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