Boat Noodle Restaurant – how many empty bowls can you stack?

After seeing a few friends mentioned this new restaurant, we were determined to have a go.

The first time we went, it was already closed around 4pm so we ended up having Texas Chicken next door (btw, I love the spicy fried chickens). The following time, we made sure we reached about 1pm.

# – Boat Noodle.

The restaurant was already quite packed, but we got a small table almost immediately. Service was good, the waiting staff, a girl who seated us was very attentive and friendly.

The food menu was small – 2 types of dry noodles and 2 types of soup noodles, going for RM1.90 a bowl. Why so cheap? Cause each bowl has the portion of about two tablespoons of noodles and you’re supposed to order more than one bowl to fill you up.

On a bad day, I tend to think it’s a bit gimmicky, but on a good day why not? It’s fun!

# – How many can you take?

The restaurant’s interior is slightly cramped but not uncomfortable.

# – Small tables.

This is essentially a Thai-style restaurant selling the beef/chicken noodles we’re familiar with on the streets of Thailand. So, the condiments available are naturally very Thai too.

# – The condiments – reminiscent of Thailand’s restaurants.

As it’s our first time, we ordered a total of 10 bowls of both dry chicken and beef noodles.

# – Our first order.

Each bowl had about 2 tablespoon of rice noodles, with gravy heavily infused with spices, a couple of meatballs, bits of meat, fresh herbs and bean sprouts. I enjoyed it – simple, honest, delicious noodles.

Don’t expect any firework and you will be just fine. Also, I found sprinkling some chilli pepper flakes over gave the noodles an addictive kick!

# – Close-up.

Then we ordered more noodles.

# – Noms noms noms!

In the end, the hubs chalked up 11 bowls, while I managed a respectable 7 bowls.

# – Her vs him.

So, will we come back again? Yes. I enjoyed the noodles as what they were, simple Thai street food that is not easily available locally. I was quite skeptical about the mini bowl concept but eventually I found it fun and sociable.

Boat Noodle
G3A, Empire Damansara,
Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana
Petaling Jaya
Tue – Fri: 12pm-9pm
Sat – Sun: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Closed on Monday
019-4773119 / 016-3304762 / 019-6756138

Good food at Ah Lye Curry Fish Head, Subang SS19

Just want to share with you guys this place I went for lunch recently. It’s called Ah Lye Curry Fish Head and it’s located in SS19, Subang.

# – Ah Lye Curry Fish Head.

I love fish head curries but only the ones sold in chinese joints. I don’t mind the ones by indians…but I always find them slightly too spicy for me and I don’t mean spicy as in heat. Sorry, am racist when it comes to fish head curries.

Maybe I haven’t found a good indian curry fish head yet. Feel free to enlighten me!

Anyway, back to Ah Lye’s. My lunchmates were really excited about the place while I was more worried about how I was going to chew.

Background story, I just had orthodontic rubber spacers put around my teeth for my pre-braces work…so they’re tender as hell and I can’t really chew cause the rubbers broke the 1st time I attempted chewing.

# – Gross picture of my teeth. Spot the blue orthodontic spacers? These stuff are suppose to create gaps between my teeth.

Right now, I can only chew with my two front teeth (TEDIOUS) and it’s getting harder each day because I swear I can feel like my teeth have protruded even more than they were before the spacers. Bla bla bla who cares?

(I realise I should blog about my teeth in another post and not a food review post lol sorry)

Ah Lye’s Curry Fish Head is located in a row of shops smacked right in the middle of SS19 residences. When we’re there, parking was ample but I think we’re just lucky.

A friend who’s a regular did the ordering.

# – Fish head curry of course. It comes in Medium or Large portion.

Dayummmm it was good! The fish was just nice, fresh and flaky. The curry gravy was flavoursome…so delicious!

In fact, my friend who did the ordering told us that the last time she brought her brother there, when all the fish and vegetables had been devoured save the gravy, her brother ordered another bowl of rice, dumped it into the claypot, mixed it all up with the gravy and ate it all!

I can totally understand and if I had known earlier that someone had already pulled off such an anti-social stunt I would have gladly done the same. Hehehe.

# – Nam Yu pork.

The Nam Yu pork was pretty good but not outstanding. I think mostly cause I had issues chewing them too :( Nevertheless they went down well with everyone.

# – Deep fried stuffed bean curd sheets.

Pretty damn good. Sure, it was a bit greasy, but oh so delicious! It was filled with bits of carrots and onions, very appetising, very moreish.

