Wikipedia Lim had been raving about Goon Wah for ages and ages, saying that this is among one of the best fish head noodles in town, with that sort of recommendation, this was like Rukun Negara . On top of that , it was a double-thumbs-up -and-toes-too sorta review from the food bloggers. But there is a snag, Goon Wah only operates on weekdays and only up to 3 pm ( means not for dinner lah) , so it’s not so easy to come this way from the office, but the silver lining is, wait for a public holiday that falls on a weekday looooohhh
We reached G.Wah at about 11:30am on the Monday-post-merdeka holiday, and the place was packed, packed and packed, but we were quite lucky that there was an empty table for two so, we didn’t have to wait at all , but we see loads of people standing/waiting around tables with occupants that are still devouring their meals.
We ordered the infamous XO fish head noodles and the claypot rat tail noodles 老鼠粉.they have a large list of different noodles including Melaka nyoya noodles, fried tung-hoon, moonlight hor fun 月光河 ( dunno what this is) , etc, the big plates are RM10 and the small portions RM7. There are also a variety of dishes to choose from ( can’t name any as we didn’t ask what the serve) For drinks- they have sweet potato in sugar syrup, ABC, tea, herbal drinks etc .
The ice kacang ( no, I didn’t order this, although I did ordered the lime+sour plum drink- falling back into the soooo predictable in the drinks department) was gigantic, and seemed to be really popular and we saw most of the tables around us had this perched on the table too.
While waiting, you can hear the waitresses warning ‘panas, panas’ as they ferry the XO fish head to the tables. The noodles / food are meant to be shared as the will bring small bowls and plates to the table . And when the XO noodles arrived at our table, first reaction- wah, so big bowl ah.., no wonder Wikipedia Lim warned that the noodles comes in portion not meant for one.
The soup is not clear although it’s not added with milk, I think this is because they have added yam to the soup (?), and the taste..YUMMMMY..i hereby proclaim thee -‘ the mother of all fish head noodles’. I especially like it because the soup is not sourish like most of the fish head noodles. There were generous amount of fish head pieces in each pot. For fish head noodles lovers- you should not miss this !
The claypot rat-tail noodles sizzled it’s way to our table, … after blending the dark-glob on top with the noodles, there were no ‘leftover gravy’ the amount of gravy just seemed to be measured perfectly for that pot of noodles and it wasn’t oily and WHAADDAATHINK.. it was soooo very the good one, I tell you !! there were crunchy bits of fried lard+ dried prawns +dunno what else and it was sooooo very the good one, I tell you. ( Honestly, I love this more than the fish head noodles.)
Actually, that was all we ordered and it was a reallllllyy happy and fulfilling meal that makes you smack your lips and rub your tummy and grin like a Cheshire cat… anyway, that’s not the end of my story as the following day, I managed to convinced my colleagues that there is this place that the food is so good that that people do not mind to be seated next to a ‘coffin shop’ ( Beside GW is a kedai keranda).
We ordered the fish head noodles + claypot rat tail noodles ( still taste soo very the good one ( the second time around) , I tell you ) and added an extra dish - kou-yoke ( pork +yam) 扣肉
The kou yoke was…ahh..i dunno what to say lahh…So very the good one, I tell you… This dish came with 5 steamed buns, you ‘un-lipat’ the bun, place the pork + yam between the fold …bite into the well seasoned tender pork and the yam that melts in your mouth and HHMMMMMMMMMMM ……so very the good one, I tell you…..
GW occupies 2 shop lot , one is air-conned, the other no-conned, altho tables are set up on the kaki lima, including the kaki lima one door away ( none of the tables were set up in front of the coffin shop though :P)
Operating hours : 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, off on Sat and Sunday.
Location map and address :
Goon Wah Restaurant 冠華自助餐宴服务 ( tel : 7982 0048 / 0722)
If you turn in from Jalan Klang Lama to Kuchai Lama, at the traffic light junction where you see Shell and Esso, turn right. GW is the row of shoplot on your right, if you can’t find a parking space by the road side, turn into the residential area on your left, you should be able to find a parking space.