Satisfying the umami thirst with curry noodles


The curry mee I regularly partake in at the O&S Coffee shop in Paramount Gardens, Petaling Jaya is my security blanket. Comfort food is so much more than tracking back nostalgia or missing mum’s cooking. It’s an amalgam of senses that envelops us in safety,  calmness and satisfaction. This dish is the perfect representation of Malaysian soul food. And for me, nothing quite hits the spot like a bowl of curry mee. Curry mee is basically noodles (mee=noodles) – usually a choice between several types such as egg noodles and rice vermicelli – submerged in a rich spicy broth. It comes served with a variety of condiments such as blood cockles, chicken, as well as shrimp and fried tofu.

Malaysian hawker food should not just be comforting though, it needs to smack you with the right taste to properly compound the experience. Those suffering from an umami addiction know the call of a good curry mee can be irresistible. The curry mee at O&S is faithful to the Penang style, as are most of the stalls in the coffee shop. Unlike the creamy and rich curry bowls found elsewhere in Malaysia, Penang-style curry has a much lighter broth and less coconut milk. There is a secret though, to maximising the flavours of this dish. Ask for extra cockles and chili. This way, the umami in the broth is best exemplified, so you are still savouring multi-layered flavours along with the distinct slap of spiciness to get the party started on your palate. Two simple toppings complete this dish — shredded chicken and deep fried tofu.

The curry mee pictured here is chock full of flavours –- the soup is infused with the right amount of coconut milk to give it a creamy texture, while the spiciness of the chili and the fragrance of the spices never fails to satisfy my desire to consume it for breakfast or lunch. A bowl of this comfort food unequivocally rewards the eager palate.

O&S Restaurant
39, Jalan 20/14, Paramount Garden
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Open for breakfast and lunch only.
GPS Co-ordinates: 3.107703, 101.624917


About Aman Khan

Aman Khan is constantly on the move for good food. Born in Paris, this former food critic for the Jakarta Post regularly travels if for no other reason than to find the tastiest food from every corner of the world. When he is not eating, he is always thinking (often aloud) about what makes certain food tick while others fail. Aman is especially devoted to tracking down the very best local and seasonal food on the planet.