Restoran Yu Ai, Segambut.

Seafood Curry Noodles

Looking at this bowl of seafood noodles, recollections of my love affair with it slowly surfaces. the most famous place serving this has to be Yu Ai, a nondescript looking restaurant in the Segambut town, merely a stone’s throw away from the city.

However I discovered its branch in SS2 first without any knowledge of its fame, being the ignoramus I was then. But then, a bowl of seafood noodles only cost RM10. From what I hear, the prices go up RM1 every year so it must have been 5 years since as a standard bowl costs a whopping RM15 now. And fine dining it’s not as the original establishment sees more people sitting outside under colourful outdoor umbrellas where it’s cooler in comparison the the inside which was as hot as a furnace.

Their specialty of noodles come in 3 soup bases – the original clear soup, the sourish tom yam and rich curry. Even though I’m generally more of a tom yam lover, their version tips the balance of spicy and sour more towards the latter as it tastes too heavily of the tamarind. I tried the clear soup probably once but it was too bland for my liking.

Hence the soup base of my choice has become the creamy and flavourful curry, which goes perfectly with the given fiery chilli paste. The accompanying chilli paste packs quite a punch and I probably love it more than the noodles itself, so that’s saying something. Portion size is substantial and I must admit they don’t skimp on the seafood. Clams, prawns, mussels, cuttlefish and fish fillet are piled high till you can barely see the noodles anymore.

I’m inclined to believe that these noodles taste better at the original shop, evident by the better crowd. It’s actually more comfortable eating at the SS2 branch. But when people are willing to brave the odds of the heat and dirt to get their hands on a bowl of noodles and lick the bowl clean, it’s a testament of the deliciousness. So imo, if you want to taste the real deal, head off to Segambut. Be prepared to fork out more though.

Restoran Yu Ai
42J Jalan Segambut Utara,
51200 Kuala Lumpur.

SS2 branch is at 58, Jalan SS2/10, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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8 Comments »

  1. polytikus said

    i found the tom yam to die for 😛 been eating at this restaurant for a long time actually. never quite bothered with name but i id recall wanting to bring friends here 🙂 maybe its time to see if parents wanna go. tee hee!

    epicuriousgirl says: it’s time for another visit! 😀

  2. J2Kfm said

    RM15 for a bowl?! wow … commercialized eh? but if the seafood is generous, then OK la. hehe …

    epicuriousgirl says: haha. not sure if they added more seafood in relation to the price hike also.

  3. I haven’t eaten at the Segambut outlet for quite some time but believe me, waiting for the noodles when you’re hungry was such torture. I used to eat the sambal as an appetizer to stave off hunger pangs.

    epicuriousgirl says: But I thought they were quite quick to serve? But yes, the sambal is damn shyiok.

  4. KY said

    sambal as appertizer? LOL, boo_licious, behave! 😛

    epicuriousgirl says: Lol!

  5. Gina said

    That picture makes me wanna just drive to Segambut and have it! I first had it some 5 years ago and it was about Rm8, i think.. then the price just escalated to Rm13. Now, Rm15??? Wah lao!

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, you should go and have some and then decide whether it’s worth the price 🙂

  6. Simon Seow said

    Well I sometime eat cut chili as appetizer while waiting for food. LOL. But I found that they use quite a bit of MSG in the soup, hence very thirsty after eating.

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, more chilli eating stories coming up… 🙂 alas, most m’sian hawker fare is MSG laden…

  7. JaceY said

    It’s been a long time tat i din go 4 that yummy curry laksa~! miss it soo soooo soo much! delicious! hey guys..there’s a new branch opening at 30 June @ Kuchai Lama! same row as Maybank & Old Town Coffee.. go check it out!!

    epicuriousgirl says: thanks for the tip! Much nearer to me too. 🙂

  8. CTW said

    You can also order a bowl of ‘tomyam & curry’ noodles. The mixture helps to tone down the sourness of the tomyam and the lemak of the curry. I always order the ‘mixed’ soup

    epicuriousgirl says: ah. thanks for the info.

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