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Kedai Kopi Woh Heng – Mustapha Al Bakri Road, Ipoh Perak

The Ipoh Food Journey Chapter 3

I woke up in the morning amidst the chirping of birds and nice fresh air.  I slept like a log. The fact that I ate so late at night, and still managed to sleep was something rather strange with me because I am the sort of person who has to eat at 6 pm or not sleep will ever happen. Now another baffling point was my sinuses did not give me any trouble at all.  So anyhow I showered and got ready in anticipation of todays activities.

Soon everyone was packed into the car including Mrs Teoh who was really dressed up rather elegantly, a lady full of yesteryears charms and elegance.  A Queen Mother of sorts who speaks with gentility and regalness and most importantly no airs just like her daughter Seok Hean.  Anyhow Ah Yoke Cher decided we had to try out the Ipoh Curry mee.  Now I have not had curry mee in a restaurant or coffee shop for that matter for years.  In fact I seldom eat a whole plate or bowlful of food for some odd reason although my proportions may beg to differ.

In fact the last time I had a noodle or pasta dish in front of me was when I was in Melbourne and I had Blue Cheese Gnocchi.  I did not write about it because yours truly forgot the name of the restaurant and Dan was no help at that. Thing is I have  been there twice and still forgot.  So its been a while and having to eat local noodles in a coffee shop was something else as well.

So we drove off and after numerous left turns and right turns. Poor Eddie, he was cool though, and extremely alert during those last minute instructions being screamed from the back.  And finally we reach Mustapha AlBakri Road, and there was our breakfast destination Kedai Kopi Woh Heng (Woh Heng Coffee Shop).  It has been ages since I actually sat in a non air conditioned coffee shop. It’s not snobbery or anything like that, its just that well being from the cooking field myself, I prefer to get out of hot stuffy kitchens into a nice air conditioned setting.  So anyhow there we were.

It was not a very big restaurant, but it was rather full of people waiting for Yong Tau Foo, for the Curry Noodles and Won Ton Noodles.

There was even BBQ pork slices being sold although after the meal I completely forgot to check it out.

Anyhow, we tried ordering but somehow the lady selling the Curried Noodles was just all over the place, she was there by herself and clearly she should have had an assistant, although we did notice someone helping her, but somehow she was just in a mess. In fact in the end I saw some of her customers helping her pack their own food. We left it to Ah Yoke Cher.

The food arrived rather quickly.

First to arrive was the bowl of dumplings (sui kow).  Unlike the ones I have had in KL, this one had black mushrooms in it.  It was all crinkly because of the unevenness of the filling and the first bite into it revealed copious amounts of minced pork and prawns and mushrooms seasoned perfectly.  I have never tasted dumplings like these before.  In KL, the ones we have are usually a large lump of prawn meat that is floured and a fatty pieces of pork mince. This one was flavorsome and had a nice bite. Being polite I just had one. Now as most people would know, I like morsely food, that is small size foods that I can fit on a spoon and these dumplings were just up my alley.  But I had to hold back.

The Curried Noodles arrived, Seok had yellow noodles and I of course had to have Ipoh Koay Teow (I mean I was in Ipoh). Now unlike the Curried Noodles I am used to and even the one that I teach and make for orders, Ipoh Curried Noodles is a trite different.  First the gravy is brown, and not sickeningly rich and heavy, and the accompaniments are just as refreshingly not of the heavy kind. It was just mint leaves and shredded chicken breast with some peeled prawns and of course Ipoh Bean Sprouts.  The gravy was richly flavored without being overly powering, and it was not heavy.  A squeeze of the lime just gave it an added kick.

Now I am still wondering why Seok Hean had a whole lime and mine was squeezed into my soup spoon?

