Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wanton Noodles @ Jalan Gelugor, Klang

It was still very early after the meal at Teluk Pulai and would be such a waste if we just returned to KL without exploring other parts of Klang. Cousin Andy was quick to suggest a light meal at Jalan Gelugor, off Jalan Meru. This is where a plate of heavenly wanton noodles can be found, according to him.

Situated at the cross junction between Jalan Gelugor and Jalan Kepayang, this stall was as discreet as it could get. There was no signboard and the number of tables and chairs were visibly limited. I wouldn't have known that it serves wonderful wanton noodles if it was not for my cousin. No sign of customers yet. Perhaps it was still early, I thought. It was afterall, 11.00 am. We were told to come back at 11.30 am when the stall was ready for business. After a few directionless rounds within the vicinity, we made it back to the stall 30 minutes later.

To my surprise, all the tables were already occupied! There were even cars parked adjacent to the stall, waiting for their take out! This has got to be good! We managed to share a tiny table by the stove and quickly placed our order. Apparently, this stall only offers the dry type of wanton noodles and comes in 2 sizes: normal or large. The normal version cost RM3.90. I heard the large version costs a whopping RM9! Well, if it's worthwhile, why not?

While waiting for the noodles, we had sugar cane juice, which was quite refreshing and much needed as it was really hot that afternoon.

A glimpse at the condiments revealed a simple choice of preserved green chilies besides the must-have soya sauce. Unlike the generic withered-green type, the chilies here were fresh and sweet, with the right amount of tanginess.

It took quite awhile for the food to arrive as there was only one cook and he seemed to be in charge of the whole cooking process. The noodles finally arrived looking rather simple. Was it worth the wait? Well, the char siew (roasted pork) was visually uninteresting and tasted bland too. Texture-wise, it was quiet tender. The wanton came in the size of a slightly larger 10 cents coin! The taste was good though and reminded me of miniature siu mai (pork dumpling-dim sum style). The wanton skin was smooth and thin. It could have been better if flatfish was added to the minced meat. I guess the dainty size was a strategy used by the boss to tease his customers so that they'll eventually return to satisfy their craving. The noodles, well, the noodles was definitely one of the best I've had in a very long time! Fine, silky smooth, aromatic and cooked al dente, it was almost perfect! There was also no hint of alkaline water in the noodles. We wanted to buy some home but was told the noodle was not for sale. On the other hand, the sauce was a total letdown as it was basically a mixture of dark & light soya sauce and oil. Bring on some lard or sesame oil, I'd say!

A pleasant visit, nonetheless. The noodle was really impressive! The crowd (mainly locals) can't be wrong.

Here's the location of the stall.


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

will ask my girlfriend to take me here since u say the noodles really great..if it was so great..they shud really hav it in soup..

wenching & esiong said...

I haven't really tasted any good wanton noodles for quite a long time, don't know where to find them. Gonna ask my Klang friends bout it and ask them to bring me there! Thanks for the map.

Big Boys Oven said...

I am crazy for wanton mee now! so hungry leh! kekekekeke

Nic (KHKL) said...

joe - yupe, go for the noodles! i think the reason for not having the soup is to achieve higher efficiency with less variation as there is only 1 cook.

wenching & esiong - no prob...the taste is so-so but the noodle is really good!

Big Boys Oven - wah, if you have wanton mee followed by your new strawberry ganache tartlet as dessert, it will be really wonderful!

ling239 said...

pickled green chili is a must have with wanton noodles... ^_^

Nic (KHKL) said...

ling239 - yupe, wanton mee wouldnt taste good without good pickle chili...salivating thinking about it..haha!

Julian Si said...

Thanks for the tip! Yummy!!

Nic (KHKL) said...

Hey Julian, thanks for stopping by! glad you enjoyed it! gonna check out your post now.