The Noodle Room

February 16, 2011

For lovers of Asian noodles of all shapes and sizes, this place might feel like paradise.

Chicken & veggie udon, from the Land of the Rising Sun. An overflowing bowl that supplied the pure pleasures of comfort food, even if the broth was reminiscent of Kari Maggi Mee. The carrots, runner beans & shallots made it kinda healthy.

Korean Chap Chae, with Dang Myun sweet potato starch noodles, beef strips, sesame seeds, carrots & wood ear mushrooms. Each of these platters might seem steeply priced at RM32++, but portions are hearty enough for two light eaters.

Laotian Khao Pun Nam Ya, with bee hoon, bean sprouts, tuna & mint leaves. Tasted like a cross between assam laksa and curry laksa, though it leaned largely toward the latter, thanks to the thick, aromatic coconut broth.

Thai bean thread noodles, also known as cellophane or mung bean noodles. Brimming with plump green lip mussels. Extra zesty, with lotsa lime & coriander.

Malaysian claypot loh see fun with minced chicken, choy sum, dried shrimp & spring onion. Lacked the slick sinfulness of hawker versions (where's my egg, dude?).

Of course, we had to have a couple of Chinese specialties. These Cantonese egg noodles in egg gravy with cabbage, ginger & prawns were competently prepared but unexceptional.

Mee suah with ostrich, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots & shitake mushrooms. Silky noodles, tender meat, crunchy chestnuts; flawless ingredients combined for satisfying slurps.

Verdicchio Umani Ronchi Villa Bianchi del Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC, 2006.

The Noodle Room,
Hilton Kuala Lumpur.