Ipoh Tong Sui Kai, Nam Heong & Hong Kee Mah Chee @ Ipoh
Basically my trip to Ipoh is all about food hunting nowadays because I’ve been to most of the popular “tourist spots” such as limestone cave temples, Tibetian Buddhist Temple, pomelo farm, Concubine Lane and Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village, revisit seem like quite unnecessary for me 😛 Or do you have any other recommendation on places that worth a visit ?
Back to my last Ipoh trip, here’s I combine 3 places that I’ve tried into this post, here we go!
We reached our hotel rather late that day (almost 9pm) due to heavy traffic congestion on the highway. Since we already had our early dinner at Bidor, so we headed out to Ipoh Tong Sui Kai for some light meal.
Man Tao Long 文头浪 (RM3.50)
Gai Dan Cha 鸡蛋茶 (RM3.00)
The Mixed Fruit ABC is one of the sought-after dessert at Ipoh Tong Sui Gaia as you can see it ordered on almost every table but we didn’t get it because both Sam and I was having cough 🙁 Next time perhaps~
Prawn Crackers (RM 1.00/pcs)
This definitely a must try snack here! Crunchy prawn crackers slathered with sticky tar-black rojak sauce (concoction of shrimp paste and caramelized sugar) then then generously sprinkled with aromatic crushed peanuts.
Curry Noodles (RM6.50)
Got this Mee Kari Pangkor from Stall 42, pretty good in terms of flavors and portion but I don’t like it served with styrofoam bowl >_<
Ipoh Tong Sui Kai 糖水街
Jalan Sultan Ekram, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
All the other stalls open from evening until late night, with different off-days.
Nam Heong Ipoh, one of the iconic “brand” for local traditional coffee shop, serving Ipoh signature dishes. Instead of trying our luck at the forever busy original shop at Jalan Bandar Timah, we proceed to Nam Heong Kopitam located in Ipoh Soho.
The concept of gathering some of the Ipoh most popular hawker food under one roof (such as dim sum and white coffee from Nam Heong itself, Stadium Stall 18 Fried Koay Teow, “Pak Kong” (White House) Chicken Rice, K10 Fish Ball Noodles, Facey Noodle House & etc) definitely great for tourist like me.
Occupied a 2 storey lot where the kitchen is on ground floor and the upper floor is dedicated for dining. The interior is dressed with soft yellowish lighting, mosaic-tiled floor completed with marble top tables, wooden chairs and cooling air-conditioning. Ordering can be done via a tablet secured to the table.
Ipoh White Coffee (RM2.40)
Ipoh Chicken Hor Fun (RM7.90)
Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun (RM4.50)
Fried Radish Cakes (RM4.60) & Egg Tart (RM2.10)
Soy Bean Drink (RM2.30) & Tau Foo Fah (RM3.20)
Prices are relatively higher than the conventional hawker stalls but it’s certainly a worthy trade off considering that we can get most of the local delicacies in the same compound couple with comfortable dining ambiance. Nam Heong also has a number of outlets in shopping malls across Klang Valley and I’m going to share my experience at Starling Mall soon, stay tune ya 🙂
Nam Heong Kopitiam
Blok B, 2-15; Ipoh Soho, Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah
30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: +605-241 0923/+605-241 1319
Operating Hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm (Monday – Friday)
8.00am to 10.00pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Our last stop before heading to Lost World of Tambun. Hong Kee Mah Chee 芳记麻芝&花生糊，one of the most mentioned Ipoh must have food which having appeased customer with its delicious Mah Chee as well as trusty bowl of Fah Sang Wu (sweet peanut soup) for more than 30 years.
Look out for this hut in Tiffany Blue in front of a double-storey bunglow at Pasir Pinji.
Simple concrete seats under the tree for dine-in customers.
The Mah Chee or Mua Chee (made from glutinous rice flour) was hand pinched into small ball shape (while most of proprietors cut up the dough with metal spatula) upon order then covered with mixture of finely-grounded peanuts and sugar. The Mua Chee has a lovely texture, chewy but not too hard to swallow, soft but not stick onto your teeth. Thumbs up!
Thick, creamy and velvety smooth, the warm broth of this Fa Sang Wu was packed with aromatic roasted peanut fragrance with subtle hint of saltiness.
Definitely no hesitation in recommending this!
Hong Kee Mah Chee 芳记麻芝&花生糊
550A, Jalan Queen, Pasir Pinji, 31050 Ipoh.