Where J2Kfm Lurks for Lunch in Ipoh-ChemorMarch 25, 2010 | 6,894 views
Power lunches for us literally translate to random everyday lunches; usually deciphered as leisurely sessions lasting between half an hour to an hour, or sometimes more. Shhhh!!! We wouldn’t want the higher authorities to discover this batch of incompetent workers now, would we?
Wait, who am I kidding? When THEY themselves immerse in one hour plus meals, finished with a fogging session, then cleansing their souls with some spiritual searching. Hell yeah we’re good followers …..
Tung Hoi is a famous name when it comes to Chinese diners, the other branch in Ipoh Garden South being one of my favourite haunt formerly ……
Of course, when work takes us out from the office, all we can hope for is at least, a decent place for lunch after all the hard work. Okay okay … excuses I know. But good food may just be the sole requiem one needs at these desperate times.
Obviously, we CANNOT drink the blues away in the middle of the day now, can we?
Pai Kuat Wong Fan, aka Spare Ribs King Rice
I wrote about Chemor twice. Once was when we had Banana Leaf Curry Rice at Samy’s on the main road of Chemor town, while the other occasion saw us slurping fish noodles at Hoong Wan. This time around, we opted for an air-conditioned restaurant instead, for the erratic weather in Ipoh had us at His mercy. Plus, individual meals at Chemor East Ocean Restaurant are priced rather reasonably.
For about RM7-RM8 (USD2 – USD2.30) per serving, you get a variety of choices, from the usual fried rice and noodles, to pork, chicken, fish or even ostrich meat cooked in an array of manners, served with white rice.
Tung Hoi aka East Ocean is no doubt a household name when it comes to wedding dinners and such. in Ipoh. The branch over at Ipoh Garden South seemed to be performing rather poorly, for I have had two miserable meals at that restaurant last year. Thus I never revisited that branch. But this one in Chemor has a better reputation, earning praises from all quarters. Even the exceedingly hard-to-pleased KYT.
The meal was satisfactory, with only the Kam Heong Chicken suffered from the liberal addition of salt. Tastewise, the dishes were all professionally handled, a significant improvement from what the Ipoh Garden South’s branch dished out back then.
So if you’re in a small group, and ordering dishes cooked separately sounds like a less than feasible option, go for their individual meals instead. The cooling environment is a surefire hit amongst the lunch crowd, plus they serve Chinese tea at a mere RM0.30 per person. Yeah, almost unheard of, huh?
From Chemor we move to Gunung Rapat, the area famous for Heong Peng, or Fragrant Biscuits. Rarely did we go all the way to Gunung Rapat for lunch, except these few times. But since we were somewhere around the area one afternoon, we pushed our luck by venturing off the main road of Jalan Ampang/Jalan Raja Musa Mahadi, and stumbled upon this quaint little cafe which has been operating for a good 5 years now; named Chop House Cafe.
Dismissing the place as just another one of those Fantasy, Friendster, or possibly the most famous of all, Crazy Ice-Cream, I did not set my expectations sky high. After all, this to me was just another tucked in the neighbourhood kind of cafe, possibly operating to cater to those not-so-picky eaters (read : teenagers?) around the vicinity.
Though I was surprised to see mostly blue-collared workers patronizing the place on a weekday afternoon, however hidden this gem of a place may be.
They offer a range of Western as well as Eastern fares, from fried rice (and the variety’s endless ...) to noodles, as well as salads, soups, chops (possibly where the name came from) and fresh fruit juices.
The fresh juices got our interest piqued, especially when you can have mango, dragon fruit, apple, etc prepared fresh on the spot, and with optional addition of milk at a mere extra 20 cents. (Fresh fruit juices @ RM2.30/USD0.65 per glass) The Mango Fruit Juice with Milk was heavenly, with thick pulps blended in, and creamy from the milk, a salute to its lassi resemblance, really.
The food was passable, with ample portions to feed a hungry soul. The Cincalok Fried Rice(RM5.50/USD1.60) was a pungent, yet not overwhelmingly so selection, combining the zing of fermented shrimp sauce with beaten omelette, chicken dices, and a fried egg, accompanied by a side dip of sambal belacan. The Butter Chicken Fried Rice was really your usual “Nai Yau Gai” fried with the rice, a harmoniously blended-in flavour, I might add. Though lacking in oomph somehow, for I prefer chunks of chicken, preferably deep-fried beforehand, instead of diced chicken cubes.
The meal came to less than RM10/USD2.80 per person. Chop House Cafe also offers a variety of set lunches, with a drink and a dessert of either fruits/ice-cream. So if you’re ever lost in Gunung Rapat/Ipoh Jaya/Ampang area, drop by Chop House Cafe for a simple lunch in an air-conditioned environment.
Addresses & Contact Numbers :
Chemor East Ocean Restaurant
No 1-5, Jalan Silang Dua,
31200 Chemor, Perak.
Tel No : 605-201 1562, 605-201 1652, 605-201 1552
Opens for lunch and dinner.
Chop House Cafe
101, Jalan Wira Jaya,
Taman Ipoh Jaya 1,
31350 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel No : 6017-588 8853
Opens from 11.00am – 3.00pm, and 6.00pm – 10.00pm.
Closed on Mondays.