Friday, April 23, 2010

I Lost & Found Mr Mak

For the records, let me declare here that I don't simply eat Fish-head Noodles.

What I mean is I'd never order that if I walk into any coffee-shop which has Fish-head Noodles in one of the many stalls. Simply because I find that generally most Fish-head Noodles are really not that nice... most of them throw together fried pieces of fish bones that pass off as "fish head" and add copious amounts of milk into the soup presumably to mar the fishy taste (which is not surprising, considering most of them use questionable types of fish!).

OK, coming back to the main topic here....

Allow me to introduce you to Mr Mak...


As you can see, Mr Mak is a very busy man - he does not smile much and he absolutely refuses to look into the camera. Can't blame the guy. Mr Mak is too busy cooking his stuff.

Delicious stuff, too...


Mr Mak's Fish-head Noodles is the only fish-head noodles I would eat by choice. And that's saying a lot, because, like I said earlier, I do not simply eat Fish-head Noodles one.


My acquaintance with the dour Mr Mak started many years ago... when his stall was in a coffee-shop somewhere tucked away in USJ16, amongst the residential houses there. Back then, we'd always go for our fish-head noodles fix there, at least once or twice a month. Almost like clockwork: we'd place our orders and wait patiently for 30-45 minutes for the noodles.

And then, one day, tragedy struck: Mr Mak has disappeared! We mourned for a while, not knowing whether he has fatt-tatt (struck the mega jackpot, so to speak), retired or simply moved elsewhere.

And I have not eaten fish-head noodles ever since..

Until... recently, through the food grapevine, we found Mr Mak again! Oh, that was a happy day.

He has now relocated his business to a coffeeshop in Subang Perdana Court 2 in USJ.

Mak FH Ndls-BKT

Mr Mak is never stingy with loading his offerings - you can find loads of fried fish fillet, fried fish-head pieces, tomatoes, kiam-chye and silky-smooth white tofu in your bowl of noodles. Curly meehoon is the new meehoon in town. I love it. It's a bit more chewy & springy than the normal ones. And the soup is amazing, none of the fishy smell that can be very off-putting!

And... oh yes, you definitely MUST order a plate of Mr Mak's Fried Fish Fillet. I read somewhere today that someone said Fish is good for you. Mr Mak uses only Ikan Jenahak and his fried fish fillets are the crunchiest, freshest, yummiest ones on this side of town. Believe me. You may not stop at 1 plate (RM5). So order 2, like what I always do... or else order a Big Plate (RM10).



If you have any more stomach space after the above, do try his Tomyam Seafood Noodles too...


At only RM6.50 per bowl, this is definitely Great Value! As you can see, the bowl is filled to the brim with big prawns, mussels, scallops, fishcake noodles, tomatoes! And the tomyam? It's certainly got all the ooomph in it - fiery, fiesty & unforgettable. Really one.


As you can see, Mr Mak is a specialist. His offerings are limited & focused. He does only what he's best at. Only 3 choices.


Mr Mak's amazing Fish-head Noodles can now be sampled at this coffee-shop with the very apt name: Kopitiam Que Up. Yes, you really have to que up if you go at peak hours, which is usually around 12.30-2.00pm. So, go early. Otherwise, be prepared to wait 45 minutes to satisfy your hunger.

Mak FH Ndls-BKT-1

Kopitiam Que-Up is visible from the main road. If you are coming from Summit heading towards USJ/Puchong, the kopitiam is on your right - you can't miss it. Look out for it after you have passed the crossroads traffic lights after Summit. Just go further up to the next set of traffic lights and make a U-turn.

Mr Mak's noodles are available from 11.00am until all are gone, which should be around 3-4pm. His friendly Indon waitress told me that - Mr Mak doesn't talk much either.


J said...

What a cute name. It's like they are trying to warn everyone! :)
(Great way to manage expectations...)

thule a.k.a leo said...

Yeah... I second your view that Mr. Mak's fried fish and fish head noodle are one of the best (if not the best) out there!!!
I am plotting my second outing to Mr. Mak's place..

PureGlutton said...

J: Hehe, if his name doesn't intimidate you, his non-smiling demeanour would! But then, his noodles are really good wor.

PureGlutton said...

Leo: Good to know you are another fan :-)

minchow said...

Awesome!! I actually know exactly where you're referring to, despite my general aversion to the USJ area. I shall brave mad traffic for this... do they have the thicker noodle variety as well?

thenomadGourmand said...

oh my..unka isgonna be one happy man.
nx week's lunch it is then! Me dun eat fish head nodles either..hate them milk sour thing, but yeah i will try tis one!

CUMI & CIKI said...

finally ! something that will peak CUMI's interest! he complains the rest not up to par. THANK U for sharing!!! xoxo

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I'll have BOTH the tom yam and fish head noodles. Om nom nom nom.. =D

J2Kfm said...

Haha, this is cute. I love how you gleefully described your experience, like pining for long lost love, then found it again! :)

fatboybakes said...

wow, now if only someone would show me the way!!!! i love the look of the texture of that white noodle.

mysimplefood said...

Wow! The fish head noodles look so good.......