Off-Campus Food Review: The Noodle Lab

In a rush for lectures or assignments, but craving some affordable and tasty noodles for brunch and dinner to take away? Check out the newest outlet in Univillage – The Noodle Lab! Situated right in front of the Breakfast Store, on Ground Floor, the store started its business in early February this year, and has already attracted many students due to its Choose-Your-Own ingredients style and speedy service.

How To Order

The step-by-step order process in Subway is a huge appeal for eaters that would like to be given a choice in deciding the contents of their sandwich to create a meal according to their preference, and The Noodle Lab offers the same service. Canned drinks were the only drinks served here, but you can get them for only RM1.00 each.

1. Choose a small or big box

The food is served in plastic containers that come in two sizes – big (approx. 250g) or small (approx. 200g). The big box is priced at RM8.00 while the small one costs RM6.00.

2. Choose your choice of carbs

Types of noodles available: Egg-noodles, kuey teow, maggi, laksa, and mee hoon.

3. Choose your choice of protein

Types of proteins available: beef, chicken, tofu, sausage, fishcake.
(You can get extra portions for RM2.00 per serving)

4. Choose your veggies (up to three per serving)

Types of veggies available: mushrooms, broccoli, bean sprouts, and many others.
(You can get extra portions for RM1.00 per serving)

5. Pick your sauce

Then you get to choose from a variety of sauces to complete your dish. Non-spicy sauces include the Ginger & Oyster and Teriyaki sauce. Spicier sauces include Hot Chilli, Black Pepper, and Tom Yam.

Kuay Teow with Black Pepper Sauce

It was an interesting combination to say the least! Although the black pepper sauce was listed under the spicy list, the spice was underwhelming to say the least. The aroma of the black pepper sauce gave a much needed boost in taste with the bland kuay teow. The sauce worked very well with the kuey teow, this is definitely a must-try for black pepper lovers.

Kuay Teow with Black Pepper Sauce

Kuay Teow with Ginger & Oyster Sauce

With the mild-flavoured kuay teow and the slightly spicy, slightly sweet, pungent ginger, this dish is perfect for those who do not favour too much spiciness. The ginger and oyster sauce combination gave the dish a refreshing aroma and a sweet taste that blossoms across your tongue with each bite.

Kuay Teow with Ginger and Oyster Sauce

Today’s Special: Kimchi Fried Rice

The Today’s Special edition was a recent addition to the Noodle Lab’s menu on our second visit. For those seeking “authenticity”, the dish was somewhat lackluster. Although the taste was truly “Kimchi”, the original Korean sticky rice had been replaced by regular rice which gave it a much drier texture.

Kimchi Fried Rice 2

Egg-noodles with Teriyaki Sauce

Personally, this was arguably the best combination I’ve had yet. With the egg-noodles’ soft texture and the sweet-saltiness of the sauce, the flavor was well-balanced. I highly recommend adding mushrooms for extra tastiness.

Egg Noodles with Teriyaki Sauce

Laksa with Hot Chilli

Fans of spicy food are bound to be disappointed with this dish. The hot chilli sauce was not the best that we have tasted as it was only mildly spicy. That, and the sauce was not mixed well with the rice noodles at all. Overall, a disappointing choice.

Laksa with Hot Chili Sauce

The Noodle Lab opens from 11.00am – 8.00pm daily. The portion and speed of service made the trip worthwhile, though the taste may somewhat vary. Overall, it does make for an ideal place for a quick take-away.

Written by Lee Sheen Yee

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