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Kuala Lumpur - Ultra-Sinful KL Black Noodles at Reunion (团圆)

klyeoh | Dec 21, 201106:26 AM

Reunion Restaurant at Bangsar Village is, IMO, one of the top 3 Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, a city replete with good Chinese restaurants in almost every corner and every other street within the city's suburbs.

Reunion's atmospheric dark-lit restaurant was more "western" than Chinese though. Classy sumptious furniture, strategically placed antique sculptures, and billowy curtains separating the various parts of the dining halls create an exotic, mysterious aura - reminded me somewhat of London's Hakkasan.

What you MUST not miss if you dine here - an order of the famous dark-hued KL-style Hokkien fried noodles (popularly known as "black noodles" among some KL-lites). The version here was definitely the best I'd ever tasted in Kuala Lumpur - generous sinful handfuls of crisp-fried pork lardons, ultra-fresh crunchy shrimps, large rolls of squid-meat, slivers of fragrant pork, all fried with yellow Hokkien noodles with a richly "wok hei" aroma. Good quality dark and light soy sauce accentuated the noodle dish. Our condiment of sambal belachan went untouched as we savored the rich, deliciousness oozing from every mouthful of the noodles. My dining companion (a KL-lite foodie) said that the only other place which can match Reunion's KL Hokkien noodles was perhaps the Dynasty Chinese restaurant at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur.

Other dishes we had were good but were relegated to being side-dishes:

- Crunchy, sweet, pickled Japanese cucumbers topped with dried fish crisps;

- Sichuanese hot-and-sour soup, filled with crunchy black fungus, milky-soft tofu, astrigent chopped scallions, and chewy julienned shitake mushrooms. It was spicy - Malaysians have a taste for chillies - but not overly so as in Sichuan, China, where the soup can be a bit too peppery and tongue-numbing;

- Roast pork (siu-yoke) which had beautifully-crackly golden-crisp skin, but was not as tasty or well-marinated as the version one gets at the Ming Room (Bangsar Shopping Centre), Oversea Restaurant (Jalan Imbi) or the Oriental Pavilion (Jaya 33). I'd give this dish a miss the next time I'm here;

- Stir-fried lettuce with fermented beancurd or "fu yue" (腐乳) which was light and delicately tasty, but (unfotunately) did not go well with the robust assertiveness of the KL Hokkien fried noodles. A bowl of steamed white rice would have gone well with this lettuce dish.

Reservations are highly recommended at this popular restaurant, especially for lunch.

Address details
Reunion (团圆) Restaurant
Lot 2F, 17-18, 2nd Floor
Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2287 3770

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