The Noodle Factory’s been open in Amwaj for a while and it’s one I’ve been meaning to try so I was pretty pleased when the boss suggested I check it out.
I went on a mid-week night with a couple of pals and the place was very quiet, in fact unusually the whole Lagoon seemed deserted.
However that didn’t stop us tucking in. To start we chose to share a portion of veggie spring rolls which arrived at the table quickly and absolutely piping hot.
To be fair there’s not a whole lot to say about spring rolls, they’re always fairly bland but I was impressed with the crispness of the coating and the dipping sauce provided a little fire to make things more interesting.
For my main course I went for the Malaysian char kuey chow with beef. A generous portion of beef with a delicate dusting of spices and seeds served in a dish of perfectly cooked noodles – after all, this is the Noodle Factory.
I’ve had this dish before and it didn’t disappoint, crispy vegetables properly complemented the evenly cooked beef which, even if you’re a fan of the rare style, could not be faulted. Pink in the middle, juicy mouthfuls that had obviously spent just long enough in a marinade to be tasty without being overpowering.
But, yes, I mentioned food envy and that was the case when my pal’s Thai red curry arrived. I’m always a little wary of ordering Thai curry, so many places seem to believe the best way to add flavour is to simply drown it in chili so that all you’re aware of is the burning on your tongue and the glow of perspiration on your top lip.
Not so this one. A perfect combination of the heat of the chili with the coconut milk and other blended spices, made this, to my mind, a dish of perfection. And, even better, it came in a portion big enough for sharing so my food envy was soon well satisfied.
Fully stuffed we all declined dessert but then I succumbed, purely on the grounds of research you understand. With banana fritters on the menu, the choice was a no brainer and these didn’t disappoint. Piping hot in crisp batter on the outside topped with sugar syrup and sesame seeds and accompanied by a scoop of vanilla icecream, who could resist?
Once again the portion was big enough for sharing but this time it was only me indulging and, despite being full, I was glad I did.
The bill for one(inc tax) Spring rolls 2.200 Malaysian chow 5.900 Banana fritters 2.900 7 Up 1.100 Total 12.100
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