bookmark_borderIn Ipoh – Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

Restoran Xin Quan Fang was my first stop of the day for breakfast during my recent trip to Penang. I wrote a couple posts back that I did not manage to try this out because it was sold out when I arrived at the scene at around 1245PM.

Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

However for this visit, my friend and I were there at around 1030AM to make sure we get our curry mee fix. The coffee shop was already packed at that time but thankfully, there was an empty table left which we swiftly occupied without hesitation even though it could fit a party of 6.

Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

We were told to get a table first and the staff will drop by to take our orders when they are ready/free. It took a while though but it was bearable as we were happily sipping our iced white coffee and poking our smartphones. Moreover, it was simple enough to know what to order since they only serve curry noodles. It took less than 1 minute to finalise our dishes.

Curry Mee by Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

I opted for curry mee while my fried went for dry curry mee. The portion of the noodles was just nice. Unlike the one I frequent to in Kuala Lumpur, this stall’s curry broth was light yet packed with aroma and taste. It was not spicy but it did tickle the tastebuds a little.

Meat Platter by Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

A separate serving of ‘meat platter’ (poached chicken, BBQ pork, roast pork, and prawns) was ordered for sharing. Beneath the meats were juicy, plump beansprouts.

Chili Dip by Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

Their special chili dip was somewhat amazing. The tangy-ness of homemade chili paste (akin to chicken rice’s chili sauce) soaked in aromatic curry broth may sound odd but it was executed brilliantly and went really well with the meat.

Meal at Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

The final bill came to about RM22 for two bowl of noodles and the meat platter. With this visit, now I know why some called them the best curry noodles in Ipoh. The best? Maybe not to me but they sure are amongst the good ones that I’ve tried.

Address :
174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar
30000 Ipoh,
Perak Darul Ridzuan,
Malaysia.

GPS Coordinates : 4.593135, 101.08422

bookmark_borderFai Kei Bamboo Noodles (辉记港式竹升面), Happy Garden

Just realised I’ve not posted anything for more than 3 months. Well… things have been rather eventful (or maybe not). And these things (of work and personal) have been keeping me occupied for quite a bit that I have not been able to attend this space for quite some time.

Fai Kei HK Style Wantan Mee

Anyway… let’s kick off the first post for year 2014 with a simple post about wantan mee stall which I have been patronising quite often lately. Not only this particular stall is really close to where I am staying (to be exact, it is a few hundred meters away from this fishball noodles stall), it has the type of noodles which I like for this simple yet hearty plate of noodles.

Wantan Mee Stall, Happy Garden

Nested in the midst of wai sek kai (food gluttony street) along Jalan Lazat 1, this unassuming stall opens from 8am until 5pm. If you arrive before the opening hours, you will probably get to see them roasting some delicious pork meat (char siew). And yeah… that’s the owner right there standing #likeaboss while waiting for our food to be prepared by one of his workers/partners.

Wantan Mee

A simple bowl of wantan mee with barbequed pork and wantan (pork dumplings) would set you back around RM6. It may be a little expensive for street food standard but the price, especially in Kuala Lumpur, is reasonable for the quality and portion of the noodles.

Wantan Mee

Acclaimed to be Hong Kong-style with unique kneading technique, the noodles are cooked to perfection; crisp and springy with a good bite to it. The brown sauce, hidden beneath the pile of noodles, has a mixture of dark soy sauce, lard and fried shallot oil (and maybe a hint of sesame oil) to complete the noodles.

Wantan Mee with Wantan (Dumplings)

When I’m there, I would normally go for wantan mee with wantans only (RM5.50) because I just love their wantans. Bigger than average, it has the right mixture of minced pork, fats and chopped prawns in it.

Wantan Mee with Wantan (Dumplings)

I’ve yet to try most of their selections but with their noodles and wantans, I’m pretty much satisfied with my bowl of noodles already.

Address :
Jalan Lazat 1,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.

GPS Coordinates : 3.07665, 101.679456

Business Hours : 730AM – 430PM (Closes on alternate Wednesday).




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