Above left; token vegetables - my favourite lotus root, gingko and macadamia nuts. Right - beautiful and gorgeous suckling pig.
I just read back on my last post on Ipoh and it was only a year ago. So why did I feel so much had changed since? I guess people build things real quick over there. There are buildings that seem to have sprouted overnight. Anyway, its been a whole year since I treated my taste buds to some seriously mouthwatering food that only Ipoh can provide. I missed Chinese New Year so I went back for Grandma's 91st birthday instead. I lured Hunky along with the promise of big, fat, juicy prawns and suckling pig. And boy he was one big happy Hunky. We did our usual lunch pit stop at Tien Chun. Thinking back on the noodles is making my mouth water. Lovely, happy sar hor fun. Beautiful, nourishing broth and silky smooth chicken that would make Lians green with envy. I had forgotten how smooth the noodles were and I had quite a bit of trouble gripping them with my chopsticks. So gorgeous!
I don't know what it is about Ipoh but I always feel sleepy in the afternoon. Hunky and I actually passed out and only woke up in time for dinner at Pusing Public Restaurant. It was a full house as usual with two weddings going on. We were treated to free entertainment via karaoke warbling. My aunties who organised dinner over ordered as usual. Blood circulation was cutting off at the waist and the chairs creaked under our weight after all that was consumed. I had copious amount of suckling pig which is always so good here! Not too much fat, super crispy skin and tender meat. Sublime! The other dish that was very good were the noodles. Lots of plump bean sprouts and pork! Of course the night would not be complete without Mrs. Chong's marbled butter cake. Its still pretty good but the icing seems a lot oilier than I remember. The following day we had breakfast at grandma's that my mum had bought for us. Hunky had curry mee and I had mee hoon with sar kok foo pei. Not a big fan of deep-fried goodies but even I have trouble resisting these deep fried babies. For lunch, a few cousins along with a token uncle went to have lunch at Lee Ho Fook. We went there to have one particular fish which they had run out off. Fortunately they had some other really nice dishes like the sweet and sour pork and prawns done two ways; the heads were steamed with egg and the bodies were stir-fried. So freaking good! Especially the heads. They were chock a block full off creamy flavour! I still look at the picture and sigh longingly. Til next year!
Above left - my favourite food picture for now. So freaking delicious!!! Right- the stir fried decapitated bodies. Plump and bouncy!