Goon Wah Restaurant @ KL

Goon Wah restaurant is well known for its signature Claypot XO Fish Head Noodles. I used to frequent their PJ branch and decided to visit the original outlet in Kuchai Lama during my last KL trip.


Arriving for a late lunch at 3pm on Saturday, it was almost impossible to find parking outside the restaurant! We ended up parking in the housing area nearby - if you struggle with parallel parking in tight spaces, think twice about driving here yourself.

Goon Wah KL signboard
Their faded signboard can be quite easy to miss

The restaurant was relatively crowded despite the off-peak hour. We were seated outside and got to enjoy the cooling shade from the plants. Unlike hipster cafes and their fancy plant walls, Goon Wah had a row of potted leafy shrubs! Equally green and potentially more practical.


Our hungry tummies were happy that food arrived within 5-10 minutes.

Let's makan!


Claypot XO Fish Head Noodles (4/5)

The claypot was brimming with large pieces of fried fish head, fried yam sticks, firm tofu cubes, tomatoes wedges and salted vegetables. This "Medium" size portion can easily feed 3-4 people (or 2 very hungry people).

Claypot XO Fish Head Noodles (Medium)
Claypot XO Fish Head Noodles (Medium) - RM25.90

To fully enjoy the flavours of the fish, you should soak it in the soup first. That can be quite a challenge given how full the claypot is! I personally like scooping some noodles into individual serving bowls so that the fish can take a "swim" (it is normally very fresh so this joke is valid).


Somehow I find the soup slightly milder than the one I usually have at the PJ branch. While it was milky, salty and sour enough, it lacked some bold XO flavour. Nonetheless, I love drinking soup so I still got several rounds of refills - soup refills here are FOC!


Claypot Loh See Fun (4/5)

It's essentially loh see fun(rice pin noodle) served with minced pork in an aromatic dark sauce, dried shrimp, pork lard and an egg. Give it a good stir over the heated clay pot and hear it sizzle.

Treasure Box Claypot Loh See Fun
Treasure Box Claypot Loh See Fun - RM12.90

Flavour-wise, the noodles are savoury, smoky and very aromatic from all the toppings. I did find it a bit dry on that day and would have preferred more sauce to go with the noodles.


The flame at the bottom of the claypot normally lasts for a while. So if you don't enjoy crispy bits of charred noodles at the bottom, you should consider removing the flame earlier.


Stir-Fried Pork Maw & Intestines with Dried Shrimp (4.5/5)

The pork maw and intestines were well prepared and came out really crunchy. The dried shrimp brought just enough savoury goodness to the dish without being overpowering. This makes a really great appetiser!

Stir-Fried Pork Maw & Intestines with Dried Shrimp (Small)
Stir-Fried Pork Maw & Intestines with Dried Shrimp (Small) - RM16.90

Overall, it's a satisfying meal with very generous portions. Service was also good - friendly aunties who were super quick with their service. I was slightly let down by the Fish Head Noodles and Claypot Loh See Fun as I remembered them tasting better at the PJ branch. Nonetheless, I'd still recommend giving this restaurant a try if you're a fan of fish head noodles with a light milky broth or if you're a sucker for FOC soup refills!


Sabbylicious Makan Rating

Food : 4/5

Price : 4/5

Environment : 4/5

Service : 4.5/5

Must order : XO Fish Head Noodles, Claypot Loh See Fun, Fu Chuk Barley Drink


Operating Hours Monday-Saturday (8:30 am–4 pm)

Closed on Sunday.


Location

Goon Wah Restaurant

G13, Jalan 3/115c, Taman Kuchai Jaya, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur