SHUIB TAIB finally finds the perfect plate of this popular hawker fare.
The Nomad Bistro
I HAVE always thought that the best char kway teow is only sold in Ipoh, Perak.
Back in the 1970s and ´80s, our family used to go to this “uncle” who sold his char kway teow under a tree in Ipoh Garden for RM2 per plate.
It had prawns, cockles, vegetables and egg, stir-fried to perfection.
What we liked about the Ipoh Garden kway teow was the fact that it was not oily, yet tasty. The portions were not too small, neither were they too much. Not to mention I had always enjoyed uncle´s “dance moves” when he fried the kway teow!
Since we moved to Johor Baru in the late ´80s, I stopped eating char kway teow, simply because I couldn´t find any that could match the Ipoh Garden version.
That was until I stumbled upon a plate of Penang char kway teow at The Nomad Bistro (Sucasa) in Jalan Ampang.
Like the Ipoh version, it has prawn, cockles, vegetables (bean sprout and chives) and egg. However, this Penang version has other “add-ons” as well, in the form of fishcake and squid. Slightly greasy, my first impression of this popular dish is that it´s very tasty.
The combination of prawn meat, chives, bean sprout and noodle is indescribable!
I was taken back to the time when I was still in Ipoh. The colour of the kway teow was a nice dark brown and the cockles were fresh while the taugeh were white, clean and crunchy. Yay! Aside from this dish, Nomad´s Cream of Mushroom Soup is not to be denied.
It tasted so good that I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to figure out what was in it. It did taste slightly creamy, so my guess is, they added a dash of cream or milk in the soup.
What was great about the soup was that it was loaded with mushrooms!
It was slightly thick and I also tasted a bit of chicken, thanks to the chicken gravy which was added to it.
It also had this earthy aroma although I couldn´t quite put my finger on it.
The croutons added some “drama” to the soup. All in all, I found drinking this soup a very comforting culinary exercise.
The next time you are stuck in traffic along Jalan Ampang -- which is almost always the case -- why not just park your car and take a break at The Nomad Bistro @ The Nomad SuCasa. It´s at 222, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.