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Sunday June 22, 2008

Robust beef noodles

Beef noodles are nourishing and filling.

FEELING under the weather? Why not try some beef noodles for a good pick-me-up? It certainly works better than aspirin, especially on a rainy day!

For as long as one can remember, nutritious beef noodles has always been the dish to take when you are really stressed out or when you need the goodness of red meat coursing through your veins.

Hearty: Beef noodle soup.

At the core of this nutritious dish is the stock, which is made by boiling different parts of beef together. This results in a stock that is robust in flavour. Lots of white peppercorns are also thrown in to enhance the soup.

Beef noodles are available in almost every town and city in the country. All you have to do is visit as many outlets as possible and pick your favourite, based on whether the stock is good, the beef slices or beef balls are generously served and of a good size and if the particular serving is to your expectation.

Personally, I prefer my beef noodles to include some vegetables. My favourites are the yam bean and white radish, the latter being particularly good for cleansing the gallbladder of stones and other impurities.

Among the outlets that The Star Guide to Malaysian Street Food has highlighted is Kedai Makan & Minuman Sri Majuon, on Jalan Theatre in Ipoh. It is run by 80-something patriarch Cheah Chi Cheong, who uses the queue system to manage the crowd at his stall.

The stall's hakka-style beef noodles (ngau lam meen, or simply Buntong beef noodles) is made of egg noodles, topped with minced meat and served with a bowl of beef balls, tendons, meat slices and a special beef ball made from a mixture of tendons, meat and yam bean.

The stock it is served in has been tended to for more than five hours over the fire and is also filled with different cuts of meat and red dates until it acquires its signature robust beefy taste.

Yong tau foo is also served at this stall to accompany the fulfilling and nourishing dish.

Lai Foong Restaurant on Jalan Tun HS Lee near Petaling Street, in Kuala Lumpur, is a popular stall for beef noodles.

In addition to herb stock and chopped preserved vegetables, the flavourful noodle dish is served with a choice of tender beef slices, tendons, tripe or beef balls, all of which are daily made.

The soup itself is cooked for a long time over a low fire the night before.

This stall is also on its way to celebrate close to 50 years of serving KL-ites with their famous version of beef noodles.

Not far from Lai Foong is another notable stall on Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin, the Soong Kee Beef Noodles, which has been around for the past 60-odd years and is still serving its signature beef noodles, with its bouncy firm and dense beef balls.

Served with a piquant spicy and sour chilli dip, it is also served as Hakka-style dry noodles, which is topped with minced meat.

Down south, the only other famous dish from Seremban that can compete with the Seremban Siew Pau except for the Seremban Beef Noodles sold at Stall 748, Pasar Besar Seremban on Jalan Pasar.

Made based on a recipe from Hainan Island in China, the robust soup version comes with salted vegetables and assorted beef parts and the peppery stock comes with turnip, beef, tendons and tripe.

This famous stall also serves its special version of the dry beef noodles, served with a thick spice-laden gravy, topped with peanuts, sesame seeds and beef slices.

Going to the tip of the south in Johor baru, Kedai Makanan & Minuman Ang Kim Chwee, on Jalan Lumba Kuda, is a crowd puller with its own version of beef noodles.

Served with a thick gravy, laden with tender beef slices, it is always usually served with owner Ngo Ah Teng’s homemade rice noodles or lai fun, that are soft and perfect with his show-stopping gravy.

Across the South China Sea, in the new township of Menggatal in Sabah, just off Kota Kinabalu is Kedai Kopi Sin Nyuk Pau, which serves a memorable version of beef noodles and said to be the best ngieu chap in town. With both the soup and dry versions available, one is really spoilt for choice here.

SMS Senders’ Pick For Best Beef Noodle

> Seremban beef noodle at the Seremban wet market.

> Onn kee at 36 stall in kampar, perak.

> Best beef noodle in kota kinabalu middle rest in lido and ka hiong in hill top.

> The best beef noodle in the country is in Seremban, opposite Public Bank in city centre. Nice atmosphere & great food!

> The best beef noodles in OUG, KL.Opposite market/Public bank. Beef slices were very tender. > The best beef noodles is at a small shoplot in sungai petani main taxi stand, gotta try -YxY-

> No Eye Deer restaurant in Penang has the best beef noodle. Yummy!!!!

> Onn kee at 36 stall in kampar, perak.

> Best beef noodle is in kota kinabalu, middle rest in lido and ka hiong on hill top.

> Restaurant Gyuniku , 20 Jln 28/70A in Desa Sr Hartamas. They use quality beef.

> De best beef noodle at No Eye Deer tg. Tokong, penang. De soup is clear n beef is tender.

> Ah Bak Restaurant teochew beef noodles at Parit Buntar new township. Never miss having a bowl when returning to hometown.

> The best beef noodle is in Jalan Peel. Next to Queens Restoran. Pls try their beef spare parts, yummy.

> Best beef noodle is in the hawker centre in Grik sold by a thai lady. Should try the pork n chicken leg noodles cos its great 2.

> The best beef noodles is in three u kopitiam no 9, jalan kenari 7, bandar puchong jaya, puchong, Selangor.

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