KO’ed on a Hazy Weekend & A Superb Wantan Mee (Without the Wantan!)September 11, 2011 | 9,154 views
Terrific springy egg noodles without a trace of ‘kan sui’ (lye water/alkaline water); served atop a bed of crunchy ‘choy sum’, and lightly flavoured with a savoury ensemble of sauces.
One glance at the title of this post, and you’d be tempted to think that Motormouth has gone bonkers.
No, seriously, was down and out since Friday, after that disastrous lunch of bak kut teh infused with too much MSG. Either that herbal concoction or the vinegar pork trotters which was splendid flavoursome. But I shall never return again … unless necessary.
Amidst the extremely chaotic environment (running out of wantan by 930am, anyone?), this guy and presumably; his wife were a cool duo. Even catering to silly questions from these new customers of theirs.
There was this morning during the long Raya-Merdeka break, when we decided to have breakfast. But of course, Ipoh being swarmed from all corners of the country; it’s a no-brainer that you shall not go to places that are perennial favourites of tourists (eg. the white coffee outlets, the dim sum street, etc).
Thus, we opted for what we thought was a slightly off-beat choice. Comeson Restaurant (Kam San in Cantonese) opposite of Lou Wong and Onn Kee for their wantan mee. A relatively safe choice? Don’t bet your life on it.
Barely 9.30am, and they have run out of ‘char siew’ (BBQ pork) and wantan (pork dumplings) …..
Thankfully, they still had sui kow (larger dumplings with minced pork, wood ear fungus, chopped carrot and yambean, etc) and braised spare ribs (pai kuat). The last few portions remaining!
I was stunned. I knew they opened quite early and usually sold out by noon. But to imagine this was barely brunch and they have sold off almost everything.
They are the only stall operating in the mornings. In the afternoon, you’ll see a very traditional Teochew economy rice stall; Mum fondly nicked him as “Ah Jik”. He sells a damn good vinegar pork trotters (ironically?), and sometimes fabulous HUGE crabs cooked in a sweet and spicy sauce for a steal. And he makes great pork and salted fish patties too.
Let’s not digress. Will cover that in a future review.
Braised spare ribs that was a wonderful complement to the noodles. Bear in mind that the egg noodles was tossed in a very light sauce, unlike the usual combination with soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and a dash of sesame oil.
The lady was clearly in her elements that morning; wrapping the dumplings on-the-go! Can’t get any fresher than this?
The highlight of the breakfast? The NOODLES, hands down. Though the spare ribs and ‘sui kow’ were above average, the noodles stole the limelight.
Thinner strands of egg noodles cooked to a bouncy finish (QQ, al dente), every bite was a delightful crunch. Portion may be smaller than usual, thus you’d be forgiven had you ordered DOUBLE the portion and get away with crossing your diet regime.
Comeson Restaurant – You probably will zoom by without even noticing this shop, for the banners for Lam Fong biscuits were way too distracting.
Will definitely be back for the ‘char siew’ and wantan, though I’ll be sure to wake up much earlier that that morning. Geez …. can’t they do brunch hours as well?
*Wantan Mee priced from RM2.40/USD0.80 onwards; comes in small, medium and large portions.
Still lost and no idea where this place is?
Opposite of THIS. If you have not heard of Lou Wong, then you’d better start reading now ….
And a stone’s throw away from THIS. Wondering what they were lining up for? It’s the one and only Drive-Thru Tau Fu Fah, baby! Only this time, you can’t even drive through, but instead had to do a “walk-thru” … bad joke, I know.
Comeson Restaurant (non-Halal)
50, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Business hours : 7am – 11am (or until sold out)
Off on Sundays.
Google Map to Comeson
Still reeling from the after-effect of sleeping the whole Saturday off. So allow me to adapt to the immense sluggishness this Sunday morning. Gonna be a long long day ahead …..
*If you’re in Ipoh and searching for some good old wantan mee to satisfy your cravings, consider these options :
– Buntong Cheong Kee Wantan Mee
– Stadium Ipoh’s
– Menglembu’s Wai Sek Kai’s wantan mee stall
– Woh Heng Coffee Shop (opposite of old Foh San)
– Ipoh Garden South’s Kafe Sentosa Ria (tasty prawn wantan!)
– Jalan Datoh Noodle Stall
– Bercham Shine Noodles Prawn Wantan Mee