Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bamboo Noodles @ Nippy Noodles, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, Kuala Lumpur


mixed pork noodles, perfect for those who want everything on their bowl - char siu, siew cheong and sui yoke (RM9.20 for a small portion)

I reckon people who live and work around Kuchai Entrepeneurs Park never starve. There's so many choices around that small square area known vaguely as a park (minus any trees!) - dim sum, Sarawak laksa, kolo mee, fish head noodles and the list carries on. While I was sorely tempted to venture into the newer outlets, I have been desperately craving for a dosage of bamboo noodles (jook sing meen in Cantonese) hence I stuck to my guns (or more likely my grumbling tummy).

slurp me up...don't play with me!

We discovered Nippy Noodles some time back, when the whole of town was buzzing about this place that used a long bamboo rod to make their noodles. Run by a Chinese family, they decided to continue this age old tradition of making springy noodles by hand after learning the craft from an old worker of theirs. Wantan wrappers are also made using the bamboo rod. Back breaking or maybe more threatening to someone's ability to have father children in the future, noodle making is carried out at the restaurant every day. Not able to catch them in action for the blog, the nearest reference point I have is Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Hong Kong clip, where he was taken by Cha Xiu Bao, one of the food bloggers to witness how they make the bamboo noodles. For that particular episode, see this video reference.

what happened? The dissapointing the pan fried fish paste and prawn bamboo dumplings (RM5.50 for a small portion)

So what's so unique about this method vs the rolling out in machines? By setting the long bamboo rod on the table, and using the body weight to rock the rod, it creates an elasticity no machine can imitate. Hence, noodles here are supremely different - springy yet light and so tasty especially tossed in loads of lard. Feeling a little indecisive, I went for the mixed pork noodles (RM9.20) that offers a little bit of something - char siu, home made tender pork sausage (siu cheong) and roast pork. While the char siu and roast pork didn't knock my socks off, I loved the tender sausages. I also ordered a pan fried dumplings stuffed with prawns and fish paste (RM5.50), which was very dissapointing as they weren't crunchy anymore. What a letdown! Nevertheless, I was satisified with my bowl of noodles, slurping down every thin strand and enjoying it tremendously.

Nippy Noodles
No.25, Jalan Kuchai Maju 7
Kuchai Entrepeneurs Park
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 - 7982 1781

(Non Halal. Finding a carpark space is a major issue here and locating road signs are also difficult as loan sharks have plastered all the signboards. Google map is per this link.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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15 comments:

Sugar Bean said...

Yeah, really do agree with you! I live in this area, and never starve, haha, so many restaurants to choose from. But yet to try this out, will definitely do so when I return to KL. ^^

Sin Tai Lim said...

Wow, the food looks so nice, I will definitely made an effort to visit this here.. hApPy Hunting...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

goin to keep this in mind..i knw tat the place is littered with food, but its just so hard to find!

boo_licious said...

Sugar Bean - so lucky of you to live around here, such abundance of food choices.

Sin Tai Lim - hope you enjoy it but parking is a pain around here though.

Joe - Once you get into the park, it's quite easy. Just parking the car is a problem.

KY said...

ahh, nice! was just wondering where we could find this in klang valley :D
thanks!

Precious Pea said...

Certainly looks yummy. That reminds me about the siu cheong that I always wanna to try making at home.

thule a.k.a leo said...

apart from the noodle's texture... everything was mediocre!
Ho Chak and Chui Ling had been here already... despite the hype (which eventually wear off)... a lot of feed back from my friends were negative...
But I have yet to try it myself

J2Kfm said...

the siu cheong was rather tasty, paired with the springy noodles.

char siew paled in comparison though.

http://j2kfm.blogspot.com/2008/09/nippy-noodles-kuchai-lama-kuala-lumpur.html

550ml jar of faith said...

I have to give this a go at least once, despite the less than stellar reviews. Cannot fight the lure of the spri-ingg!!

CUMI & CIKI said...

c&C also ate here! hehe:P

http://cumidanciki.blogspot.com/2008/10/2-breakfasts-and-really-wet-run.html

(not as lucky as you la.. maybe it was an off day, but we hvnt been bk since ..anyway, just opinion rite;))

-eiling- said...

I saw it on TV before but totally forgot to try this outlet. Don't you think the price is a bit too expensive?!!

boo_licious said...

KY - the noodles are great but not the other things. Sad thing, is we often want to just buy the noodles but they don't make enuf for their own supply already.

Precious Pea - still have time to make siu cheong before you fly off!

Leo - yeah, it's only the noodles and nothing else here. Sad but true.

j2kfm - weird how ciki and yr post never turns up in google searches. Yeah, I love the noodles and siu cheong here only, besides that everything is very so so.

550ml - spring spring spring!

ciki - used to be much better when they started out but now, one can see they have dropped in stds.

eiling - yeah, very pricey esp for Kuchai Lama area, think they're riding on the fame. Kinda like the Tmn Sentosa Pan Mee also, overpriced noodles.

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

I would go back for the noodles...the pan fried dumplings were also disappointing to us...ah well...

thenomadGourmand said...

i agree..the noodle were good. I had there once. Don't go tht area much..
The wan tan tht came w mah noodles were so-so..

boo_licious said...

Alex and nomadgourmand - the noodles does it for me here but definitely not the other stuff. That's why we want to buy back just the noodles but sadly, it's not available.

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