Ngiu Chap Wong KK Beef Noodles @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

June 6, 2015

This little shop could become a big attraction, run by friendly couple Andrew & Jenny Wong, whose retirement from the corporate world has opened up a new chapter in their lives. This month, they've launched a cafe on a hidden corner of Plaza Damas that serves a cherished speciality of Andrew's hometown, Kota Kinabalu - Sabah's 'ngiu chap,' or mixed beef noodles.

Andrew & Jenny offer a version of 'ngiu chap' that's very satisfying - smooth, slick koay teow with tender home-made beef balls, thinly sliced brisket, omasum & tripe, served either wet or dry (RM10). Choose the former & savour a beautiful broth that's light but flavoursome with natural herbs & spices. If you need it, super-fiery Sabah chilli sauce is available on the side.

 If Ngiu Chap Wong sounds familiar, it could be because Andrew & Jenny formerly operated for several months out of a stall in Damansara Perdana. Embarking on a full-fledged outlet has enabled them to expand their selection; expect a protein-packed beef tendon stew, gelatinous & fleshy (RM15; Ngiu Chap Wong uses Aussie beef); grilled chicken wings, crispy-juicy (RM6 for two); Filipino adobo chicken with rice (RM10); grilled squid (RM12); & even salmon gravlax (RM10) - good food at fair prices.

Need more ngiu chap? Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap is another option - this West Malaysian outpost of a respected Sabah-based brand opened this past year in Puchong, serving hearty customisable bowls of ngiu chap. Choose your noodle (mee hoon, yellow mee or hor fun), then add on all things bovine according to your preference - make it a memorable heaping of tripe, tendon, intestines, liver, spleen, omasun, heart & tongue. Prices for a basic broth start slightly south of RM15, escalating as you pile on the ingredients. Steaming-hot beef pao is also available, as is the spicy Sabah chilli paste once again.

One more beloved Borneo-based noodles-with-broth recipe for the road: Sarawak laksa at Damansara Perdana's Farm House Kitchen. Have a no-frills rendition for RM7.80 (note: these are 2014 prices) or a deluxe serving with a large 150-gram prawn for RM19.80. Kolo mee & ketchup mee are also offered at Farm House Kitchen, staying true to its tagline 'Taste of Sarawak.'
Update: Farm House Kitchen is now permanently closed.

Ngiu Chap Wong KK Beef Noodles
P-1-3, Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Same row as Blue Cow Cafe. 
Open Tues-Sun, 11am-230pm, 6pm-930pm

 Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap
11, Jalan Puteri 4/8 , Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor. Open daily, 10am-9pm

Farm House Kitchen
30-1, Jalan PJU 8/5G, Damansara Perdana, Selangor

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