From the floating stalls on Bangkok's waterways, Thai boat noodles have been gaining popularity in KL since the opening of Empire Damansara's Boat Noodle early this year. This dish of flat rice noodles in a meat broth thickened with pork blood is originally served in small portions to avoid customers being scalded by the piping hot soup. Here are two new restaurants in town that offer boat noodles.
This new Thai eatery is about 10 minutes’ drive from SS2, taking up residence on the same row as KFC in SEA Park. You can hardly miss it: The monochromatic painted façade sports 3D block letters of ‘The Porki Society’ and a logo of its signature dish, boat noodles, while the line ‘extraordinary Thai kitchen’ seeks to entice customers craving for the spicy cuisine from our northern neighbour.
Boat noodles (RM1.90) here are served dry or in soup, with your choice of rice noodle or vermicelli. Expect a generous accompaniment of pork slices, meat balls, crunchy deep-fried lard and offal tossed in gravy or swimming in a small bowl of punchy, cloudy broth flavoured with pork blood. That aside, the menu provides a selection of porky snacks, including Moo Ping Porki BBQ grilled skewers (RM4.90/two pieces), crispy Cap Moo Pork Rinds (RM1.90), fried pork chop Moo Tod Porki (RM3.90), and a braised dish of Moo Tun Signature Marinated Pork (RM4.90).
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park is not an area that lacks dining options. From chain restaurants and hawker stalls to dessert shops, you are spoilt with choices, but Kuay Tiew Reua manages to secure a niche by offering the increasingly popular Thai boat noodles.
A narrow shop wedged into a commercial row, the façade is painted an eye-catching orange while the interior is simplistic and functional in design – cement floor, exposed brick counter and walls sparsely dotted with potted plants.
The menu here is straight forward – pick from Thai kuey tiew, mee hoon and glass noodle to be served dry or in a broth prepared daily by the owner’s Thai wife, who slow cooks the pork blood-laced soup for two hours to achieve a thick consistency. Add to your bowl of noodles (RM1.90 each) fish sauce and homemade chili flakes, or sprinkle some pork rinds for extra crunch.
The one that started it all...
The flagship outlet has been attracting long queues since its opening early this year. Set in a lot within Empire Damansara, the restaurant ditches the original pork recipe and instead dishes out bowls after bowls of glass noodles coated in gravy (dry version) or drenched in broth made from beef bones or chicken stock.
Boat Noodle now has branches at The School in Jaya One, Ikon Cheras, and Publika.