Recently I noticed that the food scene in SS2 seems to be changing from the usual hawker fare to more modern outlets. This is quite evident with the emergence of Hong Kong chan tengs, kopitiams, noodle houses, steamboat restaurants and etc. There's even a Japanese restaurant which has taken over the shoplot space where Ah Lok Kopitiam used to be. Hopefully it survives better than the previous Japanese place which occupied the space right across from it.
Incidentally, steering off topic from food, another trend I notice at SS2 are the wedding shops taking over the houses that surround the commercial area. It used to be just within the main road at SS2/24 but even the terrace houses that face Lorong Seratus Tahun have not been spared as Covershots open a branch there. You can't miss these places as they're nicely decorated with lots of morning glory surrounding their shops that contrast so sharply with the dingy houses.
Although I am still very old school as I prefer eating at the coffeeshops versus the Hong Kong chan tengs, I did venture to One Noodle that opened in July 2006 since it boasted xiao loong baos and lai mian. The menu is extremely extensive that one has to sit down a while to digest all their offerings i.e. eight varieties of Lai Mian, thirty types of dim sum which are steamed or deep fried, Teochew Loh Shui Duck or Chicken, porridge, fried rice, rice soup, claypot dishes, stir fried dishes and desserts.
A quick check with the people who run this place indicated that it's a branch of their main outlet in Kepong but their menu is more extensive here. Xiao Loong Bao was ordered as I wanted to test them out and a bowl of their Buckwheat Noodles since it's unusual to find this item.
The noodles came in a jiffy while my Shanghai dumplings took forever to come indicating that their dim sum kitchen was obviously facing problems. Even the people next to me were all patiently waiting for their dim sum items. Taste wise, the xiao loong baos were not too bad. The skin was definitely better and thinner than Dragon-i's, soup was nice but slightly oily and the meat filling was quite soft.
I liked my green coloured buckwheat Lai Mian which was garnished with deep fried lotus root slices, enoki mushrooms and seaweed strips. An extremely flat and pan fried fish cake was also in the huge bowl which was yummy. Most of the time, places like these mask the food quality with spicy soups so it's best to taste the clear soup to determine if they are nice. This place passed the test as the buckwheat noodles' broth was nice and full of flavour. I'm sure it has been enhanced by MSG but if must have been a pinch.
Finish off your meal with a sip of the refreshing lotus root and red dates drink. They also serve honey and watercress tea which is excellent for beating the heat and haze. Their desserts also look interesting with a selection of enhanced tau foo fah with fruit purees.
No.66 & 68
Tel No: 03 – 7877 8499
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.