Friday, November 28, 2014

Victory Monument VM @ SS2 PJ & Aroi-Kaa Boat Noodle @ SS15 Subang

Boat noodles make their triumphant entry into Petaling Jaya's SS2, with a tempting twist this time - this new outlet reputedly relies on the recipe handed to its founders by the owner of Victory Monument's most popular boat noodle eatery in Bangkok.

 
This restaurant's three Malaysian founders spent a week in Bangkok learning how to make boat noodles exactly to the specifications of Ratchanee Paengkesorn, who'll visit this outlet once every few months to ensure standards remain solid.

 
Now's the perfect time to visit VM Boat Noodle - the outlet is offering a free first bowl to all customers for the next few weeks. No terms & conditions; you won't even need to order a second bowl if you prefer not to.

The sight of bowls of boat noodles has become a familiar one by now; who could have predicted at the start of 2014 that this would become one of the year's biggest food fads? VM Boat Noodle serves six types, each costing RM1.90.

 Our favourites are the two versions with broth thickened with pork blood - one is topped with beef & the other has pork, both satisfyingly rich & creamier than the norm (the beef one has an edge, if we had to choose), with a potent sweet-savoury tang.

The other recipes comprise dry glass noodles (one beef, one pork), plus two more with clear soup & clear spicy soup. Basically not a bad choice if you're in SS2 & interested in boat noodles.

 
 
We like this one: Boiled dory fish - fresh & flaky, soft to the bite but not mushy - served with a salad & spicy sauce. RM5.90.

 
 
Tender water spinach, also worth ordering (RM1.50), before wrapping up with coconut custard pudding (RM1 for two).

 
VM makes its own lemonade (RM2.50); coconut juice in husks are offered too (RM5.90). Thanks to VM for hosting us here.

But if you live or work in Subang instead, here's another new option that's closer to you: Aroi-Kaa in SS15.

 
Despite the deluge of boat noodle eateries, each one does have something definingly distinctive. Here at Aroi-Kaa, it's a boat!

 
 
Aroi-Kaa's menu is concise - beef soup, clear chicken soup or (our favourite of the three) tom yam chicken soup, a bit punchier in flavour than the other two. No pork at Aroi-Kee.

 
Plenty more protein here, with soul food like braised chicken feet & mixed beef soup (value for money for RM4.90 each).

 Maximum-guilt snacks at Aroi-Kaa include crispy fried chicken skin (RM2.90) & chicken joints (RM4.90).

 Victory Monument VM Boat Noodle
68, Jalan SS2/67, Petaling Jaya. Open 11am-1130pm daily.

 
Aroi-Kaa Boat Noodle
Menara Rajawali, Jalan SS15/8, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Open 12pm-10pm daily

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22 comments:

  1. I am still waiting for them to come over Penang...

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    1. Ken: ooo, it should happen, sooner or later ... and then you'll be flooded with boat noodle outlets! :)

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  2. I'm still waiting for some jobs, and so hungry now.
    I think I can have 6 different bowl in VM. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, it's nearly dinnertime for you leh :D ya, i think you can have two portions of each of the six bowls! :)

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  3. Boiled dory fish, coconut custard pudding and the homemade lemonade at Victory Monument sounds good...while the crispy fried chicken skin at Aroi-Kaa is my aim =)

    Have u tried our neighbourhood's Sawadee's coconut milk broth and grilled pork? =)

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    1. Ulric: the fish was a surprise... Nice and delicate and easy to enjoy:) aroi-kaa can be combined with a visit to ow:l espresso for their excellent bingsu :)
      Ooo, ya, will probably combine sawadee in another boat noodle roundup later on. I kinda like the 'maggi', heh, but i'm always into instant noodles anyway. But I haven't tried their grilled pork :)

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  4. Sean, this is the most fascinating looking eatery/restaurant I have ever seen! :)

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    1. Linda: I love the murals at both eateries!

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  5. I must admit the scent emitting from these outlets are distracting (but in a good way!).
    The wait puts me off though.. and at RM1.90, 6 bowls (enough to qualify as a proper single portion) is equivalent to RM12 which could have bought me a better bowl of noodles packed with ingredients lol !

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    1. Rebecca: ya, I wouldn't queue at this point either, but luckily most of these newer boat noodle outlets don't have a long queue any more :) do agree about the prices, but I kinda think it's ok cos I usually order only one type of each small bowl, and try different flavours and different noodles at each place so we get to sample more variety instead of just one large bowl of noodles, heh :)

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  6. Even more boat noodles...it's boat noodles everywhere....I've yet to jump on this "boat" though :D

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    1. Contact: heh, thankfully it's not a sinking ship, so feel free to hop on anytime! :)

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  7. Free wifi? Everyone's busy on their laptops... Didn;t try this in Tailand and I was there so many many years ago - sure would want to do that if ever I hop over one o fthese days, even if it's only to KL.

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    1. Suituapui: hope you get the chance the next time you're in KL! :)

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  8. Tried once those boat noodles, not really suit my taste bud...

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    1. Choi Yen: heh, yeah, i kinda like them, but i understand why some customers don't :)

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  9. Cool! New boat noodles haunts to check out and another halal option to dine at with my Muslim friends! :D

    I made a list of the boat noodles places that I have checked out too, maybe you can take a look see when you're free. :)

    http://kyelinspot.blogspot.com/2014/11/boat-noodles-whos-docking-and-sailing.html

    Always been a fan of your food blog!

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    1. Kye Lin: thanks for your kind words .... and that's a nice list you've compiled ... i like how you've included the boat noodle outlet in my neighbourhood, sri petaling :)

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  10. I just want to know its Halal or not.?

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    1. Abdul: as stated in this review, both of these restaurants serve pork.

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  11. Do either of the restaurants serve Thai iced tea?

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  12. No terms & conditions; you won't even need to order a second bowl if you prefer not to. head stone

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