Friday, July 17, 2009

NOODLE @ KUM DEN RESTAURANT, 3-5 WARATAH PLACE, MELBOURNE

Uncle Tony unexpectedly shows up to bring us for lunch, I've just gotten out of bed. It's 15 minutes to shower, powder and suit up! Uncle asks whether it's rice or noodle for lunch; we opt for noodle. He says we'll have kampua, meaning "dry" noodle. They call it Lo Mee here, as in Kolo.

There's a New Kum Den also, which is a few alleys down the road, and the proprietress has sold off that business. It's a help-yourself to the chilli and condiments at a nearby cart. And the first thing they serve you beside the tea, is the free bowl of Lai Tong (top left - Soup of the House), regardless of what you order.

My order of duck Lo Mee is huge; so is everyone else's; it's ¼ duck, and the noodle is 2½ times the potion we normally get at home. I hardly finish it, although it tastes alright. The other 2 orders are the Nguai Lam Mee and the fishballs Ho Fun.


This place is famous for its curry rice; the couple of tables of Indian nationals having curries is a good barometer of the pertinacity of the dish, even though there are several Indian restaurants nearby. How often do you see Indians having Chinese curries in Malaysia? Never!!!?

2 comments:

Food For Tots said...

The portion for the duck Lo Mee is really huge for 3 of us. ;)

Kong-Kay said...

if you stay in the country long enough, you'll be able to finish the dish in no time.

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