Taste of Foochow @ Jalan Gajah, PuduMarch 15, 2010 | 8,028 views
To seek for some of the best in traditional Chinese cuisine in Kuala Lumpur may take some considerable effort, especially if one’s right in the midst of the Eating Hub of Malaysia, with an amalgam of influences all over the world. You get everything from Western to Eastern fares, from street foods to posh (read : over-priced) dining options.
So where does classic Foochow cuisine stand against these myriad of dining pleasures, with the looming element of commercialization threatening the very essence of good food (read : priceless finds, not pricey finds), constantly seeing us going back to the same old, same old restaurants in the malls, for the sake of convenience.
A bowl of blood-red Red Wine Meesuah with Chicken (RM6-RM7/USD1.70-USD2) – Not as strong as I expected, especially in comparison to some of Sitiawan’s best.
To find this place, named Taste of Foochow in an almost none-too-strategic location (right smack in the heart of Pudu, with the dreadful morning jams no thanks to the jostling crowd at Pasar Pudu) of Jalan Gajah. But at least this is something different from the average Pan Mee, Hokkien Mee, and beef noodles we used to have in Kuala Lumpur.
This reminded me of a scene from God Of Cookery. Anyone remembers the BOUNCING mantis prawns-beef balls combination? Tickled mah funny bones back then.
Specializing in Foochow cuisine, Taste of Foochow was previously known as Hup Yick on Jalan Yew. They moved here about 3 years ago, with a stark RED signboard, a strong contrast juxtaposed against the stretch of old shoplots surrounding the area.
Mee Suah is my preferred choice when it comes to noodles, for I find them comforting, and a most nostalgic experience dating back to those days when I was down with chicken pox!
Almost everyone whom had eaten here before had tried their Red Wine Meesuah, or Foochow Fishball Meesuah. Yup, if you’re lost on what to order (not that the menu’s THAT extensive anyway, it’s on the board hung up high on the wall), go for one of each, with a side of Yanpi dumplings (fried or boiled), or the special Foochow pancakes (only on weekend mornings, it seems) which was filled with delightful chopped chives, minced pork and prawns.
Looks like Dorayaki eh? That cartoon character Doraemon’s favourite snack.
Tastewise, I’ll give a thumb’s up to the Foochow Fishball Meesua, for the tasty/flavourful broth, paired with different fishballs served. The one you can’t find in other fish ball noodle stalls is the one filled with minced pork, and that was the one that tasted the best. The usual variety (made from wolf herring fish, aka Saito Yue) was underwhelming, bordering on being too chewy, and slightly artificial. There’s also another fried version, with chopped carrots and chives as well.
Nothing comes free, I tell you …….
The Red Wine Chicken Meesuah was slightly disappointing, for I’ve had better versions in Sitiawan, the Foochow food hub of Perak. Not to say that the bowl of reddish noodle soup was not good at all. In fact, comparing Taste of Foochow’s version to the various imitators out there (and there ARE a lot, trust me), this one tasted above average, with tender pieces of chicken (thankfully, for I read TNG’s comment on Jasmine’s post about how she had tough chicken!) cooked in a thick, hearty broth with a faint hint of red rice wine.
Yeah, the red hue actually comes from the red yeast rice (with many nutritional benefits, really), and not the red wine we all used to “Yam Seng, Yam Seng!” during Chinese wedding dinners.
All in all, the lunch at Taste of Foochow was satisfactory, for I’d rather pay for a simpler meal here than the RM20 per person deals at chain restaurants, serving mediocre/half-hearted fares. The noodles are priced from RM4.50 – RM7, while the pancake is priced at RM1.20 each. The dumplings are about RM0.80-RM1.20 each.(Sorry about the random figures, for I missed the shot with the price list)
TASTE OF FOOCHOW
No 14, Jalan Gajah (Off Jalan Yew),
Pudu 55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone : 603-9281 8788, 6012-284 0388/6019-310 9778 (Melvin Wong)
Fax : 603-9141 1988
They distribute Foochow fishballs, Yanpi dumplings, and other frozen products as well.