Location : YAT YAT SENG RESTAURANT @ 83, Jalan Dato Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden 31400 Ipoh, Perak. Address might be wrong, as I'm guessing from the road and the place. But it's directly opposite the Ipoh Garden's post office, and facing the roundabout. A short distance away from Kinta City Shopping Centre (Jusco), and same road with Hospital Fatimah. Here's a MAP from Ipoh Selatan toll exit to this place. About 5-10 minutes by car.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Ladies & gentlemen ... Finally, a break from all the Hanoi posts, breaking the monotony and halting the eventual transformation of Motormouth From Ipoh; from a Food Blog to a Travel Blog. In fact, that may not be a bad idea after all, given the expanding waistline and endless gluttony sessions, and full time hibernation in the office ....
I lurve my curry noodles. Have doubts? Click HERE (Part One of Curry Noodles Crawl) HERE (Naturally, there's Part Two!) HERE (Mee Kari Ipoh Garden) or HERE (Chuan Fatt @ Pasir Puteh).
Another one of the more famous version in Ipoh, touted by some as THE best (I've doubts, but it's somewhere in the top 5 I'd say), is the one being sold for years (since I'm a kid, if I'm not mistaken) at Yat Yat Seng Coffee Shop, in Ipoh Garden.
Locating this coffee shop is a breeze, as this is situated opposite the Ipoh Garden's post office, at the roundabout with Maybank, and CIMB on opposite ends. The address and map to come later, no fret.
Aside from the curry mee the whole world's coming here for, I've taken a liking to the Nyonya-styled pie tee (top hats, as they're fondly referred to) served by one of the stall in this shop. In fact, this was where I first tasted pie tee, back when I was a mere kiddo. The crunchy skin of the cup, filled to the brim (pic above as reference) with julienned yambeans and carrot, with fried shallots, chopped French beans, shrimps and various other ingredients (sorry, I popped the whole thing in my mouth, without second guessing the ingredients ... my apologies), and served with chilli sauce at the side. Wanna make some? Refer to Rasamalaysia's post HERE.
One is NEVER enough. But of course, leave some space for the mains lah ....
The curry mee stall serves delicious chicken rice as well. Yup, heard that right. At merely RM3.50 per plate (not pricey lah, given the portion and the taste), the chicken rice got the thumbs up from the other discerning diners (read : family), as they stay true to the original taste of Hainan Chicken Rice. Mum claimed that the ones manning the stall ARE Hainanese, after all. I didn't confirm this, as they're buzzing/warping around at full speed, catering to the needs of the famished crowd.
But the accompanying soup of the day, Boiled "Choy Kon" (dried mustard greens?!) soup with chicken feet, was impressive. Normally, at your average chicken rice stalls, you'd expect mediocre soup boiled from the unwanted chicken parts and bones, with a layer of oil so thick you can almost scoop them up and use as moisturizer for the whole body. But their soup was full of flavoured, yet they did not experience extreme thirst after downing the whole bowl. No MSG!
Of course, coming here for breakfast or lunch won't be complete without a plate or bowl of their famed curry mee. Starting from RM4.50 per serving, you can either have it dry or wet. As some of you might have guessed, I'm all for the dry curry version, no matter which outlet I patronize. For additional 50 cents, you can add cockles, and another 50 cents for pig's skin.
My plate of EVERYTHING was priced at RM5.50, not the cheapest option out there, but a plateful of flat rice noodles (hor fun) with Char Siew (BBQ Pork slices), Siew Yoke (roasted pork), cockles, pig's skins, chicken meat, and shrimps, with bean sprouts to balance out the carnivorous appetite (highly doubtful it succeeded though!), you're paying for what you get. And best of all, the lime was pre-squeezed, hence saving you the hassle of bringing extra tissue.
The curry was flavourful (previous visit was below par), not too thick, yet not too diluted. Far from spicy though, so if you want some fire, better inform them beforehand. A rather satisfying plate of dry curry noodle, I'd rate it a strong 7 out of 10. Still trailing behind Nam Chau, Yee Fatt and Mee Kari Ipoh Garden, in my opinion. Though I've yet to taste the idolized Merdeka Garden version. Any takers?
On another unrelated note, here's a shot of the adorable puppy (cross breed between a Golden Retriever and a Beagle!) up for adoption! But a tad too late, as a friend of mine has 'dognapped' this furry little cutie away, and sworn to give her a good life ahead.
And here's the father of the pup. Dirty to no end, his name's Bob, and I posted a picture of him sometime back, when he was still clean, golden and shiny. Guess fatherhood's taken a toll on you, huh? Hahahaha ...... ^_^