Boat Noodles, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana

Update as of 11th March : A revisit to Boat Noodle at Empire Damansara. Read it all here!

One word, FINALLY!

After our first attempt which did not end up well (which we ended up eating Korean instead), an impromptu dinner plan bought both gNOMEs to the rather much hyped up/talked about Boat Noodles in town.

The Boat Noodle concept comes from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand, where one rides a boat across the market and stops by to enjoy/buy whatever picks their fancy. The noodles here are known to come in small portions per bowl (typically 2-3 mouthfuls), hence the picture of stacked bowls in the logo since the portion per person tends to be much more than the 1 bowl.

A rather long queue greeted us, we were given a number and had to wait for our turn. The norm would be to expect to wait around 20-30 minutes to be seated.

Since there were only both of us, both gNOMes were seated faster than those ahead as it is relatively easier to seat smaller parties.

Very minimalistic interior decoration, chairs and tables are akin to those one may find in old primary schools. Made out of wood and sporting a rather washed out look.

A very simple menu greets the patrons, one may choose between Soup or Dry Glass Noodles, Beef or Chicken flavoured. Each bowl is priced at RM1.90.

Since both gNOMes heard that the portions are rather small, so we proceeded to order 2 Chicken Glass Noodles (Soup), 2 Beef Glass Noodles (Soup), 2 Chicken Glass Noodles (Dry) and 2 Beef Glass Noodles (Dry) for the first round.

Each Beef Noodles bowl comes with 2 mouthfuls of glass noodles, coriander, bean sprouts, beef stripes and half of a beef ball.

Each Chicken Noodle bowl comes with 2 mouthfuls of glass noodles, coriander, bean sprouts, chicken stripes and half of a chicken ball.

The dry noodles are slightly salty, heavily influenced by the usage of Fish Sauce. Coriander gives an interesting flavour twist to the noodles. Noodles are quickly flushed with hot water, and the texture varies from bowl to bowl. Only two mouthfuls of noodles, and you move on!

The general texture of the noodles is like the type used for Pad Thai, only thing thinner.

The soup noodles on the other hand, is rather spicy. Soup base is also rather on the salty side, no thanks to the Fish Sauce, which as mentioned earlier, is a huge component of the noodles. Nevertheless the gNOMes enjoyed the spiciness as it was not overwhelming. However for those who are “spice-sensitive”, it would  be likened to pouring a lot of chili flakes into your soup. Overall the gNOMes would say that the Beef Noodle (wet) is the winner among the 4 types.

A Fresh Thai Coconut (RM5.90) to quench thy thirst!

One bowl short of the 25X “Record Holder” mark. The gNOMes are ashamed of our appetite nowadays, but 12 bowls a person and the tummy stops grumbling.

Verdict : Total damage to the wallet. RM52.50. Dollar per bowl ratio-wise it isn’t quite worth the money if one wants to make this a common haunt. Taste-wise the gNOMes would say alright, but we might not return for a second trip. Go and try it out, if nothing else at least for the experience. More of a novelty thing for the adventurous foodie.

How to get there :

Address : G3A, Heritage Lane, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya.

Contact Number : +6019-477 3119 / +6016-330 4762 / +6019-675 6138

Opening Hours : Tuesdays to Fridays. 1200 hours till 2100 hours.

Saturdays to Sundays. 1200 hours till 1500 hours. 1800 hours till 2100 hours.

Closed on Mondays.


6 thoughts on “Boat Noodles, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana

  1. Hi Joe & Ranae,
    Thanks for featuring us in your blog. Am sad to hear that you would not come back… We would like to hear from you why?
    a. Queue too long?
    b. Noodles not tasty?
    c. Variety too little?
    d. …..
    Boat Noodle Crew, Ann

    1. @myboatnoodle Hi Ann! Thanks for taking a keen interest in the needs/wants of your customers. That reflects very well on Boat Noodles and it has been an aspect we have been impressed with as well (customer service).

      Well perhaps we were not very clear when we said “might not return”.. we apologize if it made it sound like we were saying Boat Noodles is bad. In fact, it is anything but bad! 🙂 But just honest feedback from us, we feel that we might not be in a hurry to frequent the shop because:

      1. Per bowl would cost one around RM1.90. Seeing as people like us (the gNOMes) would average 12 bowls, it would cost us approximately RM24 per person. Which isn’t an ideal price for a bowl of noodles (if we compare it to the portion of a bowl of noodles) in our opinion.

      2. Queue: I’m sure that’s a common concern. While the staff generally make it more bearable to wait with their pleasant dispositions, if one would like to eat at Boat Noodles, they would need to have lots of time to spare.

      We hope no offence has been taken at all, since we are trying to word this constructively. We have no intention to bring down any restaurant whatsoever, just sharing our opinions on food. In fact, we have recommended quite a number of friends to try out Boat Noodles for the experience as it is a unique one. 🙂 Cheers!

      Eat Lots and Prosper,
      The Garden NOM

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