I did not taste the Won Ton Noodles Ah Yoke Cher ordered but I did notice the char siew was a bright vermillion not unlike the dark red and sometimes blackish red we find here in KL. I did notice that in a few shops we passed by as well.  The won tons unlike KL and PJ which is usually chucked on the display and picked up upon ordering, the lady here had hers neatly laden in an ice box. I guess with the amount of fresh filling she had to keep it fresh for as long as possible.  I believe this practice should be carried out here in KL, but I doubt it will happen because the trend in KL and PJ is to cram as many food stalls in a shop as you can.

The next was the Yong Tau Foo. I love Yong Tau Foo. It was quite late so there was not much selection, and I swear it was divine as!

The fish meat was white and just like their fish balls. It was different and very flavorsome.  They even had stuffed broccoli which I noticed for the first time ever.  And it tasted excellent.  I did not taste the other stuff but I can tell you looks won’t be deceiving here that’s for sure.  I must try this again in the near future.

Breakfast ended real quick, it was nice, not too filling and yes I did finish my bowl of noodles and enjoyed it thoroughly.  I did find it spicy but that’s me of course, I don’t think anyone else would find the Curried Noodles spicy at all.  Next stop Lunch, and it was just about 11 am I think.

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3A Restaurant Yong Tau Foo and Cheong Fun – PJ Section 19

It was one of those days, I had nothing to do, did my work and was free after 11 am on a Monday so there I was online and I saw Ian on too. We talked for a while and then decided to go out for lunch.  He was not well, had an upset stomach and wanted to have soup.  We were to go to SS2 Okay Restaurant at Chow Yang for Lui Cha, but when we got there… it was closed.  I was quite wanting to have something soupy as well so I was quite disappointed.

We drove around wondering where and what we wanted to eat and suddenly just as we were at the Rothmans Roundabout, I saw my Yong Tau Foo place and suggested it so we did a round around the roundabout (Now doesn’t that sound like a tongue twister?)

So there we were and found a park almost as soon as we got there even though it was lunch time. Now when we got in the restaurant was full and Ian and me were made to sit on a table for 8. It was quite embarrassing sitting in the middle of the restaurant on such a big table. All eyes were on us. But the embarrassment ceased once we placed our orders, because we got a smaller table.

I like this place because for one it’s a place I can take my Muslim friends to, and the Yong Tau Foo is pretty authentic, although in the first place I never thought there was pork in Yong Tau Foo. But still it is a halal place so it’s nice to see all races seated and eating something so authentically Chinese.  The food is not overly oily and is light. It just depends what you pick, so what you pick is how you will feel in the end.

As we were both not so hungry, we just ordered Fu Chook, Chee Cheong Fun, and the other stuffed vegetables.

Everything is homemade so it is rather authentic in its own right.  The Fu Chook has just the right amount of Fish Paste and was fried crispy.  I would have preferred it dunked into the soup a la Lok Lok, but it was not too bad.

Oily though! But we ate everything. It was crunchy but needed sauce to go with it as the crispy  Fu Pei could cause you to cough or choke.

The Cheong Fun was just right. Although I know better Chee Cheing Fun, but this one was just right for the moment. I liked this tiny bits of fried anchovies, it gave it a bit of crunchiness and a slight saltiness when you chewed on it. And the Tim Cheong was tasty too, because I actually poured some in a saucer and used my chopstick and licked it up.

I did not like the Bitter Gourd one though, the bitterness was still there. Bitter Gourd has always been Punishment food for me.  I thought the fact that they cut the Bitter Gourd into two was a good thing because it made it easier to pick up and eat. Usually you’d have to bite it twice and the Yue Peang would plop right out back into the soup and make a mess.

There is nothing much to say about the food because it was just light and easy and we ended up sitting in the restaurant and was the last people to leave that afternoon.  They do sell a lot of other food as well besides their specialties. But since this is a Yong Tau Foo place I tend to stick to just that. Try it out. Its always crowded during lunch and dinner.  I liked everything I selected so I cannot really grumble to day.

By the way I think I missed out the first part of the Restaurant Name… I am quite clever sometimes.  Oh! Yes, the bill…. all of RM19.95.  Good right?