Sunday, June 22, 2014

GO Noodle House @ Jaya One & Shabuton Tei @ Kota Damansara

Noodles slide into the spotlight for this entry: Customers searching for slurp-worthy strands should slip into the freshly launched GO Noodle House, one of Jaya One's most distinctive restaurants.

Bottles of Chinese cooking wine line the entrance of GO Noodle House; no mere ornaments, these serve a practical purpose, which we'll come to in a few seconds.

Customers have lots of space for customisation here: First, select your type of noodles (Yunnan-style mixian rice noodles or regular bee hoon), then your soup (superior or spicy) & pile on the add-ons; we had 'song fish' belly, squid balls & fresh prawns. Each bowl of noodles with one type of topping starts from RM8.70; our hearty one with three types of relatively premium toppings cost a reasonable RM18.90. Other topping options include pork belly, beef slices, clams, scallops or bitter gourd.

Here's where the wine comes into play: This friendly, efficiently operated eatery offers three-year-aged & five-year-aged bottles for customers to splash a spoonful of wine into their soup _ it's a wonderful way to boost the flavour & fragrance of these meals. 

 Numerous items can be ordered separately from an a la carte selection, in big bowls of broth without noodles: We enjoyed the fleshy, fresh-tasting grouper head & belly (RM16 with many chunks of fish) ...

... & the fabulously meaty frog (RM19.90, sufficient for three to share), more pleasant-tasting than the norm.

For this soft-launch stage, customers can savour the wine on a complimentary basis; they'll eventually be sold at RM29.90 for each three-year-aged bottle & RM39.90 for the five-year-aged. Unfinished bottles can be kept at the restaurant for future visits. 

Also on the menu: GO Noodles' pan mee should please; eight-kilogram batches are reputedly hand-made here every day.

Three types of pan mee (thick, thin or torn) in possible variations of superior soup, spicy soup, dark sauce or spicy dark sauce can be ordered, handsomely plated with condiments. RM8.90; also a pleasure.

Complimentary for a limited time: Sweet-savoury imported Taiwan pork sausages, & bakkwa-like 'gold coin' BBQ pork slices.

GO Noodle House serves no Western wine, but the corkage charge is only RM5 per person, so bring a bottle.

Need more noodles? Here's another newbie in another neighbourhood: Shabuton Tei in Kota Damansara's Sunway Giza.

Ramen is the highlight at Shabuton Tei, helmed by Osaka-born chef Naohiro Okubo; tonkotsu, shoyu & garlicky broths cost RM17.90 for a basic & up to RM23.90 for specials with cha-shu & egg. The outlet prides itself on carefully prepared components _ filtered water, imported wheat flour for the noodles & fatty pork ribs for the braised meat _ to produce harmonious wholes.

The noodles are a bit nondescript (though perfectly decent); the eggs are all right & the pork is worthwhile. Probably not the most memorable ramen around, but we still happily finished our bowl. Nothing wrong with it at all.

Many customers at Shabuton Tei also huddle around hot pots; no surprise since Shabuton also touts shabu-shabu-style buffets.

Collagen is extracted in-house (presumably from the pork bones) to help produce the broth. 'Get prettier by eating more?' Hmm.

The help-yourself spread looks solid for RM28.88 per person (lunch) & RM36.88 during dinnertime. This was the lunch selection.

Meat balls, crab sticks, bean curd, mushrooms & veggies _ more than enough for a hearty feast.

Noodles & eggs; maybe we should return sometime, since we lacked the stomach space for a buffet this time.

Dressings & condiments galore; Shabuton Tei looks set to turn into a sizeable success (as GO Noodle House deserves to be).

GO Noodle House
61-P1, The School, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Above Cold Storage. Neighbours with Kechara Oasis. Tel: 03-7499-1126

Shabuton Tei
Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara, Selangor
Tel: 03-6150-5530

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  1. AnonymousJune 23, 2014

    Nothing beats a dash of traditional wine in some dishes. Collagen? What's the source? Chicken claws? Or their parson's nose? Love the prices - very reasonable!

    1. Suituapui: yeah, this makes me wanna pour a dash of wine into EVERYTHING! :D heheh, i think the collagen is from pork bones :) and yup, the prices at both these places are pretty pleasing :)

  2. lt's a go for GO! Those are quite reasonable prices for some heartwarming noodles n seafood =)

    1. Ulric: ya, it was a nice surprise ... everything from the ambiance to the food to the service and the prices combined for a satisfying dinner. my only complaint is the not-too-easy-to-find location deep under jaya one, heheh :)

  3. I heard u have to pay extra for the chinese wine? ya?

    1. When we went there, uncle served us the sample wine bottles to try.
      If you like, you can buy your own bottle and keep it there for future visit.

    2. Baby Sumo: later on, they plan to charge for the chinese wine, but if you go this month, i think it'll still be complimentary (a few spoonfuls though, not the entire bottle, heh) :D

    3. Hui Sheng: ya, it's nice of them to provide samples for now. much appreciated :)

  4. Replies
    1. Wilson: ya, i think both places will have a healthy number of fans :)

  5. 18 bucks isn't too bad for that bowl at all, the decoration also looks like some kungfu era China!

    1. KY: true, no complaints at all about the prices at GO ... and ya, heheh, all those bottles and the vintage-looking furnishing do add an old-fashioned touch to the place :)

  6. Noodles with fish belly and prawns look yummy! And I want try that frog soup too, haven't had the soup version before.

    1. CK: ya, i enjoyed the fish and prawns, they tasted fresher than expected :) even the frogs were yummy! :D

  7. Do they serve sliced meat at Shabuton Tei? I don't like "balls" :P

    1. Choi Yen: ooo, i think for the sliced meat, you'd have to order the ramen at shabuton :)