*photos taken with iPhone 3GS
I have to admit that even though I’m working in the city centre, the Chow Kit area with the most diverse selection of food is still an unexplored territory for me. It wasn’t until KampungBoy’s family brought us to this fish head noodles place called Tao Xiang at Jalan Tiong Nam.
Tao Xiang serves no frills Chinese fare such as bakuteh, stewed pork trotters and fish head noodles under the zinc roof. So it is almost impossible to stay cool while slurping the noodles with gusto and gulping the every single drop of the leftover soup. Does it deter patrons from keep coming back? Apparently not! The eatery is buzzing with activities always and if you are lucky, you might secure a table right away. If not, be prepared to wait a bit during lunch hour.
We placed our order according to the number of pax. The fish head noodles are served in claypots of different sizes according to your order. It stands out with its generous amount of various ingredients such as fried fish slices, tofu, salted vegetables, cabbages, yam slices, fish balls, bean curd sheets and even lalas. I also like how they use thick vermicelli instead of mee hoon that has the tendency to absorb broth really fast.
The soup base was excellent and complex; the refreshingly tangy taste came from the tomatoes and salted vegetables while the fish slices and lalas gave it a mild sweet taste. And the evaporated milk added a delicious rich and creamy flavor to the soup.
Our total bill came to RM 6 per pax (inclusive of Chinese Tea). While it is not the most comfortable place to dine in (don’t say I didn’t warn you!), the food is absolutely delicious for very reasonable prices.
No. 2, Jalan Tiong Nam,
50350 Kuala Lumpur.
If you are travelling along Jalan Raja Laut, drive pass Sime Darby and turn left after residence Hotel. Go straight and Tao Xiang is on your left.