Finger-lickin’ Good Fried Chicken Wings @ A Curry Mee Shop in Ipoh?June 9, 2014 | 2,772 views
Not the most common sight - To go along with your fiery bowl of curry mee; at Chuan Fatt in Pasir Puteh, Ipoh, the sheer selection and quality of the sides overshadow the noodles sometimes.
Dear readers. I’m sorry. For I have sinned. I tried my best to work out the reviews in between the feasts this past weekend. I was even planning on a live update of review; streaming food shots and stories throughout the last 3 days. But I faltered.
Or should I say, the weather failed me. Ipoh was scarily hot; to a point of getting that feeling of being trapped in a perpetual convection of heat within a cramped oven.
Or maybe it was time. The rush of adrenaline to write between meals tampered by the even more invigorating choice of in-between snacks (you know me, and you’d better know what Ipoh’s famous for now); rendering Motormouth incapable of penning his thoughts. More to nonsensical rants at times.
Or it must have been the hassle of moving between homes and attending to my grandma‘s 49th day prayers.
Nonetheless, if you even had that slight assumption that I had missed a beat on my Ipoh food reviews recently, let me prove you wrong. Let’s start with a curry mee story. Again.
Crispy Fried Chicken Wings that might just put Colonel Sander’s to shame. Seriously.
It has been a good 5+ years since I last wrote about Chuan Fatt; that curry mee legend in Pasir Puteh. A name not familiar to many outsiders (at least, relatively speaking when pitted against the bigger names like Xin Quan Fang, Sun Seng Fatt, Nam Chau or Yee Fatt), Chuan Fatt has in fact; a richer history than some of the rest.
Fondly remembered as the Pasir Puteh curry mee shop with fried chicken and assam chicken (that’s how we differentiated the outlets prior to me starting this space), my strongest memory of this place was how spicy the curry was.
And still is, mind you. If you’re introducing your kid to the taste of Ipoh’s exceptional curry mee, don’t start here. He or she might just develop phobia and never touch curry again.
Assam Chicken – A dish best described as a cross between Indian curry and Chinese style of Assam curry; the chicken was tender to the bone; and the gravy was a pleasure to sip. At some point, we were wishing that they serve steamed white rice!
The shop still bears the same, faded red signboard bearing the name Kedai Makanan Chuan Fatt. Had you not noticed the breakfast crowd here on a weekend or public holiday, you must have zoomed past or tagged this as a non-descriptive ‘chap fan’ (economy rice) place with bad floorings and dull jade green tiled walls.
Plus, a battalion of old-timers putting their feet up and digesting the dailies in the morning.
This time around, either my threshold must have been lifted a notch or two. Or I was initially expecting scorching hot chillies on the Scoville scale; but the curry was milder than expected; only slightly spicier than the rest of the names mentioned earlier.
The crowd at 10 am on a Saturday morning was scary. I tell you, upon observing more than half of the patrons WITHOUT a bowl of noodles in front of them; I knew this was going to take some time. Plus, after a 2 hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur; I was really looking forward to feasting like a glutton.
Upon walking in, you first grab a seat and obediently park your derrieres while fiddling with your smartphone. Or tablet. Or fingers, whichever you fancy. Ordering is done at your table, so you’d best be prepared mentally on what to have instead of regretting the decision by ordering curry noodles without the sides.
Don’t worry. They’re not as hostile as that other curry mee stall in town. Ask and you shall be presented with a verbal menu of the sides on offer;
Fried Chicken Wings. Assam Chicken. Poached Chicken. Fried Pork. Char Siew. Roasted Pork (Siew Yoke).
This last minute supplementary platter of Char Siew (barbecued, caramelised pork) and Fried Pork completed our curry mee experience with a pleasant smile plastered across our faces. Remember to request for a side bowl of curry if you must. The gravy goes well with ANYTHING.
Short of scavenging their entire display of protein-rich cuts; we settled with curry noodles and sides of fried chicken wings, assam chicken, Char Siew and Fried pork. If you’re not a big eater or scurry with tail between your legs at the sight of carnivorous meat platter in front of you, then hold back on the orders. The noodles can also be served with a simple topping of shredded poached chicken or Char Siew, without an overdose of meat.
But dearest readers, where’s the fun in that? This was brunch to us; thus we let loose and indulged in delicious, fresh from the wok fried chicken wings (MUST-HAVE) with a crispy batter that’s packed with flavour (reminded me of Poh Lee’s), assam chicken with an acidic zest and a sweetish after taste, lean char siew roasted old school style (with red trimmings) and fried pork (char yoke) that’s not Hong Kong Restaurant’s level yet, but almost there.
And you cannot go wrong with a cup of white coffee or ‘cham’ (coffee + tea) to calm your nerves down while waiting
But actually the wait was bearable. Not touching the half hour mark from start to finish, though you should either come much earlier (before 9 am is best), or wait until the breakfast crowd dissipates (after 11 am) if you are the type who flip tables or roll on the floor with agony after 15 minutes of wait.
Total for 2 pax came to about MYR24/USD8 including drinks. Very reasonably in my opinion; since we definitely had more than we could chew. The curry noodles were not excellent, but paired with the side dishes; the shortcomings were forgiven.
So tell me, fellow makan kaki’s, where is YOUR favourite curry mee stall in Ipoh?
Don’t be surprised to see the crowd spilling onto the walkway on weekends.
KEDAI MAKANAN CHUAN FATT (non-Halal)
294, Jalan Pasir Puteh,
31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Only open for breakfast and lunch
GPS : 4.582695, 101.082332
This shop is near to the Pasir Puteh secondary school traffic lights junction, where the Pasir Puteh wet market is located at. Same side of the road as Caltex and Lucky Seafood Restaurant.