For the longest time, I always associated Old Kuchai Road in KL as that spot with the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. It must have been 1975 when I first had a KFC meal in the-then formal sit-down restaurant there. In those days, KFC served its meals on proper crockery and cutlery - much like they still do in Saigon today - whereas Kuala Lumpur (and Singapore) has gone all casual with paper serving trays and plastic forks/knives.
Today, Old Kuchai Road is almost unrecognizeable from whence I traversed through it during one of my rare visits to KL the past 2 decades - industrial parks and large retail/commercial centres have sprung up along the much-widened road.
This morning, I was brought by a local foodie-friend to Nippy, a fascinating & *very* popular noodle restaurant which still prepared their noodles the "traditional way", i.e. the chief noodle maker straddled a gigantic bamboo pole to press the wheat-duck eggs-flour dough to make their noodles. Hard work indeed, but his labor resulted in amazing finely-textured noodles with literally to-die-for texture. Unbeatable.
Unfortunately, IMO, the noodles' dressing and sauces left much to be desired for. I found the overall resultant bowl of noodles deliciously springy & fine in texture, but tasted pretty "meh".
Being early birds (we were there by 9am) , we were also surprisingly being informed that their signature siu-yuk (crackling-skinned roast pork) were NOT ready yet, and wouldn't be available "quite so soon".
So, we opted for their noodles topped with cha-siu and pork-liver sausage. The meat toppings were delicious, but not as sweet & oily as I expected traditional Chinese sausage and BBQ meat to be. Overall flavor, as I'd mentioned earlier, was lacking.
A side-dish we ordered: minced pork, shrimps and waterchestnuts wrapped in beancurd sheets and then pan-fried were delicious though. The shrimps were amazingly fresh & crunchy.
The posters on the restaurant's wall instructed diners to consume their bamboo-pressed noodles "within 5 minutes of it being served", in order to fully-appreciate the taste/texture of the noodles. I'm not sure I can or want to gobble down my bowl of noodles within 5 minutes though:-D
I'll have to return to that restaurant another day to catch the much-talked-about roast pork.
Nippy Noodle Restaurant（弹牙竹升面屋)
25, Jalan Kuchai Maju 7
Entrepreneurs Park, off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 7982 1781