Kaneng Thai Food, Bercham, Ipoh

This is an…. extremely delayed post. (If you look at Motormouth’s post, it was written on May 2010!)

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How long was it since my last blog post on Ipoh? Whenever I go back, I am a bit hesitant to go out as the weather back there is crazily humid and hot. Anyway, this is an extremely delayed post. At that time, Motormouth was still working (and blogging from his old office during working hours :p ) in Ipoh. He suggested this Thai place… a shack located just opposite SJK (C) Bercham. And it’s really a shack with no proper signboard (just a small bunting outside the shack with the word “Thai Food”). Then how do we know the name? We saw the business registration certificate hanging on the wall, that’s how!

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The place has no air conditioning but the proprietor Mr Tan quicky switched on all the fans for us to cool us down on that hot Saturday afternoon upon our arrival. We were their first customers for that day, which was rather strange, considering we were there around 1pm but Mr Tan’s explanation seems to be acceptable; apparently, most people would shy away from non air-conditioned eating places during lunch time, especially when we’re talking about Thai food here. Anyway, we were rather surprised with the cheap price tags here and that caused us to order slightly more than we could handle. Starting with Thai-style Mango Salad, Kaneng uses slightly sweeter mango. Additional anchovies provides the crunch and texture and it wasn’t spicy on it own, but beware of those “hidden” (or should we call it “camouflaged”?) chopped bird’s eye chillies. Reminds me much of Sawatdee’s version.

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Their fish cakes were rather ordinary though; while Motormouth commented that they were starchy, I feel that the cakes were too springy, highly possible that they were not homemade.

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The tom yum was passable, not too fiery hot (as Mr Tan commented that they toned down the spiciness based on customers’ requests) but I would prefer it to be more sourish. The fried rice was fried with belacan (fermented shrimp paste), has a nice breadth of wok to it, fluffy grains – it makes a good substantial individual meal, as well as the Phad Thai itself. One thing I noted was, there were plenty of ingredients thrown in the Phad Thai.

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Thai Food (Kaneng Thai Food)
No. 583, Lorong 8,
Kampong Bercham,
31400 Ipoh, Perak.
(Opposite of Bercham primary school).

Tel: 016-560 7908
Business hours : 12pm ‚Äď 10pm daily. Closed on Thursdays.

*Read also SimpleGirl’s experience HERE.

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Cowan Street Chicken Beansprouts & Hor Fun

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I have learned that one should never eat out during public holiday. When I was back to Ipoh during the Raya holidays, eating out was such a hassle because everywhere I go, I would see the scenario above. Aiyoh…

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We waited about 30 minutes before we managed to place our order and secure a table. If not mistaken, I think there were only 4 people working that night (seriously not enough to handle the crowd), so if you’re planning to come during important public holidays like Raya, be prepared to wait.

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At Cowan, the Three Heavenly Kings aka the poached chicken, beansprouts and hor fun were simply impressive, almost to the point of no complaint. Short but plump, juicy and crunchy blanched beansprouts doused with shallot oil, soy sauce and a dash of white pepper was very addictive (beansprouts has never tasted so good, seriously!). The chicken too, was cooked to perfection; tender, firm and smooth. No signs of bloody traits admist the bones.

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The hor fun, as expected, slippery smooth which glides down the throat easily. However, it was the soup or stock that got us hooked. The soup was deliciously flavourful and sweet, with a hint of prawn-y goodness (they must have boiled the stock with prawns and chicken or anchovies).

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While chicken beansprouts are easily available in Ipoh, such as the infamous Lou Wong and Onn Kee, I personally feel that Cowan did a better job.

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Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau
44, Jalan Raja Ekram,
30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel : 6012-520 3322 (Ah Meng)

Business hours: Opens for dinner only, from about 7pm onwards.
Call ahead to check the business hour as they sometimes close without prior notice.

J2kfm and Vialentino been here before. Click to read about their experiences.

Shooting With Canon EOS 1000D – Eastern’s Brasserie, Ipoh

*Finally joined the league of DSLRs among the food bloggers. This is my first post, with all photos shot with Canon EOS 1000D. WB a bit off, especially on the white plates that turned blue… ūüė¶

It was a not-so-warm afternoon where Motormouth and I were driving around Ipoh, trying to look a place for lunch… Then he remembered a new place called Eastern’s Brasserie featured on the All About Ipoh Facebook page and he suggested that we go and have a look.

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This sparkling new restaurant occupied the corner lot of the previous Rendezvous Cafe at the junction in between Jalan Sultan Idris Shah (Brewster Street) and Jalan Dato’ Onn Jaafar (Cockman Street) and is part of Eastern Hotel’s refurbishment project. White dining tables and chairs dominate the overall dining area, with splashes of warm tone on the walls, while interesting marbled-effect flooring complements the whole picture.

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Their menu is utterly simple; appetizers, salads, soups, main courses, desserts and drinks were all chucked into a 3 pages menu, with prices ranged from RM8 – RM75 (the most expensive item would be the grilled lobster). Set lunches starts from RM24 that comes with a soup of the day, main course and drink.

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My Potage of Broccoli and Potato (RM8 a la carte) was thick, creamy and came in a generous portion, and could be easily shared by two person (which we did!).

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My choice proves to be a right one as the Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Ragout was a delight to the palate. The boneless chicken thigh was grilled to juicy-perfection, with every bites exudes a pleasant smoky, charred aroma, while the meat retains its juiciness with a tinge of fruity-sweetness. Served over a bed of mashed potato (?), some vegetables and mushroom ragout, the ragout doesn’t overpower the chicken but I doubt it was mashed potato as it tastes more like polenta to me.

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My dining companion chose to go light instead, with Cod Fillet with Mango (RM24). Although the portion seems a little bit too small for our dear Motormouth, he enjoyed the dish tremendously. The mango coulis lent a slightly sweetish aftertaste to the lightly charred cod fillet.

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We end our lunch on a sweet note by having the Poached Guava (RM10). A rare find for Ipoh standard; I found it ok while Motormouth prefers it if they would asked beforehand what type of ice cream flavour we wanted as chocolate ice cream does not exactly match the flavour of the dessert.

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Eastern’s Brasserie
118, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.

Tel: 05-254 9847 / 012 – 471 9847 (KK Loke)
Business Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 10pm. Closed on Sundays.

p/s: Seems like blogger V!Nni3 has a different opinion on this place. Read about her experience here.