Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Goon Wah @ Off Jalan Kuchai Lama

When you thought only posh places have the oddest and stringent of operating hours like closing on a Sunday, the only day free for most of us and closing for lunch during the weekends (matter of fact,a pattern practiced by many restaurants), then this restaurant must be the epitome of them all.

With opening hours from 10am-3pm, Mondays to Fridays, how could a normal man on the street with a 9am to 5pm job ever get the chance to experience their heavenly dishes, unless they are in heaven of course.

Call us lucky, a country with one of the most public holidays, we finally got the chance to savour the signature dishes of Goon Wah, on the day most were resting after celebrating being a proud Malaysian. I was celebrating too, proud to be savouring the many cuisines that Malaysians have come up with.

Situated next to a coffin shop was no deterrent for the many customers that were snaking their way through the restaurant as early as 10am.

Starting off with their famous Fish Head noodles, served pipping hot in a claypot, the soup was inviting with its sourish concoction. The pot was served with the thick bee hoon (the only way to eat fish head noodles), chunks of fried fish head pieces, preserved and salted vegetables, tomatoes and a rarer sight, yam slices.

The Chau Bak Kor done Hokkien Style, was loaded with pork lard pieces. I think thats all i have to say.


The Claypot Lou Shu Fun was not oily (things are getting expensive and people want to get healthier) but the minced pork and dried shrimp made up for it and got us ordering another pot when we were done with the first one.

The Kong Nam Mee was decently cooked; the thing i like about this noodle is the century egg pieces. The crunchy noodles soaked in sauce with a variety of ingredients.

The Loh Hon Chai (Mixed Vegetables) was refreshing for a change from the boring green vegetables.

The Coffee or was it Stout Chicken Wings had generous amounts of sauce glazed at every exposed sight. The sauce was good, the meat was done properly and we had everyone licking their fingers clean.

Finish off with a nice big Ais Kacang, comes with a scoop of Corn Ice Cream (something that has been the longest of time since i had some)

Address and contact details:

G13, Jalan 3/115C
Block KP2, Taman Kuchai Jaya
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama

58200 Kuala Lumpur


Tel No: 03 - 7982 0048


Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars. However the good rating needs to be caveated with the following: 1. Book a table in advance, if you can book the noodles too even better 2. You got to order the Kau Yoke with Yam (the one that we ate so fast, without even taking a picture. Definitely worth a try with their signature fish head noodles and claypot lou shu fun.

23 comments:

jasmine said...

yeah, i have headed there a few times to find it closed. so... 10-3 weekdays it is then, the next time.

CUMI & CIKI said...

your photo's always look so damn good - glossy and just jumps out at ya, i get hunger pangs even at the 1st shot! YAM in the fish head noodles.. now THAT sounds like my sort fish noodles. And the word PORK LARD, is also music to my ears. great blog... did i already mention... I love the glossy photos...? hehe

Chong said...

Do they put pork lards into the Claypot Lou Shu Fun? I mean lots of it. Hehe.

MochaSourcream said...

Photos look wonderful... and menu sounds very good... how?? have to ponteng kerja and eat eat eat lo...

NekoHime said...

nice pics! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nekohime: thanks!

mochasourcream: yeah lor..hehe or bring ur client there!

chong: dont think so..but i wouldnt be surprised if they did..

c&c: haha many thanks for the compliments..somehow i also thought this bunch of fotos turned out really well!

jasmine: haha yeah hav to observe the strict opening hrs

Life for Beginners said...

Very nice photos, Joe... great lighting and I love the sense of drama each dish is imbued with. :)

And Corn Ice Cream? Haven't had that in aeons! Isn't it something we quit having after primary school? Hehe.

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

i was going to note this restaurant in my book when i read, n blinked, n read, tt it is next to a coffin shop. u mean coffin only n not mortuary i hope. i guess i'm just not tt big a foodie then, bc i don't think i can eat there, even if the coffins r empty...but i do like the looks of tt plate of noodles with the century egg.

fatboybakes said...

kong nam mee? i like i like.

GUFFFFFFFFFFFFAW about the coffin shop. i wonder why they have coffin shops...do people actually walk in to shop for one? wonder if they test it out hor...see if comfortable or not, etc...

sooo cute, that terri @ daily obsession wont eat there coz of the coffins...hhahahahahah!! it is a strange choice of location though, wonder who opened shop first?

fatboybakes said...

speaking of coffins, wonder if any of you or your readers were old enough to remember the coffin scandal in plaza yow chuan in the 80s. this chinese company signed an agreement to display wooden items, in their concourse area.... and apparently, when the display was unveiled, it was all coffins. (cough cough choke choke, hahhaah)

Tummythoz said...

Couple of years ago, used to open on Sats. Since open only weekdays & never for dinner, this place is off my list. *sigh* Cannot remember d food taste but the crowd, the crowd, the layers of patient patrons..*whoa, wipes forehead*.

Tummythoz said...

Couple of years ago, used to open on Sats. Since open only weekdays & never for dinner, this place is off my list. *sigh* Cannot remember d food taste but the crowd, the crowd, the layers of patient patrons..*whoa, wipes forehead*.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummythoz: haha thus the caveat lor..so many people still!

fbb: god knws..but as far as being "pantang"..they r doing darn well!..haha yeah i can now imagine ppl stepping into coffin and say..eh put some padding here pls..not comfortable lar..

terri: oh well..it aint stopping the crowd from returning!

kenny: oh that is too kind of u..sometimes i feel ur comments gives a more lasting impression then my post..yes corn ice cream rocks!

mimid3vils said...

The stout chicken wings were finger licking good huh~~~

ling239 said...

fish head noodle... where is the noodle ah ? :P
looks so yummy man !!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: at the bottom i tell ya!

mimi: yes..till the last drip

Kok said...

joe,
so small cup of ais kacang. Mana cukup??? :P

ling239 said...

huh ? like tat meh ?
by the time i kau tim all the fish on top, no space for the noodle at the bottom d ya hahahaa.....

Jun said...

wat's chau bak kor? soli lah my hokkien not very the good...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: err rice flour lor i think..haha

ling239: hahaha isit ar?

kok: small cup ar? dmn big ler..

Henry Yeo said...

pass the calories please.

Bernsy said...

gosh i am so out of touch with your blogs... i have like about 10 posts to catch up to see where you've been since I disappeared...

these photos are damn nice la....

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