Fabulous Indian Mee Goreng & Pasembur @ Cathay Mee Stall, Jalan Yang KalsomJune 22, 2010 | 6,610 views
Indian Mee Goreng (RM3.50/USD1.00) - Large portion enough for two, but you’ll have no problems finishing the whole plate, really.
And let me share this place that I have been intending to write about for so long. As I have mentioned before in my post on Mee Hailam Parit, I am not a fan of yellow noodles. I’ll go for Kuey Teow/Sar Hor Fun (flat rice noodles) first, if not then Lou Shu Fun (rat’s tail noodles, I know … it sounds morbid but actually ain’t) followed by Mee Hoon (rice vermicelli noodles). The last resort? The yellow mee; no thanks to various bad experiences with heavy alkaline taste from the lye water used to cure the noodles.
Look at how chirpy the Indian girl was …. Cathay Mee Stall @ Restoran dan Rumah Tumpangan Beauty Baru – Brisk business come lunch hours, hence be there early. Or very late.
Initially I was skeptical when Mum told me about this great Indian (or Mamak/Indian-Muslim) Mee Goreng (fried yellow noodles) & Pasembur (Indian rojak; a type of salad) stall on Jalan Yang Kalsom. That this stall beats even the famous one at Padang Ipoh in old town, and the various incarnations everywhere else. Heck, there’s even one on Jalan Yang Kalsom itself, at Restoran Sen Yee.
But after tasting a packet of their Mee Goreng brought home by Mum, I was sold ……. and this has been MY personal favourite Mee Goreng in all of Ipoh. This coming from someone who hates his Mee …
Impatient they sure were not, but the close to 15 minutes wait can be daunting, especially when you see your neighbours tucking in with much relish.
First and foremost, parking can be a hassle. Especially if you come during the peak hours; anytime between 12.30pm – 2.00pm. Lunch hour is a disaster on Yang Kalsom Road. So be wise by either going earlier (although they state that they open at 11.00am, but they actually start operating at about 12.00pm+), or much later. Choose to park a distance away, and walk over instead of caught up in the jam and circling the vicinity.
Then grab a seat, which should be easy since the shop occupies two lots, and spacious enough to cater to a large crowd. Anyway, you CAN share tables, after all. There is even a separate section, directly beside the stall that caters to the Muslim crowd. Yes, Cathay Mee Stall is HALAL, but to be eating in a Chinese coffee shop may sound unsavoury to some. Hence the partition.
At RM3.50 per serving, you’ll feel that every cent paid is worthy …. and wishing that you’d have ordered more than a plate instead of sharing with someone!
The Mee Goreng comes in a hefty portion, and the first glimpse at the stacked noodles was horrifying if you’re not fond of Mee Goreng, or your intention was merely to test the waters, so to speak. But bliss comes after squeezing in the wedge of lime, tossing the noodles thoroughly so that the gravy mixes well with the noodles and the plethora of garnishes and ingredients, then proceeded to slurp your first mouthful …..
Unlike the generic Mamak Mee Goreng, Cathay’s version comes with lots of bean sprouts, chopped scallions, prawn fritters, taukua (dried beancurd), and potatoes. But most importantly, the moist noodles has a perfectly balance tastes of sweet, savoury, spicy and definitely moreish. And they fry the noodles with lots of egg, not as common among Indian Mee Goreng, but resembling the Chinese style of Char Kuey Teow.
Pasembur, or Indian Rojak (RM3.50/USD1.00) is another good choice if you want something lighter and not as sinful.
Cathay Mee Stall makes a tasty version of Pasembur as well. Lots of bean sprouts, turnip and julienned cucumber, tossed around with crunchy fritters, a whole boiled egg sliced into quarters, and potatoes. The deep red gravy was not spicy at all, but was a sweet-ish, starchy base with an added tangy and slightly spicy kick from the sambal-like sauce with sesame seeds and crushed peanuts drizzled on top of the crackers. You can of course request for a notch up the fiery-o-meter, and they’ll be glad to accommodate your request gleefully.
A messy ensemble that requires no table manner in the devouring process …..
Cathay Mee Stall also serves Mee Rebus, but I have yet to give this a try. It’s usually Mee Goreng, or Pasembur for me. And comparing this to Padang Ipoh’s Mee Goreng/Mee Rojak, or the stall in front of Sin Yoon Loong white coffee in old town, my vote goes to Cathay indefinitely. Unless of course, I’m proven wrong by any of you ….
Situated at the traffic lights connecting Jalan Yang Kalsom to Jalan Pasir Puteh, Restoran Dan Rumah Tumpangan Beauty Baru may not look like your destined spot for food-hunting, but if you have the time, DON’T MISS CMS (Cathay Mee Stall) !!!
CATHAY MEE STALL @
RESTORAN DAN RUMAH TUMPANGAN BEAUTY BARU
97, Jalan Yang Kalsom,
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Opens from 11am – 8pm daily.
Closed on Sundays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Cathay Mee Stall
* This stall is situated on the same row as Up & Up Curry Fish Head Restaurant, Wing Hoong Lapan Famous Porridge, and opposite Ritz Garden Hotel. M. Salim Nasi Biryani Anarkali and Yong Suan Nasi Ganja are further down the road.