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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Restoran Sun Lei Yen, Bercham, Ipoh

Dinner time on Sunday evening almost always involve eating out. Sometimes we run out of ideas on where to dine, and kept crawling to some same old places. Mum heard good review of this place from a relative while praying during Qing Ming yesterday. This restaurant has been around for quite some time, selling mostly hawker fare, and expanded to 2 shoplots.

Lemon Chicken (RM12)

The stall selling 'dai chau' (big fry?), named Meng Meng Seafood is our aim, though Mum was tempted by the wide array of hawker food available, ranging from Mee Jawa to Roti Canai, Fried Noodles to Popiah and Chicken Rice.

Butter Mantis Prawns (RM15)

We ordered 4 dishes for 5 people, both grandmas being diet freaks (hehe). Meanwhile, I could not resist but ordered one solitary popiah as appetizer. RM1.50 per piece, tasted fine, but lack spiciness. We just gobbled it up as the first dish of Lemon Chicken arrived at the same time! Less than 15 minutes wait. Not bad. The chicken was deep fried til crisp, the sauce was sweet and sour enough, BUT too sticky, probably too much corn starch was used to thicken the sauce. The mantis prawns cooked 'Nai Yau' style comes with generous amount of egg shreds, very crispy, though slightly dry.

Sambal Kangkung (RM9)

The Sambal Kangkung was tasty, slightly different from the usual sambal used, with lots of dried shrimps. As you may have noticed, the portion leans towards the bigger side. We were thankful we did not order more dishes, as 1) I would be the one forced to finish it all, and 2) the table was pretty small, accomodating 3 plates at the most.

Steamed Tilapia (RM16)

The last dish to arrive was steamed tilapia with soy sauce. The sauce suits the fish really well, not too salty, with slight fragrance of rice wine. The flesh was soft, but reeks of typical fresh water fish smell. A put-off for non fish lovers, but I am fine with it.

How much? RM55.50 only, including rice. VERY cheap, for the portion served. Parking is not a problem, as there are 'unlimited' lots along the road.

Location : 8, Persiaran bercham Selatan 19, Taman Bercham Jaya, 31400 Ipoh. Specifically, it is the corner coffee shop opposite of Pusat Makanan dan Minuman Bercham Emas, which is a large food court.


Big Boys Oven said...

Walio, so so delicious, heheheh ipoh here I come!

wmw said...

Popiah and mantis prawn, my fave!

Unknown said...

hey james, this is bryan (weng keong) reading your blog makes me salivate... since when you became a food critic? :D

J2Kfm said...

big boys oven : hehe, make sure contact me if u ever come, let's feast out. haha

wmw : i LOVE popiah also la, there are some better ones, i'll get to them later ya?

bryan : not exactly food critic la, just passionate about stuffing my face i guess. ;) can i tag u?

New Kid on the Blog said...

I didn't know Becham have good popiah. I thought only old town Kong Heng coffee shop only has it?? Thks for sharing!

Tummythoz said...

U made me realised long time no do lemon chicken. Pity the sauce is too sticky.

J2Kfm said...

NKOTB : Actually this popiah is nothing special. There are few others that are way better. Wil try my best to get to them soon.

tummythoz : Yeah! whenever the waiter/tress can't recommend a good/special enough chicken dish, I will go for Lemon Chicken. Most of the time, it will be either very good, good, or plain normal. seldom will the chef get this simple dish wrong. (i think)

Anonymous said...

This place is crowded every night, correct? Just a stone throw away from my house actually. :)

It used to be a steamboat place last time.

J2Kfm said...

yeah!more or less crowded. mostly for the hawker fare i assume. it is 2-3 stones throw away from mine too! hehe ...

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