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Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Tall Order - Fifteen Tower Tauge Ayam in Ipoh

A very very short post. That's a promise. :)


Don't be fooled by the duo of fat chicks. There are WAY more hidden somewhere, to be freshly prepared on the spot
Ipoh is famous for the Tauge Ayam, or Boiled/Steamed Chicken with Bean Sprouts served with Kuey Teow (flat rice noodles). Names such as Lou Wong, or Onn Kee have garnered enough limelight/attention of their own, successfully placing them on almost all tourists' must-eat list, and enough copycats to warrant a laugh (or snigger) or two.
But if you're wondering are those the BEST that Ipoh has to offer? Well, think again.

The fat bean sprouts of Ipoh. They say it's the water that miraculously fattens the sprouts. What say you?
Other worthy contenders such as Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau (on Cowan Street/Jalan Raja Ekram) Got MAP!, Kam Hor at Ipoh Garden (MAP here), and this one, near to Buntong, but not quite.

A portion for 3, not the smoothest chicken, yet thankfully not as RAW as Lou Wong's.
Fifteen Tower Tauge Ayam, situated at Pusat Makanan Zui Xiang Cun at cross between Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Tun Perak, somewhere near to Buntong (where the Indian community dominates in Ipoh), and Medan Kidd (the former main bus station of Ipoh).
The name of the stall probably refers to the nearby dilapidated 15-storeys flat in Buntong, visible from the food court itself. The place only opens for dinner, and highly advised to come early to avoid a long and restless wait. No TV to entertain your children, nor finger food to satiate that growling tummy. But there's a satay stall which opens from about 7.30pm onwards, and another stall at the other end selling fried rice, noodles and such.

The Wet and the Dry version of the Kuey Teow noodles. Simply garnished with chopped scallions, a dash of pepper, and liberal serving of the sweet stock. Notice the pale colour of the dry version? They were out of dark soy sauce. Hmm.
Once seated, do not be anxious and walk over to order. They'll come over and take your order, no matter how long it may take. No menus (duh), thus no need to crack your head on what to order and what not to order. Just perform a simple head count, ask for chicken, bean sprouts, and side orders of chicken's 'spare parts' (innards, offals, or whatever you call them) or braised chicken's feet. We opted for the latter, but sadly they were not serving them that evening.
Tastewise? The noodles are good. So smooth they required practically no chewing, and slithering down one's throat with ease. The flavourful broth was no doubt boiled from the extras, bones and all from the chicken, and complemented the flat rice noodles perfectly. The dry version was equally good, if not better. A dash of soy sauce, sesame oil, some pepper, but without the usual dark soy sauce, my only gripe was the small serving. Yup, one or two mouthfuls, and voila! You'll be staring at an empty bowl. No joke.
The chicken on the other hand, was not as smooth though still tender & succulent enough. Not the best I've tasted,but previous horrifying experience at Lou Wong (with blood and all!) had me thanking the heavens above for the (slightly over) cooked chicken.
Dinner for three came to RM17. Possibly one of the most economic option out there, and definitely one of the better ones in Ipoh. Now, I wonder why not many have blogged about this place before? Hmmm .....

Pusat Makanan Zui Xiang Cun @ Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Got MAP !!!)
If you need further directions to this one, feel free to ask. Slightly off the tourists' tracks, this may be trickier than expected. But if you know where Ipoh's railway station is, then this should be a no-brainer.

Any idea where's this place? NOT an idol's villa. NOT my house, certainly! But a place for one of Buntong's most famous product.


Guiness Out. Motormouth's Out.

38 comments:

ck lam said...

The ordering system seems to be similar to the curry mee at Xin Quan Fang...haha
Definitely will try to visit this place when time is right.

Little Inbox said...

Out of dark soy sauce? Like that also can?

New Kid on the Blog said...

Ai yo, same like Xing Quan Fang?? Why Ipoh have such places like that kinda ordering system??!!

