Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Mee Hoon Kueh in Johor Bahru Bukit Indah JK1198 福州手工麵
We were pounding the corridors of shops around Bukit Indah (in Johor Bahru) for breakfast until we spotted this heartwarming sight.
Restaurant name: Restoran Fuzhoumian 福州手工麵
Address: Jalan Indah 5/7, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS: 1.484699, 103.646758
Hours: 7:00am to 4:00pm (Closed on Monday)
I stepped inside to check it out and found these muscular men, head bended kneading dough with their bare hands.
The men were rolling out freshly made noodles and mee hoon kueh 面粉糕 (hand torn squares of freshly kneaded dough).
We ordered a dry noodle which comes with a small bowl of broth.
The wheat noodles were heavy, tenderly chewy with a slight al dente spring. I like these noodles.
The sauce was a simple mildly savoury soy based blend laced with a bit of lard, but it's a little flat tasting and not too interesting.
The fried anchovies, strips of pork and shallots did help add some crispy crunch, textures and layered savoury flavours.
The fish balls in the bowl were generic but this fried fish roll was lovely. Nice soft crisp outside and tender flavoursome fish paste inside. I love this wrinkly golden brown fish roll.
After the dry noodles, we tried a bowl of soupy mee hoon kueh.
The irregular shaped hand torn kueh were quite thick but smooth and nicely tenderly chewy.
I like this medium body slightly cloudy broth which was mildly savoury and naturally sweet. It was delicious and highly drinkable without any sign of MSG on my tastebuds.
There were those unremarkable generic fish balls but this delicious fried fish roll is a winner for me.
Tender minced fresh pork.
Sayur manis traditionally used with mee hoon kueh (but seldom seen in Singapore MHK stalls). Personally, mee hoon kueh always tastes better with sayur manis.
After our meal, we chatted a while with the friendly Mdm Leong who is helping her son Mr Lim at the shop. Mdm Leong said the broth is made by boiling fish bones and fish, hence the light naturally sweet flavours.
Mee hoon kueh is a homely comfort dish for those days when we just wanted something wholesome, familiar and easy on the tastebuds and good for the soul.
Other nice food also in the same area:
Hainanese style beef noodles <- click
Fish soup and economic bee hoon <- click
Date visited: 18 Jun 2015
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