Thursday, March 06, 2008

Beef Noodles & Braised Duck @ Ang Kim Chwee, Johor Bahru

Waking up the next morning, I definitely felt much better than the night before. The fever was gone and it was another day, my last day in Johor Bahru. As much as I had enjoyed myself during my trip down south and over to Singapore for the past few days, I looked forward to going home to fully recuperate.

Of course, we definitely had to do brunch in Johor Bahru before making our way back to Kuala Lumpur. This time round, Alicia and Charles brought us to Ang Kim Chwee for beef noodles, which they say is a favourite of the local folks there.
Ang Kim Chwee
The area was not exactly a hive of activities till we pulled up near to Ang Kim Chwee itself. Right opposite this place, one can see the construction area for the new Custom and Immigration office. Located under a block of walk up apartments, this place had quite a crowd. Oh, there were also lots of birds flying around or resting on the railings around the building.
Beef Noodle Stall


Seems that the Beef Noodles here are done Hainanese style. That would explain the fact that I've not seen beef cooked this way at stalls before. A chunk of beef is cooked and the stall owner slices the meat as he prepared the orders. Look at that steaming hot pot of beef with all that gravy! The chilli sauce is also quite an essential part of eating beef noodles to me.. It was normal but after adding some calamansi juice, it had a zesty taste to it which I liked.

While waiting for the orders to arrive, my friend ordered braised duck. It arrived before the noodles and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It was delicious...tasted a lot better than it looked. I also like the way they had cut the duck, especially the meaty parts into thin slices. The meat was tender, the tofu (beancurd) and hard boiled eggs were delightful; all dipped in the aromatic gravy.

Braised Duck
The deceiving duck - if you're ever here for the beef noodles, you have gotta order this too!
Beef Noodles
The Beef Noodles (RM5 small bowl/RM6 big bowl) finally arrived and they got my order wrong, I had wanted Lai Fun (thick round rice flour noodles) but what we got was the yellow noodles instead. The meat was quite tender but the tripe needed slightly more chewing than normal :o). As for the noodles, it was normal tasting to me, even with the added char choy (preserved vegetable). It did come with a bowl of soup and beef balls which was of the standard offering. My vote still goes to my usual haunt for beef noodles in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if they had given me my Lai Fun :o).

Well, I think I enjoyed the braised duck more than the noodles. Other folks seem to enjoy this version though; different strokes for different folks. Anyway, if you're ever around this area, check these two stalls out at

Kedai Makanan & Minuman Ang Kim Chwee
149 Jalan Lumba Kuda,
Johor Bahru
Daily 7.30 am - 4 pm except Mondays

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To be continued ... Journey Home-When Nature Calls

22 comments:

Nic (KHKL) said...

looks familiar leh...perhaps it's visible along jalan skudai, on my way back to kl...let me check my jb map...they serve kway chap?

daphne said...

ok, now i'm hungry. going to heat my lunch up. The duck certainly looks good.. Too bad about the beef noodles but I haven't see that way of preparation before either.

New Kid on the Blog said...

[sigh] this is something that I can't eat.... so sad!!

kennymah said...

I know this is a food review, but I'm staring at the aged signage and thinking how cool it is. :P

But yes, back to the beef...

Precious Pea said...

Sigh. Reminds me of beef noodle in Bangkok and feels like crying again.

Big Boys Oven said...

Gosh I had eaten at this place! I would say it is one of the best of it's on league! Fab!the food taste of JB is very different from KL!

JOjo said...

Reminds me of the beef noodle back at Kluang.
Waa...
JOhor serves great beef noodles. Or maybe the grass is greener?

sc said...

like jojo, the beef noodles reminds me of the one in kluang..yeah, bet it would have taste better if it was with the white fat noodles..

wonda said...

What is the flavoring of the braised duck? Five-spice (Ngo Heong Hun) used ?

tankiasu said...

Stop talking about ducks already. Lets talk about election, DAP and democracy!!!

Ling's Passion said...

I am drooling....looks delicious.

wmw said...

Nic : Kway Chap? Didn't notice that day...

daphne: Well, maybe it was just the wrong type of noodles for me.

NKOTB : I know you don't take beef but what about duck? Can eat duck, can't you?

kennymah : Yes, I love eating at such places...and even more glad that I took photos of such a place. Sometimes, I wish I could go back in time to take photos of so many places...e.g. like the old cinemas we use to have for one!

Precious P : Don't cry, I'm sure you'll go back there again. Parting is such sweet sorrow but think of how you'll feel when you're reunited with your beef noodles! Hahaha...

BBO : Ah, you're one of those who enjoyed it, mmm...could the difference be because of the noodles :o(

Jojo : The grass is always greener on the other side ;o)

tigerfish said...

I would have like mine with rice flour noodles too and not yellow noodles! Do they match ? Hmmmm....

team bsg said...

after this beef orgy you must go for change , try some good fruits and do it quickly no moment to lose...

Kok said...

wmw,
I don't know what's Lai Fun... Is it Mi Fun but thicker type?

vkeong said...

Wow.. looks tasty.. RM5-6 for a bowl is really cheap.. if in Penang, will cost at least RM7-8 already

Jackson said...

fulamak!! The duck noodle really look delicious!

wmw said...

SC: Yeah, and it got me thinking how it would taste like now...:o)

wonda : I believe there was a bit.

tankiasu : :o). Thanks for giving me the updates that night when my Astro died on me.

ling : I bet folks like you can whip up such delicious stuff whenever you want to ;o)

tigerfish : This was my first time eating yellow noodles for the dry version. I guess you and me think alike!

team bsg : And now we wait and see what happens....

Kok : The Lai Fun is the ones most people use for Assam Laksa? A lot like the lo shee fun (rat's tail noodle) but longer strand.

vkeong : Really? I thought Penang food cheaper? Inflation, hahaha...

jackson : Not duck noodle leh, that stall sells it with rice, you can't eat beef then you eat braised duck rice. Yummy!

durianberry said...

Wow! How I wish I was there! There's a Jln Lumba Kuda in Pg, but unfortunately no such delight to be found there

J2Kfm said...

hey saw ur post on The Star yday. celebrity blogger now eh? hehe, care to drop some tip? :)
will be going to johor next month for kursus, not sure got chance to try this not ...

wmw said...

durianberry : Oh, same name? But Penang has its own goodies leh. How I wish I was in Penang! :o)

j2kfm : Celebrity blogger? Nolah...No tip, The Star pick from the blogs at random. Check out the food blogs for Johor postings to have some ideas, I am sure there are lots of good food in Johor.

Cokeworld Citizen said...

haih the grass is always greener on the other side...lolz...

but the star seems to pick ur blog more often...hehe...celebrity blogger...sounds good wat...embrace it XD