bookmark_borderBoat Noodle, Empire Damansara

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, 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

bookmark_borderIn Ipoh – Thean Chun (天津茶室)

Ask any Ipoh folks about breakfast suggestions and you might get various answers. Some would suggest the infamous dim sum joints while some would direct you to other locations of their favourite coffee shops. And you might possibly get this recommendation; Thean Chun which is said to be one of the places to go to for good hearty food.

Thean Chun, Ipoh

And this is the place we went to when we were on our way to Penang (again!). We did consider Keng Nam but then, it’s always good to try some place new since we don’t often travel up north like it’s a weekly affair.

Thean Chun, Ipoh

This place somehow exudes great vintage charm with its old wooden chairs, plastic and marble table tops, gigantic mirrors and faded green tiny tiles. Getting a parking lot might be a challenge / problem but it is definitely worth the patience for the glorious foods that are waiting for you at this coffee shop.

Ipoh Kuey Teow / Sar Hor Fun / Kai Si Hor Fun (Shredded Chicken Flat Noodles)

One must not leave the shop without try the Ipoh Kuey Teow / Sar Hor Fun / Kai Si Hor Fun (Shredded Chicken Flat Noodles). It is epitome / mother of all noodles. Okay… Maybe I’ve over exaggerated. But this is definitely one of the better version (if not the best) version I had for the longest time. Silky smooth kuey teow soaked in savoury prawn-infused broth topped with shredded chicken and sliced prawns. It’s just pure goodness in every aspect. A small bowl will cost RM4.

Dry Noodles with Fried Food

I did not try the dry noodles as I was pretty engrossed with my bowl of awesomeness. I guess it was alright. But I did grab a bite of the fried stuff which I think they were decent, albeit cold. The (beef and pork) noodles were a-okay, nothing to shout about. Such selections will set you back RM6.60.

Chee Cheong Fun with Brown Sauce, Chili Paste & Pickled Chilies

Since we were famished, the chee cheong fun (RM3) was a side order to accompany other dishes. Light yet smooth, it arrived with mixture of brown sauce and chilli paste and pickled chillies and finished off with sprinkles of fried shallots.

Creme Caramel / Caramel Custard

The grand finale (but not that grand anyway compared to the epic noodles) has got to be their in-house Caramel Custard. Notoriously known for early sold out (by 10AM), it is something meant for those with sweet tooth. Wobbly smooth yet slightly chilled, one would get sugar rush from this. No wonder they will serve a cup of ice water alongside.

Iced White Coffee

As I walked out this nostalgic coffee shop feeling all full and satisfied, I vividly remembered that I did in fact visited this shop… about a decade ago. It was when my brother-in-law who brought us (my family) there for breakfast on one fine morning.

So… whether Thean Chun is famous amongst the locals, I do not know. But what I do know is that this coffee shop will be the place to go to for breakfast whenever I’m in Ipoh.

Address :
Thean Chun (天津茶室)
No.73, Jalan Bandar Timah,
30000 Ipoh,

GPS Coordinates : 4.596159,101.077867

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