Steamed Tofu with Onion Oil (RM6)
They serve quite a commendable number of dishes, ranging from noodles/rice for single serving, (ideal for lunch) to possibly at least 50 types of dishes, from fish, prawns and squids, to chicken and ribs.
The steamed tofu was lightly dressed with soy sauce, and onion oil (sorry, direct translation), garnished with crunchy (but slightly tough) dried shrimps and spring onions. We try to avoid dishes with too many clashing/contrasting flavours in one meal, therefore something light is deemed compulsory. We seldom opt for soup though.
Fried Hong Kong Kailan (RM13)
The 'yin yang' kailan grabbed my attention, having tasted an amazing version over at The Mouth. Normal restaurants seldom serve this dish, as kailan is usually stir-fried with roast pork, prawns, or fish cakes. One side served hot and crispy, with plentiful of anchovies/dried shrimps (forgot to look at what I put into my big mouth =P), while the stalks were cooked in clear broth. Yummy-licious. But a bit steep at RM13. Wanna know why?
Mongolian Black Pepper Chicken (RM10)
Because even the whole slab of chicken chop cooked in delicious and slightly spicy Mongolian sauce was only RM10. The chicken was deep-fried until crispy, then generously doused with the creamy Mongolian sauce. Not too spicy, don't worry.
Crispy Butter and Cream Fish Slices (RM15)
The portion served here is rather huge. And we only ordered the 'small' servings. The crispy fish slices really lived up to its name, the egg shred, curry leaves and bird's eye chilli lent a crunchy, spicy, and aromatic touch to the fresh, batter-fried fish slices. Recommended.
Being a tea bar, of course their tea is their signature drinks. However, their menu is extensive, to the point where even fruit juices, shakes, blends, desserts, and whatnots are also available. Aside from the usual Jasmine/Hiong Pin combo and Ti Kuan Yin, they have higher grades eg. Pu Er and the like.
However, stay away from their Macau Milk Tea, or 'Xi Mut Nai Cha' (to all you Kopitiam fans). Though frothy and creamy, it was too sweet and the tea was not as fragrant and strong as I'd prefer.
Total for 4 pax, including rice and tea came to RM56. The dishes we ordered can easily serve 5 people though. They definitely do not skimp on their ingredients. Just opened for 3 months, they are doing a promotion now, distributing vouchers for 10% discount on next visit within a month. Do give them a try if you happened to be in Ipoh.
Location : No 5, Jalan Dato Yeoh Cheang Lee, 30300 Ipoh. Seems they have a branch in Sunway Mas Commercial Centre in PJ, which also houses the legendary Char Siew shop (LOL).
If the mini map above doesn't help, OK here goes; Coming from Hospital Ipoh towards town, you'll reach a round about (Bulatan Hospital) next to Taman Dr Seenivasagam (fondly known as DR Park). Turn 9 o'clock towards town area. You will pass by Klinik Kesihatan Greentown and UOB bank on your left. Keep going until you reach a Nasi Kandar Majeedia (or something). Turn left into Jalan Dato Yeoh Cheang Lee. This shop is on that road itself. Opens everyday from 9 am to 11 pm.
UPDATED 26/5/08 - Second visit HERE.