Get a bowl of hearty clam broth with a heap of fresh lala at Lai Foong Lala Noodles.
This Michelin-star eatery with humble beginnings is in KL. And right across the street from China Town.
If you want to know more about what this noodle connoisseur has to offer, read on to find out more.
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About Lai Foong Lala Noodles
Lai Foong Lala Noodles started by renting a stall at Lai Foong Coffee Shop. At the time, they sold office lunch staples such as economy noodles and fried rice.
Seafood-loving couple, Cindy Chia and Kenny Ho added Lala Noodles 6 months later. The office crowd raved about the noodles, and that sparked the start of their success.
Within 15 years, Lai Foong Lala Noodles blossomed from a sole coffee shop stall. Today, it is an established restaurant business.
And there are two new branches in PJ Uptown and Puchong. The company employs over 30 people to run the business.
Cindy attributes her current success to the strong teamwork of her staff. They ensure that offerings are consistent while delivering top-notch hospitality.
Ease Of Parking At Lai Foong Lala Noodles
Since the restaurant is at a T-intersection facing Petaling Street:
Parking spaces along the curb are scarce.
It is advisable to park in the open-air lot across from the police station. The parking lot across from Old China Café is on Jalan Balai Polis and used to be free for decades.
But the rate is still reasonable at RM5 for the first hour. While the maximum charge is RM10 per day.
Ambiance At Lai Foong Lala Noodles
The interior is a warm blend of old-school charm and clean, modern aesthetics.
Chinese calligraphy banners adorn its walls, alongside enlarged photos of their best sellers. These include the signature lala noodles and sang har (prawn ) noodles.
The restaurant is a bit narrow, and it gets crowded during lunchtime. But there is an outdoor seating area upstairs. From here, diners can enjoy the sounds and sights of Petaling Street.
We find the ambiance cosy and the space is well-ventilated. But it can get loud when the crowd grows.
Service At Lai Foong Lala Noodles
The waiters escort the guests to tables according to the number of guests.
At Lai Foong Lala Noodles, you must place your order by scanning the QR code at each table.
If you arrive before 12 noon, you can expect food to arrive within 10 minutes of placing your order. After 12pm, it can take 20 minutes to receive your food after placing your order.
Signature Dish At Lai Foong Lala Noodles
The main attraction at Lai Foong Lala Noodles is none other than their Lala Noodles.
This dish has a nourishing rich broth with ginger and yellow rice wine. The bold broth warms the body.
The clam flavors complement the taste of fresh chili. Furthermore, there are flavorful undertones from the wok they use.
We feel that the Lala Noodles is a revitalizing dish that will put your sweat glands into overdrive. It will make you sweat in a good way at the end of the meal.
To top it up, the pile of fresh lala is well-cleaned by hand to ensure that there are no grains of sand in the soup. They are neither overcooked nor mushy.
Other Dishes At Lai Foong Lala Noodles
Big Prawn Noodles is another dish you should definitely try at Lai Foong Lala Noodles.
It features crispy fried egg noodles with poached eggs. The icing on the cake is the juicy king prawns.
Plus, the wok hei is immense and full-flavored, which lends to a flavorful broth. Fresh kai lan stalks complete the dish.
Aside from Big Prawn Noodles, the noodle menu has other items that will appeal to all ages. Loh Mee, Hokkien Mee, Cantonese Fried Noodles, and Stew Noodles with Pork are worth ordering too.
For rice, the owners have kept their original dish by serving Lala Fried Rice.
Unlike the noodle variation, the lala fried rice doesn’t have the distinct heat of ginger. Or sweetness of the yellow rice wine. But still, it’s a flawless dish that many love.
Recommended drinks at Lai Foong Lala Noodles include the Pandan Coconut Drink or the homemade lo han guo.
Pricing At Lai Foong Lala Noodles
The big pile of shells you can set aside after your meal shows that there’s no skimping on ingredients here.
Thus, the price of RM14.98 for a plate of Lala Mihun and Lala Fried Rice is reasonable.
In comparison, the Big Prawn Bee Hun with 2 king prawns costs RM26.62. While the oversized noodle version with Big Prawns and Lala costs RM29.97.
Lai Foong Lala Noodles is accessible via the Pasar Seni MRT line. And it’s a mere 20 minutes’ drive from the center of Petaling Jaya.
It’s a good place to visit on a Friday. Or even on weekends or public holidays, because the area is a culinary oasis with many nice options.
Such as Luckin Kopi or KafeiDian, which are only a 10-minute walk away.