J2Kfm said...

ck lam : yeah, cz if you walk over, it seems to give the impression that you're impatient, and exerting stress to the man. so better sit tight tight and wait.

Little Inbox : haha ... least healthier though.

NKOTB : erm not all lah. these 'superstars' only. and i forgot to mention CANNOT TAPAU/TAKEAWAY ONE!

550ml jar of faith said...

The horfun is kid's size! But good for those on low-carb diets :-P I'd rather over- than under-cooked chicken anyday! And hey, your short post didn't turn out very short after all!

iamthewitch said...

The portion really looks small eh? Even for a girl it might not be enough. :P

allie said...

I miss ipoh taugeh! yummy.. normally I only eat da taugeh and left the chicken for my bf. hehe.. :P

J2Kfm said...

550 ml jar of faith : didnt manage to shut myself up after the first few lines. aiyo ... i am hopeless.

iamthewitch : yeah, you'll be left wanting for more. but ordering another bowl may take another 20 mins or so, so we didnt.

allie : you dun like chicken? hahah .. funny.

mimid3vils said...

Huh, order like this ar? If they never notice u then no need to eat lor?

foodbin said...

oh! I like this unpretentious place-nice broth,smooth noodles and no soy sauce also never mind- lol!

J2Kfm said...

mimid3vils : erm, u gotta make yourself present, i guess. hahah :)

foodbin : simple, easy and cheap.

Joanna said...

Despite being an Ipoh girl born and bred I'm an oddity as I detest all things to do with tauge ayam, both the chicken AND the beansprouts. Used to shake my head in disbelief as friends and relatives practically begged to go to Lou Wong coz the chicken was soo bloody!! Hmm..looks like I've found an alternative. Funny how one can live in a place and not explore enough =D Thx 4 all ur food 'education'.

gill gill said...

"But if you're wondering are those the BEST that Ipoh has to offer? Well, think again." you are right! Lou wong and Ann Kee is no longer the best. we are so luckily to have youuuu....lol, intro the non tourist food to us. That is what the blog meant for. :)

cariso said...

What do you mean by the last photo? Going into No.48 for stouts?

worldwindows said...

Sad to hear that the 15-storey Tower is in dilipidated state. Lived there a number of years when young. Glad to hear the food nearby is good and cheap.

Wen Xuan said...

Hey...motormouth! I havent't been posting any worthy comments these days. I stayed in First Garden for 15 yrs but havent been there. According to my mom, this stall is related to Cowan Street NCK (Ngar Choi Kai). His brother apparently.

And mind you...eerie story about Zui Xiang Cun location. Once there was some news that some people got into a fight there and a guy was slashed to death there.

There you go. I prefer Cowan Street!

FoOd PaRaDiSe said...

The kuey teow looks smooth and silky.

JENCOOKS said...

boo hoo hoo! when can I taste Ipod food again...missed them a ton.. the fat taugeh is really fabulous compared to our thin ones, but those who had them may be otherwise in size ! Any story behind the name of the stall? Eh your pics excellent;

Bangsar-bAbE said...

How come the kuay teow so little one?? Lou Wong's chicken that bad?

I have yet to explore Ipoh properly...so better take a local for his word... ;)

Duckie said...

haha .. i love this post!!! funny and interesting!!!

Dan said...

Their braised chicken feet are really good, way better than Lou Wong, Onn Kee or Cowan Street version. Or shall I say, (in my opinion) one of the best braised chicken feet in Ipoh, the other one being K10 Claypot Chicken Rice in Bercham.
Oh...And it's only ready from 8.30pm onwards.

ling239 said...

the beansprouts are so fat!! ^O^
really good hor fun must be silky smooth....

YilingL said...

what's buntong's famous?? guinness stout???!

J2Kfm said...

