Boat Noodle in Damansara Perdana
Boat Noodle in Damansara Perdana. Photo: Ling Low

What is it?

A small but busy restaurant located in Empire Damansara with a Thai concept. Opened a couple of months ago, Boat Noodle is inspired by the boat fare made popular in Bangkok. Since eating on boats can be a messy affair, noodles are typically served in tiny bowls. Those tiny bowls are the signature at Boat Noodle.

Each bowl contains no more than two spoonfuls of glass noodles (but the noodles are thicker than your usual mee sua). Seeped in an aromatic chicken or beef broth together with fresh coriander and crunchy bean sprouts, even the smallest eater would need at least give bowls to feel somewhat satisfied. The current record stands at a whopping 37 bowls!

Who is it?

Started by Tony Lim and Dave Tan, Boat Noodle is their first foray into the Malaysian F&B industry. They were previously at Chatime in Cambodia.

Go for…

Their noodles, obviously. You have a choice between dry or soup, served with a chicken or beef meatball. We recommend going for the soup version rather than the dry. The chicken broth is slightly tangier than the beef broth – the latter has more of a five spice sweetness to it.

Eat with…

Big eaters! The towering sight of all your bowls stacked together will make your Instagram absolutely worth double-tapping. Once you’re done, finish off with the pandan-coconut dessert. Be warned – the restaurant can get crowded, so be there early or expect to wait in line.


Noodles are priced at RM1.90 a bowl. Drinks range from RM2.50 to RM6.90. The dessert comes in at just RM1 for 2 little servings.

Michelle Chong

Boat Noodle, G3A, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana Petaling Jaya, (019-4773119 / 016-3304762 / 019-6756138), Tuesday – Friday (12pm – 9pm), Saturday – Sunday (12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm).