>> Jan 20, 2010
A couple of days in Kuala Kubu Bahru (KKB) is gonna get one to do something stupid (like traveling up to Bidor for duck noodles). Well, can't blame me eh? What else is there to do in KKB? I tried going to the waterfall, illegally fishing at the dam and searching for food around. KKB is just 'sad'. No offence to those whose home town is KKB.
Anyway, my friends managed to persuade me to drive up to Bidor to eat the so called 'best' duck noodles in Malaysia. The journey from KKB took about 1 hour (can't imagine actually traveling up from KL just for the noodles).
Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant has been around for more than 70 years now. They specialise in their herbal duck noodles (ngap pei meen) and their Chicken Biscuits (kai zai peng).
We started off with some Wu Kok (yam/taro puff stuffed with meat).
Priced at RM1.60 each, they were quite good. They had that flaky texture on the outside, accompanied by that burst of yam upon sinking ur teeth into. However, I have to say the SS3 pasar malam (every tuesday) serves a better Wu Kok than this.
Next, we went for their all famous noodles.
The verdict? The noodles were springy and had their nice bite to it. In fact, the noodles were too springy that I suspect the use of artificial substances in it. Anyway, regardless of what it was made with, the noodles were good. The soup had was light and tasty, with flavours of the various chinese herbs (kei chee, pak kei, tong su, dried longan and more). It was quite nice, but probably contained quite a bit of MSG (I think it did).
Priced at RM 7.30 for medium and RM6.60 for small, the noodles were somewhat expensive. OK, the duck was expensive but not the noodles. Plain noodles would cost about RM1.80 (I know this because my friends liked the noodles so much that we came back 2 hours later for plain noodles). The medium portion is actually relatively huge. I would certainly like to know how big a large portion would turn out to be.
Before leaving, we decided to get some Chicken biscuits for our families.
If my memory served me right, the biscuits were priced at RM2.80 per pack. I am not a big fan of this sort of chinese biscuits but I have to say it was not bad.
Before leaving Bidor, we bought from some fruits from the fruit vendors outside the restaurant. The fruits were superbly sweet and were not too expensive (bargaining is possible here). Try going for their pomallo, guavas and cempedak.
I personally feel that it was not worth the trip specially to Bidor, just for the noodles. It was actually somewhat a let down to what I've been hearing about this place. If I was on the way to Penang or Ipoh, it certainly woulve have made a nice stop for lunch.
*Special thanks to Joo Hor for letting me hijack his camera.
Restaurant rating: 7/10
Pricing: About RM10 per person
*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
Map Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant
Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits (Restoran)
40, Main Road,
Telephone number: 05-4341554
(Closed on 1st & 2nd day of Chinese New Year and 16th & 17th day of the 8th month of the lunar calender)