Beef Brisket Noodles (Ngau Lam Meen) @ Desa Rishah, IpohJune 12, 2010 | 4,625 views
Is this the famous Buntong Beef Noodles? Bright orange signboard fronting the one-lot shop at Desa Rishah, situated within the vicinity of Buntong, Falim and Menglembu.
So far, I am still puzzled by the existence of several eateries proclaiming to be serving “Buntong’s Famous Beef Noodles“. First and foremost, of course there’s the supposedly original Buntong beef noodle stall at a house in Buntong. Then there’s the other more prominent outlet in town, named Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Sri Maju on Jalan Theatre (another highly acclaimed original Buntong beef noodles, for the proprietor moved from Buntong to this shop sometime back in 2004) which has garnered most of the media attention in comparison to the others.
Another branch popped up not long ago at Kafe New Weng Fatt in Ipoh Garden South, that is only opened for breakfast-lunch.
And guess what? Only yesterday I was brought to this shop in Desa Rishah, that has been around for close to 10 years, and … you-guessed-it; BUNTONG BEEF NOODLES again !!!
Fresh from the Wok; “Sar Kok Liew” (deep-fried stuffed yambean/turnip/jicama) for RM0.50/USD0.15 per piece @ Kedai Makanan Dan Minuman Desa Rishah
With question marks still clouding my head, we ventured over for lunch on a Friday and I was pleasantly surprised at the crowded shop; a sign of good things to come? …..
She was in her elements here, deep-frying the “Liew’s” (Liew is what we call Yong Tau Foo, or stuffed fish paste here in Ipoh) in front of the shop
With no menu in sight, and barely an idea on what to order aside from Beef Noodles (or Beef Brisket Noodles aka “Ngau Lam Meen” in this case) I settled for a serving of Dry “Lou Shu Fun” (Rat’s tail noodles; so-called due to the stubby short rice noodles in a shape that resembles a rat’s tail) with a serving of Beef Briskets in soup.
If you’re not a beef eater, fret not. They also serve the usual “Liew Fun”, or fish ball noodles. Pick your preferred noodles, cooked in soup or dry (tossed with soy sauce+dark soy sauce), and your selection of sides from the array of both fried and boiled “Liew’s”.
Clockwise from top left : Rice vermicelli noodles (Bee Hoon) in soup, my serving of Dry Lou Shu Fun with bean sprouts and chopped scallions, their devilishly red chili sauce to go with the Liew’s, and the deep-fried Liew’s displayed on the sidewalk.
Hearty and robust serving of Beefy goodness; Tender, almost melt-in-mouth cuts of beef briskets (ngau lam), beef tripe, and soft radish in the lip-smacking broth with red dates.
I was wowed when I spooned the first spoonful of the beef soup into my mouth. As clear as the broth may appeared to be, the intense, beefy flavour was evident in every sip. With chopped scallions, chinese celery, and even red dates in the soup, I could not help but licked the bowl clean. Plus, the cuts of beef briskets were tender and delectably-firm, yet without the overly-fatty bits usually associated with this cut of beef from a cow’s lower chest. The tripe (offals from the stomach lining of a cow’s) was good as well, with that slight crunch, yet requiring nothing but a few bites; less workload for the jaws.
Typical of noodles in Ipoh; plump, crunchy and juicy bean sprouts (taugeh) served in a generous manner, even overshadowing the noodles beneath that pile.
The “Liew’s” served at Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Desa Rishah were passable, and you can choose to have an assorted mix of both boiled and fried varieties. The fried ones are prepared freshly on the spot, hence you don’t get soggy, or re-fried again and again items. The Sar Kok Liew (stuffed turnip) was good, but not the best in Ipoh that I’ve tasted. (Go for Big Tree Foot/Dai Shu Geok‘s, Nam Fatt‘s or Ngan Woh‘s version of Sar Kok Liew …. and be prepared to drool). The deep-fried stuffed brinjal was better though, with that almost melt-in-mouth texture.
The “Liew’s” in soup were served in a separate bowl, with an interestingly murky appearance, yet was told by Mr. Z that it was flavourful. The soup is NOT boiled with any parts of the cow’s however, so rest that worry.
You can walk over to the counter and choose your pieces of “Liew” from the varieties laid out in front of the ladies.
A bowl of beef briskets in soup, with a serving of noodles cost me RM5.20/USD1.60. The pieces of “Liew” are priced at RM0.50/USD0.15 each.
So, if you’re lost for options when it comes to breakfast in Ipoh (and you don’t wanna repeat that staggering half an hour wait for a vacant table on Dim Sum Street), or fresh from a hike up the Kledang hills, try the beef noodles (Ngau Lam Meen) from this shop for a change. They also serve the famous “Tai Yuen”, or Big Balls literally, which is a mixture of beef tendon, meat and yam bean.
KEDAI MAKANAN DAN MINUMAN DESA RISHAH
No 3, Persiaran Desa Rishah 1,
Desa Rishah, 30100 Ipoh,
Business hours : They’re opened from about 11am onwards, until late afternoon. Only for lunch. On Sundays, they start from 8.30am onwards.
Closed on Mondays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to this place.
Directions : If you’re going from Jalan Lahat in Falim towards the Lumut Highway, you will be turning RIGHT at the traffic lights in front of a Nasi Vanggey branch in Falim. After turning right into Jalan Kledang Utara, go straight until you reach a traffic lights in front of Fresh Hotel, and that crispy roast duck place I wrote about. Turn RIGHT at this traffic lights, and go straight. You will pass by the EMAS food court on your right, and finally come to a row of shops on your left. Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Desa Rishah is almost at the end of this row.