Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Best Tau Foo Far, Woong Kee Bean Curd Bercham, Ipoh

Highly rated and opened at 1pm outside the 7-11 store. This stall has spawned a zone with the coming together several hawkers. So, if you are hungry and wanted a light meal, head over here. As for me, I was aiming only for the desserts I missed most. Growing up with Funny Mountain soya bean curd, with information and mobility we have widened our range both food diversities and in this case food choices.

The Tau Foo Far (Soya Bean Curd) was curdled to perfection. It was smooth and very soft and silky almost delicate. So smooth, you will not see any granules from the soya extract with the naked eye.

Softer than soft, it melts in the mouth and we can then relish in its light creamy and rich texture. Refreshing and invigorating, I had 2 bowls. It comes in black/brown sugar or white sugar with ginger. You can make your request for reduced or zero sweet.

They have also great soya milk. I got hold of a 1.5L of their black (green) soya milk. Lovely, rich and fragrant. A cut above the best, I would say.

291, Jalan Bercham, Taman Desa Kencana, Ipoh
012-517 7452

Friday, January 24, 2020

1- Michelin Star Hawker Chan, Ipoh

Finally, got a chance to patronise this lovely joint from Singapore, though the owner is from you know where, ahem. Modern, clean, polite servers and organised. With a 1 Michelin star to boot, who can resist.

Top was their signature Braised Chicken, smooth and done right with delicate soy sauces plus spices like clove and star anise. You get the fresh, appetising feel without the stickiness from the gelatin and being overwhelming by the protein. You may want to have more if it

Rated superb was also their noodles. Clean water for cooking the noodles. Should be diligently changed to rid of residue chemicals and starches. So we got clean and unadulterated noodles mingling freely with an array of great sauces. Subtle, not over-powering yet distinctive.

The roast pork, BBQ Pork and BBQ ribs were OK. I would say the BBQ Pork ranked the best of the lot. The ribs were slathered with spicy sauces, a departure from the norm. Try and see if you like these.

Liao Fan Hawker Chan Ipoh
26, Jalan Theatre, Ipoh
016-720 9132

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Aik Kee Fried Porridge Restuarant, Serdang, Kedah

We have our own fried porridge in Klang. But I have never been there. The Word was, the proprietor of the Klang outlet is related to this in Serdang, Perak.

But a trip to the North gave us a chance to try out the original. Even though it's in Kedah, it's not far off the NSE for those heading towards Penang. If you want a break and have plenty of time, make the detour or better still go to Sepetang and Kuala Kurau like what we did.

To some community, having porridge means sickness or recovery from illness. Frying porridge is a definite no-no for the above categories, as frying alters the balance in the food. But frying certainly makes it taste better.

It was an excellent experience to have the fried porridge here. We ordered and ate and then ended up wanting more. The porridge we tried looked like Char Koay Teow. It was deep rich brown from the sauces and also the "wok hei" (breath from the wok).

The taste was rich and I guess they may have used a kind of milky rice. I was quite sure it was not cooked from ordinary rice. It was savoury and sweet, but not salty gave me the assurance that the porridge was boiled in rich stock culled from the bones of livestock.

Do try their Thai Mango Salad. It was good. The Steamed Red Snapper was so-so.

Conclusion: The fried porridge is a must have, esp the sweet and rich broth the porridge was cooked in. Only if the shop is closer to my home.

Aik Kee Fried Porridge Restuarant
27, Jalan Tengah, Serdang, 09800 Serdang, Kedah
012-523 0275

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Joo Hong Chan (Telur Masin), Kuala Kurau, Perak

I was brought here by a friend because of their Salted Eggs. I did not purchase the Salted duck eggs but chanced on their century eggs. I have always wanted to find good century eggs like those I had in Hong Kong.

It was good. Very close to the best in Hong Kong like those serve in Yung Kee at Wellington Street. The yolk was gooey and that's the way it should be for century eggs. The white had become tea colour and almost transparent. It looked clean and clear.

The flavour is subtle, not overpowering. The hit from the urea was nuance. The yolk was sticky, but the white that has become light, soft and wobbly but held together by some invisible force ready to combine with the yolk to give that hit and impact, very few foods

can offer.

Joo Hong Chan (Telur Masin)
125, A190, Kuala Kurau, Negeri Perak
05-727 7296

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Pitt Street (Famous Eel Fish Ball) Koay Teow Thng, Penang

A hidden little place replete with history. The floor was untiled and cement rendered a sign of easier compliance to local authorities. The space was tight and narrow. Anti-thesis of a good eat. That's where it ended.

The Koay Teow Thng here blew me off my chair. The best I have had. The eel fish balls were bouncy and crunchy. The taste was heavenly with sweetness peculiar only to eel. I am not sure it's the same kind of eels like the unagi or those that I have had for porridge but this eel meat sure tasted pleasant and smooth.

The pork and the entrails (fallopian tubes) were done right and the duck meat was generous. A bit of a strange mix, but a good eat this is. The broth was out of this world. Subtly rich with the extract from the bones.

Don't miss it

183, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Monday, January 6, 2020

Restoran TropiKiRi, Prawn Noodles (near Tropicana Club)

Kudos to those proprietors that make an effort to secure a corner commercial lot and even more so when they have an adjoining lot with air-con.
Malaysians can't have enough of these multiple stalls all under one roof where each individual in the group can order to their heart's content and pay individually or bless the generous to share. Tropikiri has 2 lots with a corner. Airy and also has an aircon wing.

We went to the well-known Prawn Noodles. Their broth was reputed to be thick and prawn. The bowl was better than a lot of similar stalls. We liked it. The only drawback was it was configured to be on the sweet side. The condiment was not the much more chili with little to no dried prawns. But then the broth is strong. For those who love lots of robust broth you are in for a treat, the owner floods your bowl with lots of it.

The Wanton noodles have excellent texture and the sauce mix combination was right. Savoury and more sweet for the noodles. The Wanton was solid with fresh meat but lacked the little something like having some sesame oil.

The toast and drinks were run of the mill. Suitable for a quick bite and on the go.

Lastly, the have a nyonya stall selling kuih muih. I bought an array of my favourite Talam, Obde Onde, Angku and Bingka. Well, it's good and with enough santan, Gula Melaka, mung beans and the usual flour fillers. The taste was sugar toned down but the primary and essential ingredients were there to shine. I enjoyed it and whacked the lot after all; it was a lazy Sunday afternoon.

They have many more stalls to check out. I spotted a bowl of one of my favourite noodles on a good number of tables. I will zero in on my next trip.

2, Jalan BM 1/2, Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, Petaling Jaya