天涯客板面 Tian YaKe Ban Mian is situated at Jalan Chow Kit near Lorong Haji Taib. The mention of Lorong Haji Taib often make one cringe as it’s often regarded as the darkest street in Kuala Lumpur because of its association with unsavoury activities over the years.
天涯客板面 Tian YaKe Ban Mian, however is regarded as 1 of the stall selling the best ban mian in Kuala Lumpur, Some even claimed that they’re the first stall who sells ban mian in Kuala Lumpur as early as 1975.
From Wikipedia – The name banmian (board/block noodle) came from the Hakka’s method of cutting the noodle into straight strands using a wooden block as ruler. Banmian is a culinary dish that is popular in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. It consists of egg noodles served in a flavorful soup, often with some type of meat or fish, vegetables and various spices.
天涯客板面 Tian YaKe Ban Mian
The humble stall is located within a small alley, just right across the Plaza GM that offer wholesaling on variety of products. 天涯客板面 Tian YaKe Ban Mian is made up of 2 stalls, 1 is where they knead the ban mian into noodles using their own techniques. Interestingly just using a glass bottle as the roller.
Another stall is where they cook the noodles and served within minutes. The aunty who’s cooking is so skilful that she just knew what to do when the order came in.
Another stall that you must try when you’re here in this where they serves grilled stuffed tofu pok with rojak sauce.
What to order in 天涯客板面 Tian YaKe Ban Mian?
There isn’t much variety compared to other ban mian shops in Kuala Lumpur. They only serves it in 1 size and only by soup. But you’ll need to add on with an egg as it make the soup base extra creamy and smooth.
The soup base here is quite different compared to others, as it’s thicker and starchier, but in a good way. The noodles itself is hand-pulled, a technique most people don’t practice anymore but it’s how traditionally how a ban mian is cook.
Overall, the ban mian here is quite tasty and worth to give it a try if you wonder how an authentic ban mian is.
A must order as well is the grilled stuffed tofu pok with rojak sauce. This one here is extremely crispy when you bite into it with the crunchiness of the cucumber slices. The sauce is just nice and not too overpowering.
Another slice up there is the fried cracker that drenched in the same rojak space dressing. A taste of true Malaysian food.
Location & Contact Details of 天涯客板面 Tian YaKe Ban Mian
Address: 380, Lorong Haji Taib 5, Chow Kit, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Price Range: RM6.50 per bowl without egg. RM1.00 additional for egg add-on. The grilled stuffed tofu pok is just RM5.00.
How to get there: Lorong Haji Taib still remains hustle and bustle, hence it’s more advisable to grab a taxi or Uber to head over. Save yourself from headache of traffic jam and also finding a carpark.
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