Nam Chau @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara

February 2, 2017

For fans of Ipoh kopitiam fare, Nam Chau is known as one of the northern citys top stops for breakfast & lunch, with its main site at the Old Towns Bandar Timah Road & another in Bandar Baru Menglembu. Its first branch outside Perak is now open, bringing the brands complete, crowd-rousing range of classic noodle bowls, toasts, snacks & white coffee to Kota Damansara.

Some folks in Ipoh insist that Nam Chau whips up their favourite curry noodles; the serving here strives to replicate that same satisfaction - everything from the noodles to the bean sprouts, pastes & spice mixes come from Ipoh, with each recipe prepared precisely in conformance with the original Nam Chau offerings. Customers can have their curry noodles soaked in savoury, reddened soup or smothered in creamy, intense gravy (RM12.90 each); both offer a rewarding experience, bolstered by char siu, chicken strips & shrimp, though our personal preference is for the luscious, aromatically saucy interpretation.

If you prefer lighter-nuanced noodle staples, theres a trio of temptations for that - the lam mee boasts mild, clean & warming flavours (RM10.90), the chicken hor fun surfaces with distinctively smooth, slick rice noodles (RM9.90), & the tar lan won is buoyed by slurp-worthy strands of glass noodles coupled with firm, bouncy fish cakes & crisp, juicy-fresh taugeh (RM9.90).

Time for toast: Nam Chau should appease admirers of traditional coffee-shop roti, chunky & buttery, served in variations like the pretty cute egg in a hole (RM6.90; with a heart-shaped hole cut from the centre of a ham-filled sandwich, crowned with a soft-boiled yolk), the double-egg pleasure of telur goyang (RM5.50) & the cant-fail, comfort-food combo of steamed bread with kaya & butter (RM4.50). Its also worth munching on tasty tidbits of fried, well-stuffed dumplings (RM4.90 for three pieces) & kaya-packed golden sesame buns (RM5.90 for three).

Packets & jars of kuih are available for purchase, baked by Ipohs long-respected Ching Han Guan manufacturers - peanut cookies, beehive cookies, yam cookies, green pea cookies & more. Good marks for the crunchy sesame rolls & kuih bangkit.

Drinks do justice to Nam Chaus legacy too, comprising all the essentials like white coffee (robust, with deep dimensions), cham-o, milk tea, Milo-o, sour plum & water chestnut beverages. Many thanks to the friendly Nam Chau team for having us.

Nam Chau White Coffee Kopitiam
Ground Floor, Sunway Nexis, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 9am-6pm.

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