Monday, March 7, 2011

A Bowl of Calm at Aunty Lan's, Kota Damansara

Home renovation is tiring work. Scouring through brochures for endless options on fittings and other homely but not-entirely-necessary acquisitions, wandering through stores, listening to one sales spiel after another - bleeds you dry, no joke.

Of course, what utterly cripples you is writing the contractor cheques for progress payment. And hearing the frail plastic wail of the old credit card as the big ticket items get swiped. Why do things cost so much? Why do we need all these things?

Lest you think I'm less than ecstatic about how close I am to moving in, let me reassure you that it's all good, and I am very happy to have groped along this far, and very excited about the changes in store the next couple of months.

But while I deliberated the incremental damage to my measly estate and state of mind, I had to make a frenetic effort to go easy on the pocket and seek a moment of serenity, in an economical yet wholesome lunch.

Aunty Lan Diet Vege Noodles was a salubrious pick after yet another harried morning of deliberating options galore. Vegetables, anchovies, nuts - essentially ingredients of a Lui Cha -were served with choice of either noodles or vermicelli in a steaming bowl of murky, nourishing soup. Toto, who had been feeling somewhat feeble from eating junk lately, enjoyed this to the last drop.

I had some trouble deciding - the recommended soy sauce chicken noodles sounded good but I was all fowled out, having cleaned up two whole fried chicken legs the day before. Settled for the homemade mushroom pork ball noodles - cringed a bit that they got my order for the dry version wrong but the soupy bowl probably worked out better in hindsight with the hand-pinched noodles.

We picked the homemade bean curd as a side dish to share. This is difficult for me to rave about - I mean deep fried bean curd is deep fried bean curd is deep fried bean curd. It was easy enough to munch on but we could've done with a smaller order.

They have quite a selection of homemade desssert, from tong-suis to a staggering variety of cheesecakes. This cooling honeydew longan concoction too was super-fine for a hot day.

At just RM27 for a staggering meal for the two of us, I regained some sense of Sunday calm before the next wave of ka-chingsss descended.

Aunty Lan Homemade Noodles
Jalan PJU 5/10
PJU 5 Dataran Sunway
Kota Damansara


Sean said...

congrats on the home! it's been a long journey (i still recall reading about your searches in damansara perdana and ttdi, but that seems like eons ago!) =)
any idea if there's a real-life aunty lan who supplied her cherished recipes for this outlet? i'm always really curious about the people whom restaurants and cafes are named for! :D

Kenny Mah said...

Congrats on finding your own little sanctuary, my friend! This explains all the errands you had to run. :)

Will you still be our neighbour after you move into your new abode?

Ciki said...

hearing the frail plastic wail of the old credit card as the big ticket items get swiped!! hehe.. mine not wailing anymore. Mine's howling! hehe

Oooo, house warming party soon yar -can't wait!

Btw, unless you burn it, it's pretty hard to go wrong with deep fried foochuk. YUM!

J said...

*joins in with Ciki*
What's that I hear? Housewarming party soon??

minchow said...

Sean, thank you! Gosh it's been more than two years really. I can think of the number of jobs, relationships and party leaders that have turned over in that period of time!

LFB, thanks Kenny! Reckon the errands won't stop even after the move, as you can surely appreciate! Y'know what, I'll be even closer to your vicnity at my new place. Almost walking distance. Almost! :-P

Ciki, need to make money to recover first! Got any suggestions? Otherwise, no furniture, everyone will have to sit on the floor during housewarming! :-P

J, for sure! But it'll be a slow, dragged out process... can't afford furniture for now so it will be very sparse for a while!

Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

Wow, I'd love to try the vege noodles. I love anything that resembles lui cha. :D

minchow said...

Joyce, hey where do you get your good lui cha fix? I have a pretty uninspiring one at Oasis food court in MV from time to time, but surely there's a better one out there?

Pureglutton said...

Those porkball mushroom pinched pan mee looked darn good!
House-warming party - yayyy! We can all sit on the floor, bersila-style and slurp food fr banana leaves with our hands - no need for crockery either - howzat?! :P

boo_licious said...

Hugs! U got a new home? Cool stuff, can't wait to hear more abt the whole process and of course, the renovations. Must catch up for makan one day.

Kenny Mah said...

Ooh now you got me guessing away! (Shan't share my guesses here though; don't want either you or me to get inadvertently stalked, haha.)

Once you're settled in, we can begin our world domination plan with the launch of our new MinKen restaurant... What? You thought I forgot? :P

Dmarie said...

hope the "the next wave of ka-chingsss" and the move were easy on you!

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Ciki said...

Hey! Again you did not call me! my office sooooo near okayyy :P I love fish noodles. must go la...