Thursday, February 27, 2014

Boat Noodle @ Empire Damansara

Bangkok's 'boat noodles' have sailed into Damansara Perdana, stirring up a sweet-&-spicy storm for fans of Thai fare.


 Boat Noodle _ which isn't officially open but has been hosting test sessions _ plays it somewhat safe by sticking to the beef & chicken versions of its namesake, shunning porcine blood & crackling for resolutely bovine & fowl broths. But even without pork, these little bowls still pack plenty of nuance, with undercurrents of a savoury-sour tang.

The broth relies on beef bones or chicken stock, depending on which one customers order. The flavours so far seem pleasant instead of punchy, but what we tasted here might not exactly be what this outlet serves when it launches, likely next month; the kitchen is still tinkering with the recipes, so Boat Noodle should prove unsinkable by March.

 Customers are advised to order three bowls per person for a fairly filling meal. Each bowl here will likely clock in at RM1.90, more than what they cost near Victory Monument, but calculative customers should appreciate being able to save on airfare to the Land of Smiles.

 Chilled pandan-coconut desserts that could pass off for Nyonya puddings, served in small bowls as well, constitute the ideal wrap-up to a meal here. Absolutely addictive.

 Boat Noodle is a friendly place that harbours no pretensions of striving to satisfy patrons with anything but freshly assembled soul food; this place could float close to the top of eateries to check out once it opens.

Our one request: Add offal to the noodles here. We love our liver, we'll be thankful for tendons & tripe.

Boat Noodle
G3A, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana

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35 comments:

  1. Beef noodles seem inviting, i am a huge fan of coriander, any noodles/rice topped with coriander will surely earn some extra marks from me :D

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    1. Ken: that's true, it's a terrific complement for meat, especially beef in this case! :)

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  2. What they sell at the Floating Market? I sure would love to try - I've a soft spot for anything Thai...

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    1. Suituapui: you'll have a soft spot for these noodles, i think! :)

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  3. I always love the idea of small bowls. You can tend to eat more things in smaller servings.


    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: that's one fun way of looking at it! :)

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  4. The dishes are nice, the food looks decent.

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    1. Linda: yeah, everyone likes to stack those bowls up, heh =)

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  5. Was so excited to see this in the morning hahaha! you just made my day with this post

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    1. NekoHime: glad to hear that! will update this post when they've announced their opening date .... hopefully it'll be in the first half of march :)

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  6. Yummy yummy yummy! Cheap and good = YES! :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, cheerfully cheap but definitely delicious! :)

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  7. I wonder why the bowls/ serving sizes are so small?

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    1. The Yum List: someone said the servings were traditionally small as the bowls of boat noodles were once served on actual boats, and small bowls helped prevent spillage. not sure how far that's true, heh =)

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  8. A boating we will go...a boating we will go! :P

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    1. Ulric: haha, cruise on right ahead here, captain ulric :)

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  9. oh, I like the idea of small bowls. Can try many versions then. And noodles are my favourite food :) Damansara Perdana is NOT my favourite place, though.

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    1. Footfringe: haha, but damansara perdana is such a convenient location for you ... i need to battle a long line of cars to even get close to damansara perdana :D and yeah, small servings for food for low prices are the best! i like the glass noodles here also ... not too filling :)

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  10. Sean, does it mean it is open for service already or still got to wait? Thanks.

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    1. Ivan: Boat Noodle opens Monday, March 17 :)

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  11. what is the price? same as bkk? 10 baht per bowl? :p

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    1. Joe: nope, it's about RM1.90 per bowl here :)

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    1. Syimasen: no pork is served here.

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    2. No pork yes... But are the meat served halal?

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    3. No pork yes... But are the meat served halal?

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  13. What's the operating hour?

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  14. What is the prize for breaking the record?

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  16. Are the meat served halal?

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  17. The taste of the rice noodles soup of pathumtani and ayuthaya in ikano is not the same as the empire Damansara boat noodles and klang parade boat noodle. I went yesterday to ikano and now I'm at empire Damansara boat noodle.
    What is lack ?
    The taste and mainly the soup was different hope they used the same SOAP protocol. The soup in ikano is so thin n the smell of coriander that I always love was not there... :( lucky here still the same

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