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One of the harder thing to do when it comes to food is to have an open mind, of not having a preconception of reputation and who “should” be able to produce what sort of cuisine best. It is something that I personally struggle with from time to time, for example, I’d order Penang char kuih teow in Klang Valley using Penang style Hokkien, casting a doubt whenever they fail to reply in the same accent.

So you can imagine that I had my doubts when approaching this rather busy joint operated by three foreigners (Burmese perhaps?) just off Jalan Pasar in KL.

Jalan Seladang off Jalan Pasar, next to RHB
Jalan Seladang off Jalan Pasar, next to RHB

After riding past the area a few times on my way to Pudu, I thought I give it a try since it looked rather busy every single time I paid attention to it.

As it turns out, this little yellow stall a stone’s throw away from the famous Chen Chen Roast Goose offers fish head meehun.

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Unlike fancier places like B & Best (one of my favorite joints), the options here are simple, “soong fish head” (RM 7) or garupa fish head (RM 13), and the choice of noodle.

For both my visits, I picked meehun to go with the different types of fish. The portion were pretty decent, and the fish did tasted rather fresh, but above all, the execution were simple yet on point, with a good soup base, copious amount of parsley, just the right amount of fried garlic and raw ginger to make a very enjoyable bowl of fish head noodle.

fish head noodle with "soong fish"
fish head noodle with “soong fish”

If I didn’t sit there and see these guys cook it, I’d have thought this was prepared by some old Chinese uncle with 30 years experience.

Sometimes suspending our preconception can bring about good surprises.

jalan pasar fish head meehun map

Address:
Fish Head Meehun
Jalan Seladang off Jalan Pasar
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.135574, 101.715417

Whenever we wanted a bowl of good fish head noodle, Woo Pin at Taman Desa usually comes to mind. The place undoubtedly serves very good and reasonably priced fish head noodle, it is far from where we stay (PJ), has lousy parking situation, and is often packed to the brim on weekends.

Last weekends, I finally tried the Kaki Bola Dua fish head noodle at Taman Paramount which is much closer to home.

Kaki Bola XO Fish Head Meehun, PJ
Kaki Bola Dua XO Fish Head Meehun, PJ Taman Paramount

The restaurant is situated just a stone’s throw away from the famed restaurant O&S. Parking isn’t hard to come by, and there’s air conditioning. All positive signs so far.

There are three types of soup to choose from – XO, shiong tong, and tomyam flavor. Of those choices of soup, you can then pick deep fried fish head, fresh fish head, fish paste, fish filet, and so forth.

three different flavors of soup to choose from
three different flavors of soup to choose from

The fish of choice here is the traditional “soong” fish. I picked deep fried fish head and specifically asked for the meaty part (which apparently you can if you’re not a huge fan of excess fish bone) with the classic XO soup with milk (RM 8.30), appropriately listed as the first pick on the menu.

I asked for more "meaty" part of the fish head, delicious
I asked for more “meaty” part of the fish head, delicious

The fish head noodle came in less than 15 minutes or so despite a heavy crowd, and it well worth it. The fish crispy and fresh, the soup rather flavorful, and most importantly, the home made chili sauce accompanying the noodle has quite a bite as well.

For those looking for a bowl of good fish head noodle in around PJ, this would be a good option. I have a feeling I’ll be back to try out their other flavors.

Address:
Kaki Bola fish head noodle
No. 23, Jalan 20/14,
Paramount Garden,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor
GPS: 3.107316, 101.625090
Hours: daily 7.30am – 4pm, 6pm – 9pm

When it comes to fish head noodles, I’m often pretty conflicted. I mean, I love my seafood, but at the same time I am not one who likes to mess around with fish bones in a soupy dish. Sometimes it’s just too much trouble.

The perfect solution? Fish head noodle style but with deep fried fish fillet instead. This is one of the options you can get at Restaurant 6868 at Taman Kobena, Cheras.

Restaurant 6868, a very Chinese kinda name
Restaurant 6868, a very Chinese kinda name

Restaurant 6868 resides in one of the older shop lots at a relatively quiet part of Cheras. The two shop houses have seen better days, but the premise is rather cozy and hygiene standard is decent.

The menu is written on the wall, you can choose from “normal” Chinese Carp fish head noodle, Ma Yau fish head noodle, “4 Kingdom”, yin yeong, fish paste, and more. Prices are from RM 7 to RM 16 each bowl, a small bowl of Chinese Carp fish head noodle cheapest, and big portion of Ma Yau at the other end of price spectrum.

instead of fish head, we chose "ma yau" fish filets, fried suikao too
instead of fish head, we chose “ma yau” fish filets, fried suikao too

I had a small bowl of Ma Yau fish fillet noodle (RM 10) without the evaporated milk. It came with 3 chunks of pretty good size fillets. They were deep fried and fragrant, but what made it so much better was the sambal belacan that came with the fish, it was spicy and very addictive! I think I had about 3 extra servings of those belacan.

the sambal was most excellent
the sambal was most excellent

The version with evaporated milk were very good too, if you’re the type of prefers it that way. Big portion with Ma Yau fish costs RM 16 but you get 5 pieces of fillet instead of 3. I think we’ve decided that ordering big with less noodle might be the way to go next time. 😀

these guys ordered the big bowls at RM 16 each, normal portion is RM 10

We also ordered some deep fried suikao (RM 1.80 each) for sharing and they were of good quality and packed with ingredients as well. You can have these with the accompanying chili sauce, but I prefer to down em with even more sambal.

I shall go come back here and perhaps try their fish maw soup next time.

map to restaurant 6868 at Cheras

Address:
Restaurant 6868
No. 12, 14, Jalan 5/92B,
Taman Kobena, 56100
Cheras Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.11670, 101.73008
Tel: 016-215 3667, 03-9281 1889
Hours: Mon-Wed-Fri (8 am to 11 pm), Tue-Thu-Sat (8 am to 6 pm), Sun (7 am to 5 pm)

I can categorize my friends into 3 groups when it comes to spicy food. Those who can eat spicy food, those who can’t, and lastly, the one who can’t eat spicy food but will embrace it like a Winnie the Pooh to honey pot if it’s tomyam, no matter how hot the soup is. Case in point, Yuki.

So when she enthusiastically suggest that Haze (another tomyam fanatic) needs to try the tomyam meehun at Restaurant Gou Lou at Jalan Alor, I was certain that it won’t be a disappointment.

Restaurant Gou Lou at Jalan Alor
Restaurant Gou Lou at Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor is usually filled with tourists at night, but in the afternoon, more than half the restaurants are closed, and those that are in operation usually caters to locals instead – both price and taste wise. As a bonus, parking too is a lot less troublesome in the morning/afternoon.

The restaurant has air conditioned indoor, as well as the more “traditional” kopitiam set up with a retractable roof/umbrella at the semi open air alfresco area. They start early, and ends pretty early. 7 am to 4 pm.

tomyam seafood noodle, and curry soup version too
tomyam seafood meehun, and curry soup version too

Though labeled more clearly as a fish head noodle shop, my first experience here was their tomyam seafood meehun (RM 7.50). The dish is loaded with plenty of squid, cuttle fish, lala, and one pretty decent size prawn. The seafood were good, and the prawn especially sweet and juicy (you can order extra prawns for extra $).

As for the tomyam broth, Yuki was right and Haze concurred. It was spicy, flavorful, and perhaps one of the best out there from a Chinese hawker stall. I like they didn’t spare the usage of Chinese parsley.

Kerol chose the curry soup and had hers with extra foo-chok, and the picky girl was satisfied too.

absolutely love this dry curry chicken noodle
absolutely love this dry curry chicken noodle

My favorite from restaurant Gou Lou though, is this dry curry chicken noodle (RM 5.50) that I had on a separate visit (they ran out before 2pm on our first visit). The dish consists of  thick chicken curry poured over your choice of noodle with dark soya sauce base at the bottom. The noodle comes with chicken, potato, bean sprout, and topped with spring onion and fried shallots, it was fantastic.

