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Monday, November 3, 2008

Fancy Having Gopeng Mee in Ipoh?

Here's a little something from Ipoh's Old Town, AGAIN .... Yeah yeah ... I'm getting predictable, I know. Sue me? =P


METRO Cafe ... The exterior's VERY misleading (sorry, no picture). The shop's name is not even put up on the outside!
But look for this stall, easily observed from the front ... The crowd comes for the Gopeng Mee anyway ....

Gopeng mee - Homemade (handmade?) egg noodles served with soy sauce, choy sum, bean sprouts, and garnished with scallions and fried shallots. Resembling Wanton Mee, right?

This is only our 2nd visit to this shop, ever since working here. Reason to come later. One quick glance and you would be forgiven for thinking this shop's bordering on closing down, looking at the dilapidated building (common findings among Old Town's classical structures though), without a proper signboard, and rather tucked away among the seas of banks. As well as dwarfed by the popularity of the other white coffee 'specialists' and immensely popular hawker fare. But come lunch hour, and you'll be amazed by the sheer fame of this place.
Served with chicken and mushroom - Their speciality ...

The noodle is their main drawing point, springy/QQ bites of alkaline-(lye water)free egg noodles, served "dry" with soy sauce for taste. The options are simple, either have yours with wanton (dumplings) or with chicken+mushroom gravy combination, or both. And you can upsize your serving to one half, or double portion.
Prices from RM3.00 for single serving of noodles with wantons, to RM5.60 for double servings of noodles with wantons and chicken+mushroom gravy. Certainly not dirt-cheap, but still bearable. The wantons are made from chicken or prawns, I believe. Dunno got pork or not, didn't bother to ask much.
The itsy-bitsy wanton ... A far cry from Hong Kong's ones, eh? =)

I cannot pass judgment this time, as I've only tasted the noodles ONCE, and that was more than half a year ago. Before this blog was born. Imagine that.
So what did I have for lunch instead?
Tell me you're not salivating .....
THIS. An Indian curry stall, operated by a friendly Indian lady. The dishes finish rather fast, as we were there at 1pm, and most plates were already emptied. Given the highly adaptable nature of me and FCOE, we soldiered on and ordered a half dry/half wet (I'm bad with my curries, I know) curry chicken with strong tomato hints. Mimicking ayam masak merah, but not quite. A bit sourish, and saltish for my liking. Bet the devil curry chicken is good, as the whole pot was polished off before we could sound our protests. Sigh .....
But still delicious, nevertheless. At only RM4 for THAT plate above, even cheaper than the noodles from the adjacent stall!
Location : METRO Cafe (chic-sounding name huh?) @ Jln Tun Sambanthan, 30000 Ipoh. Next to CIMB bank in Old Town, Ipoh. A short walk from Maybank, the towering building in Old Town, facing Padang Ipoh. Need help? I'll be glad to assist. :)

"Please ... please bring me home?"

Bumped into this cute little black puppy by the roadside. Kinda sad, isn't it? The lack of birth control amongst the wild ones. The dogs, I meant. =)

34 comments:

KCA said...

wei.. where is the shop?? y i din notice gei?? hehe....

hmmm.. should ask kyt take back the dog la.. this one looks better and cuter than his COCOezz or Babiezzzz.. and its legs are longer... muahahaha...

SuwEi said...

I think the wantan mee taste delicious ,though mabe bit pricey compared to others.
The puppy looks so cute and innocent, should ask FCOE to bring back..

New Kid on the Blog said...

ai ya, you should have blog this earlier mah... so that I can have a bowl of mee when i was on my way to KL... :D

btw, the dog looks cute... why nobody adopt it??

Precious Pea said...

The pup looked so sad. But i remembered my mum told me black dog with yellow paws no good. Why no good? No idea.

Allie said...

the dog look so cham... T_T

jasmine said...

the indian rice looks good! any ideas on where to eat dinner in old town?

JENCOOKS said...

Metro cafe is very retro leh...fancy eating it with all the godly pics pasted on the wooden wall and that oldie loudspeaker...handmade noodles looks good tho.

CUMI & CIKI said...

nice write up! one question, what's the difference in taste between alkaline free and alkaline egg noodles? sorry to be so 'swa-ku'! lol

Nic (KHKL) said...

will try to contact u if i'm going to ipoh! hehehe...

as for the dog, ya lor, if got extra leftover from the curry rice, then can feed it lar hor... :D

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

The gopeng mee sure looks delicious. That pic of the chicken mushroom mee got me salivating. I think I know where this is. Ipoh, here I come. I call you, k. (Indian food no need lor since can get better version at home. muahahaha)

fatboybakes said...

hi j2kfm, i dunno if i've dropped by before, but i see u everywhere... heh heh.. are u based in ipoh? now that my wife's brother's family have moved up there, and we visit there quite regularly, i should contact a foodie like u to get ipoh recommendations huh! nice pics and write up.

jason said...

Eh, I always thought Gopeng mee is the "lai fun"? Any difference between this and wantan noodle? (and WTH, there are wantan afterall!)

Aiyo, poor pup. Look a bit like Rottweiler.

Tummythoz said...

Was happy drooling until saw your last pic. Hopefully pup finds good home.

peng said...

