At Wheel Noodle that has just newly opened on Jalan Market, eating noodles may not be the same again when noodles are served in bite-sized portions, in old-fashioned bowls with rooster images. In fact, Wheel Noodle is calling its noodles “Dong Dong Noodles”, as in the olden days, noodles are sold on bicycles with vendors making “dong dong” sounds by knocking metal spatula on the wok to attract more customers.
The white umbrellas in mid air reminds me of a similar concept used in KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC); except that Wheel Noodle uses white ones instead of multi-colored ones. You won’t see this from the main road of Jalan Market, but on the “concubine lane” that’s parallel to the street.
Wheel Noodle’s interior exudes a mood of the bygone days with the tiny wooden tables and it-could-not-be-any-simpler stools.
You can read about Ah Lim and Dong Dong Noodles’ story on this wall.
And now the noodles. There are only two kinds to choose from, fish noodles and beef noodles (RM 1.90 per bowl). Talk about downsizing the menu to help the patrons decide faster !
The beef noodles are paired with “lai fun” (or laksa noodles) and immersed in a lightly sourish soup with salted vegetable, topped with bean sprouts, beef and beef meat ball. Lai fun is good, texture of meat is variable with the one from the first bowl being a bit tougher than the one from the second. Meat ball is a bit mushy and no surprising texture.
The fish noodles are paired with “dong fun” (mung bean noodles), topped with fish ball, bean sprouts and youtiao in a peppery broth with “dong cai” (winter vegetables). It’s a bit like “hor hee” actually.
I ate four bowls of these noodles ! The portions are tiny; I finished each bowl in two bites. If I really tried, I could have gulped the whole thing in one bite.
The portions are actually made intentionally small to see how many bowls you can eat. Fun, but the workers are going to have a hell of a time washing the bowls if one person eats a minimum of 4 bowls !
The concept is quite cute, eating noodles from a tiny bowl and competing with your friends or family to see who eats noodles from the most bowls. The only thing though is that the noodles are a bit heavy on MSG and the beef and meat ball could have been better.
Wheel Noodle Facebook Page
Address : 26 Jalan Market, 30,000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening Hours : Tues – Sun 8.00 am 2.30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.