Thursday, July 19, 2007

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!

10 comments:

  1. hmm i think there is no consistency of the food quality in the different franchises. the one near home have very very little butter!
    anyway, I've come out with this year's Merdeka Open House topic, pls check Merdeka Open House 2007. Hope you can join the fun.

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  2. Ah, gives me the confidence to go try their food. I seem to avoid these places for coffeeshops as my impression is the food is not worth it. Looks like it's not esp since u mention hor fun brought in from Ipoh.

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  3. u went to the rainforest festival in kuching?..

    hmmm..ipoh hor fun worth trying for eh..will give this a try then..and how fast can u drive ar..1.5 hrs to ipoh.?

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  4. Yea, cracking my head about what to contribute. Trying to decide on one.

    Boolicious, yea the hor fun is definitely very smooth but as Babe says, they do have a consistency problem. I guess its safe to try this outlet or the one at Low Yat.

    Yes I was! Were you? I am a speed demon on the road. Yes, my record time was 1.5hours door to door! But of course the responsible thing to say to you young man is to pandu cermat, jiwa selamat!

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  5. I have absolutely no idea that the hor fun were brought from Ipoh daily. Came to think of it, I haven't touch any hor fun since I'm here!

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  6. i drank iph water since im a toddler..how come i never have smooth surface one? hahaha it was said tat ipoh water has the 'right PH', myth or truth?

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  7. Jom Bali at Tesco Mutiara has quite a good version too!

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  8. My favourite food all time all season at this kopitiam, is their half boiled omega eggs on toast. One of the top best in town.

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  9. I think it's true about the water in Ipoh. Notice also how fat the ngar choy is? Same with Penang water too. Best tofu found there (proven by the fabulous fried tofu at lorbak and pasembor stalls!).

    So many kopitiams around nowadays, can't even remember whether it was Old Town Kopitiam or not that I went to at Bdr Bkt Tinggi Klang!

    wmw: Jom Bali has a good version of what-ah? Hor fun? Kaya toast??

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  10. hey..m thinkin of a place for 60 pax..can bijan handle that size comfortably?..sms me can @ 017-6752023

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