Motormouth,
I must first apologise for digressing from the food subject. I wish to post a notice here for the attention of Ipoh people.
ANTI-ISA CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Date: Sunday, 9 Nov 2008
Time: 8pm
Venue: Ipoh City Hall

Please come to show your support.
Thank you.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmm gopeng also have their own noodles ar?..wat happened to KL noodles?

J2Kfm said...

KCA : it's very near to our office lah. u always walk also dun look around one. =P
hahaha ... and I seconded what you said bout KYT's poor dogs. can't even scratch themselves.

suwei : pricey lah! like KL price liao. FCOE only want BRANDED puppies, nothing more. like choosing husband.

NKOTB : aiya, go for curry noodles better. =P

Precious Pea : really ah? but all Rottweilers also yellow-pawed, right? this one normal species though.

Allie : yeah. he sat there when we went over and stroked it.

jasmine : dinner in old town? Kafe Yoon Wah, serves dai chow, with Snow Beer, a specialty. someday I'll blog bout them lah.

Jencooks : I din get to snap the other ornaments not for sale. lots of them!



NKOTB :

J2Kfm said...

cumi & ciki : erm I've no idea. but the heavily alkaline-flavoured yellow noodles, or egg noodles used in wanton mee is a put off for me. I cant stomach them

Nic (KHKL) : haha ... u think got extra mou? =P

Lyrical Lemongrass : you can bring some over ma ... laddu and all. but spare the lemongrass-scented ones, OK? (hehe, sorry, cant help it!)

fatboybakes : hey, almighty idolized baker! hahaha ... yeah I'm working in Ipoh, and eating my way through it all.

jason : yeah, the Gopeng Lai Fun also popular. Ipoh also got a few lah. I din blog meh? I tot there was once I blogged bout the lai fun with sesame seeds one.

tummythoz : oh, you din drool at the cute little blackie? hehe ... one thing for sure, the pup sure wont go hungry in old town. IF the authority din get to it 1st though.

peng : oh, there's such gathering? OK. thanks for informing.

Joe : dunno lah. KL noodles is how one? like Nippy?

lena said...

All the food looks yummy, craving for malaysian food now. Poor doggie, one thing i can't stand when i am back in malaysia is too much stray dogs.Break my heart seeing them suffer and homeless

fbb said...

pbbbbbth...what idolized baker!!?? haha, will link u ya.

J2Kfm said...

lena : there's something VERY attractive bout Msia food, aint it?
yeah, and the dire state of the strays on the streets is heart-wrenching.

fbb : FBB = Yummy cakes. been tempted by your creations, no thanks to Ms Serai's Lyrical Wax, and Hairy Tales. :)

Shell (貝殼) said...

First time see this kind of noodle (Gopeng mee), looks like egg noodle(wanton mee)

Chee Kean said...

i wonder if you would be kind enough to include maybe a google map and placemark of the eateries you have introduced here. I left Ipoh when i was just a kid and every time i come back to Ipoh to visit, i have no idea where to go. Have try to locate a few places you mentioned but got lost as i am not familiar with Ipoh roads...please..please...

J2Kfm said...

shell : in fact, it tastes just like wanton noodles.but with a springy texture.

chee kean : oh ... erm, Google map? OK, I will try to put one once I discover how. :)
feel free to email me if wanna ask bout directions.

JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

So cheap only -_-"
"RM3.00 for single serving of noodles with wantons"
My area there at least-RM4

Pureglutton said...

The chicken & mushroom noodles look good. Ipoh is full of good noodles eh! Everytime i go back, i dont have enough time to eat all the favourites - sigh.
Oh btw, yr CBox now has become very x-rated wor :P

J2Kfm said...

jeromefo : not exactly cheap for IPoh's standards, but OK lah ...

pureglutton : yeah! sigh. I cant delete the msg ppl leave there though. ignore them if you would.

peng said...

Motormouth,
Sorry to digress again.
Please note the NEW VENUE of
ANTI-ISA CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Venue:
DR.Sennivasagam Park (near the Ipoh General Hospital /YMCA)
Date: 9 Nov 2008 - Sunday
Time: 8 pm

Thank you.

D-Tourist said...

Bring back old memoriess... i used to drop there after school for the gopeng noodles... once even went for a triple noodle... hahaha...
if u r early there.. they also haf curry chicken to add on the noodles.. very nice combination..

D-Tourist said...

Bring back old memoriess... i used to drop there after school for the gopeng noodles... once even went for a triple noodle... hahaha...
if u r early there.. they also haf curry chicken to add on the noodles.. very nice combination..

J2Kfm said...

D-Tourist : oh they got curry chicken? I never know that. thanks!
btw, you're from SMI as well?

D-Tourist said...

Yes, r u from smi also ?
Btw if not mistaken the same gopeng noodles is also available at nite @ Nam Kew CoffeeShop @ Jln Leong Sin Nam runned by the son of the same stall.

J2Kfm said...

oh thanks. never knew bout the nite version though. guess business must have been booming.

Wendy said...

hi hi...can i know where is this place located exactly in old town?

J2Kfm said...

hi Wendy. the place is located a few shops away from CIMB in Old Town. If you're walking from Maybank to HSBC, you'll definitely pass by this shop!