Thursday, June 18, 2009

Nippy Noodles

I'm heading off to Bali for 10days starting tomorrow and so there won't be any new posts in that time...but I will be taking lots of photos and eating a ton of food in Bali so there will be a mini Bali food guide on here once I get back!

A few weeks ago I was recommended a noodle shop that makes the traditional Chinese bamboo noodles. Upon hearing the term bamboo noodles I was instantly intrigued! The first time I had heard of it was when I watched Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations attempt to make these looked like a lot of hard work with a bit of fun mixed in...and so I knew I had to give these noodles a try!

Bamboo noodles originated in China in the early 1900’s in the Guang Zhao province. Making noodles in this old-fashioned way requires a lot of skill and patience. At Nippy Noodles they mix premium flour and omega eggs without the addition of any other liquid or preservatives. This gives it the perfect bouncy consistency and fresh egg aroma. A bamboo is then used to flatten the noodles and work the dough. This is done by physically sitting on the bamboo and bouncing along on the dough with it. After this process, the noodles are cut by hand and the prepared (either dry or with a soup). The noodles here are made fresh daily and there are no leftovers by the end of the day.

We tried out the wantan noodles with mushrooms as well as with stewed chicken...
On the side we went crazy with a bunch of porky dishes…a combination platter with barbecue pork slices and crispy deep fried pork slices...
The barbecue pork slices are thin and not too fatty and go well with the noodles. The skin on the crispy fried pork is uber crunchy and tasty revealing a tender fatty meat beneath.
Stewed pork ribs…
I especially enjoy the stewed pork ribs as the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender and covered in a thick fragrant sauce.
And to balance out the porkiness fish paste and prawn dumplings...

The fried fish paste prawn dumplings are a little tasteless in comparison to the other dishes and so I focus most of my energy on the meat.

The highlight in this store though is the noodle and let me tell you right now that it is absolutely sublime. There is a bounce when you bite down and the noodles don’t clump together. They are thin and light and have a good overall texture. Honestly, you could just order a bowl of these noodles, pour in a few spoonfuls of soup, mix it up with the light soy sauce that is already in the bowl, add some chillies, and you would have a very nice meatless meal.

If you get to this noodle shop early you might just be lucky enough to see them make the noodles with the bamboo method as there is a window area that allows you to look into the kitchen where the noodles are prepared. Either way, experiencing this springy delight is a must.

Nippy Noodles
No. 25, Jalan Kuchai Maju 7
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
Tel: 03.7982 1781


thenomadGourmand said...

I agree..its good enough on its own with the sauce!!
I went at night so I didnt managed to catch any of the bamboo action. I did packed atr portion for tk-awy ;p
as i'm not in tht area tht much..and it still as gd the next day!

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

Wow handmade noodles sounds awesome! It would be great to see them being prepared. I love the look of those big dark mushrooms too.

550ml jar of faith said...

Great find! I can feel the springy noodle action in my mouth just reading your post. I really ought to make more of an effort to visit Kuchai Lama much good food to be found!

Anonymous said...

I WANT! I WANT! I WANT! I love these noodles...springy with a bit of bite to it!

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

TheNomadGourmand - Oh yes it is really yummy..

Arwen - I too have to make a trip back and see how they are done. The mushrooms were super juicy!

550ml - It was my first time in kuchai lama...soo yumms tho!

BurpandSlurp - hehe oh so good!