Monday, May 12, 2008

Fish head noodles @ SS20 Fish Head Noodles Stall, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya

Large slices of haruan fish (sang yue) to tempt your tastebuds - RM9 with beehoon

Hope everyone's weekend was good. Mine was, since I spent loads of time with my mother especially since Splashie Boy had hightailed to Pahang for a 4WD trip. On to food food food...there seems to be a recent buzz about this place. Although I've known about this place for quite some time, I only managed to check it out yesterday. Even my mum was talking about this place, hence I decided to bring her here to sample the food.

bouncy fish paste made from mackerel (kau
yee) - RM7 with beehoon

For those who live in Petaling Jaya and the Taman Tun Dr Ismail area, you should be familiar with the Jenny Hong vans that sell soy bean milk, tau fu fah and cakes. The stall owner, Jenny Hong also has an outlet at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail market where she sells fresh soy milk and tau fu fah. I quite like her tau fu fah, and it is a must for me whenever I visit the market. I first heard about this stall from her (she was distributing leaflets to customers) and this place is run by her husband.

Soothing lin chee kang

Located just after the Damansara Specialist Hospital, the stall is within a row of other stalls which includes Riah Seafood that serves nasi campur including ikan bakar. As they have the corner stall, tables and chairs are laid out in an airy area that faces a few shady trees. Nice and breezy, the place is great to dine especially during this humid weather.

The stall serves three types of fish - soong, haruan (sang yue) and mackerel (kau yee). The soong fish is deep fried and used in the noodles, while the haruan fish (sang yue) is sliced and served deep fried or just fresh. The mackerel fish (kau yee) is the same type they use in stuffing yong tau foo, is made into a paste that is shaped like a metal spoon.

To make things easy for all, there is a pictorial menu, with well written descriptions in English. You can choose between the soong fish head noodles, haruan fish slices or fish paste with either beehoon or lai fun. The lai fun is slightly more expensive with an extra 50 sens charge. The soup can either be with or without evaporated milk and is served with tomatoes, ginger shreds, deep fried shallots, spring onions and preserved vegetables (ham choy). A dash of rice wine is also added into the soup. Prices range from RM6.50 to RM9.50, whereby the soong fish head is cheaper and the haruan fish slices, the most expensive. There are even side orders for RM11 per bowl- you can also order fish paste or haruan fish slices with spinach in soup, or just plain haruan slices with soup. If you have a sweet tooth, they also serve desserts - their signature tau fu fah, cendol, lin chee kang and ais kacang.

Tastewise, I found the broth, not as sweet and tasty as Woo Pin at Taman Desa. Moreover, the rice wine taste is quite subtle. However, the fish used is fresh as seen from tasting the thick haruan fish slices. The fish paste also has a nice bouncy and home made feel to it. The place is a good alternative, if you don't want to drive down to town to sample Woo Pin's noodles especially if you live or work around the Petaling Jaya area. Even though the soup is not as sweet, I liked the fact they use haruan (sang yue), which is much better than soong fish. Some people tend to avoid soong fish, as it is believed the fish is fed faeces or animal waste in the breeding ponds.

SS20 Fish Head Noodles Stall
Stall No. 17
Jalan SS20/10
Damansara Kim
Petaling Jaya

(Pork free. Open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday the stall is open from 11am to 3pm.)

*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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ling239 said...

wow... this looks delicious ~
another hidden treasure ah ^_^

btw, have u try the one at kota damansara ? wonder if that is good...

Ms One Boobie said...

Not really a big fan of fish head noodles.. but i could use some of those yummy dessert.. :)

Ciki said...

ur rite.. we didn't think much of the broth here.. if you get the chance , swing by "homemade fish head noodles" (very green signage and theme)Kota Damansara (in that UOB square, behind Kayu). First impression is that it looks too Cafe-ish to be good... but it is. The soup stock is excellent and the fish is fresh! Massive portions.

J2Kfm said...

love reading your blog! nice pics ... I kinda like those fish head beehoon served with thicker variety of rice noodle though ... like lai fun but thinner a bit

Jun said...

i've nvr heard of soong fish being used in soups. but, LOL, if they were fed human/animal wastes, shudn't that make them tastier? *grin*

daphne said...

fish noodles + cooling dessert.. u got it all!

Author of my Life said... reading ur blog, neat n nice ^_^
I hv my fish head meehoon there also last Sat (I'm a big fan of fish head meehon), I would think this served better fish head meehoon than the 1 in Tmn Desa as the Tmn Desa 1 make me so thirsty after i finished it soup...haha =P

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sc said...

looks good..too bad the broth is just mediocre. then again, it's near to where i stay, i can try this soon! :)

JadeD said...

I'm not a fan of fish head noodles but darn the fish paste looks good! I'll try it just for the fish paste.
btw, I've linked to ur blog. Hope you don't mind :)

boo_licious said...

ling239 - yet to try, will see if I have a chance soon...

mamabok - desserts, I never say no.

cumi & ciki - thxs for the recommendation. Will give it a try.

j2kfm - I guess that is the lai fun? dunno but I kinda prefer meehoon instead.

jun - LOL, yeah it is tastier and smoother??? I wonder why??

daphne - loads of liquid though, so luckily I didn't slurp down the whole bowl of broth.

author of my life - aah, I suspected no MSG in this one also.

hiya tom, email me at

sc - try this or better still try the kota dsara one too and we can exchange notes, which we prefer.

jaded - thxs for linking. yeah the fish paste was good and bouncy, just the way I like it.

Simon Seow said...

ah, should be not too difficult to find. always go through this area when I go fetch my friend.

klee said...

hi tried this place but found the broth seriously lacking in taste ;-) the only saving grace is the fresh fishes (i tried the one with sang yue too)...not going to go back there again fav is still Woon Pin....

Li Vyen said...

hi, just came across yr review.

btw, just wondering if you've tried the newly opened one at damansara kim as well???

fish & noodle house - 77, jalan ss20/11

i love the broth there, very tasty and the fish is very fresh!!!! the drinks are good too!!! i enjoyed my makan there!!!

strongly recommend that!!

jengkae said...

there is another very famous fish head noodle call ah kiew in serdang, i like that kampung version, always go when i go to my gf hometown, its located at pusat perdagangan seri kembangan

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