[Pork-free] We had one of the best non-traditional noodles ever!
We revisited Tiffin at The Yard last Sunday after checking out the RIUH Bazaar next door. This was exactly a month since we were last here on Tiffin’s opening weekend.
We noticed a few new vendors this time – namely the likes of Playte and Yumcha joining the communal makan space.
[UPDATED ON MARCH 2021: We finally visited Bowls of Steel’s Noodles Bar in PJ. Check out the new post here]
Bowls of Steel meets Kadei!
We tasted one of the best noodles ever from Bowls of Steel (BOS) x Kadei by Manchula at their recent pop-up stall at Tiffin at The Yard at Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
For the uninitiated, Bowls of Steel is a noodle bar based in Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya (PJ), while Kadei by Manchula serves Malaysian Indian cuisine in Taman Megah (also in PJ).
The two joined forces as part of Tiger Street Food Kitchen – which features a new collaboration between two chefs every week here at Tiffin from Thursday to Sunday.
Each collaboration is intended to put a spin on traditional Malaysian dishes.
The BOX x Kadei by Manchula were only serving at Tiffin at the Yard that weekend.
For this instance – foodie friends Jun (from BOS) and Suresh (from Kadei) came up with some of the most explosive fusion dishes ever as intricate hand-made noodles meet the robust flavours of Malaysian Indian curries and spices.
BOS x Kadei offered dishes such as Lamb Curry Noods, Mango Fish Curry Ttoek-booki, Tandoori Buffalo Wings, and Crab Croq-let (croquette meets cutlet).
Pan mee meets Mutton Curry!
We were already quite full, having consumed two dishes from other vendors when we spotted BOS x Kadei’s space at Tiffin.
Although fairly satiated by then, we couldn’t help ordering from the stall as we’ve always wanted to try BOS for the longest time.
Created solely for this event, the Lamb Curry Noods (RM35) came highly recommended.
The dish is essentially hand-pulled flat noodles (think dry chilli pan mee) served in mutton curry reduction, with lamb shoulder roulade, torched lamb marrow, crispy lamb bits and fresh herbs salad.
An umami bomb!
This bowl was so good – a real umami bomb.
The noodles were cooked al-dente – think perfect chewy texture similar to a hand-made chilli pan mee – lathered in rich and potent mutton curry that’s been reduced into a thick and luscious gravy.
The lamb shoulder roulade is so overwhelmingly tender with meat that is not gamey and fats that just melt in the mouth.
The marrow was another highlight – sufficiently torched to bring out the fatty and umami-rich flavours.
Finally, the dish came together with a side of tangy, piquant salad (made of julienned leek and we believe capers), curry leaves, and crispy lamb bits.
The lamb bits are all the good burnt bits scraped from the roulade after the roasting process. They are essentially mini umami bombs as they really remind us of crispy fried anchovies served on chilli pan mee.
A contender for the best bowl of 2021
We love noodles and are quite traditional in our preferences – but this had to be one of the best noodles we had in 2021!
Bowls of Steel x Kadei by Manchula really caught lightning in a bottle with this dish.
On paper, every element sounds very rich and heavy (it is a dish with very prominent flavours after all) but it all integrated beautifully to tantalise the Malaysian palate.
Each element is excellent on its own – but they just came together so well to create such a heady dish.
The dish made such an impression that we heard a customer returned to eat it a few times over two days!
Lamb Curry Noods – the second coming?
We were elated to find out that BOS plans to serve the Lamb Curry Noods again as part of their special menu for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Fingers crossed – they might even introduce it to their mainstay menu next year.
We were told to expect bigger portions at their restaurants – portions were smaller here at Tiffin to offset costs as BOS was closed throughout the Tiffin event.
Decent classic beef burger from Alta
So what else did we eat at Tiffin at the Yard this time?
We finally tried the Beef Burger with Cheesy Tots (RM38) from Alta, as it was completely sold out when we were here last time.
Think McDonald’s double cheeseburger but with significantly better quality and fresher ingredients. We enjoyed the double patties that were not too greasy, served with pickles, sharp cheddar cheese, onions and dressing.
The buns were a highlight as they were soft, sufficiently buttered with a lovely golden sheen.
Nothing like the dry, cardboard buns of McDs. However, we thought the burger was small for its price tag.
The tots on the side were decent and topped with cheesy sauce and sliced jalapenos.
Chicken Shawarma Fries from Leen’s
The Chicken Shawarma Fries (RM30) from Leen’s Middle East Kitchen was quite filling.
It’s essentially a bowl of sliced chicken meat served with tater tots and yogurt salad. It was a decent dish that was elevated by the tangy salad but brought back down to earth by the chicken pieces which we found too dry.
Check out our original Tiffin at the Yard post
Check out our original Tiffin at the Yard post here, where we tried the Beef Jianbing from Sesame’s Street by Small Shifting Space and boozy ice-cream from Licky Chan.
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Bowls of Steel
Address: 94a, Jalan SS 21/62, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 6pm-10pm (Wed-Fri); 11.30am-3pm and 6.30pm-10pm (Sat and Sun), Closed on Mon & Tues
Phone: 03-7733 1002
Kadei by Manchula
Address: 28, Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 7am-8pm Daily (Closed on Mondays)
Phone: 012-535 2413
Tiffin at the Yard
Address: Sentul Depot, Jalan Strachan, Off Jln Ipoh, Sentul, 51100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 5pm-12pm (Thursdays & Fridays)
10am-12pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays