In the midst of exploring a few food options around our client’s office, my team and I came across Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles in Kepong – located just behind Brem Mall. Kepong isn’t my area of forte so when our client mentioned about a few decent fish head noodle options around their office, I took their word for it.
Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles is a basic place; with zinc roof and no air-conditioning. It’s best to dress comfortably because I reckon the place can get really hot on a sunny day. I dined there slightly past noon and already, there was a lunch crowd tucking into their piping hot bowl of salmon fish head noodles.
There’s also an option of prawns, fish paste and fish meat in case you’re not a fan of fish head. We opted for a bowl of Norway salmon fish head noodles (RM11) and salmon fish curry noodles (RM14.50) just to compare.
I have to say, this recommendation is average at best.
The broth of this fish head noodles is milky and thick, but lacking oomph from the tomatoes and preserved vegetables. So you’d mostly taste the evaporated milk used – good quality I reckon, as the broth is creamy. If you’re into such broths, then this might suit you.
I however feel it needs a lot more depth as this gets a bit cloying after a while. There’s a side table where you can get your chilli dipping sauces and soy sauce. The red chilli sauce is quite spicy and gives the noodles a much-needed kick.
Thick vermicelli is used, which I prefer compared to the finer vermicelli because I like a good bite in my fish head noodles. Pity the broth just wasn’t tasty enough to go with the vermicelli. They claim to use Norway salmon – I don’t know for sure but if they do use Norway salmon, pricing is very reasonable.
Skip the curry version here. It’s not worth trying because the broth is flat-tasting and lacking body. The folks at Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles should reduce the richness of the regular fish head noodles broth and work on accentuating the richness of their curry.
It’s spicy and fragrant enough, but lacking flavour and richness overall. The salmon fish is fried and served on the side with a dollop of mayonnaise. I thought it was overdone so the sides were dry and tough.
Overall, I find Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles overrated. I’m not sure why this is even popular or crowded during peak hours so I’m going to just conclude that “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”.
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Food: 4.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: If you’re staying nearby, you might as well try and come up with your own verdict. If you’re living further away, I’d say – don’t even bother.
Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles
G4, Jalan Jambu, Jinjang Selatan,
52000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 010-432 6867
Business hours: 8am till 3.30pm