Ma Ta Liu (Police station) Curry Noodles @ Xin Quan Fang
In no particular order, allow me to start with an outlet that has been serving this delicacy for a good many years. Situated in town area, the nick Ma Ta Liu Curry Mee came from the location of the previous shop that was very near to the main police station in town. In fact, it's still quite near now, proving the irresistible charm of operating within the vicinity of good ol' trustworthy policemen. =POrder some coffee to douse the fire Sinful bowl of curry mee with variety of ingredients thrown in for good measure ... YUM!
The wait can be daunting, but be patient and DO NOT keep on nagging the uncle to take your order, least you're in the mood for a little smackdown, in terms of scolding, that is. Just park your butt and twiddle your thumb, count the patrons, sip on your coffee, or take a short nap (not recommended though) or whatever. He'll come by and take your order if it's your turn. We waited a good 10 minutes before he batted an eyelid and succumbed to our hungry-for-10-days look. =PRemember to request for the extra bowl of homemade sambal/chilli concoction, with bird's eye chilli, shallots and supposely lard.
The curry noodles (RM3.50) are good, in fact, among the top 3 in Ipoh I've tried. I seldom go for 'wet' curry, instead routinely opt for dry curry version. But the uncle mistakenly took my order, and ended up with curry mee instead. Of course the timid soul in me did not dare to protest, especially when the opposition are no mere mortals. LOL.
The extra dipping sauce is what makes their noodles special. Usually only served when you order sides of roast pork/char siew/ chicken separately. But I politely requested for a bowl, and the uncle was probably humbled by my erm, humbleness (?) and provided us with a small bowl of the sauce at NO EXTRA CHARGE. Consumer's rights in practice.
Location : Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah (Hugh Low Street), right opposite Yin Yau Kui Hakka Noodles, and Gerbang Malam arch entrance.
Here's some random curry noodle photos to tantalize your palate :
~~Fatt Kee @ Ipoh Padang's Hainan Dry Curry Noodle~~
Served with wantan noodles, and curry chicken, the version served here is noteworthy as the proprietor is a Hainanese, thus subtle influence of Hainan style cooking can be detected. Other than the curry noodle, he served wantan mee, and Hainan toasts as well.
For more information & location, refer my previous post HERE.
~~ Mon Amour's Curry Noodles for Breakfast~~
Mon Amour is a restaurant serving cheap, and delicious 'dai chow' style of dishes by night, but a haunt for curry noodles come morning hours. So, what makes theirs special? Erm, spicier than the rest, but not as delicious. My dry curry version lacked the oomph, probably not enough coconut milk (santan) beind used.
For info and location, click HERE.
(to be continued, as my saliva is dripping, and it's high time for lunch ... =P)