The Next Best Thing
I am back from Kuching and still recovering from the late nights. While I compile my photos and collect my thoughts, I will blog about Ipoh hor fun instead. My sis and mum have been eating at Old Town Kopi Tiam for quite a while now. I guess I was never quite convinced which is why I never followed them. That was until they told me that the hor fun travels down from Ipoh daily. I was impressed because this then changes everything. There are things you just can't replicate from Ipoh and they are hor fun, ngah choy kai and tofu fah. Something in the water in Ipoh. Like Smallville except there only mutations result in extremely smooth texture and surfaces.
Sis and I visited the outlet located on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. It looks deceivingly small from the outside but there is a whole other room that is concealed from the main road. I have heard that the food varies from outlet to outlet. This particular one did not disappoint. We ordered an Ipoh hor fun each and a kaya toast to share. The toast was made with brown bread and was lovely and crisp. The butter, however... My god, I just couldn't bring myself to eat after I bit into it and saw the chunk of butter in it (pic, right). The hor fun was surprisinly good. I would have prefered a bit more vegetables and the chicken could've been smoother but overall, I thought it was pretty darn fantastic! The broth was prefect. I've tasted a few other Ipoh hor fun places in KL and they always get the broth wrong. It shouldn't taste like prawn mee broth. There is a hint of turnip and a slight sweetness from both prawns and rock sugar. It is a superbly subtle dish. Anyway, I'm glad I finally tried this place. Saves me driving 1.5 hours the next time I need a hor fun fix!