Restoran Wong Koh Kei @ Ipoh Old Town, Ipoh

My Ipoh friends frequented this place a lot especially on weekends and made good friends with the waiter (uncles) here. When we came here last month without Kai Ching, the uncle immediately say, “Eh, the big guy didn’t join you all today?” Now who say senior citizens has bad memories?

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To get here, look for either one of these signs.

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Go straight down the lane. It does look like a back lane but in fact, it’s not. Long long time ago, when the tin mining industries flourished in Kinta Valley, places like this are used to keep their mistresses by those rich businessmen. That’s why this place is also known as the Mistress Lane (Yi Lai Hong).

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We usually come earlier, about 11am or 11.30am cos it’s easier to get a table as this restaurant tend to be packed during lunch hours especially on weekends. As you can see, this restaurant spans only one lot of the shophouses and not air-conditioned, so one have to bear with it as the atmosphere here might get a little warm during the afternoon.

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The all time favourite, 3 Yolks Steamed Egg (Sam Wong Dan). The silky smooth egg (chicken egg, “century egg” or pei dan and salted egg yolk) was steamed to to perfection; not too soft or too hard (overcooked), just the right consistency and garnished with chopped scallions (spring onions), fried shallots and pepper.

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For them, this Pei Pah Chicken is a must order item although I find it pretty ordinary except for the crispy, smoky skin which you can’t get from usual chicken rice stall. Dip it in the accompanied sour plum sauce before savouring it.

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The combination of Stir-fry Sai Yeong Choy with Siew Yoke is a bit mismatch as I don’t quite like the siew yoke accompanied with the veggie but nevertheless, the veggie is fresh and full with “wok hei”.

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And lastly, the popular dish, Sweet and Sour Pork. I like this as the batter coating the pork is not very thick but I think it’ll tastes better if they add in some chilli sauce to it.

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Restoran Wong Koh Kei
Lorong Panglima, Ipoh Old Town,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Just opposite Kong Heng and Thean Chun Coffee Shop.

18 thoughts on “Restoran Wong Koh Kei @ Ipoh Old Town, Ipoh

  1. Ooh… love that shot of that lane… hehe, just realised where to go for a photoshoot.😛

    Ipoh Food Roadtrip anyone?😀

  2. Nice pictures of the lane!!! Sooo got the feel. Hahaha, serious. Penang also got Yi Lai Hong (Love Lane) but the road is slightly wider : P

    The restaurant looks pretty similar to a restaurant in Penang that serves hainanese food. Forgot the name but loads of customer eat there.

  3. oh man… thanks a lot jason! your post just remind me that it has been such a long long long time that we last had “3 wong tan”!!!!!! now i know what to order again when we go “tai chow”😀😀

  4. Kenny: I was trying to snap that as fast as I could cos the uncle’s going to push his tricycle away. Luckily the pic turns out good.

    Celine: The texture look like that huh?🙂

    Jian: Thanks. Whenever I go to PG, I end up in malls and tourist sites. *sigh*
    You tried the Hainanese food there before?

    WMW: Ipoh trip??😛

    NKOTB: It’s at Ipoh Old Town area.

    MeiYen: Ahaa… glad that the picture helps! Heheh.

    Anonymous: Hi there, welcome to my blog. Easy, simple and delicious isn’t it?

  5. Nic: Thanks! Restuarants like this is kinda difficult to find nowadays.

    Tummythoz: Hey, you gave an idea! I shall enlarge it in B/W then! Thanks for the tip!

  6. Oh! I have been to this place for lunch…. got great steam fish too. A very rustic place to be, very heritage and you can feel that you have been tranported back 20 years. I wish I was that young!🙂

  7. nice place for food ..but come lunch time, surely packed … preferable come by 12pm …
    its at back lane, right opposite Kong Heng Coffee shop there …
    you’re right, Pei Pah Chicken nothing special, slight dry texture, but the accompanying sauce makes up for it …
    steamed triple egg is good… i kinda like the vege also … seldom eat watercress this way …

  8. CityGal: Your friend’s family business? O.O

    J2K: Well, it caters to lunch crowd I guess. Yes, the chicken is a bit dry but goes well with the sauce. I also seldom eat watercress this way but uncle’s recommendation mah.

    See Teck: Hello, thanks for dropping by. So, you’re from Ipoh too?

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