It’s been raining much these days. And I’ve been craving for something stocky, warm and ultimately comforting. Since I’ve heard so much about the Fish Head Noodles at Shangri-La (not the extravagant hotel that houses LaFite mind you) from Lis, I’ve finally made an overdue trip there after all these years.
This corner coffee shop is located in the row of shophouses behind Hock Lee Mini Market, within the Jalan Batai parking area. It was packed with lunch crowd from the surrounding offices who braved the rain here with their army of umbrellas. Lucky for me I’ve gotten a table outside on the walkway. It was really warm on the inside and I was grateful for the cool air. It’s days like these that make al-fresco dining a pleasure. Somehow, it also worked wonders for my appetite.
I placed my order from the friendly and busy uncle who was juggling between a few pots of soup. I can see he was really popular here. My choice was vermicelli with fried fish bits and milk added to the soup. I waited and waited. Screamed for attention. Told to wait a little longer. And waited. Surprisingly, I was actually quite calm given the crazy noisy environment. Perhaps it was the cool environment or all the greens that was surrounding the carpark – I’m not too sure but I was definitely calm.
Finally after what seemed like forever, the aunty brought my orders and was very apologetic. I dig-in straight away. I slurped on the thick, milky and slightly reddish soup (tainted by the cut tomatoes). Very tasty. The noodles used was the thin kind, which I preferred over the thick ones that some restaurants favour when it comes to this dish. But I would have loved it more if the noodles weren’t so mushy. They were overcooked. The fried fish pieces were meaty, but there weren’t that many pieces. Soon, I was cleaning the bowl from its very last drop of soup.
With a satisfied and warm tummy, I walked back to my car a smiley monkey. So satisfied I was, I didn’t even mind the slight drizzle on my head. Love a simple lunch. I reckon it’s a great cure to my rainy days!
50490 Kuala Lumpur
(The Fish Head Noodles cost RM4.00 as do most of the other hawker dishes here too. They are also popular for their Pork Noodles, Wan Tan Noodles, Pan Mee and even HK roast meats)