Not too long ago, we talked about a rather unconventional steamboat place in Kota Kemuning named the Steamboat Castle.
A recently, from the same people who brought us the unconventional steamboat experience, has open the doors to their latest food venture, The Noodle Room. Well, not easy to miss actually, as it is just located next door to Steamboat Castle itself.
Coming off the same ‘stable’ as the Steamboat Castle, The Noodle Rooms features a very similar layout and furnishing except for it’s color theme is now purple instead of the latter’s red and there was no waiting area. A huge lightbox signboard and glass facade introduces patrons to the place. Upon entering, the cashier is strategically placed on the right side of the front section leaving the rest of the place to round tables that caters for 6 to 8 person at least and two private sections fit many more. Other familiar hints of their ‘relation’ were the ‘steamboat’ ready stove unit ready on every table.
We must say, when we saw the sign ‘The Noodle Room’, we weren’t really sure what sort of noodles they would be serving. Hence, upon looking at the menu, their main specialty was the Garoupa Fish Noodles (Grouper in certain parts of the world), where fresh or fried slices garoupa is served with noodles in either clear broth, milky broth (with evaporated milk, like those of Fish Head Noodles).
Other specialty they served includes, varies options, of Piping Hot Pot Noodles, Pumpkin Udon Noodles, Home Made Balls Noodles, Dry Scallop Porridge (which we would love the try the next round) and some Specialty Snacks. The sumptuous looking imagery on the menu gave a pretty good preview of the selections they offer.
So what did we try?
First up, their main specialty of course. We ordered their Fresh Garoupa Noodle with milky broth. We ordered it fresh instead of fried, as that we would be able to tell if their ingredients, particularly the fish is really fresh. And indeed, they weren’t lying, and for the price of 14.80 it’s worth the penny that you’ll be paying for. Four huge chunks of Fresh Garoupa Slices were included in a bowl of vermicelli, with some salted vege, and tomatoes and other regular ingredients that mimicked the ever popular fish head noodle dish in Malaysia. A home-made chilli sauce was served with the noodle, which we would say, it compliments the fresh Garoupa slices pretty well.
Next, since we weren’t in the mood for hot pot, and porridge could be something we could pass, we decided to try their Pumpkin Udon with Fried Garoupa slices. Well, we have tried pumpkin in many forms in our past dining experiences, i.e. stir fried, soup, dessert paste, but we have definitely haven’t tried it as a sauce for noodle, in this case Udon. On arrival, the presentation looks mouth-watering, and it’s quite aromatic too. As for the taste, we were delighted that it actually tasted pretty good (note ‘pretty’). The sesame and peanut sprinkled over it made it even more aromatic. It’s definitely worth the try.
Also, we had also tried one of the recommended Specialty Snacks too, Century Egg Crispy Chicken with Dried Chillies.
Deep fried dish of small lean pieces of chicken with tiny pieces of century egg with dried chillies. This tasted as good as it looks and surprisingly not really oily for a deep fried snack dish. Should try this as well.
This place has plenty of hints of how close and strategically it shares its ingredients resources, furnishing hints and operations with that of the Steamboat Castle, well, the price bracket is not far behind as well.
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