While I may glorify the wonders of breakfast, pancakes and coffee down under, but frankly there’s only so much greasy breakfast one could take. So, the day we got back McCutie and I decided to head out for some local grub. And nothing’s more local than having noodles around our ‘hood.
Living around Petaling Jaya does has it’s perks. Great food are aplenty. It’s really hard to choose what to eat all the time, then again that’s a problem most of us face here don’t we now? But today, we knew what we wanted. We knew we didn’t want to drive too far. We crave for a good plate of springy noodles and a good doze of barbecued pork. We wouldn’t mind some kick-ass entertainment too. And there’s only one place we could think of, So Good Noodles next to the S.E.A Park wet market.
I found this place by chance some time back when I was heading to my favourite mamak stall (the one next to Maybank – I’ll leave that for another post). Every time I pass this corner, I just see a long queue. Finally on that day, my curiosity got the better of me. I had to see if this tiny lil hawker stall was giving away gold or something (if they were, I wouldn’t mind pocketing some) to be attracting such a huge following. Soon, I discovered what everyone was here for…the Wanton Noodles. And, as they say, the rest is history.
What makes the noodles here special is the unique way it is prepared. The guy making the noodles (ok, the chef) puts on quite a performance. His graceful dance of wantan noodles blanching begins by mixing in a couple of scoops of cold running water into the boiling hot pot before he throws in a few ball of noodles. He’ll then scoop the noodles out, toss them high (like 2 metres high?) individually into the air, catch it with his ladle and serve them on a plate of mixed dark sauce. He does this repeatedly the entire night and without the help of any chopsticks too! Damn hard to get a shot of this.
Another crowd-pleaser is the Char Siu. Sticky, sweet, slightly burnt and a well marbled – just the way I like it. They serve Chicken Curry, Braised Chicken Feet with Mushroom and Roasted Pork (Siu Yoke) too. I heard the wantons are wonderful here too, but I’m not a big fan of it as it’s too porky for my taste. And because of the success of this stall, a new Tong Shui store has opened right across from them hoping to give them a run for their ‘tea’ money.
The Chinese does have a way with words. If you literally translate the characters of ??? (‘Fei Chang Hao‘) meaning “very good”, and you’ll get “Flying Always Good” and it fits the bill here doesn’t it? Thanks TPC for that insightful Mandarin lesson. Do give it a go. I’m sure you’ll have a flying good time.
So Good Noodles (not sure if this is its name, but it’s printed on the back of their uniforms)
Located on the inclined road next to the SEApark Wet Market, facing the houses on Jalan 21/22.