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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Restoran Meng Kee Char Siew @ Glenmarie

31 05 2010

Google “Meng Kee Char Siew” and you will find tons of rave reviews written about this famous restaurant by food bloggers. Therefore, it was no surprise that my colleague decided to bring me there one fine day to eat their famous Char Siew (BBQ roast pork) many months ago. Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera at that time but I can still vividly remember how awesome their Char Siew was.

Fast forward to three days ago when I took the advantage of the public holiday (Wesak Day) and drove there for breakfast. I was initially disappointed when their BBQ pork and roast chicken won’t be ready until 9 a.m. However, Meng Kee has started selling Wanton Mee from 7 a..m. till 9 a.m. to cater for early birds like yours truly.

Their Wanton Mee (RM 4.60 for large) was served with their famous Char Siew. A definite plus point for me as Meng Kee’s Wanton Mee wouldn’t be the same without including their well known BBQ pork.

Make no mistake… this is the best Char Siew I have tasted to far, period. The taste is just superb.

The Wanton Mee also came with fried Wanton which was crispy.

Too bad their soup based Wanton couldn’t compliment the otherwise perfect meal. I find their Wanton a bit small. The fillings didn’t taste that great either. The reason? They use pork fillings instead of prawn (but then again they are famous for pork so it is understandable).

The noodle has a springy texture and very tasty. I find myself slurping in those strands of noodles in no time at all!

Looks like this restaurant has earned another accolade for their Char Siew Wanton Mee!

Restoran Meng Kee Char Siew
No. 20, Jalan Pekedai U1/36
Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park
40150 Shah Alam
Tel No: 019 – 379 3629

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Hawker Centre @ Changi Village

10 05 2010

Tuck away at the northern east end of Singapore, Changi Village boasts a variety of hawker stalls that are well known among the locals. On our last day, we paid a visit to this place and tried some of the famous dishes served in the corner of this island.

The hawker food in Singapore in generally cheaper than Malaysia (dollar to dollar comparison), averaging at around SGD 3 – 4 per mail. We arrived there  around 10 a.m. and the place was already packed with customers.

The Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee is quite popular and it is already featured before in my previous post at Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur. But here is where the real deal was. The Hokkien Mee served at Changi Village is flavoursome. The prawns are fresh and the dollop of sambal provides the extra kick. The noodles were also wet as Singaporean version of Hokkien Mee is cooked with more gravy.

The grilled chicken wing was also good. While it is nowhere as great as the ones at Cao Cao Lamb, it was pretty delicious too.

We also had the fried oyster omelette which comes with fresh and big omelettes. It was slightly oily but nevertheless nice. The chili sauce which came with the dish was also good.

And here is something different. The Singapore version of Wantan mee has a tinge of chilli taste mixed with the noodles upon request. They also mixed fried and soup based wanton into the meal. Overall, I find it okay despite having so many food awards received by this particular stall for its noodles. For those who loves hawker food, Changi Village is a good choice to start with.

Changi Village Block 2 Food Centre
2 Changi Village Road
Singapore 500002








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