Let me tell you something: I love my noodles, I do. I’d go for noodles, any time, over rice.
So, when CS decided to hold a Noodles Party at Chef Choi’s and I was privileged enough to be on her invitation list, I was almost ecstatic. If my previous dinner experience at Chef Choi’s was anything to go by, I just couldn’t wait to see what kinda partying we’d be having on Noodles Nite!
The party kicked off with the most lusted-over appetizer… what else could it be but…. this…
Yesss… the glorious Matsusaka! Cooked and served in the only way that befits a royal bovine…
Our 2nd appetizer… Tiger Prawns, smothered with chopped garlic and drenched with superior soya sauce, the only seasoning that’s needed.
Then the stars of the party – noodles – were served, starting with the Fried Meesuah… the rice vermicelli was not oily, yet the strands were nicely separated and had enough “wok hei” – its aroma wafted to our table even before we actually saw the dish on the table! I like the crunchy beansprouts in it too. A lovely start… I was totally convinced we were in for some glorious noodling.
Lobster Noodles – a huge Boston lobster was used in this dish. What a scrumptious monster!
This whole lobster was enough for all 12 of us! I couldn’t decide whether I loved the noodles or the lobster claw more! The noodles were so good as they have absorbed all the heavenly juices and flavour from the lobster… certainly one of the best I have tasted and of course, the fresh succulent lobster meat proved to be the highlight of the meal! What more can I say?
Fried Glass Noodles – simple comfort noodles – a clear indication of the chef’s skills, as glass noodles can be quite tricky to fry. Glass noodles are delicate stuff and you need a good balance of skills and timing to stir- fry them right.
Hokkien Mee… ahhh, this one gets the Most Lardy award for the night. Not only were the thick fat noodles glistening with pure porky goodness, generous amounts of crispy nougats of “chee yau cha” were sprinkled all over. Fans of crispy pork fats will die for this.
Ketchup Meehoon – Now, I have heard so much about this legendary meehoon. Literally, it means rice noodles cooked in tomato ketchup. How simple and comforting can that be? According to CS, this particular meehoon dish was inspired by her childhood jaunts to one particular stall in Jalan Campbell which serves superb ketchup meehoon. The tangy tomato nuances in the gravy soaking up the fried chewy meehoon … I immediately fell in love with this.
Fun Pei – flat sheets of noodles made from beans. They were thin and slightly chewy, with an eggy coating and tossed with lots of spring onions, carrots and black fungus. Very interesting mouthfeel and absolutely delicious to the bite!
Noodles with Ginger & Spring Onions. This personifies the adage “Simplicity is Best”. Thin egg noodles tossed with just shredded ginger and spring onions. Every bundle of noodles from my chopsticks to my mouth was amazingly aromatic … I could eat just this and be a very happy camper.
Beef Hor Fun… I was actually raising my hands in surrender (I mean, come on… 7 noodle dishes had been gorged!) when this plate of temptation was served…
How can anyone resist this? One moment we were protesting that we couldn’t possibly swallow another strand… and the next, we were all slurping these slithery flat rice noodles with great relish… and those slices of sweet tender beef were gone in a very short time.
Desserts… just look, we had Sesame Dumplings Rolled in Peanuts, Honey Lemon Sea Coconut, Creme Brulee and Stewed Papaya in Almond Milk… all of which rendered a sweet and memorable end to the Noodles Party.
What a feat – 8 types of noodles in one seating… I bet not many of you have ever done something as deliciously crazy as this!
Restaurant Chef Choi
159 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur