Nam Chau at Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara: Restaurant review

For fans of Ipoh kopitiam fare, Nam Chau is known as one of the northern city’s top stops for breakfast and lunch, with its main site at the Old Town’s Bandar Timah Road and another in Bandar Baru Menglembu. Its first branch outside Perak is now open, bringing the brand’s complete, crowd-rousing range of classic noodle bowls, toasts, snacks and white coffee to Kota Damansara.


Some folks in Ipoh insist that Nam Chau whips up their favourite curry noodles; the serving here strives to replicate that same satisfaction – everything from the noodles to the bean sprouts, pastes and spice mixes come from Ipoh, with each recipe prepared precisely in conformance with the original Nam Chau offerings. Customers can have their curry noodles soaked in savoury, reddened soup or smothered in creamy, intense gravy (RM12.90 each); both offer a rewarding experience, bolstered by char siu, chicken strips and shrimp, though our personal preference is for the luscious, aromatically saucy interpretation.

If you prefer lighter-nuanced noodle staples, there’s a trio of temptations for that – the lam mee boasts mild, clean and warming flavours (RM10.90), the chicken hor fun surfaces with distinctively smooth, slick rice noodles (RM9.90), and the tar lan won is buoyed by slurp-worthy strands of glass noodles coupled with firm, bouncy fish cakes and crisp, juicy-fresh taugeh (RM9.90).

Tea time snacks

Time for toast: Nam Chau should appease admirers of traditional coffee-shop roti, chunky and buttery, served in variations like the pretty cute ‘egg in a hole’ (RM6.90; with a heart-shaped hole cut from the centre of a ham-filled sandwich, crowned with a soft-boiled yolk), the double-egg pleasure of telur goyang (RM5.50) and the can’t-fail, comfort-food combo of steamed bread with kaya and butter (RM4.50).

It’s also worth munching on tasty tidbits of fried, well-stuffed dumplings (RM4.90 for three pieces) and kaya-packed golden sesame buns (RM5.90 for three).

Kuih muih

Packets and jars of kuih are available for purchase, baked by Ipoh’s long-respected Ching Han Guan manufacturers – peanut cookies, beehive cookies, yam cookies, green pea cookies and more. Good marks for the crunchy sesame rolls and kuih bangkit.


Drinks do justice to Nam Chau’s legacy too, comprising all the essentials like white coffee (robust, with deep dimensions), cham-o, milk tea, Milo-o, sour plum and water chestnut beverages. Many thanks to the friendly Nam Chau team for having us.

Location & Details

Address: Ground Floor, Sunway Nexis, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm.
Find: View directory for Nam Chau White Coffee Kopitiam here.

39 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Hooi Jew Woo February 10, 2017 Subscriber

    Nice food, conducive environment and reasonable price! Will definitely visit again

  2. Novia Ng February 10, 2017 Subscriber

    Love the authentic taste all the way from Ipoh! <3

  3. Jax Ong February 6, 2017 Subscriber

    Thanks for the recommendation. One of my best spot for breakfast n lunch now with such a gd quality HorFun n bean sprout Thumbs up!!

  4. Lu Suan February 5, 2017 Subscriber

    Mc Mac

  5. Stephanie Hew February 5, 2017 Subscriber

    New place for lunch! 🙂 Nichelle Ng Peggy Lee Leo Gan

    • Peggy Lee February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Tried dy with Edward Tky .. so so only..

    • Stephanie Hew February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Peggy Lee damn …. Really? I was so excited just now. Haha

    • Peggy Lee February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Ya.. haha.. try others ba..

    • Edward Tky February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Not only so so leh… less choice n not nice~

    • Peggy Lee February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Edward Tky .. give them chance la.. don’t so straightforward.. haha..

    • Edward Tky February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Nope! No 2nd chance allowed… wont go anymore hahahaha

    • Peggy Lee February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Haha.. tmr back to work dy mou? Lunchie?

    • Edward Tky February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Ya tmr back haha

  6. David Ong-Yeoh February 5, 2017 Subscriber

    Does anyone know where I can find authentic Ipoh Hor Hee in KL or PJ?

  7. Tan Wei Ling February 5, 2017 Subscriber

    Shazreen Azhar

  8. Wei Wen February 5, 2017 Subscriber

    Khor Ai Lin

  9. Sue-Anne Lim February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Jin-Wy Chan

  10. Lynn Ying February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    William Chua Hoon Chang

    • Hoon Chang February 5, 2017 Subscriber

      Great! Another food tasting outlet to add or reject from our own ‘gourmet list’?

  11. Yinghuay Low February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Nirmal Hariram Low Wan-Ling

  12. Lee Lin Lin February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Hong Hooi Chia

  13. Doris Teoh February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Yenny Yen!

  14. Swee Ling Tan February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Stewart Tan

  15. Xiao Zhang February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Reynold Chong Houguan Fong jom!

  16. Vincent Choong February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Even Lee

  17. Josephine Koh February 4, 2017 Subscriber

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  18. Li Ling February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Samantha Cheow Theng Ong!

  19. Danial Chivas Ong February 4, 2017 Subscriber

    Hi…is ur place pork free ?

    • EatDrink February 6, 2017 Subscriber

      Hi Danial, the restaurant is not pork free.

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