The last time I've been to this coffee shop was (probably) about 2 years ago to try a supposedly legendary "ngau lam meen" (beef brisket noodles) that was highly recommended by a reputable food writer of the Star papers which turned out just 'so-so' for me.
You know the saying, "when in Rome, do like the Romans do"....and so, if you don't know what's good to eat, just follow the masses...and most of them seem to order the Fried Noodles, be it Hokkien or Cantonese style, including "Sang Har Meen" (Freshwater Prawn Noodles), Fish Head Noodles and Steamed Fish. In fact, I didn't notice anyone having the beef brisket noodles :(
Realising that their fish head was so fresh, I knew that I had to come back and try their fish head noodles and I did....but how that turned out was quite another story altogether. On my next visit, I ordered one Fried Pan Mee and one "Yue Tao Mai" (Fish Head Bihun) with fried fish (since their fish head bihun also comes in the fresh fish version). What I got was Fried Pan Mee with fried fish (instead of the usual pork and prawns) coz they associated my request for fried fish for my fish head noodles with the fried pan mee as well. I thought that was an honest mistake...a miscommunication which I accepted.
Although I was hoping that they would extend me a gesture (of a discount for my second bowl of noodles) since they screwed up my order in the first place but.....fat hopes!! Hawkers these days are so focussed on making a profit that they forget all about courtesy and service....and that's really sad.
On my last visit here, I noticed a Penang Lobak stall manned by an old lady (she's probably in her 80's). You could see an old, discoloured and tattered newspaper cutting hanging proudly at her stall. I assume she's famous for something (as I don't read Chinese) based on the newspaper article. The yam cake looked nice and so I packed some home. [#Note: She told me that neither her children nor her grandchildren want to carry on her 'trade' and, once she 'retires', that would be the end of the stall...which is a shame (but we see that happening so often now). She actually retired some time ago but her customers kept asking her to come back.]
My Personal Opinion
If you like things "ching" (very subtle in flavour) and fresh "sek pan yue" is on your list of favourite things to eat, then you should head here to either have it steamed in a rice wine broth or have them in a bowl of fish head noodles (fresh or fried version).
I absolutely loved the steamed fish and I may have just found a new fish head noodles that I really like!
The various fried noodles (by the same stall) are also very decent. So, just come and order everything from this one stall, run by 3 guys (brothers?), and you won't be disappointed but they're not open for dinner though.
Also, don't forget the yam cake from the nice old lady.....eat it while you can before she 'retires'...for good!!
Restoran Millenium Eighty-Six
13 Jalan 20/22
46300 Petaling Jaya