By now, this dim sum mammoth needs no introduction at all. Its name is pretty much synonymous and/or tied to Ipoh dim sum. While the some locals detest them, most tourists from other states will flock to this place for breakfast. And while there are other dim sum joints in the city, Foh San dominates the dim sum scene due to its sheer size and history.
I’ve visited them twice but I still can’t find what’s the big hoo haa about it. Sure, the portion is significant bigger so is the restaurant size. But some how, the taste does not strike the chord, mine at least.
On the recent visit, the prawn dumplings were off while the egg tarts… Let’s just say the ones at Nam Heong are way better than them. The Siew Mai was a-okay although it was slightly salty. The rest were just meh… The only commendable ones that worth going for were the BBQ pork bun and Chee Cheong Fun.
So… is it just one off or me… or have their quality deteriorated?
51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam,
Perak Darul Ridzuan,
GPS Coordinates : 4.59691, 101.086133
Telephone Number : +605 254 0308
Pork Noodles (RM5.00)
Siew Mai (RM3.30)
Har Kow (RM3.80)
Char Siew Bao (RM1.30 / piece)
Prawn Chee Cheong Fun (RM3)
Preserved (Century) Egg Mai (RM3.30)
Fried Prawn Roll (RM4.30)
Coco Sweet Corn Bao (RM1.10)
After digging and browsing through my old archive, I noticed that I’ve yet to write about this place; Restoran Zhung Kong Dim Sum. I’ve no idea why I missed it but maybe it’s the food being forgettable that made part of the reason as they didn’t impress much. While it is said to be famous amongst the folks living around that area, in my opinion, the dim sum was just mediocre at best with passable marks. Visual wise, Siew Mai and Har Kow (prawn dumplings) were alright but the skin (of the latter) was too thick compared to normal translucent standards. That can be said too for the Prawn Rice Rolls (Prawn Chee Cheong Fun) as the rice skin was as thick (if not thicker) than the ones found in Har Kow. The chili oil, however, did provide some kick to the dish albeit not a fiery one though. Coming from a corn lover, I didn’t like the Coco Sweet Corn Pau as it tasted as fake as I could remember. The bun itself was dry and has powdery aftertaste while the sweet corn filling was a disappointment. And surprisingly, for a dim sum joint, they do serve pork noodles too… and boy bad mistake it was. The bowl of noodles was light in flavour despite good amount of pork and lards in it. It lacked of the distinctive taste of a good bowl of goodness. The only saving grace for the (breakfast) meal was the Fried Prawn Rolls. The wrapped skin was crispy with ample prawns within it. Nevertheless, being overwhelmed with lots of misses than hits, I didn’t really like the overall affair. But then again, maybe it’s just me who thought so. So, try it out and tell me what do you think.
No. 17, Jalan Bunga Kantan,
Off Jalan Genting Kelang,