Hugh Low Street Famous Hakka Mee @ IpohMay 4, 2013 | 10,712 views
The iconic Hugh Low Street (renamed to Jalan Sultan Iskandar) Hakka mee has moved to the opposite shop a few years ago.
“Are you back for the General Election?”
That was the question imposed by one of the three friendly brothers running this Hakka mee stall at Paris Restaurant & Motel at a corner of Hugh Low Street.
Unlike the comparatively arrogant (yet we flew to there like moths to the light) police station curry mee a few doors away, we were served almost the very instant we parked our heavy butts down. And got our noodles within 5 minutes’ wait, in spite of the crowd.
I drove an extended journey back this morning from Kuala Lumpur (understandable, since tomorrow’s the BIG day for CHANGE in the country; for better or worse, and Malaysians always have this tendency to slow down and peek at people’s misfortune (accidents, vehicle breaking down, etc) or snapping the number plates, and huge lorries overtaking another huge @$$ truck while going up a steep slope, effectively blocking the fleet of cars behind.
Come early, come late. Just don’t push your luck by coming close to 12pm on a weekend morning. I tried and failed to secure my bowl of noodles.
The three brothers running the show now are filial siblings continuing the legacy left behind by their grandfather since more than half a century ago. Unabashed to admit, I only tried their Hakka mee once when they were still Yin Yau Kui opposite the road. That was a single shoplot that could barely fit in the morning crowd. Now, since the transfer to the opposite side; the airy and spacious premise can easily accommodate a larger crowd of 50 or more.
Plus, the fact that they churn out bowls after bowls of noodles so efficiently, the wait will not be relentless.
Their homemade egg noodles in single bundles; hence ordering single or double portions will mean a lump or two of these.
Bear in mind that you don’t really have to go and pick your stuffed items (eg: yong tau foo, fish balls, meat balls) from the pots. Just order single portion, one and a half portion or double portion and sit back. They will mix and match the sides for you.
The chili sauce with a dash of finely blended garlic in vinegar goes well with the noodles; giving the savoury ensemble a tangy edge with a mildly-spicy kick.
The single portion is well, suited for a small eater. Or if you’re like me, intend to do a second breakfast/brunch immediately after. Topped with scoop (very small scoop, actually) of minced meat seasoned with soy sauce, fish sauce and shallot oil, and plentiful of Ipoh’s famous bean sprouts, the springy egg noodles took its spot in the hearts of many Ipohans. And outsiders alike.
However, the bowl of yong tau foo, fish balls and meat balls failed to impress. The clear broth tasted bland, and the stuffed items were only passable.
Don’t get me wrong though. Compared to most ‘generic’ fish ball noodle stalls, the items here are okay, without being overly processed (fish balls that taste like rubber+flour anyone?), yet expectations are high for such an esteemed establishment with decades of experience.
Do come early for the breakfast experience. Try the Hakka mee here, then compare with the one in old town – Hong Hin along Little India, or this famous one within walking distance from Paris Restaurant named MX on Osborne Street which was from the shady food court across the road but has since been demolished.
Remember, tomorrow’s the big day for the country. Do your part as a citizen of Malaysia, but remember to ‘makan’ also lah …. you’ve come this far already, don’t faint at the polling centre!
Paris Restaurant Hakka Mee (formerly Yin Yau Kui Hakka Mee)
164, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street)30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opens from 7.15am until 12pm daily. Off day not fixed.
GPS Coordinates : 4.593197,101.083947
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