Taking a short break from the overdose of fishy pictures from the previous Sawatdee post, here’s something about Ipoh from my visit last month during Chinese New Year.
When Steven asked me to meet him at Medan Ipoh Bistari (the new stretch of shophouses next to Tesco Taman Ipoh), little that I know we’re going to have soya milk and Taiwanese snack for lunch. Yong He Soya Milk (direct translation from the Chinese words on the signboard) opened its door back in September/October 2008, being the first eatery that serves Taiwanese drinks and snacks in Ipoh. Yong He actually was the name of a suburb of Taipei famous for its breakfast foods, notably soya milk.
I am not sure how authentic the food you can find here compared to the streets of Taiwan (haven’t been to Taiwan yet but will do someday), but the prices were shockingly cheap. For example, the drinks above costs RM 2 each. The Rice Milk Ice was actually grounded peanut drink, very similar like our peanut congee (fah sang wu) but in a watery state. Rice Soya Milk was basically a mixture of soya milk with the peanut, which I found quite interesting but the strong peanut flavour masked the taste of the soya milk.
Here’s something more interesting; Salty Soya Milk (RM 2.50). At first, I thought that salty soya milk means plain, unsweetened soya milk… added with salt. Naive… yes, I admit that. It turned out that more ingredients went into the salty soya milk such as fried Chinese crullers (yau char kway), chopped spring onion and a dash of sesame oil. Can’t remember if there were any minced meat in it, though. I think it would be more appropriate to call it “soya milk porridge”. An acquired taste, both of us couldn’t finish it.
Here’s something really tasty, Pork Chop in Egg Crepe (RM 3.50). The egg crepe (roti canai look-alike) were warm, thin and crispy, enveloping the juicy, fried pork chop cutlets. Goes really well with the chilli and garlic sauce combination. Instead of pork chop, you can choose ham or bacon as the filling too.
Meat Bun (RM 0.80, I think the pricing was incorrect, it’s darn cheap but that was stated on the receipt) tastes similar like xiu long bao without the soup. The minced pork were sufficiently marinated with browned onions but the bun skin was tad chewy.
I’m always quite skeptical to have any pan fried kuih made from flour or rice flour as they tend to have the typical “cockroach smell” if the flour’s not fresh. Fortunately, the Radish Cake (RM 2.50) we had were free from any weird smell. Not one of the best I have ever eaten, as the texture was soggy and very soft.
I would advise to stay away from the rice roll (RM 3.50), as the rice were tasteless, hard and clumpy despite it was served warm. The filling were not bad though, with egg omelette, dried shrimps, meat floss and preserved mustard.
Makanan Traditional Taiwan (Yong He Soya Milk)
No. 7, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1E,
Medan Ipoh Bistari,
31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Business Hour: 8.00am – 6.00pm daily
Tel: 05 – 545 6318
See also comments from J2Kfm .