Of Egg Tarts @ Ipoh Old Town, Mother’s Day & Timeless MemoriesMay 7, 2011 | 5,505 views
Like, seriously? An inconspicuously parked stall opening from a side door, facing the famous Kong Heng coffee shop in old town of Ipoh. (now ‘glamourously known as “Ipoh Kong Heng Restaurant”)
Working over the weekend is not fun. In fact, I have completely lost track of time, and drowned by the sheer exhaustion of it all. Kept thinking that tomorrow’s a Monday, when it’s actually SUNDAY.
And Mother’s Day to boot. Yet, this Motormouth is still miles away from home, and funny it took one SMS from Mum to jolt me back to reality. So if you’re not with your family now, then please give your mother a call, or an SMS/MMS/Whatsapp/etc to show you still care …. and you should.
The celebration will have to be delayed until further arrangement (hopefully, in a few days to come), but for today’s post, let’s reminisce on something closer to home.
Array of mouth watering pastries from this stall without a name (as far as I was concerned).
Pardon the immense delay, as the shots were taken way before I had my LX3. Yup, remember the good old days when my dear Nokia 5610 was all I had? These shots were from back then, stashed to oblivion for a good 3 years or so …. then revived in a timely manner.
Pardon the lacklustre shot. But when I am sure the allure of this made up for all the shortcomings. And the fact that you probably won’t find another nameless stall worthy of a visit.
Portuguese Egg Tart – A different pastry encasing the wobbly custard from within; with a significantly milkier/creamier texture and taste.
Savoury Shanghainese Siew Pau. Wait, Shanghai siew pau?! Moist, wet and savoury fillings of char siew in a sauce within a flaky puff not unlike a yam puff.
I won’t drag on and on with today’s dose of food poison. But timely if you’re thinking of kickstarting a lovely Sunday in old town of Ipoh, and you don’t mind bracing the impending traffic congestion, possibly harassing from the many ‘jaga kereta’ nuisance, and having to put on your thickest makeup and stand like vultures beside occupied seats.
This stall housed inside an enclave of sorts, right from the side of the corner shop facing Kong Heng of Ipoh, has been around for quite an admirable period of time. There is no signboard, nor even ample space inside the premise for you to turn.
Not a place to dine in (in case you’re wondering), people come to this quaint little stall owned and run by a lady in her 40’s (I hope I am not wrong, I am particularly bad at gauging people’s age!) to take away many of her fresh pastries from the oven.
We are talking about ‘siew pau’ (savoury fillings of pork in a sweetish sauce), ‘char siew sou’ (oblong shaped pastries with sesame seeds on top, and almost the similar barbecued pork fillings), egg tarts (one of the better ones in Ipoh), Portuguese egg tarts, etc. Don’t forget the side counter with stuffed chicken wings (darn good if hot and fresh from the wok) sourced another premise frying them from the comfort of home on Concubine Lane. You can also try these stuffed boneless chicken wings at night when you’re downing your pints of SNOW beer at Yoon Wah a short distance away.
And why is this stall holding such precious memories? This brought back fond memories of the times when we would walked down from our office, took away a few pieces from this stall, back to the office and we would enjoy these in the comfort of our rooms. Me, KYT, TallGal and FCOE.
But now, only one of us is left surviving in the old office. Stay strong.
*Stall opposite of the famous Kong Heng Restaurant on Jalan Bandar Timah, old town of Ipoh. Opens from about 9-10am onwards, until late afternoon (3-4pm?). Days off not fixed, and sometimes she closes a few days at once.
You want MORE of good egg tarts from Ipoh? Consider these :
– Simee Market’s Choy Kee
– Hong Kee near to Super Kinta/Ayamas
– Nam Heong (the origin of Ipoh Old Town White Coffee outlets)
– Foh San, Ming Court, Yoke Fook Moon and the many dim sum outlets