Hoy Tin Lau has been serving thousands-millions of customers for some time now, located in the middle of Ipoh Garden East-Bercham way. However, the price has been steadily increasing, some dishes cost as much as those from bigger restaurants. But still, the steady stream of patrons prove the immense popularity of this particular restaurant.
Sar Kiong (galangal/ginger? help, anyone?) Chicken is one of their signature dishes, served with crunchy 'hoy jit' (taste like jellyfish tentacles) and a plate of some mashed up sar kiong. Smooth chicken meat, marinated with salt and lightly roasted, this dish is an evergreen delight.Red Wine Spare Ribs (RM16)
The ribs came in boneless chunks of meat, supposedly pan-fried with red wine, but not a tinge of wine was detected. But still , credit must be given where it's due, and this dish did not disappoint. I'm a pork lover myself, so there. =PFried Prawn Omelette (RM10)
Filled with generous fillings of prawns, the omelette was fried until golden yellow, with the outer layer slightly crispy. No complaints.Kam Heong La-La (RM15)
The Kam Heong sauce was addictive, good with rice, but the clams (la-la) were a bit on the smaller scale. Would appreciate it if the meat was chunkier, providing adequate bite.
We ordered another vegetable dish but I forgot what it was, for RM10. Total damage RM80.80 for 6 of us. A bit steep for Ipoh's standard, but the quality befits the price paid, IMO.
Location : Opposite the Thai Food restaurant I blogged about previously.
Another 'dai chow' outlet I'd like to share is a newly opened shop in Canning Garden, that has started business since 3-4 months ago. Restoran Mon Amour was an accident, NOT in a bad way, but just that we were aiming for another shop on the same row for some Hainanese goodness, but mistakenly stepped into the wrong shop. Oh well ... anything goes I guess?The classical ambience of the interior ...
Seems they serve ONLY Chinese dishes, though the shop's name may be misleading. The decor mysteriously resembles the shop we initially planned to visit. Anyway, there were a few tables occupied, so the food can't be bad, right?Signature Beancurd with Spicy Taucu (Soybean Paste) Sauce (RM8)
Their tofu, though not as smooth and yummy as New Hiong Yuen's, but still managed to pass the test with flying colours. The gravy of minced meat in taucu sauce tasted like Szechuan Ma Po taufu's sauce.
The fish fillet has a slightly muddy smell, thus reducing the marks for this otherwise excellent dish. The sauce was a commendable effort though, with lots of onions, ginger and spring onions included.
The vegetable fared much better, 'kwai tau miu' or slim long beans (?) is deemed quite an expensive vegetable (at least, according to Mum and grandma), and seldom served in restaurants. Crunchy, and fragrant from the sambal condiments, yummy!
Their signature chicken dish called 'Wong Chau Kai' (loosely translated as Yellow Wine Chicken) closely resembles the wine chicken commonly served to women in confinement. Hehe ... But the abundance of kampung chicken, mushrooms, wood ear fungus (muk yee) and various herbs made this dish a star on its own. The soup was not enough, as all of us enjoyed the aromatic dish as much.
Total for 4? RM53 including drinks. Reasonable, I'd say.
Location : Mon Amour Restaurant @ 19, Lorong Cecil Rae, Canning Garden, 31400 Ipoh. This row of shop faces the Canning market, and previously housed the famed Indulgence.