Monday, June 9, 2008

Kedai Kopi Ria

Just when I thought I've eaten all the ngew chaps (mixed beef noodles, a Sabah specialty that is similar to the Vietnamese pho, but is not served with basil or beansprouts) this town has to offer, my MIL brought me to Restorant Ria next to Multi Bake, Damai (diagonally behind Tong Hing Supermarket) and I am blown away by the Thai ngew chap in one of the restaurant's stalls. And it appears I'm not the first flogger to eat there because the lady showed me a print out of a post on her stall from www.caneeliea.com.

I go to Apiwon whenever I crave a bowl of ngew chap . Apiwon's soup reminds me of that portable ngew chap stall at the now demolished Victory Cinema which was replaced by Wisma Tun Fuad. Does anyone remember that far back, when this guy used to carry his stall on a pole on his shoulders like how people still do so in present-day Cambodia? The soup at Apiwon is light and the yummy beef balls are big and 'home-made', unlike the rest of the beefballs in KK which are tiny and flavorless. Best of all, it's the cleanest non air-con noodles shop in KK and that's why I don't mind paying RM8/US$2.50 per modest bowl, making it the most expensive coffee-shop ngew chap in town. But wait, this post is about Rest. Ria's ngew chap.

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Thai-style mixed beef soup mifen, only RM4.50/US$1.40 per bowlful of big meatballs, tripe, tendons and a choice of fresh beef slices or stewed beef. For another RM1/US$0.30, you can go for the big bowl which was so big I couldn't finish it.

From now on, I will have to decide between Apiwon and Res. Ria because the latter serves a big bowl of super yum ngew chap where the tasty beefballs are also big and 'homemade' and the soup is delicious with an extra flavor--bunga kantan!--and a tangyness and spiciness from a spoonful of lime juice and chili padi, and a superb chili dip flavored with lemon grass. Although Rest. Ria is the typical plastic-chairs-and-tables no-frills kind of coffeeshop, I give the Thai ngew chap stall two thumbs up for its tasty noodles and the fact that unlike other coffeeshops, including Apiwon, it serves its noodles in ceramic bowls, which wins high points from me. Remember my post on melamine?

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Look Ma, I finished my food.

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Tossed noodles (gon lao mien) with an assortment of pork, RM5/US$1.60.

Wey gave a high rating ("Because there's lots of pork oil!") to this plate of noodles, from another stall in Rest.Ria, except for the cha shao which he didn't eat because "First, it was colored, and you said never to eat colored cha shao and second, the cha shao was very dry, and I hate dry meat. But mom, look, the noodles don't have coloring." Good boy. He's going to inherit this blog. And have you ever eaten tossed noodles with so much topping? There's soup thrown in too, for RM5/US$1.60. In these inflationary days, when everybody's cutting back on servings?

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Another look, close up.

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If you see me there, do come over and say "Hi". Now where did I put my super-sized sunnies...

13 comments:

b said...

wowwweeee.. another new discovery.. thanks! will definitely check this place out :) sounds perfect - servings in ceramic bowls and combination of cili padi, bunga kantan, lemon grass! :)

Bento Pet said...

Terri, I can't believe Daiso opened it's first Malaysian outlet in KK!!!! Have you visited it yet? It's in 1Borneo.

A RM5 store and probably a BENTO HEAVEN!! OMGoodness!!! How could they!!!!!

Feast your eyes on the Bento stuff and make me drool!

wmw said...

Wah!!! That bowl of ngau chap is to die for! Hahaha....

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you. I would never have known about this gem if not for you. Will definitely try it out very soon.
Raina

Lily Anette said...

I am so ENVIOUS!

WoMbOk™♂ said...

I love beef spare parts.. and that is one very tantalizing picture! Need some beef noodles soon..

a feast, everyday said...

Tq, I am heading there 1st thing in d morn...

Precious Pea said...

Wah...wait till i show HUbby that delicious bowl of ngau chap! This is my must-have if i come to KK again.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

omg my saliva is all coming out! this definitely looks very good..imagine slurping on a bowl now for supper..oh my oh my..better go to sleep soon..

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

b: it is very very good!

bento: never heard of daiso! n u r so uptodate! 1st outlet is in KK? crazy decision--i think they'll regret it.we just don't have the population or the buying power..

wmw: hehe, tt's for what YOU do to us here in kk, with all tt wonderful kl food!

raina: yes, try n tell me if u like it??

lilyann: come back soon!

wombok: "beef spare parts"--very apt!

a feast: u'll love it or i cut my head off!

pp: and it's near the kahwin bread shop love!

joe: gosh, u have a way with words n i am drooling just reading ur comment...

meatball online said...

i will definitely go there!! thanks terri!

Agnes said...

I been to that coffee shop for many times because of the economy rice... I didn't notice that shop until the other day I tapaued the kon lou mee after my check up @ Dr Kheng Clinic and when I paid my noodles only I saw it. Damn What a waste :S

JACQ said...

It's actually from my food blog at http://kkfood.blog.com and not caneeliea.com hehe.. But thanks for mentioning my blog! And yes, the Thai ngiu chap is yummy right? :)

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