January 5, 2019

Nuer Koo, Bangkok…has beef noodles like no one else in Bangkok

There are other beef noodle shops in Bangkok, but there is nothing quite like Nuer Koo (pronounce ‘Nua Kooh’).

I opted for medium sliced kobe beef quickly dipped in broth. The soul-stirring soup is deceptively mild at first, gaining carnality with each spoonful but never growing too forceful. It manages to be light and clean on the palate, with a straightforward beefiness that doesn’t linger too long. It comes with rough cuts of gorgeously marbled beef, putting up gentle resistance. The noodles have an integrity and chew you might associate with good Italian pasta.

I’m calling the beef noodle soup here a BUY. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 9, 2018

Super super, Hong Kong…They won’t win any awards

There’s a reason wonton soup became one of the backbones of the Hong Kong menu. Beyond being simply delicious, it is a taste that crosses borders.

This trip to Super Super relegated my perspective of beef noodle soup to hard beef balls, tough-as-nails beef tripe and supposedly premium beef brisket dropped into a bowl of soup. However, I got to say that the soup is light and doesn’t just taste like something that came from a can, and the shrimp wontons are slippery and thin and filled with small chunks of shrimp folded into the filling.

The space is nothing too notable, but it’s a calm, not overly cramped room as you would expect in Hong Kong.

It’s not the best deal around. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 14, 2017

Gu Yi Wan, Shanghai…comforting, delicious and cheap

Shanghai’s Chinese food scene is a diverse beast. This tiny Gu Yi Wan does a lot of things well but I’m all over it just for its modest braise in soy sauce beef noodle. It is rich and restorative in texture and taste, a kind of mental health food. Apart of that, other worthy mentions are their wantons, shaomai and shaobing

The restaurant is both the simplest and most marvelous of discoveries in a city that is filled with gastronomic delights. Trust me: you need to try it. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 11, 2012

Kedai Makanan Soo Kee Mee Stall, Kuala Lumpur…perfect 10 stir-fried beef kway teow

I basically eat only two things at Soo Kee and for me I really don’t need to go past that.

1. “ngau yoke hor” –     stir-fried beef kway teow with gravy
2. “sang har mien” – crispy egg noodle with large fresh water prawn

The beef slices were so tender, the moment you ate it, it would just melt to the sides of your cheeks. The noodles were perfectly cooked with the right amount of elasticity, garnished with spring onions which add colour and flavour to the dish and best of all, it has “wok hei” (the “essence imparted by a hot wok on the food – according to wikipedia). And the flavour of the thick, eggy gravy…perfect 10.

I don’t know if anyone makes it better in the general area but I don’t care because they do it for me pretty much every time.  It’s very addictive and I almost “need” to eat it everytime I visit Kuala Lumpur.

Be warned though. Everything here is crazy expensive. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

February 5, 2012

Restoran Soong Kee Beef Ball Mee, Kuala Lumpur…an intoxicatingly delicious beef noodle meal

This is a nice air-conditioned little shop in Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin located near Chinatown that serves Beef balls.  The dry version is awesome! The springy thin Hakka wantan-mee style noodles topped with tasty trademark finely minced pork crowned with the family’s secret concoction of rich savoury, aromatic mix of  herbs and spices  makes this an intoxicatingly delicious meal. And we haven’t even got to the juicy homemade beef balls yet. 

 And then the pièce de résistance… the Beef Balls – an explosion of beefy, almost buttery flavour, smooth in texture yet springy. Perfect when dipped into their home-made chilli sauce .

Happy days.

This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

August 30, 2011

Nam Giao, Ho Chi Minh City…Banh Beo and Bun Bo Hue that hits the spot

I used to believe that pho was the only authentic Vietnamese food. A friend brought me to Nam Giao to taste what I’ve been missing  – the ancient capital Hue cuisine & let me tell you.. I became an instant fan.

I love the Banh beo tom tuoi  which was steamed rice flour cake with fresh ground shrimp. Bun bo hue (Hue spicy beef noodle soup) – the best thing I had and it hit the spot. Don’t get intimidated by the description. It was not spicy what so ever!

The Va tron (fig salad) was disappointing for me. The Hen xao xue banh tran (saute baby clams over baked rice pepper) and Bunh canh cua (shrimp, crabmeat, sliced pork with special rice noodle soup) were alright, nothing really special about them

This is the first time I’ve ever had hue style BBH and banh Beo and I absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

August 13, 2011

Sun Yuen Restaurant, Hong Kong…why restate the obvious? The beef noodle is good.

Let me get one thing out of the way. This “restaurant”is more like a half coffee shop to me, a typical Hong Kong style one at that. This is a semi hole in the wall. Don’t expect service or ambiance, but it doesn’t matter because the food is good. The service is quick and casual and you’re pretty much sitting elbow to elbow with random strangers. Get in and get out… 15 minutes. Savouring is for the weak.

Beef brisket, tendon, tripe and flank steak with your choice of vermicelli, egg noodle, or ho fun (flat rice noodle) in beef broth. The beef was insanely tender — just breathing on it seemed to make it fall apart.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.  Heck, if I lived in the neighbourhood, I’d enjoy it on a regular basis as well. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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