# – Asam prawns.

I thought these were marmite prawns with a tangy twist at first, but they weren’t. They’re actually tamarind prawns and they were OMFG GREAT! The sticky sauce was addictive, the prawns were huge AND fresh. Sucking off the prawn heads….blissful! I could have eaten about a dozen of this if it weren’t for my stupid teeth. I mean the fish head curry was great but I would go back to Ah Lye just for the prawns, no question.

Ah Lye Curry Fish Head is an air-conditioned joint, which makes it an awesome lunch place as you can take shelter from the sweltering heat. Temperature’s been really crazy lately by the way. The service was pretty fast and no-nonsense.

Becareful when you order “small” rice though because they’re not kidding about the size – the portion literally is about 3 tablespoons of rice.

I will be back!

# – Ah Lye Curry Fish Head.

Ah Lye Curry Fish Head
No.28, SS19/1G
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 603-56380468 / 603-56349692
Business Hour: 12pm-3pm (Lunch) & 5pm-10pm (Dinner)
GPS Coordinates: 3.0758887 101.5754559 (N03° 4.5533′, E101° 34.5274′)

Superb baby back ribs at Racks, Changkat Bukit Bintang.

One day, we found ourselves at Racks, a newly opened restaurant at Changkat Bukit Bintang. Thanks Winnie for the invite! I suppose there’s no need for guessing what Racks specialises in ;)

# – The interior of Racks.

# – Racks has booze too.

Yeap, they’ve got plenty of booze. In fact, they have test tube shooters going for RM200 for 12 tubes. The Molotov – consist of vodka, tequila, Jack Daniels and Tabasco, which I didn’t try due to sheer fear.

Test Tube Babies on the other hand were made with vodka, peach schnapps and a dash of cranberry…it was smooth and delicious! Illusion is mixture of Midori melon, pineapple juice and vodka, which was pretty tasty too…and potent ;)

# – Think I was posing with Test Tube Babies.

As for the food….yummers! First brought out were appetisers called Special Pigs in Special Blankets which were essentially spiced oxford sausages wrapped in speck ham. Served alongside Peaches N Parma, grilled sweet peaches wrapped in thin savoury parma hams, they made a great medley of flavours.

# – Special Pigs in Special Blankets (RM24) & Peaches N Parma (RM22).

Next was Angels in Parma, which were live pacific oysters wrapped in oysters. This was a winner for me as I LOVEEEEEE oysters!

# – Angels in Parma (RM32).

At this point, I was a little fearful of the lack of fibres on the menu but my fears were unfounded as they then served Asparagus Under Prosciutto. The asparagus were fresh, young, crunchy and was a great vehicle to deliver the prosciutto into my mouth :D

# – Asparagus Under Prosciutto (RM22).

Obviously, Racks believed we haven’t been fed with enough meat for they popped out with a huge cold meat platter. My mouth couldn’t stop watering. Lovely cold cuts served with jam, pickles, mustard and fresh bread – all made in-house. It was delicious and an interesting dish as every mouthful was different from the one before.

# – Cuts, Pickles, Jams, Mustards & Breads

And then, out came the burgers and sandwiches. They were all pretty good. My only complaint was that the Pulled Pork Burger was not moist enough. The flavours were superb but I like my pulled pork moist and messy.

# – Pulled Pork Burger (RM28).

The pork burger was amazing. Juicy, flavoursome, thick pork patty, topped with sun dried tomatoes and crispy bacon sandwiched between two soft buns AND then topped off with more crispy bacons. The picture is not much, but you’ve got to try it!

# – Racks’ Pork Burger (RM28).

Finally, they served their namesakes…the baby back ribs! The ribs were braised and glazed on the spit to perfection. The meat literally fell off the bones, it’s that good. I found the pricing really reasonable too, RM52 for a full rack while 1/2 rack goes for RM32.

The Hot & Spicy racks is more like a typical BBQ racks with a special sauce they call “Torture Sauce”. Hmmmm. It’s good but my favourite was actually the Sticky & Sweet, serve with marmalade glaze.

# – Hot & Spicy 1/2 rack (RM32).

# – Sticky & Sweet Full Rack (RM52). IT’S HUGE!

I’d definitely go back again, especially for the ribs! I hope they would come out with more flavours too…what we’re lacking in KL is a place that has proper baby back ribs!

Thank you Racks for a great time and the superb food :)

# – High and happy.

Racks Bar & Baby Backs,
18-1, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2110 1550

Read more about the place from my friends:

Huai Bin