Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Whether it is a fad or just marketing concept, Boat Noodle at Empire Damansara certainly did something right somewhere. They have been mentioned here and there that they have garnered the well deserved attention.

Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

A quick search and you will notice of photos of stacked empty bowls which are associated to this place. It is as though there’s an unspoken challenge laid down for customers to outdo each other with the number of bowls consumed per seating.

Menu by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

The queue at any time (but mostly during peak period) can be terrifying is considerably long. Even when we were there on Friday, the shop was filled up to the brim that any customers after us needed to wait for a table.

Bowls of noodle by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

The menu is fairly straight forward; dry or soup and beef or chicken. For RM1.90 per bowl, it sounds like a good deal. But one needs to know, to avoid any disappointment being crushed, that the portion of the noodles per bowl is tad little (read the comments in Foursquare and you’ll probably get the idea.). On my scale/measurement, I could can gobble them up at a go effortlessly. That said, I have not been to Bangkok yet, therefore it is unfair to compare the portions between them.

Dry Noodle by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Soup Noodle by Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Personally, I would go for the soup version due to its flavoursome, spicy broth. It has this satisfying kick with savoury endings. The glass noodles were cooked nicely with a good bite to it.

Empty bowls at Boat Noodle, Empire Damansara

Between me and my friend, we both ate 14 bowls that day. Were we satisfied? Well… not really but we couldn’t afford to wait any longer as any extra orders will require much patience. Therefore, it is advisable to order as many as you can stomach once you are seated.

Address :
G3A, Heritage Lane,
Empire Damansara,
47820 Damansara Perdana.

Business Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11AM – 9PM
Saturday – Sunday: 11AM – 3PM, 6PM – 9PM

We wanted to try out one of the coffeeshops in Ipoh which is known for its curry noodles. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on our side as they were sold out early when we arrived at around 1245PM. So, we had to look for other option… and we ended up here at Sun Seng Fatt which also known for their curry noodles (I only got to know this when I’m writing this post after a quick Google search).

Sun Seng Fatt, Ipoh

Searching for parking was surprising a breeze so was getting a table on a midday-lunch weekend. A quick glance at the menu as well as what other customers are happily tucking to and you will get the idea that their main forte are noodles.

Menu board at Sun Seng Fatt Curry House, Ipoh

What’s surprising, for me at least, was how the orders were took and passed on to the kitchen via wireless devices. Pretty high tech for such coffee shop, eh… The coffee shop was rather clean and airy, probably due the open ends of a corner shop.

Fruit Juice by Sun Seng Fatt, Ipoh

The orders took a while to arrive while we got our fresh juices (RM2.10 per cup) first.

Ipoh Hor Fun by Sun Seng Fatt, Ipoh

I opted for Ipoh Hor Fun (RM5) as I wasn’t feeling really well (sore throat was imminent) while my friend went for their dry curry noodles. Despite the rather subtle looking compared to Loke Wooi Kee’s or Thean Chun’s version, the chicken broth was surprisingly quite tasty; savoury with subtle hints of prawn essence. The flat noodles, like any other stalls in Ipoh, were silky smooth with nice chew to it.

Dry Curry Noodles by Sun Seng Fatt, Ipoh

Initially, I didn’t really like the dry curry noodles (RM5) when I took my first mouthful. It’s probably due to the viscosity of broth. But then, it grew on me as the scant, spicy broth (or maybe I should refer it as gravy since it’s a mixture of soup and thick gravy) was rich and fragrant. It got addictive after the first spoon so much so that I was happily finishing it off.

All in all, the noodles were fine. Though there might be other places/stalls/coffee shops which able to triumph this place, but I wouldn’t mind coming back here again for its dry curry noodles and dumplings (I read that it’s pretty good too).

Address :
32, Jalan Market,
30000 Ipoh,
Perak Darul Ridzuan.

GPS Coordinates : 4.595628, 101.078761