The Infamous 45 Minutes Buntong Fried Noodles @ Taste Good Restaurant, Greentown, IpohFebruary 1, 2011 | 9,008 views
The (in)famous one-of-a-kind Buntong’s Cantonese style Wat Tan Hor from Sun Seng Fatt; notorious for the 45 minutes ++ waiting time back then!!!! (RM8.50/USD2.80 per portion with pork and shrimps)
Remember this post on good pan mee in Ipoh? Yeah, Sun Seng Fatt on Leong Sin Nam Road is not only famous for the relatively new pan mee stall; but come night time; after 9pm until late night, you’ll be treated to an unbelievably tiresome waiting period for a serving of Buntong famous Wat Tan Hor.
So much so that we have heard of people waiting for more than 2 hours (!!) for their food, and some even ordered the moment the uncle set foot upon his stall, and returned an hour or so later after shopping at Ipoh Parade.
Talk about patience, and the lengths one would go for GOOD food in Ipoh. Or are we that obsessed with our hawker fares that we don’t mind the time spent idling around and watching helplessly at how they perform their nightly routine in slow-mo (almost)?!
Creme Brulee (RM6/USD2) – Yes, a remixed version of the classic dessert; this one using caramel egg custard (like the ones from Thean Chun/Hall of Mirrors in old town), with a layer of burnt sugar on top. And of course, to justify the almost triple in pricing; a strawberry sliced into quarters for aesthetic purposes.
But if you’re thinking all is lost …. since your patience runs thin (like yours truly here), and waiting for food for any period longer than 15 minutes will render you incapable of rational thoughts and making a fuss at the scene is your norm, then you’re in luck.
More or less. Read about where this legendary stall has moved to …. and how we got our Wat Tan Hor in record time – mere minutes !!!
“Por Lor Bao”; or Polo Bun was so named because of its resemblance to a pineapple (the criss-cross pattern above formed from the caramelized glaze). At Taste Good however; the Polo Buns are pushovers. A cube of butter in each; the set of two buns came looking lacklustre; and deservedly so. (RM4.50/USD1.50 per set of two)
The ironic thing was that; we were NOT aware that this cafe-cum-kopitiam like establishment houses the famous fried noodles cook(s) within. I have only heard of their supposedly delicious steamed egg custard, only to be surprised by the classic creme caramel with a layer of caramelized sugar on top. A tad too sweet, since the egg was served with ample amount of caramel syrup beneath, plus the layer of sugar laced on the surface. Oh, it’s a makeover of half-hearted success; named Creme Brulee (posh huh?). But the egg custard was not bad, brought to mind the good old ones from Mun Thin back then – ironically a short distance away.
Mango Sago Paste (RM8.50/USD2.80) does NOT come cheap; rivalling even the ones from KL and beyond. Thick puree of mango with luscious cubes of mangoes within. And ample sago beads to make things interesting, but yet a little bland overall.
Taste Good serves a myriad of savoury dishes; all individualized portions from fried noodles and rice under the Buntong Fried Noodles category; to vegetarian fares and light bites like thick toasts, desserts, fries and nuggets.
Can’t remember if they serve Western fares, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. Since the concept mimics a kopitiam more than a ‘dai chow’ restaurant now.
And as for the notoriously renowned (just ask any Ipohan, and you’ll know why) Wat Tan Hor, at RM8.50 per portion (with pork and shrimps), the price did come across as a little steep. Yes, the wait was more than bearable, since it took them all of 5-10 minutes only to whip up the noodles! As compared to an hour or two.
But bear in mind that the Wat Tan Hor here is NOT the same version elsewhere, usually in a lighter hue of brown, and streaks of eggs whipped and fried to perfection. You can’t even see the eggs in the darker-toned, sweetish and starchy gravy coating the flat rice noodles. But the ‘wok hei’ (breath of the wok, or the smoky flavour imparted to the noodles) was present, no doubt. Yet we did not jump in unison and waxed lyrical about this.
Old Bean Strawberry Milk Tea (RM3.90/USD1.30) – Old Bean’s the brand of their beverages; a little awkward when you think about it … as opposed to NEW bean? But the lightly fruity-tinged milk tea was satisfying enough for me.
Had we known that Taste Good IS the new Buntong Fried Noodles specialist, we would have gone all out and ordered away to sample the other noodle dishes. They have fried yellow mee, vermicelli noodles (bee hoon, supposedly another one of their signatures), etc.
I foresee this place going far, since people from all walks of life would be enjoying their favourite fried noodles in the comfort of air-conditioning, Wifi-ready setting, and paired with various beverages and desserts for the young ones. Especially come CNY, when business SHOULD be booming.
Taste Good Restaurant @ Greentown of Ipoh.
Taste Good Restaurant (non-halal)
23 & 23A, Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said,
Greentown, 30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-253 2211
Location : Opposite of Tower Regency Hotel, and same row with Pakeeza Indian Cuisine Restaurant. A few doors away from Good Times Steamboat.
Not sure of the business hours; but you can call them up to ask about their operating hours during the CNY season.