Amazingly, this place was here all this while, probably since I was in my teens (hehe, that was LONG ago liao) but we never thought of dining here. Situated in Ipoh Garden South, right opposite Thum's Western Food, my foggy memory vaguely notices this shop for its grilled chicken wings stall that's equally popular, and opens only at night. (But as luck would have it, the stall is closed for tonight ... Hmm...)
Signature Homemade Beancurd with Minced meat & Dried Shrimps (RM6)
Enough of history trivia, let's move on to the yummy food. Their homemade beancurd was crisp on the outer layer, but the inside was so, so smooth, velvety, egg-y, and scrumptious. Topped with generous amount of minced meat, dried shrimps, fried shallots, and spring onions, this dish reminded me a lot of Purple Cane's Special Tofu with Tea. But at half, or even 1/3 of the price. LOL. More on Purple Cane's offering in later posts.Braised Spare Ribs with Mushrooms & Foo Chuk in Claypot (RM8)
After tasting the surprisingly good tofu, we were expecting more from the subsequent dishes. The claypot pork ribs did not disappoint at all. Braised until soft, the meat practically fell off the bones, but still retain its full flavour. The addition of foo chuk (dried beancurd?) was a nice touch, soaking up the gravy, which has a faint hint of wine.
But my favourite dish of the night was the assam fish, served with lots of lady's fingers, tomatoes, and tofu. The balanced flavours of the sweet, fleshy slices of fish, coupled with the spicy and sour gravy, makes this dish a godsent pairing with fluffy white rice. ;)
For the compulsory vegetable dish, we ordered kailan stir-fry with roast pork. Nothing too special, but noteworthy for the vege's crunchiness, and devoid of the common bitter taste of poorly dished out kailan. The roast pork was mediocre though. But did not really affect the taste of the overall dish.
Bill for 4 came to Rm42.40. Including rice and drinks. Tell me that's not cheap. Will probably back for more, as I spied Sambal Petai (!!!) and Butter Mantis Prawns ordered by the next table. Oh, and the service can be a little on the slow side, so be prepared for a slight wait especially if the place is packed.
Location : Tingkat Taman Ipoh 11, off Lebuh Taman Ipoh. Specifically, it is opposite Restoran dan Kafe New Weng Fatt, which houses Thum's Western Food.