Kuala Lumpur - Fish Head Noodles Soup at Win Soon, Old Kuchai Road
I had one of the tastiest fish-head soup today - the pieces of fried fish-head and whole freshwater prawn came in a milky soup redolent of Chinese wine, ginger, shallots, salted vegetables, tomatoes, and various ingredients used to obtain the delicious broth. The milky color, so I'm told, came from the addition of evaporated milk.
The cafe's named after owner-chef, Kwa Win Soon, son of the guy who owned the fish-head noodles stall in Taman OUG, off Old Klang Road. The prodigal son had obviously learnt well.
Other sides at the restaurant which we had - tiny little pods of Muar-style otak-otak (drier and harder than mousse-like Nyonya otak-otak) wrapped in pandan leaves; and the deep-fried fishcakes were unremarkable. Stick to what they do best here: the fish-head soup, with or without the rice noodles.
Win Soon Cafe
46 Jalan Kuchai Maju 9, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 79819287
Fish-head soup with tomatoes – interesting. Looks yummy. The otak-otak is only half-wrapped in the pandan? I'm not familiar with "Muar-style" for this dish - is that the way they usually do it? I seem to only remember otak-otak as being fully wrapped, whether from a "more Malay-type" place or from a Nyonya place...
Have you ever been back to Nippy Noodle Restaurant, around the corner from Win Soon (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826105 ) to sample their siu yook (and maybe more noodles) ?
The Muar-style of otak-otak - see, I'm "Malaysianized" now, as in Singapore, we call this "otah" - is thinner as it's usually partially wrapped in longish palm leaves, rather than banana leaves a la Nyonya-style. The Muar or Johore style of otak-otak is more common in Singapore - we find them on sale in the malls, pasar malams & neighborhood markets, whilst the Nyonya-style otak-otak can only be found in the Peranakan-Nyonya restaurants.
Haven't gone back to Nippy as yet - too many places in KL to explore still, but hope to try their siu-yoke/roast pork soon!
Hmm. Interesting, I didn't know that about the otak2 and the otah. Thanks.
Well, from what I've read so far, Nippy doesn't seem to have too many glowing reports on it from some local bloggers anyway - other than appreciation for the noodles themselves (but not what it tends to be served with)...