The Infamous 45 Minutes Pork Noodles @ Ooi Noodle House, SS15December 15, 2012 | 21,836 views
As I sit here on this warm Saturday evening; cross-legged, cross-eyed (after a 3 hours long The Hobbit) and darn crossed for paying triple the amount of parking fee due to a silly mistake, my mind jolted back to a breakfast experience few months ago (could be half a year for all I can remember!).
Not by any chance a fan of soupy noodles myself, I was reluctant to venture over for a try even after several invites. Yup, I’m that damn stubborn. Moreover, this Pomander pork noodles place in SS15 (now renamed to Ooi Noodle House) is notorious for the extremely long wait; come rain or shine.
If you have the time, by all means, prepare to shed some 45 minutes of your life here. But …. was it any good?
As I’m munching on a packet of chincharron bought from Manila; crispy pork rinds seasoned with classic vinegar and baked to a less-oily indulgence, I recall the best part of the pork noodles experience;
The pork lard bits that lent the soup with much flavour and texture to the otherwise soft noodles and chunky cuts of lean pork slivers and minced pork patties. Oh, don’t forget about the liver and intestines too.
Being seated for a good 40 minutes or so without anything to read, nails to file, paper work to complete, children to chase all over the place or a even plush pillow to doze on can be a chore. But you still see truckloads of people (not kidding, this one) swarming the place within minutes upon commencing operation.
We were there at a very commendable hour of 9am on a Saturday morning, yet we were not the first few in line. Hence started the casual banter, fiddling with phones, eyeing the neighbouring patrons taking their last sips with a resounding ‘aahhhh …’ and counting down the number of tables served before ours.
I was that fidgety. Yet, deep down somewhere I was hoping that this bowl of pork noodles would blow me away to cloud nine and beyond.
Eggs are optional, but paired with the cloudy broth echoing hours after hours of simmering various parts of the porcine, and flavoured with fried shallots to infuse the soup with the barest hint of sweetness, the freshly-cracked egg on top was a much delightful topping.
I picked ‘lou shu fun’, literally translated to rat’s tail noodles (more appropriately named silver needle noodles), coupled with lean slices of pork and minced meat. I omitted the offal though, since I was not keen on biting into pork liver and intestines cooked with noodles in soup, as opposed to the same cuts cooked in porridge. Weirdo? You bet.
The entire ensemble of noodles, pork and the immense flavours from the broth was a winner. But still, my personal vote for best pork noodles goes to Cong Yin (Scholar)’s version in Ipoh Garden South. Maybe it was that pork patty flavoured with dried cuttlefish that bowled me over. Or the “wu xi” aka konnyaku jelly strands tied into a knot.
Anyway, the best judge is still yourself. So why not consider to bring the entire family for breakfast there one fine morning? Just remember to bring some distractions; newspapers, magazines, iPad, knitting equipment, mahjong, cards, toys, etc to kill time. After all, 45 minutes to an hour+ of wait can be really, really detrimental to a person’s virtue and grace. 🙂
OOI NOODLE HOUSE (non-Halal)
Opens from 7am until 4pm.
GPS Coordinates : 3.07679,101.588907