I Rediscovered Mun Thin @ Ipoh Restaurant !!!March 8, 2011 | 15,226 views
“Mun WHAT”? Okay, so there was this amazing place back in the 80’s-early 90’s in town (on Anderson road, facing the current Nam Kew restaurant) that used to serve delicious ‘dai chow’ dishes, various roasted meats, and a delectably irresistible creme caramel custard; much like how Thean Chun make theirs nowadays.
My dad used to work at the now-defunct French Hotel on Cockman Street (Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar) since I was a small kid, and the fond memories of eating wobbly and sweet egg custard at Mun Thin, or ice-cream at First Coffee House, or even the banana split at KFC (yeah, for your information, KFC used to serve ice-cream back in those days) would be forever etched in this gradually deteriorating mind.
“Bao Siew Yok” – Stir-fried Roast Pork with Leeks and Onions (RM18/USD6)
Now let’s get back into business. 🙂
Mun Thin was all but gone for more than a decade. The shop has been transformed into something else (forgot what, but should be a coffee shop with another name for some time) since then, and we have all but lost hope on reliving those sweet memories from the earlier years.
Until now. Yes, the same people that used to run Mun Thin is now at Ipoh Restaurant (how original?); right smack in town centre (on Hume Street/Jalan Masjid, also known as Coffin Street, albeit that’s an unpalatable moniker) ……
A green named “Qing Loong” or Green Dragon, stir fried with bean sprouts, carrot and red chillies, with extra punch from the crispy anchovies (RM8/USD3)
Okay, this particular area of Ipoh town has not been booming since Greentown, Ipoh Garden East and De Garden took over as THE places to be for food and drinks. You know, back in those days you could find throngs of people overwhelming the food court named Hollywood (or something) at the corner where you can also find a bak kut teh restaurant now. That place used to house a wonderful pork porridge( ‘zhu chap chuk’) stall, to which I have not found a worthy heir yet (except maybe Bercham’s Wong Fee Kee).
Sambal Belacan Kangkung with crispy lard fritters! (RM8/USD3)
But since this restaurant simply named Ipoh has come on board, the constant stream of customers during lunch and dinner hours brought life back to this already …. erm, morbid street (for a very obvious reason). Of course, you can argue that a stone’s throw away, you can find the intense colonization of foodies from all over the country; sharing some very obvious targets.
Kwai Fei Tofu (Braised homemade beancurd with fish paste and mixed vegetables) (RM12/USD4)
Mum swore by her previous two experiences. Grandma had a fantastic time downing the many porky dishes there; not once but twice as well. Of course, back then Mun Thin was also but one of the three places that I used to get acquainted with sweet and sour pork (Gu Lou Yuk); the other two being Wong Koh Kee and Sun Marpoh.Thus, it was no wonder that they still do their pork dishes so well.
Yesterday, I paid my virginal visit to Ipoh Restaurant. Mum reserved a table; and thankful that she did since the place was packed! Within 20 minutes or so, food was served.
Steamed Tilapia in a spicy bean sauce (RM26/USD8.50)
The one dish that almost every table ordered was the day’s special; Braised Pork Knuckle in a light soy sauce with a hint of herbs (Mum said it was Dong Quai). Lots of skin, fats and gelatinous matter, and Grandma was lapping up almost a quarter of the limb amidst initial lament that we over-ordered! (6 dishes for 6 pax). Very good, but less meat than the trotter, so you have to love your fatty cuts to appreciate this.
The other pork dish that we opted for was the Stir fried roasted pork with leek and onions, which was another gorgeously sinful and guilt-ridden fare. To imagine the still-crispy skin caramelized in the sweetish soy sauce reduced to a sticky texture, paired with crunchy leeks and caramelized onions. Heavenly stuff.
Braised Pork Knuckle in Soy Sauce and Herbs (RM15/USD5)
They still steam their fishes with crispy lard fritters; also making an appearance in the stir-fried kangkung (water convolvulus/morning glory) in sambal belacan. Very old school, as most newer restaurants do not incorporate this health freak’s nightmare of an ingredient in their food any longer.
We found no fault with most of the dishes; even the usually bland greens was much revered in the sense that the special of the day was the ‘qing loong‘ greens, like the one we had at Oversea Restaurant the other time … but at half the price, obviously.
Ipoh Restaurant in Ipoh town. How apt.
We might have just found another gem in Ipoh worth sharing to travellers from out of town; tired of the same old ‘nga choy gai’ dinners. By far, this has to be one of the better Chinese ‘dai chow’/’chu char’ restaurants in Ipoh. For the whole (uncensored) list of Chinese restaurants in Ipoh; jump to this following page instead : Motormouth’s list of Chinese Restaurants in Ipoh
33, Jalan Masjid (Hume Street)
30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-254 0037
Closed on Tuesdays. Opens for lunch and dinner.
Google Map to Ipoh Restaurant
GPS Coordinates : 4.59304,101.082291
*This is a scheduled post. Motormouth would already be tanning his butt off somewhere Down Under by the time this is published. Pardon the delay in replying the comments or feedback, but I’ll get to them as soon as I’m back.