Friday, February 4, 2011

Cheap Eats Review: Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodles (Melaka, Malaysia)

Hing Loong

Located at Jalan Bachang, Hing Loong is famous for its Taiwanese style noodles especially its spicy Beef Noodles and deep fried Pork Chop Noodles, and has spawned branches in Melaka & Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tong brought me here years back and it left a reasonable impression on me then; she thought that meant a repeat visit was in order whilst all I had was chicken rice balls in my mind! There are hardly any empty tables in this restaurant that solely sells these Taiwanese noodle dishes.

We ordered the house specialty spicy beef noodles which was fairly mediocre. The lightly chinese herbal flavoured soup is spiced up with Schezhuan peppercorns and (likely) dried chillies. Despite tender pieces of beef floating around the soup, there was lack of beefy goodness expected. The fresh flat noodles did not marry well with the soup - neither clinging on the soup nor absorbing it. 

Spicy Beef Noodle (Dry)
The deep fried Pork Chop Noodles was slightly better. Served with a flavoured soy based sauce, the noodles felt at home.....the deep fried pork chop was like any other deep fried pork chop. Not sure what the fuss is about!

Of note, the original old "chef" is no longer preparing the noodles. Instead a young man puts the dishes together with waiter(s) cum line cooks who portion sauces and meats for each order. Chicken rice balls, anyone?

Cheap Eats Rating: 10/20

By Gastronomic G.

Rating explained:
Scores 18 to 20 = *** (3 stars) = World class and close to perfection
Scores 16 to <18 = ** (2 stars) = An exceptional and special dining experience
Scores 15 to <16 = * (1 star) = Very good to great dining experience
Scores 13 to <15 = Good but not memorable
Scores 10 to <13 = Acceptable
Scores <10 = Are you sure you want to eat here?