Restaurant Shangri-La, Damansara Heights: Fish Head Noodles

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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!


Restaurant Shangri-La
Jalan Batai, 
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)

12 Responses to Restaurant Shangri-La, Damansara Heights: Fish Head Noodles
  1. boo_licious
    September 17, 2009 | 12:51 am

    Ah, comfort food at its best. I didn't know the corner shop at fish head noodles. My family usually visit the middle shop for wantan noodles, curry mee, ckt and porky noodles. Thxs for the recommendation, will remember this when I need my tummy to be comforted.

  2. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    September 17, 2009 | 1:44 am

    i had the craving for fish head noodles this post making me crave for more!

  3. Sean
    September 17, 2009 | 3:00 am

    y'know what's sad … in the past 10 years, i've only had fish head noodles once. at grandmama's. this one sounds not as good, rite?

  4. Life for Beginners
    September 17, 2009 | 3:24 am

    Sweet noodles to keep them clouds away from my (fish)head! :)

  5. thule a.k.a leo
    September 17, 2009 | 3:32 am

    my fav fish head noodle is in Cheras, under some low cost flats in Jalan Ikan Emas… very very good but very very HOT!!!
    Otherwise, I will just head to the one in Kota Damansara, same row with Pappa Rich Kopitiam.

  6. Wandernut
    September 17, 2009 | 3:38 am

    aiyoh… now i craving for it…
    and shanghai dun have… summore now is raining and tii orr orr

  7. spunkz
    September 17, 2009 | 4:04 am

    there's something abt fish head noodles that's so appetite whetting… u'll feel the satisfaction gush out after lapping it up. hehe.

  8. qwazymonkey
    September 17, 2009 | 3:34 pm

    Boo: U shud try it. Apparently the Wantan Mee & Char siu here is yumzz too. I haven't tried it before tho.

    Joe: Yeah, it's raining again now!

    Sean: I'm not surprised. Can't see you eating anything less than RM100.00 per serving

    LFB: Why so flowery one your words? Too deep. Tak faham lah.

    Leo: Will try your place one of these days

    Wandernut: Oooh, maybe we can start a business there then! *twiddle thumbs*

    Spunkz: Satisfaction guaranteed!

  9. Nic (KHKL)
    September 17, 2009 | 5:10 pm

    somehow, i am reminded of that carpenters tune: rainy days and mondays. hehe…

    yeah, fish noodle with a good chilli dipping and some milk and some preserved vege and (so many ANDs..hehe) some tomatoes is the way to a comfortable tummy. and mind.

    btw, monkeys eat fish one meh? heheheh…

  10. Nic (KHKL)
    September 18, 2009 | 12:24 am

    eh, i thought i left a comment here yday? hmmmm….niways, fish head noodle is the way to go on a chilly day lah. must have tomatoes, preserved vegetable and milk. but here in sg, the style is quite different. simpler but still tasty. i like both! :)

  11. ahpa
    September 18, 2009 | 10:13 am

    ah, actually this understated kopitiam has not bad food. used to live in the road behind…

  12. CUMI & CIKI
    September 23, 2009 | 2:39 am

    CHEAP! let's go:)