Monday, February 12, 2007

Woo Pin - Fish head noodles

When it comes to fish head noodles, there are two places that I'm crazy about. On one hand, I love the XO fish head noodles at Goon Wah with its unique noodles in XO soup, and on the other hand, there's the fish head noodles at Woo Pin.


I was first introduced to Woo Pin several months ago. Bizzy Bertie was witness to this happy encounter. Since then, I have eaten at Woo Pin several times, and I never get tired of it. The only thing that deters me from going there too often is the lack of sufficient parking space and the long wait for the food. On my first visit to this restaurant in Taman Danau Desa, my food took 45 minutes to arrive. Which is hard to imagine considering the fact that this restaurant serves only fish head noodles and a couple of side dishes. I suppose you can't tell a diva how to sing a high C sharp note.


My most recent visit to this restaurant was on Sunday (yesterday) for brunch after church. Feeling peckish, we ordered the fish head noodles (no, we didn't get the large bowl...still feeling the effects of the extra large plate of nasi lemak on Friday :-P ) and we shared a bowl of boiled fish paste. This bowl also fulfilled the basic requirement for greens.


And why do I like fish head noodles? Well, the obvious explanation would be that I absolutely love any kind of fish head. Where a lot of people balk at the sight of eating a fish head (and I'm thinking foreigners here) I love digging into the cheeks and around the eyes for the best part of the fish. Of course, when the fish head is fried, getting the tender bits of flesh can be an arduous task. So the second reason why I like fish head is for the flavour of the fried fish. And when one immerses the fried fish head, and body bits, into a boiling soup with pieces of tomato, ginger, cabbage, spring onions and fried shallots together with bee hoon (vermicelli) and a couple of scoops of fresh milk and a dash of wine, the result is a tangy, rich and sweet mix of flavours that makes one wonder why one doesn't do this more often...


Woo Pin fish head noodles can also be found at the Cheras flats which is the original location. However, the location at Taman Danau Desa is a lot more comfortable than the former.

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles @ Ho A One Seafood Steamboat Restaurant (opposite S.K.Danau Perdana)
Jalan 1/109F, Taman Danau Desa
Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 7.30am - 2.30pm (closed alternate Mondays)

10 comments:

boo_licious said...

Hmmm, I must bring my mother, aunt and uncle to this place since it's much nearer their hse in Taman Desa. They're currently addicted to the Goon Wah one ever since we brought them there. It seems they must have the Goon Wah one at least once a week.

Thxs for the tip.

Xiu Long Bao said...

halo lemongrass, just found ur yummy food blog! Ur eating establishments look interesting,so the green ones are yet-to-try eateries?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Boo_licious: Yes, do try Woo Pin if you have time to spare and don't mind waiting for the food. They seem to be busiest on weekends.

Xiu long bao: Thanks for visiting! The items in green on my wish list are restaurants which I have yet to write about! Have visited some, but sometimes too hungry to take photos. :-P

Tummythoz said...

*jotting down address* Thx.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

tummythoz: oops, I left out a number "1" in the address. Now rectified.

Jackson said...

wow...i love fish head noodle but yet to discover any nice one. I love those with fresh fried fish head ( prefer with some fish meat on it and not those dry one)with lots of vegetable and "ham choi" in it. It will b great if the colour of the broth is "milky" in colour...yum yum

jason said...

The last pic looks 'tasty' lol..

malaysianfoodguide said...

I tried the one situated in Cheras flat, long queue during lunch hours...fish head noodles not bad...but the place quite hot...

KampungboyCitygal said...

i love to dig into the fish cheeks are eyes too..fish cheek is the best part!!i noticed that the soup is not so milky compared to fish head noodles around kl..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

jackson: You'll definitely like the fish head noodles here. Got a lot of everything one!

jason: thanks a lot, dude! :-P I know my pic ain't that great...use your imagination lah. :-) Guaranteed u'll like it!

malaysianfoodguide: Hi! I haven't tried eating at the Cheras place, but I hear that the Taman Danau Desa outlet is much more comfortable.

kampungboycitygal: thanks for dropping by! my pic doesn't do justice to the great bowl of noodles. It's actually more milky than most places.