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November 26, 2017

Hefu Noodles, Shanghai…you just have to turn up and slurp

There’s nothing finer for a light lunch than a bowl of noodles and delicious broth. Paired with a cold glass of flavored tea, you simply can’t go wrong.

If you’re looking for flavorful and tender beef noodles, look no further than Hefu noodles. Opt for the rich flavor and creamy textured Hefu noodles with crab oil & cattle rib. Wash it down with an incredible cup of delightful blend peach flower and fruit tea.

You just have to turn up and slurp. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 6, 2015

Hock Heng Pandan Beef Ball, Johor Bahru…Goodness gracious, great balls y’all!

As someone who loves meatballs but is also super-picky about meatballs, I was either going to love to or hate this place. The original Hock Heng opened in Kampung Pandan more than sixty years ago by the founder, hence the famous name, Pandan beef ball noodles. When I was a young lad, my grandpa would occasionally drive me there for a bowl of noodle. This Hock Heng place still maintains its mojo — but it’s just missing a bit of extra oomph.

Having had gazillions beef balls since my childhood sojourns to Kampung Pandan, I was, therefore, expecting some kind of badass beef noodle — after all, good first impressions stick with you for life. This branch at Taman Sri Tebrau was quiet mostly deserted. The signature beef balls are pretty good – meaty, firm, springy (I’d swear they could bounce on the floor if I’d dropped them) and crunchy – not too over-the-top.

Though not the lip-smacking great, I am happy to report that this is Johor Bahru’s best! Keep on ballin’ Hock Heng! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 11, 2013

Restoran Ngau Kee Famous Beef Noodles, Kuala Lumpur…(ultra) Dirty Dining

I’ve got a gross-out eatery tale I’m dying to tell.
 
Any place where food is stored is going to attract pests, and in large cities with older infrastructure (like Kuala Lumpur), cockroaches are simply an unpleasant fact. Most restaurants battle against it every day, but it’s inevitable that sometimes customers are going to see a roach or a rat. Sadly, though, Restoran Ngau Kee – a stall located on a five-foot way – is indeed an eatery where the pests seem right at home. Clusters of multi-sized dead roaches stuck on the wall which my table was pushed against freaked me out.
 
The place was bustling and busy and while the final product (thin, springy egg noodles are tossed in dark soysauce & topped with minced beef, served with a bowl of clear soup with beef balls, tender cubes of beef & ox-tripe on the side) may look and taste amazing, I now wonder (after seeing the state of the place) just what happened to the food before it arrived on my table? Was the meat handled correctly? Did the cook wash his hands? I still feel squeamish now, just thinking about it.
If you must eat here, here’s a tip: once your food is in front of you, don’t let it out of your sight, because you never know what could happen to it. Restoran Ngau Kee is a disgusting, repulsive cesspool of filth. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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