Lately, I noticed that some coffeeshops have acquired an international flavour to their offerings with food from China and even Vietnam. I discovered this particular place after my friend, S brought me here. The stall located at this busy coffeeshop is run by a lady from Harbin. She offers noodles like lai mian, the unusual knife cut noodles and dumplings. Depending on when you order your food, it can become quite slow as she's the only person manning the stall.
What I really liked was her knife cut noodles or what is known in China as Dao Shao Mian. Similar to our local Pan Mee or Mee Hoon Kuih, the dough is flattened into a longish shape and then sliced to pieces by knife. She makes two versions - a dry one and a wet one served with soup broth. Once the pieces of dough are cooked in boiling water, they get tossed in dark soy sauce for the dry version. It's served with shredded carrots, a minced meat mixture, shredded black wood ear's fungus and slices of fishcake. I prefer the dry version but my mother prefers the soupy version. What makes both versions so good is their chili sauce which has a slight tang to it from the addition of black vinegar.
I've also tried her Lai Mian before which I didn't think much of. She tends to overboil her noodles making it too soft. I prefer mine with a slight bite to it hence the knife cut noodles with it's slight chewy nature is well suited to my tastebuds. Her dumplings can either be served pan fried or boiled. I've not tried them before but my friend does not think much of it either. Prices are pretty reasonable here and you can get a plate of noodles from about RM3.50.
Harbin Noodles Stall
Restoran Kam Heong
No. 8, Jalan Tengah
Petaling Jaya New Town
(Non Halal. Open from 7 am to 2pm. Closed on every second Tuesday of the month. Next to the UOB Bank Berhad.)
*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.