Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Monkey Noodle Bar @ Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya

Monkey Noodle Bar might have a playful name, but its founders Alicia & Daniel mean serious business, bringing a warm, personal touch to their casual eatery, swinging open this month with slurp-worthy recipes that many customers will likely enjoy.

Alicia hails from Sarawak's Foochow-strong town of Sibu, & many of Monkey Noodle Bar's offerings bear testament to her culinary upbringing & experiences. Our favourite is Fei Chai's Konlo Mien (RM11.90) - kampua mee, slow-cooked minced pork & fried egg, each component slickly executed, tossed together for a lip-smackingly balanced medley of addictiveness. The kitchen cooks every ensemble from scratch, banishing MSG (Alicia is allergic) & yielding clean & comfortingly fresh flavours.

The strength of the zhao chai hung ngang (RM12.90) rests in the sour-spicy punch of its clear broth, infused with preserved mustard greens & chillies, bolstered by a mix of pork & fish balls, tomatoes & siew pak choy. It's also the base that sets Curry Kari Noodles apart (RM12.90) - chicken curry that Alicia has tweaked to straddle the line between rich & light, served with a choice of ramen or thick rice vermicelli, topped with shredded chicken, a prawn, half a boiled egg, beansprouts & long beans.

The reasons for this outlet's name are twofold - Alicia was born in the Year of the Monkey, & 2016 too belongs to that Chinese Zodiac creature after all. It's natural then that bananas feature on the menu, both in desserts - the Banana Que (RM12.90) is a nod to Alicia's hard-working Filipino staff, reinterpreting one of their sweet treats as puffs stuffed with bananas & peanut butter, showered with chocolate & served with vanilla ice cream - & drinks - the Banana Jelly (RM10.90) is another Sibu staple that kids might especially adore; adults may prefer the nutrients-packed watercress, snow fungus, red date or goji berry beverages.

Monkey Noodle Bar PJ
29, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Tues-Sun, 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Tel: 03-7865-7375

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17 comments:

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, ya, with interesting varieties of noodles! ;)

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  2. What a cute name! Ah, kampua noodles, hung ngang and banana jelly - all very familiar from Mr Arthur Wee's blog. Now, I wonder what would his impression be if he visited and put the food to the test!

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    1. Phong Hong: ya, it'd be fun to bring sibu residents here and see what they think! ;)

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    2. The hung ngang is way different than what we get from Sibu. Sorry but I'm disappointed.

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  3. I may know the proprietors - saw somebody sharing photos of this place the other day on Facebook but I did not pay much attention to it.

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    1. Suituapui: yes, Alicia is your fellow hometown mate! You probably have friends in common ;)

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    2. Ah yes, just found out she's a distant relative...a few times removed. Initially, was not sure - probably because on her Facebook page, she is using her hubby's Chinese surname. Certainly gives a new twist to the name of that celebrated "Ang kau kampua" (Monkey kampua) here in Sibu:
      https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/wondering-why/

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  4. Hi Uncle Arthur, this is Alicia Joseph from Monkey Noodle Bar. Hope to see you here in KL, to try our hometown food.

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    1. Alicia: yeah, Uncle Arthur would enjoy your food, I think! ;)

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    2. Hi, Alicia. I just found out it was you - the neighbourhood gang told me on Facebook. Small world, eh?

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  5. I love noodle, but need to control my carb intake, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, these noodles could be worth the carbs! Especially since you're a noodle lover ;)

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  6. Droooools! We are so going there this weekend!

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    1. UnkaLeong: yay! hopefully you enjoy their noodles - I think they'll be introducing a few new choices that weren't available earlier this week ;)

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  7. Love the noodle especially no MSG which is very hard to find these days! Suggested to boss to give option to add noodle for big eater like me :)

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  8. Would love to visit the place! Do they have wifi facility there?

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