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Lai Foong Beef Noodles… since 1956

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Went to my favourite beef noodle joint for lunch today, so I’m gonna attempt to do a review of my favourite beef noodles, or as someone once called it “Spare Part” noodles.

Lai Foong Restaurant
A Little Background:

Located at the corner of Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Lai Foong coffeeshop has been in existence since 1956 and yes it’s older than Malaysia (50 years old). It is owned by the family of Chinese-Hakka origin that runs the beef noodle stall and drinks joint.

Initially, it was under another owner. The beef noodle stall took over the place after the original owner ran into financial difficulties.

The coffeeshop is your typical Chinese kopitiam haunt, offering a myriad of gastronomic delights from roti bakar, chicken rice, pork noodles, wan tan noodles and mee yoke too! Most of the stall owners have been with the kopitiam for over a decade. There’s also a stall selling Chinese pastry stuff (my favourite Tong Kee Brothers egg tarts).

Ancient marble tables with your 1950’s wooden chairs have been used since the opening of the place.

Lai Foong coffeeshop is open for breakfast and lunch only, from 7.00am to 3.00pm daily.

The basic beef noodles (noodles, beef tripe, beef tummy, beef balls) are up for offer. Additionally, you might want to opt for “extras” i.e. tendon, tongue, intestines, fillet, penis (YUPS! PENIS!) and occasionally, kidneys.

Out of the above, I have tried almost every “spare part” cept penis, intestines and kidney.

My Order:
I opted for my usual (yellow noodles and rice vermicelli, beef fillet, tripe and tendon).

I highly recommend that you take your noodles with soup rather than kon lou coz the soup is the hallmark of the “brand”.

It is a hearty, flavourful beef-based soup that you will WANT to finish to the last drop. I could taste a subtle hint of nutmeg, anise, cinnamon and Chinese salted vegetable (ham choy) in the soup base.

The beef fillet, tripe and tendon were done to perfect tenderness (with some bite left, not melt-in-the-mouth kind).

RM 4.00 is a very reasonable price to pay.

There’s no other place to get beef noodles like Lai Foong. Many stalls try to imitate but always fall short. The secret’s in the soup. There’s a huge cauldron of beef stock boiling somewhere which never stops boiling. There’s a significant amount of beef in the soup, that I can tell you. Non-halal due to the addition of pork lard bits in the noodles that gives its added OOMPH!

Taste 9/10
Ambience 8.5/10
Value 8/10


Written by Leo

4 March 2006 at 17:04

Posted in Food, My Thoughts

2 Responses

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  1. you’re so talented man. 😀


    5 March 2006 at 1:47

  2. Talented? LOL I just like to eat! *gRiN*


    6 March 2006 at 1:24

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