Whilst my trips to Ipoh are as much as to Penang, my write ups about it have been rather abysmal. Not that there is nothing to write or nothing to see or eat but somehow, I spent very little time in Ipoh compared to Penang… until recently when I stayed there at least one night. Therefore, I shall be dedicating next few posts about Ipoh… or more like the foods I ate and place I stayed.
So… let’s kick off with one of the famous stalls in Ipoh. Located along Jalan Yong Kalsom, the standalone stall in Restoran Yong Suan serves nothing but Nasi Kandar; one of the better ones if I may add. Fondly named as Nasi Ganja due to its addictiveness as claimed by the locals and tourists, the rules of engagement are simple. Displayed at the station are varieties of curries, fried dishes and vegetables. Pick what you want and feast on it while the other staff will do the maths for you. The very basic items you get are some sliced cucumbers and okras.
It is said that the coffee shop is packed with loyal (and new) patrons during peak hours and getting a place is close to impossible. But as they said, it’s worth the wait for something that’s tastes good. Thankfully, during my recent visit, the coffee shop was half filled as I was there during the mid morning. The coffee shop itself was spacious and airy and like any other typical coffee shops in Ipoh, it exhibited the old rustic charm of olden days with its unintentional decors, tiled floors and walls.
A plate like above will probably cost around RM5. The rice was drenched in various curries to give the known wicked aroma and flavour while the dollop of curry paste gave extra omphh to the already delicious meal. The fried chicken was alright; well-seasoned and tasty.
So… does it worth the wait? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I wouldn’t mind going back again and again to try other dishes like ayam merah and sotong. Price wise, it’s slightly higher than your ordinary meal at hawker stalls in Ipoh but it’s almost the same standard as Kuala Lumpur.
Yong Suan Coffee Shop,
2, Jalan Yang Kalsom,
GPS Coordinates : 4.592661, 101.084669