Highly recommended for anyone who loves curry chicken, this was fantastic and I stopped over for breakfast this morning just to have this again.

dry curry mee with pork ball, curry mee, and fish swim bladder soup
dry curry mee with pork ball, curry mee, and fish swim bladder soup

The menu is actually pretty big here, and they are pretty flexible and allows mix-matching different ingredients of your choice. Horng tried dry curry with pork balls in soup before, and my colleague and I also shared a bowl of tasty fish swim bladder soup that tasted very fishy, but in a good way, if you know what I mean.

The curry mee (not Penang style) too was reported to be very palatable by another colleague of mine, Lee, who almost always order curry mee at every kopitiam we go.

Haze, Horng, Yuki, and Kerol
Horng, Yuki, Kerol, and Haze

While a lot of locals sees Jalan Alor as a tourist trap with pricey but sup-bar food destination, the place really did not rise to fame purely by travel magazines or junior feature journalists. There are really some hidden gems nested within this busy little street at Bukit Bintang. Give it a try some day!

Charn Kee tasty corner and Sister drunken chicken noodle are another two places worth visiting if you find yourself around the area.

direction to restaurant Gou Lou, jalan alor

Address:
Restaurant Gou Lou
37, Jalan Alor,
50200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.145755, 101.708947
Tel: 012-665 4095
Hours: 7 am to 4 pm, closed on Wednesday Branch:
73, Jalan SS 21/60 Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.133296, 101.621527
Tel: 03-7725 3420
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 am to 10 pm. 8 am to 4 pm otherwise

Ever since the last time we went for  fish head noodle at SS20, Kerol has kept saying that I should try the fish head noodle place at Taman Desa instead.  After a few rounds of Kerol cajoling Horng (who doesn’t like fish head noodle), we finally find our way to Taman Desa a couple weekends ago to try out Woo Pin fish head noodle that I’ve heard and read quite a  lot about.

woo pin fish head noodle
no nonsense fish head noodle with meehun

At Woo Pin, they concentrate only on fish head & fish paste noodle/yee mee. You have either normal or deep fried fish head with meehun or yee mee, fish paste with the same two choices of noodle, or fish paste/fish head soup.

3 types of ingredients, 2 types of noodles, or without any noodle. That makes 9 different combinations, that’s it. No different types of fish, fish balls, or even fish fillets.

Woo Pin fish head noodle at Taman Desa
restaurant says A ONE steamboat but now it’s fish head day and night

We ordered a big bowl of fish head noodle for each person, with another big portion of fish paste soup to share (small RM 6.50, big RM 8). Food took a little while to be served even though they have plenty of workers in the kitchen, the place is simply packed the whole time we were there.

While fish head noodle around Klang Valley is usually served with evaporated milk, you can opt out and have it with clear soup. Personally I usually prefer the latter, but for this session I had it the way how most people around here would.

fish head noodle with evaporated milk, fish paste soup
fish head noodle and fish paste noodle, kerol, terence, horng

The big portion was huge, with plenty of deep fried fish head, meehun, tomato, preserved vegetable, green onion, a bit of cilantro, fried shallots, and all the other things you’d normally find in a bowl of good old fashion fish head noodle.

The soup was sweet and definitely worthy of the reputation this place has garnered over the years. As for the fish, well, they’re good but filled with plenty of bones.

I read from Chuck Palaniuk’s RANT that when there’s so much hazard in food that makes you have to eat so ever slow and carefully, it tends to bring out the full flavor as opposed to gobbling everything down without tasting much of anything. I think that certainly make sense in this case.

map to Woo Pin fish head noodle at Taman Danau Desa

This is one of the places I could go again for a bowl of good fish head noodle, perhaps to try the version without evaporated milk next time. It’s even more convenient now that they’re open from 7:30am to 10pm at night. If you haven’t gone there yet due to the fact that you can’t wake up before 2pm on weekends, now there isn’t an excuse.

Address:
Woo Pin Fish Head Noodle
Jalan 1/109F, Taman Danau Desa,
Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.09832, 101.686503
Tel: 012-201 3148