Joanna : you know, its rather typical for locals to not really sweat it out with the outsiders at tauge ayam shops. yeah, there was once, the chicken was so raw, the flesh was silver in colour, with reddish streaks!

gill gill : thanks! i'm still discovering on my own.

cariso : stouts? hahahah ... not really. the house sells something else.

worldwindows : oh you were from Ipoh as well? yeah, the flats look really run down now.

Wen Xuan : yeah, they're related, my fren told me.someone DIED? eerie stuff. and the place seems a bit unsafe as well, dark and infested with jaga kereta Indians.

Food Paradise : it was indeed.

Jencooks : name ah? i dunno Mandarin, so no idea. hahah .. the fifteen tower refers to the flats nearby though.

Bangsar Babe : Lou Wong's quality a bit inconsistent, I'd say. but given the fact that they're the TAI LOW of all the Nga CHoy Kai, i think they cant care less.

Duckie : thanks. it was unintentionally though. this was supposed to be a serious post. hmm ...

Dan : !!!! really that good? i've alwiz taken a liking to the braised chicken feet in pasir pinji, opens til late night. yeah, at this stall, they were saying something bout not ready yet.

ling239 : yeah, with added oil. oooh ....

YilingL : nolah ... hahhaa... funny everyone got it wrong.

Dan said...

Oh...The Pasir Pinji ones, is the stall selling Yong Tau Foo & Noodles as well? Corner shop?
I remember going there for dinner quite a few times, but that was like 5-6 years ago. From my memory, the one in Pasir Pinji got a slightly thicker/stickier sauce base. But I would say they are equally good! Mmmm...seems like I must go to try the pasir pinji ones when I'm back!

J2Kfm said...

Dan : yeah! they're facing the police station i think. i'm not a fan of braised chicken feet, but that shop was good.

Big Boys Oven said...

oh this is interesting, I must try, first time I hear about them thro ur blog!

J2Kfm said...

BBO : it's my 1st time there as well. though i've been in Ipoh since ... well, i was born!

thenomadGourmand said...

I hate them commercialized places! And like gill said, we depend on u to show us the good and "local people go and eat" places! ;)

CUMI & CIKI said...

oh.. ok, my fault for reading the posts in reverse.. tis not your house:P

well, the water not only fattens up the taugeh and makes it plump and pretty.. the water is also good for the Ipoh gals.. too .. haha (guess who's fm ipoh la)

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J2Kfm said...

thenomadGourmand : yeah, ditto with places in KL/Pg. thanks to the other floggers lighting the way ...

CUmi & Ciki : erm, YOU? hahahah .... but so true lah. Ipoh famous for pretty gals. just that pretty ones dont stay in Ipoh, thats all.

Vincent : nice to see your interest. but i dun even cook, so its a bit off, eh?

theuptownlife said...

the best in ipoh, in my opinion. i love their service, and the way the uncle tends to the chicken, full of love. haha.

;)

J2Kfm said...

theuptownlife : really? coincidentally, Cowan St's was closed yday. on Mondays perhaps. thought of comparing.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I like yr food blog very much.

Well, I have tried this stall last year, their soup taste so sweet, as if they have added sugar.

The price is not tht so economical in Ipoh standard.

Won't be backed for more, that is all I could say.

Anonymous said...

I went there yesterday. Frankly speaking, I really hate the ordering style. i waited for hours before the Indian guy came over to take my order. One little incident happened too. The drink's stall next door rendered the worst service ever. The fat lady was very rude. I swear I will never go to this place anymore.

Anonymous said...

I went there yesterday. Frankly speaking, I really hate the ordering style. i waited for hours before the Indian guy came over to take my order. One little incident happened too. The drink's stall next door rendered the worst service ever. The fat lady was very rude. I swear I will never go to this place anymore.

J2Kfm said...

Hi Anonymous, sad to hear about your pathetic outing at this place.
Yup, we went over to order, but was asked (that time, politely though) to sit down first, and they'll take our orders.

But the drinks stall was okay that time.