Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sweet Potato Noodles @ Tai Chow behind FGA Church, Old Klang Road, KL

Eons ago, my friend S introduced me to this tai chow place just off Old Klang Road. Popularly known as the shack behind the FGA church, there's no signboard at the premises. All you'll notice are lots of people under a zinc roof wooden shack next to a yard selling scrap metal.

What's special here is the sweet potato noodles. Not everyone's cup of tea, only a few places serve this. Strangely enough they all seem to be located around Old Klang Road except for one eatery which has since moved elsewhere. There are different ways to cook the sweet potato noodles, one which is to stir fry it dry with lots of fried dried prawns. At this place, it's fried slightly wet with sauce, prawns and vegetables with an egg thrown in at the last moment to make it silky. Technically sweet potato noodles are tasteless hence it needs to be braised for a while to absorb the flavours of the sauce. It also has a chewy texture that one needs to get used to.

Another popular dish is the fried pei kueh Hokkien style. Also known as nien gao or pak koh, they're made from rice flour and is slightly chewy. Fried this way, it makes a change from the usual thick yellow noodles you get in Hokkien Mee.

Essential must have - greens in our diet. This time round it's fried choy tam with garlic.

Not a fantastic picture as I focused on one part of the fish and not the whole dish. This was steamed talapia with bean sauce. Very nice and my favourite out of everything we ordered. The sauce is slightly different here and filled with chopped chilies and fried garlic bits. Complements the fish well. There's no mud taste to the fish also which is the common problem for talapia that is bred in freshwater ponds.

If you're in this area, give it a try. Strange but I don't seem to find any reviews for this place, maybe I'm not typing the right words in Google.

Tai Chow
Behind FGA Church
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama/Old Klang Road
Kuala Lumpur

(Non halal. Available for dinnertime only and closes alternate Sundays)

*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.

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Lobak said...

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Beans said...

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tigerfish said...

Never heard of sweet potato noodles.
Is the dish cooked like Hor Fun?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

What's sweet potato noodles in Cantonese, Boo? Everything looks so good! Would love to try it some day.

Alicia said...

i went there before long ago.. and didn't know that they serve potato noodles.. anyway the fried noodles are normally good at this place..

myCoffee said...

I have been to this place once. At that time, I felt as if I was entering a "kongsi gelap" meeting place...haha.

tankiasu said...


There's one review for you to read. :P

I used to eat the Fried Pei Kueh almost every week when I was young. Its a special dish for the Heng Hua/Shing Ann/Heng Fah people. They are a sub-clan of Hokkien, and I'm one of them! ;) We call this noodle as "Pah Oui".

jasmine said...

i've heard so much about this place... and now that I've seen it on your blog, fully intend to try it out soon.

adliazaddin said...

nyam nyam :D

hcfoo said...

I never heard of sweet potato noodles before also. What does it call in cantonese, eh?

Tummythoz said...

Somehow, I can only do a small portions of both the noodles. I find them very filling. They do a good fried mungbean threads (tung-phoon) too.

Just Another Msian said...

Boo, nex time you're there, try their fried tung fun (glass noodles) I'm not a fan of dried prawns (har mai) but the way they do it here is like.... nyumsssss


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

I tried to peh kueh b4 in klang cooked hokkien style..taste kinda chewy..i reckon its a love or hate relationship..its less noodle like..as if you eating flour..

Precious Pea said...

Never heard of it before but it certainly looks good. But ermm..issit sweet since it's made of sweet potatoes?

Xiu Long Bao said...

Tasted this kind of potato nudles once @ kajang which was starchy n' so not nice. Bttr go for the normal yellow nudles.

Unknown said...

such unique noodles.

i used to live at OUG for 2 years long long ago, so near OKR, but never been there. aiya what a waste!

boo_licious said...

blueapple - no problems, nice blog you have.

bee nee - sorry to hear u miss home. Thxs so much for linking me (am so honoured!)

tigerfish - it's kinda like hokkien noodles.

lemongrass - not sure as my friend did the ordering that nite.

alicia - oky, my friend goes for these two kind of noodles as they're unique to this place.

mycoffee - LOL! too bright to be kongsi gelap's hq though.

tankiasu - thxs.

jazmyn - didn't know it was famous. Hope you like it.

adli - it was delicious!

hcfoo - it may be tapioca noodles, now we're debating on it. Sorry abt it as one book I have claims it is sweet potato noodles.

tummythoz and pam - thxs for the tips.

someone who is constantly craving - yup, an acquired taste but kinda nice once in a while for a change.

precious pea - not sweet wor. but then it could be tapioca now.

xiu long bao - not very starchy, more chewy.

keropok man - lots of alleys and backlanes there to explore. Like someone said, it could have been a previous kongsi gelap hangout.

MeiyeN said...

sweet potato noodles? really new to me... don't really know where's da church though...near pearl point that area?

bearyip said...

where is this place neh ?? is that enter from the pasar or Pos office that one?

if yes .. then i already tried lo .. and it is super good!but 9.30pm alraedy close lo...

Lyrical Lemongrass :炒薯粉

Diary of Kay El said...

in hokkien, its "tze hoon ken".. "tze hoon" is basically tapioca starch/flour. Probably tapioca flour would be more apt than sweet potato... unless the Hokkiens are wrong.. haha.

Sharon Y. said...

I've always wondered what's being served there, that it draws that many customers every Sat night. I go to the church there, but I don't have the freedom to wonder off to have a bite at this place! I go by a chartered bus by the tertiary students group. Ah.. so near yet so far

boo_licious said...

meiyen - before pearl point. Signboard says FGA church.

bearyip - not Pu Yuan. This one is off Jalan Kuchai Lama and right behind the church. Easier to spot vs the hidden away Pu Yuan.

diary of kay el - Thanks so much! I guess I can throw away that book.

sharon - now you know. Maybe one day you can drop by and eat here after church.

bearyip said...

ok ok ... i had try last nite ...
the lady boss told me about the business hour : from 5pm - 12.30pm and monday off .

the name of the tai chow is friendship restorand

every one have a good try yeah !

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