Tuesday, September 30, 2014

YummY! - Wheel Noodles @ Ipoh Old Town

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Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia - September 2014
There is this place in Old Town, Ipoh where the noodles cost only RM1-90 per bowl and many who goes there sort of challenge to see who can eat the most bowls.
There's a reason for it to be cheap and there is a reason why people can eat many bowls of this noodles; but we will come to that later.

First thing first, although the shop is listed as being in Jalan Market, it's understandable if you have difficulty finding the place. You WON'T be able to find Wheel Noodle along the whole stretch of the street. We were on a cycling trip from Ipoh to Teluk Intan and it took us a bit of time ot locate it.
Don't look for Wheel Noodles along Jalan Market Instead look out for this cafe called 1981. Wheel Noodle is at the back portion of this shop.

One can enter from the front through 1981, but it is more interesting to use the back alley that runs parallel to market street. Ride in through Jalan Bijeh Timah and look out for white umbrellas hanging over the back alley. Yes, umbrellas!

With a name like Wheel Noodle, I wonder whether the owner is an avid cyclist. Around the shops there are a few miniature bicycles framed up and also sketches of bicycles too.

Okay.... let;s get see how the food is like:
The menu here is simple. Other than the drinks, they have only three items on their menu; two noodles and one dessert.
The above is the beef noodles that came with a beef ball, a small slice of beef, bean sprouts, salted vegetables and a little bit of soup. The noodles is the thick white noodles variety, somewhat akin to the Penang Laksa noodles - smooth and bouncy.

The soup had that nice beefy flavour, combined with the saltiness of the vegetables it made a good impression on me. The  slice of beef was tender but not that juicy as it was too small a slice to really give that juicy tenderness. Still it had just enough taste of beef.

The other is the fish noodles; sorry - there is no slices of fish here. It came with half a fish ball, a slice of fish cake, a slice of yau char kwai, bean sprouts, some salted vegetables and a slice of red chilli to give that colour and spicy contrast.

The noodles used for this was the thin ones, even thinner than vermicelli and soft like mee suah egg noodles. The soup had just a light flavour.
Personally, I preferred the beef noodles. I had a stronger tasting soup and nicer noodles.

The noodles are cheap per bowl, but the each bowl is very small - probably about 4 inches in diameter and only half full.

It will probably take a few bowls to fill up ones tummy!
But then, this is the concept of the place. What Is Your Limit?

Bowls of Coconut Jelly ready for steaming, a spruce of pandan leaf inserted to give it a nice aroma. These are small bowls too.

The jelly is made with santan (coconut milk) and after steaming, a tinge of Gula Melaka syrup is added on top with a sprinkling of grated coconut. The jelly itself has only some santan, so it is not that flavourful by itself; it's the syrup and grated coconut that gives it a more wholesome taste.

26, Jalan Market, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: +605-242 3777  |  Hotline: +60-1700-81-7773
Hours: 8:00am-2.30pm | 6:00pm-9:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Wheel.Noodle.TSG
Website: www.tsg.my
GPS: 4.595565,101.077483

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