Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kuay Tiew Reua Boat Noodles @ Kuchai Lama

It's inevitable: Boat-noodle mania is spreading. Kuay Tiew Reua opened over the weekend at Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, seeking to offer more of Bangkok's riverside specialities that have become such a smash hit this year in the Klang Valley.

The hook here is that Kuay Tiew Reua serves the full-blown porcine version, with blood-thickened broth & optional crackling, prepared by the Thai wife of the outlet's owner, with some ingredients, condiments & sauces brought in from the Land of Smiles.


Customers can order the noodles with some soup or completely dry (we recommend the former). 

Variations comprise glass noodles, kuey teow & mee hoon, RM1.90 per bowl.

Toppings of pork meat & balls prove tender & fresh-tasting, while the noodles combine pleasantly with peppery-savoury soup (which won't, however, display revelatory dimensions of depth & complexity). With fine-tuning, this could be even more delicious.

The servings are more substantial than expected for boat noodles. Four or five bowls should suffice for a filling lunch.

Buy a whole bag of Thai-produced crispy pork rind to lend lots of crunch to the noodles, turning the meal into a guilty pleasure.

Kuay Tiew Reua's bowls, fish sauce & some wall ornaments are also of the made-in-Thailand variety. Note: Some folks will unfortunately demand to know whether Kuay Tiew Reua is better than the Empire Damansara beef-specialising pioneer; our key response is that they're different enough to not have to suffer comparisons & that both will have their respective fans.

With the novelty value still relatively high, it seems fairly likely that Kuay Tiew Reua will become a peak-hour, crowded-tables success in the weeks ahead, potentially spurring more boat-noodle eateries to keep launching in KL & Selangor. Be prepared though: Parking can be problematic during the daytime on this Kuchai Maju street.


Tub tim krob, the icy 'red ruby' dessert, is also available from time to time.


Kuay Tiew Reua
40G, Jalan Kuchai Maju 9, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur
Now open for lunch & dinner everyday. Will be closed on Mondays starting July 21.

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28 comments:

  1. Ones beef and another is porky! Nuff said! ;)

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, yeah, and both worth eating. it's cool how boat noodles have become a novelty success in KL this year. hopefully it'll open doors for some more niche-seeming F&B offerings :D

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  2. Would love to try these, i am a fan of noodles but i may need to eat up to 3 bowls though, the portion looks small

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    1. Ken: this is ideal for noodle lovers. oh, the point of boat noodles (as far as the KL outlets is concerned) is actually to eat several bowls though. some customers might try to set records by eating dozens of bowls! :D

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  3. Yes! Just 10 mins away from our neighbourhood...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, ya, not a difficult destination for the good folks of sri petaling :D

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  4. This one also not far from my place! :D
    Pork noodles sound good for lunch, wish I can have that.

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    1. CK: ya, you can reach this restaurant in less than 15 minutes, i think :D maybe you could try on a weekend or public holiday, heheh :)

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  5. RM1.90 a bowl - what a bargain!

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, two or three bowls would be good enough for a light lunch, i think (or five or six bowls for a heavy lunch) :D

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  6. Have not tried yet, will try one day.

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    1. Wilson: hope you'll enjoy the boat-noodle experience! :D

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  7. I love the colour on the walls, it is so bright and vibrant! And I love the bowls! :)

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    1. Linda: those colourful touches do add to the character of this place! :D

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  8. Both priced at RM1.90, this one in Kuchai Lama seems to come in a larger portion. With pork, this could be more favourable among pork lovers (me!). I wonder which is better...?

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    1. JKdrooling: hope you'll enjoy your meal here too. it's good to have some different and distinctive boat-noodle outlets opening across the klang valley :)

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  9. would love to see a review of this new cheesesteak joint called Grease in Shah Alam. packed like f*ck for dinner. worth the hype or not?

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    1. Eric: yeah, it's a bit on the far side for me, but will aim to visit next month, after raya :)

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  10. What's that? RM1.90 only? So so so cheap!!! I love noodles!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, these boat noodle bowls are intentionally smaller than regular noodle bowls though, so you'll probably need a few bowls for a full meal :)

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  11. another boat noodle place? I haven't even tried the other.. Don't get the hype but I guess I will still go for a try one day when I am on "noodles" mood. lol

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    1. Jean: hope you enjoy your boat noodle experience!

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  12. I would love to try this out and it is so cheap, plus i'm a super fan of crispy pork skin!!

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    1. 比比: true, if you try one bowl and you don't like it, you can stop right there. and ya, the crispy pork skin was fun :D

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  13. Oh... pretty close to where I live.. and it serves pork! Yay!

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    1. Chong: yay for convenient locations and porky goodness! :D

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  14. What time does it close? Thinking about goin after work.

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    1. Shararath: till 9pm, closed mondays

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