Deep in the Chan Sow Lin industrial area in Kuala Lumpur is perhaps the most popular curry noodles stall in the city. I’m a Johnny-come-lately where this place is concerned but, like Geoffrey Chaucer said, better late than never. On good days, Girl & Mommy Curry Mee can attract rather intimidating snaking queues: chili-heads and hardcore fans of 60-something year-old Madam Loi Yim Peng’s 18-year-old temple to the curry noodle. Madam Loi is the “Mommy”, a force of nature who ran this ever-busy joint like a well-oiled machine whilst her daughter (the “Girl”) managed a similar set-up in Kuantan, a city 150 miles (240 km) east of Kuala Lumpur.
Curry Mee. KL-lites are willing to slurp down curried noodles from 6.30am - and Mdm Loi’s fiery concoction is guaranteed to bring the dead back to life: a delicious, spicy, coconut-infused gravy blanketed her blanched yellow wheat noodles, to which she added roast pork belly, spongey slivers of rehydrated dried pig skin, barely-cooked fresh blood cockles, tofu puffs and char-siew. A small dish of chili paste was provided on the side - you simply have to add this condiment to your bowl of noodles - yes, there was a method to our chili-madness, but that condiment lifted the deliciousness quotient of that bowl of noodles up a few notches.
Beef Tendon Mee. This other noodle dish was almost as good as the curry noodle dish. Basically soy-braised beef tendon and tripe, very aromatic from Mommy’s secret blend of Chinese herbs and spices. She served it with thick rice noodles, topped with chopped green scallions, fresh sprigs of coriander leaves and golden-fried lardons.
I didn’t anticipate that I’d enjoy having the bowl of curried noodles this much, and am definitely returning for it again very soon.
Girl & Mommy Curry Mee, Chan Sow Lin Food Court
No. 134C, Jalan Dua, Off, Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Sungai Besi
55200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6016-398 2622
Opening hours: 6.30am to 2pm, Mon to Sat (Closed on Sundays)