The seafood noodles at Yu Ai is expensive and (slightly) overrated, I think. Paying more than RM5 for a bowl of curry noodles at a coffeeshop already gets me complaining. And at Yu Ai, we’re talking about RM15 for a small bowl, and RM17 for a large bowl. For those who have not heard about this establishment, Yu Ai has been selling seafood noodles for more than a decade. It’s been more than a year since I last visited the place, and it looked like nothing much have changed. I still felt as though I was eating in a hot oven. I quickly ordered an iced soya bean drink to cool down. When my drink arrived, I regretted my choice. It was bland and diluted, like rif’s chrysanthemum tea. We should have gone for canned drinks instead. You have a choice of clear, curry or tom yam soup to go with your noodles – yellow mee, vermicelli and kuay teow. I ordered the curry broth with kuay teow, and everything (cuttlefish, clams, oysters, fish slices and prawns), but you can choose which seafood you want or don’t want. I ordered a large bowl, and the auntie tried persuading me to be less ambitious. “Don’t worry auntie, I can finish it”, I giggled. For most people, a small bowl would suffice.
The seafood was fairly fresh, but I found that the portion has decreased. Or it could be that I’m greedy. If there were any fishiness at all, the curry broth masked it nicely.Despite the heat and stuffiness, I slurped my bowl clean. 1) Because the curry broth was seriously addictive. 2) Because my bowl of noodles cost RM17! If you’re keen on trying the noodles, be prepared to fork out at least RM15 and another RM1.50 for your drink (unless of course you want to bring your own water).
Verdict: Pretty decent, but it’s still a lot of money to part for a bowl of noodles in a coffeeshop.
No. 42 Jalan Segambut Utara,
51200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012 335 5563
GPS Coordinates: N 3 11.097 E 101 40.601