Ipoh Street Food – Of Hor Hee & Big Small FeetFebruary 11, 2010 | 11,210 views
When the night falls in Ipoh, and the werewolves/vampires/zombies come out to play (Wait … deja vu, anyone? Now that everyone on FB is Farmville-ing, probably most would have forgotten how we used to ‘bite’ each other on a daily basis, to gain experience points), that’s when the hunger pangs strike the most.
And worse still, most restaurants/coffee shops would be closed by then. Especially in the older parts of town.
Question is, do you :
a) Hide yer fangs and go home to sleep, with a growling tummy?
b) Get nasty and wallop anything in sight (not to say you’re digesting garbage, I mean those 24 hours mamak stalls, the kopitiams, or even cup noodles at 24 hrs convenience store?)? OR ….
c) Trust your friend who is an Ipoh native (aka sakai like yours truly here), and go all the way out to hunt for GOOD Ipoh Street Food in the middle of the night?
When most geriatrics would be dozing off in beds … uncle would be busy cooking up bowls after bowls of Ipoh Hor Hee Fun …
If your answer happened to be option C, then do read on ……
For a great many years, (okay, okay … so I did not do my homework. Sue me …..) this famous Hor Hee stall on Jalan Chamberlain of Ipoh has been serving thousands or probably millions of bowls of Hor Hee to the noodle-hungry crowd.
Hor WHAT?!! If you’re thinking what’s a dish that sounds like a horse’s laugh looks or tastes like …… imagine fish ball noodles soup. Only with additional ingredients, such as fish cakes, bean sprouts, and sometimes fish dumplings (yue wat). Then served with either flat rice noodles or also known as Ipoh famous ‘hor fun’, or better yet, try the glass vermicelli noodles instead. The dipping of soy sauce and bird’s eye chillies (cili padi) is almost compulsory, and some even swear by the addition of a whole saucer plate of that spicy concoction into their bowl of soup. To enhance the taste, so to speak.
Several stalls in Ipoh are famous for Hor Hee, most notably See See Heng @ Jalan Chamberlain, Li Heng Fatt in old town of Ipoh, Fook Sing in Ipoh Garden East, and Lok Wee Koi on Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, very near to the old Foh San. Awkwardly, the first three places are only opened for business from late evening until night time. (Do correct me if I’m wrong). Only Lok Wee Koi’s Hor Hee stall is opened for lunch.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to all the Hor Hee stalls mentioned above. Pardon me for any inaccuracies, for I do not have their respective addresses or contact numbers. If you’re lost, drop me a message or call ok?
I won’t bite. Or charge you. But a bowl of complimentary Hor Hee would do fine.
Wait … so what if one harmless bowl of Hor Hee can barely fill a quarter of your stomach’s space? Still feel the vacuum? Don’t fret. Here’s another place that deserves a mention, for I have eaten here at such UNgodly hours before.
Think along the line of braised chicken feet, blanched ‘taugeh’ (bean sprouts) and smooth chicken noodle soup (Kai See Hor Fun) at 2am …….. Tempting?
Kum Kee is an almost secluded coffee shop in Pasir Pinji of Ipoh (Pasir Pinji is the place famous for various Chinese hawker food …. remember the ever-crowded Dai Shu Geok aka Big Tree Foot?), that opens until the wee hours of the morning.
Some Ipohans even swear by Kum Kee’s main offering of Nga Choy Kai, or Tauge Ayam. Of course, I can go on and on and on when it comes to Nga Choy Kai in Ipoh, but do read my take on Lou Wong for a better idea.
But quite a number of people, if not ALL, come to Kum Kee for one particular dish. A side dish, if you can call them that. Aptly named “Big Small Feet”, the creation (patented, of course …) combines braised chicken feet (the small one) and pork trotter (the big one) into one dish. Ingenious? Maybe not. But the prospect of sucking on gelatinous, almost slippery smooth chicken feet is almost too irresistible to pass on.
Unless of course, you’re one who despises the humble, meat-less part of a chicken.
They ran out of the BIG feet that evening, hence we opted for the braised chicken feet only. Not that I’m complaining. After some serious chewing, gnawing, sucking and spitting …. the table was strewn with the aftermath of the mass slaughter. And I tell you … it’s freaking fun to be spitting out those small bones, with manners completely out the windows.
Kedai Makanan Kum Kee @ 798-799, Jalan Sekolah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak. Opens from 6pm onwards, until about 2-3am. Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to the place. This is directly opposite of Pasir Pinji police station, and a short distance away from Pasir Pinji wet market. If you’re lost, again, don’t go pulling your hair.
I work for chicken feed feet.