Ipoh’s Old Town : Hor Hee @ Li Heng FattMarch 10, 2010 | 12,180 views
Since I started the ball rolling with the post on Chang’s Hakka Mee with Beef in Ipoh’s old town, might as well continue the Ipoh’s Old Town series with more hidden gems. Probably not the first-line options when it comes to food hunting in old town for tourists, but still ….. these are decent outlets that deserve a mention, or if you’re ever lost on what else to eat aside from toasts and white coffee.
From only RM2.50/USD0.70 per bowl, you’ll be getting a hefty amount of noodles in soup, brimming with an array of extra ingredients ….. from fishballs to fish cakes, and fish wantan to bean sprouts.
Last I wrote about Ipoh Hor Hee was the time I devoured a bowl at See See Heng Or Ee Fun (yeah, that’s how it’s spelled on their signboard) at Restoran Embassy in town, opposite of the former Bersatu Complex, now a college.
And NO, Hor Hee is not some funky dish resembling the guffaws of a horse’s, but instead is best explained as Ipoh’s version of Penang’s Koay Teow Th’ng, albeit with no chicken, and all fish-y ingredients. I meant, stuff like balls, cakes and dumplings; all made from fish paste.
Pick your noodles, from a choice of Sar Hor Fun (Ipoh’s incomparably smooth, flat rice noodles), the yellow mee or beehoon, or even the personal favourite of mine; Tang Hoon (glass vermicelli noodles)
Many Ipohans would attest to the fact that Li Heng Fatt in old town serves one of the BEST Hor Hee in town. But previously operating ONLY during dinner hours, I was not keen on going all the way to old town AGAIN after work just for my Hor Hee fix.
Yeah, KL-ites may argue that a half hour journey does not sound daunting at all, but still ….. I’d rather not visit old town TWICE in a day, for I have my breakfast AND lunch there on most days.
The make or break ingredient for me, the Yue Wat (fish paste resembling a piece of wantan/dumpling) is almost a MUST in a good bowl of Hor Hee.
Thankfully, Li Heng Fatt moved to its own premise not long ago, and operates from 11am until 10pm everyday. Yes, so you can satiate your cravings for something soupy, wholesome and lighter than the average rice binge for lunch/brunch.
The hefty serving of glass vermicelli noodles in the most delicious soup (it was thankfully, not MSG), sets the bar rather high for imitators to emulate. And when you bite into those bouncy fish balls, toothsome fish cakes, and a piece of that special fish wantan (tasted uncannily like ham, really!!), you’ll be thanking me for this alternative to Ipoh’s BEST Kai See Hor Fun, the GOLDEN Char Koay Teow, or even the famous Gopeng Mee; all within walking distance from Li Heng Fatt.
You CAN’T miss the glaringly red banner ….The stall next to the Hor Hee stall sells economy rice (‘chap fan’) for lunch as well.
Don’t just take my words for it. Go and taste this simple yet delicious Ipoh Street Food in Ipoh’s old town. Maybe, JUST maybe, you might fall in love with “Hor Hee“, and starts your pilgrimage to seek for your favourite bowl instead.
Other places for “Hor Hee” in Ipoh : See See Heng Hor Hee, Lok Wee Koi on Jalan Raja Musa Aziz (near to Kamdar), a stall in Medan Selera Stadium (sorry, anyone can tell what number the stall is?), Kafe Fook Sing in Medan Ipoh Baru near to Jusco Kinta City, and other random places I may not be aware of.
IPOH FAMOUS HOR HEE @ RESTORAN LI HENG FATT
14, Jalan Panglima,
Business hours : 11am until 10pm daily.
Days off not fixed.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP updated with locations of Chang’s Hakka Mee with Beef, and Li Heng Fatt’s Hor Hee.