118 Tauge Ayam @ Bercham, Ipoh – Not As Stereotyped As You ThinkMarch 21, 2012 | 5,302 views
Fat. Crunchy. Juicy. Sweet. Pride of Ipoh; and what a humble sprout!
I tell you, there really is a HUGE difference between life in Ipoh, and life in KL. A jarring one, smacking one in the face almost immediately upon arrival in this metropolitan crawling with landlubbers perpetually stuck in the rat race, hours spent getting acquainted with your favourite DJ’s every morning and every evening, and the missed opportunity of actually seeing the sun sets on your drive home because you’re trapped within four walls, or the vicinity of that lifeless cubicle from sun up til sun down.
Phew. The pace of life has quickened, literally. Hence, the occasional homecoming moments will be relished to their fullest potential; to imagine savouring the good old tastes from humble food stalls and within familiar neighbourhood.
Tired of the same old Lou Wong vs Onn Kee debacle? You don’t even have to drive all the way to town, park at dark alleys and still got charged by those ruffians nicked ‘jaga kereta’ boys, then to endure minutes of standing around waiting for a table.
Two ‘nga choy gai’ outlets exist in Bercham (aside from Kah Seng that faces the main road, yet coming off short during the last visit) that share almost the same name; 818 and 118.
Go for either the fragrant chicken oil rice or the slurpingly good dry ‘hor fun’. The plus point of 118 is that they provide damn good chili sauce lifted beyond mediocrity with the addition of a zesty ingredient, and mashed/blended ginger that complemented the chicken well. Side dishes include the conventional braised chicken feet in soy sauce, or the slightly Thai-ish Kerabu chicken feet (pic above)
Now if you ask me if Ipoh’s only about bean sprouts chicken and white coffee, I will most probably faint from laughter and cynically dismissing that conventional thought. But then again …. I will NOT deny that Ipoh’s almost synonymous with the signatures mentioned, yet gradually, out-of-towners are taking a liking to the immense selection of street fares that Ipoh houses.
The question is …. Where to start and How to fit in everything into ONE trip?!
Poached free range chicken in a light soy sauce and sesame oil base.
Now, if this is your virginal visit to Ipoh, I won’t hamper your curiosity and will urge you instead to see what Lou Wong, Onn Kee and the likes really are. Much like how you won’t miss Malacca chicken rice ball the first time you’re there, or Penang assam laksa when you first crossed the straits to the magnificent island.
Pork balls and Fish Paste (yue wat) are good accompaniments in case you’re terrified by the thought of only chicken and bean sprouts?!!
Although I won’t claim that 118 (Yat Yat Bat) serves the absolute BEST ‘nga choy gai’ in all of Ipoh, the quality of the offerings were indeed above average. The chicken might came across slightly tougher and over-cooked compared to the others trudging along the lines of being slippery smooth/raw. I do not mind, actually. Since I prefer my chicken to be completely cooked, yet maintaining that firm texture. And meaty, oh yeah.
The bean sprouts were of typical Ipoh’s standards, and lightly blanched to retain that signature crunch. The glass chicken feet salad (kerabu-style) was slightly out of place, but a good introductory crash course to the gelatinously-irresistible world of chicken feet. A delicacy to some, but food to many.
Clean, spacious, with an area designated for the heat-intolerant ones (we were) blasting with air-cond, 118 proved to be one hell of a contender. We sure will pick this over Kah Seng. Next round? 818 then.
More ‘tauge ayam’ outlets in Ipoh – All About Ipoh’s Bean Sprouts Chicken.
RESTORAN YAT YAT BAT TAUGE AYAM (118)
53-55, Hala Bercham Timur 11,
Taman Pakatan Bercham,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel No : +605-536 1523, +6016-553 1118, +6016-553 8118