Just look at the deep, mahogany red-hued, concentrated stock made up of chicken and shrimp essences, accentuated by the flavours of fried shallots, chopped fresh spring onion and slices of firm, clean bites of poached chicken and boiled shrimps.
If you are one die-hard fan of ‘kai see hor fun’ (or chicken kuey teow soup), you would have had your cravings fixed at Thean Chun in old town or its ‘friendly’ competitor Kong Heng next door, or the now closed down Macy Café in Ipoh Garden East, or braced the wait for a taste of Moon De Moon’s version in Simee. I could have missed some of the others (such as Loke Wooi Kee‘s) but that could also be due to personal preference.
But then, just when I was ravenously gorging down my curry mee at Tim Shun Loong recently, the affable man who is the owner of the coffee shop (and also a distant relative of ours) came seated and shared a few top notch picks with us; in particular, this stall in Pasir Puteh near to Peng Tau Restaurant (oh well, just one of the best ‘chu char’ restaurants in Ipoh!) that sells incredibly famous ‘kai see hor fun’ in the mornings. You would need to be there as early as possible (try before 9am on a weekend if you can withstand the grogginess after a week’s full of work), else you could be putting your attempt at risk and ending up with a gloomy scene of observing barren, chicken carcasses, empty bowls and satisfied customers walking away patting their stomachs while sniggering at your misadventure. Read the rest of this entry »