the end of it and yet have to be a trooper to face a gruesome week ahead. Not only am I numb and unfocused on antihistamine but I’m expected to be productive at work. Bah, the pressure is getting to me. The only thing I can look forward to is the comfort that food brings. Who cares if the taste buds aren’t working properly!
The flu bug’s and cloudy skies has definitely got me hankering for something boiling hot. And when McCutie mentioned fish head noodles, I was game. The combination of tangy milky noodles in soup and crunchy fish bits was too hard to resist. We headed to a quiet stretch of old shop houses in Damansara Kim where the only sign of life on a weekend afternoon was inside this bustling little shop. It’s a real gem. Relaxed, homely but yet full of people with faces deep inside their bowls and slurping the signature fishy noodle soup to their hearts content, this a great place to grab a quick meal.
What’s great about this place is that you get to customised your orders. Choose fish head or fillets, fried or poached, salmon or regular fish. Wait, did I mention salmon? Yes, they serve salmon in their noodles here along with sides of crispy salmon skin, and lightly fried salmon fillets. The fish broth here is sweet and gingery with a hint of tanginess that comes from the tomato. Here, the preserved mustard (ham choy) taste takes a back seat in their recipe to appeal to clients of all races.
Oh, and each bowl of fishy noodle is accompanied by a small plate of kick-ass sambal belacan. Who saod sick man’s food has no oomph?
With the crazy evening thunderstorms we’ve been experiencing of late on top of nursing this stupid flu, I thought of heading down to the regular Teochew porridge down the road from the office. But en route there, I was happy to drive by the newly opened Honkee Porridge and immediately made a stop here. Barely opened 2-weeks ago, the place was filled at 9pm. It was a lovely surprised to find out that we PJ folks no longer have to drive all the way down to Chinatown to savour a deliciously perfect bowl of their famous porridge, which their family have been serving for almost 6-decades.
I’ve always loved to order mine with pork meatballs and a side plate of raw fish (Wan Yu) slices which is served sashimi style topped with julienne ginger and spring onion with a dash of sesame oil. While some like to plonk the entire plate of fish into their bowl of hot porridge and let the fish cook themselves, this monkey love to quickly swish the fish slice by slice and eat it (think shabu-shabu). I was close to achieving nirwana until they told me that they ran out of Yu Char Kuey that evening. Damn. Anyway, with all this phlegm stuck in my throat I shouldn’t really be having any fried stuff. Really.
They’ve also recently opened a stall in at Lot10’s Hutong food hall. These two new outlets are managed by brothers Eric and Herbet, while their sister runs the original stall in Jalan Hang Lekir. And wow, they also have a website! Welcome to the age of internet.
FISH AND NOODLE HOUSE
No. 77, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim,
47400, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: Mr. Low- 016- 395 8737
Business Hours: 8am – 4pm, closed on every 1st & 3rd Monday of every month
Price: Starts from RM7.50 for regular fish head noodles to RM13.50 for Salmon fillet noodles.
No.71, Jalan SS21/1A,
Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: Herbert Wong – 016-213 3139
Business Hours: Not sure but it seems to be open til late.
Price: RM5.00 – RM6.00 for a bowl of porridge with your choice of ingredient.