Feeling dissatisfied for not having a good pot of fish head noodle the night before, wifey suggested to go Soon Lei, our regular choice when it came to fish head noodle. As it was a last minute decision and I have an appointment in an hour’s time, I literally have to rush and do a quick lunch, actually more to satisfy wifey’s crave. This kinda last minute thingy really drive me batty! Well, for wifey… nevermind la!
It was 12-ish and that spelled lunch. This outlet is jam-packed during these hours and parking can be an issue too. We were lucky find a seat and were even luckier to have our food served almost instantaneously after ordering. Rest assured, it was not pre-cooked!
Mantis shrimp fried rice (虾蛄炒饭) @ RM 6.50 ~ Rice was fluffy with aromatic wok-hei. The mantis prawn was deep-fried until crisp on the outside while maintaining its moist and crunchiness of the prawn on the inside. Simple dish but top notch! Always in my order! A 10/10!
Claypot fish head noodle (瓦煲 X.O. 鱼头米) @ RM 12.00 ~ Chunks of fresh fish head, deep-fried with crisp edge mixed with thick vermicelli filled this clay pot. Meat was firm yet smooth and flavorful. Tomatoes, salted vegetables, yam and ginger slices blended well in producing the creamy soup. The distinctive aroma of Chinese wine enhanced the well-balanced flavor of sour, tangy and sweet soup of this clay pot of fish head noodle. Simply amazing! Must try! A 10/10!
Fried Hakka yam abacus (客家算盘子) @ RM 8.00 ~ This Hakka classic was first introduced by the tai phu Kek (大埔客) in China and was their all time favorite, especially on festive occasions. Tedious preparation required the inner strength of your arms and back. Anything less may result in the lost of mouthfeel in the yam beads. Keks were stereotyped for being good with money, so the Chinese version of yam gnocchi taking on the image of the beads of the abacus counting board allude to that. This stir-fried dish with a lot of bite came with garlic, minced meat, black fungus, dried shrimps, shredded squids, scallions, dried bean curds, shallots, celery and garnished with spring onions and red chillies. Tasty but a tad salty. Worth a try! An 8/10!
Even though I have to wrap up this lunch in a short span of 25 minutes, which included taking photos, I have no qualms about it. The food and company was great, thus worth the rush! I’ll come back but with more time in my next visit to slowly savor other good stuffs they offer. Just so you know, SL do have stalls selling wan tan mee, pan mee and chicken rice if you favor any of those I mentioned.