Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau @ Ipoh

19 06 2010

A visit to Ipoh won’t be complete without eating the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice and Hor Fun. Hence my quest to try this local dish lead me to Lou Wong Chicken Rice which is located at Jalan Yau Tet Shin. The first thing I noticed was the amount of customers at this restaurant. At around 5 p.m., scores of people were already seated at the tables stretching to the road side.

Here is a picture of their steam chicken…

To be honest, I wasn’t really impressed with the steam chicken. For all the good reviews I have read about Lou Wong, their steam chicken was only average. Compared to some of the steam chicken I had eaten before this, Lou Wong’s chicken left a lot to be desired. The meat wasn’t tender and flavoursome.

Thankfully, the bean sprouts were fresh, crunchy and thick.

The Hor Fun was smooth and tasted alright just as you would expect a good bowl of noodle to be cooked.

One thing I have to add is the poor level of hygiene at Lou Wong. On a few occasions, I spotted their workers smoking while waiting to serve the customers. The kitchen area was dirty….

Overall I was rather disappointed with the quality of food (and hygiene) at Lou Wong. It is hard for me to recommend this place especially when their steam chicken was mediocre. I heard that Ong Kee which is just opposite of Lou Wong is much better. By the way, the meal costs RM 16.40.

Restaurant Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
3000, Ipoh, Perak
Tel: 05-254 4199

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Candid shots @ Ipoh

19 06 2010

While walking around Ipoh town, I spotted some nice old buildings which provide a nice backdrop for some photoshoot. Since it was still early, there weren’t many people around which makes it easier for me to explore the place without much distraction.

100 Yen @ Ipoh

17 06 2010

Right after a heavy afternoon downpour at Ipoh Town, I stopped by 100 Yen shop which is located right opposite of Ipoh Parade. 100 Yen prides itself for selling quality Japanese stuff ranging from kitchenware, candies, stationeries and a whole plethora of interesting items.  While I have come across many 100 Yen shops around KL, this one has to be the biggest by far.

Apart from the imported Japanese stuff, 100 Yen is also famous for its snow ice. Unlike our local Ais Batu Campur (ABC), 100 Yen’s snow ice is shaved from a block of frozen juice. The flavour therefore originates from ice rather than the syrup and other stuff found in our ABC. The texture of the ice is also worth mentioning. It is really fine. Once you put a scoop of ice into your mouth it will melt like ice-cream. The peanut flavour snow ice tasted really good. They added some chocolate syrup as well as some peanuts to compliment the taste. Nice!

Check out the fine texture of the ice..

I ordered the Mango flavoured once which is their best selling so far.

Besides the ice, they also added a few cubes of fresh mangoes. Absolutely yummy.

If you love icy cold dessert, make sure you make your way to any 100 Yen shop.

100 Yen Shop Sdn Bhd
Blok A & B, Jln Sultan Abdul Jalil
30450 Ipoh Perak

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Pick n’ Brew @ Glenmarie

17 06 2010

While looking for a place to eat around Glenmarie, we found this hidden gem tucked away in the industrial zone of the area. Pick n’ Brew is a nice and cozy restaurant located on the corner of CNI building at Jalan U1/17. It took us quite a fair bit of effort to locate this place but thanks to Google Map and some wrong turninsg, we managed to find it eventually.

First thing that struck me was how nice the interior was. I couldn’t help but to snap some pictures while waiting for our food to come.

And speaking about food, we opted for their set lunch which comes with a soup of the day, a main course and a choice of either coffee or tea.

The soup of the day happened to be Tomato Soup which tasted great.

There were three choices for the main course namely Herb Crusted Fish…

… Teriyaki Chicken.

I had the Grilled Lamb Shoulder and it was worth trying. The meat was nicely cooked without the usual gamey smell. Did I mention that it was very tasty too? Price wise, each set lunch costs RM 28.00 which is not cheap but the ambiance and food makes it worth it.

Pick n’ Brew
No. 2, Jalan U1/17
Hicom Glenmarrie Industrial Park
40000 Shah Alam

Tel: 03-55691216
Fax: 03-55685561

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Sun Seng Fatt @ Ipoh Old Town

16 06 2010

Once we reached Ipoh town, I did some quick search on the Internet to find out the best place to eat. One of the highly recommended restaurant was at Nam Heong but I couldn’t locate it despite taking a few rounds around the area. To make things worst, most of the coffee shops were closed as it was a public holiday. Fortunately, we spotted Sun Seng Fatt at the intersection of Jalan Market and Jalan Bandar Timah.

From what I know, this place is well known for its Curry Noodle  (RM 4.00). In fact, when I asked the waiter to recommend what to eat, he quickly mention their Curry Noodle without any hesitation. The gravy was thick and the curry smell was very strong. It seems like they put a lot of curry powder in preparing the soup as can be seen from the colour of the curry soup. I guess it is a matter of personal preference but to me, I find it a little too overwhelming for my taste bud.

We also tried their Hor Fun which a well known fare in Ipoh. Again, I ended up not very impressed by it. While the curry was too strong for my liking, the Hor Fun was surprisingly watered down. I could hardly taste much from the soup which is the first thing I go for in a dish like this.

The noodle was smooth while the prawns were fresh. Somehow there wasn’t ‘t any ‘oomph’ I got from eating this. Still the steady stream of customers in the shop proves otherwise. Perhaps this is how Ipoh version of Curry Noodle and Ipoh Hor Fun should be.  I even read a lot of positive reviews from other food blogs around.

32, Jalan Market
30000 Ipoh
Tel: 012-5073536

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Pun Chun Noodle @ Bidor

14 06 2010

Two weeks ago, I drove up to Ipoh for a short weekend holiday. Since Ipoh is famous for its food, I thought it would be a good idea to bring along my camera to snap some pictures while enjoying the local delicacies there. We decided to leave early Saturday morning to avoid the weekend traffic and headed up north until we reached Bidor town which is about 70 km away from Ipoh.

Bidor is a small town where you can still see people using bicycle to travel. Along the main road, there are few rows of shops selling fruits. One of the most famous place to eat at Bidor is undoubtedly Pun Chun Noodle. I had been to their branch in Kota Kemuning but I was curious to see how the original shop in Bidor fares.

One thing for sure…. Patience is a virtue and it is a virtue that all customers must have in order to get a chance to eat the food here. The amount of people eating at this coffee shop is akin to having mad rush year end sale! You have to wait next to the table very closely in order to secure a seat once the customers leave. Well, I guess this can’t be help as the popularity of Pun Chun Noodle has attracted people from afar.

First off, we tried their famous Herbal Duck Soup (RM 6.50). The soup was served in an old steel container which gave a very authentic feel to it. The aroma is unmistakeably strong with scent of herbs emitting from the brown colour soup.

The duck meat is tender and has a rich taste of herbs as a result of boiling it with the herbal soup for hours. Highly recommended.

The dried noodle (RM 4.50) was pretty good although I find the texture slightly harder compared to the one at Kemuning. Nevertheless, the combination of Char Siew with the dark sauce noodle still packs a punch.

One thing I did notice was the size of their wanton. It was not as big as the ones served at Kota Kemuning. Taste wise, I do prefer the Kota Kemuning ones too.

Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant
38 & 40, Jalan Besar
35500 Bidor, Perak
Tel: 05-4341554 / 05-4341562

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Old Ipoh Town #2

12 06 2010

Here is another picture taken at the old Ipoh town. The archway leading to a long corridor certainly looks old with foliage growing along the peeling wall paint. It makes me wonder what lies beyond the walkway…

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