Luscious Wat Tan Hor @ Kedai Kopi Nam Kew, Anderson Road, IpohApril 25, 2010 | 7,700 views
*Updated Dec 2010 – This stall has moved to a NEW location. Kindly refer to the END of the post for the new address and details.
Nam Kew Coffee Shop at the junction of Jalan Raja Musa Aziz (Anderson Road) and Jalan Leong Sin Nam (the second half of the famed Dim Sum Street of Ipoh) has stood the test of time, being a staple amongst the lovers of fried noodles & seafood since as long as I can remember.
Brings a whole new meaning to the term; “Open Kitchen Concept” huh?
This coffee shop may look just like any other kopitiam when you pass by during daytime, but come later hours of the day, you will bear witness to the growing crowd for their fixes of fried noodles, ‘chu char’ dishes, and seafood cooked in a myriad of ways.
It’s all about the LARD, baby !!! Fried Tai Lok Meen (Thick, yellow noodles) @ Nam Kew
Initially planned for a dinner of Wat Tan Hor (Fried hor fun/kuey teow/flat rice noodles in an egg-based gravy) and Fried Beehoon at Sun Seng Fatt; recommended by a reader, but as luck would have it, the shop was closed on a Sunday evening.
So we ventured/braced the hellfire/brimstones and torrential downpour (nah …. just a stone’s throw away lah … What? Cannot be overly dramatic ah?!) and brought our ravaging appetites over to Nam Kew Coffee Shop for our wat tan hor fix.
Don’t neglect that plate of “sambal belacan”, for that pungent concoction with a fiery kick is simply God-sent to complement your serving of greasy noodles
The current stall has been operating for about 3 years now. Wait, did I contradict myself there? Didn’t I mention about eating here since my younger days? Yup, you’re half right. Previously, the stall at the back of this coffee shop was run by ANOTHER fried noodles and seafood maestro, which has since moved to their own lot which is ironically situated behind of Nam Kew’s. The restaurant’s name is Yin Fai Kee.
Wat Tan Hor, or Yut Gwong Hor (literally translated to “Moonlight Kuey Teow”, a salute to the golden yellow egg yolk swimming on the surface of the gravy) can make or break an establishment. Some cook theirs too dry, some too wet, while the others ….. bland and forgettable.
But my visits to Yin Fai Kee proved myself wrong, for putting my faith in the restaurant wholeheartedly. I disappointed myself, and even some friends when the noodles arrived being too greasy, not as sumptuous as I had expected, and the crabs tasting not as fresh nor delicious.
Thankfully, the current stall (named Nam Kok) occupying the kitchen of Nam Kew’s proved that all hope is not lost. The Fried Tai Lok Meen (thick yellow noodles fried with slices of lean pork, shrimps, and most importantly, crispy pork lard fritters!) is not my usual preference, for I have an aversion to anything incorporating yellow noodles, for fear of the potential laden-with-alkaline-taste horror.
Notice the GOLDEN elixir on the bottom left pic? Calorie-laden decadence of a Wat Tan Hor, paired with the packed with ‘wok hei’ (breath/heat of the wok) Tai Lok Meen.
But the Tai Lok Meen (also known as Hokkien Mee in the southern states, albeit not as dark) at Nam Kew‘s had me slurping the noodles with much gusto. I had no regrets succumbing to my dad’s favourite “Kap Dai Fun” order this time around. And the Wat Tan Hor arrived in a large bowl with a steel ladle, a reminder of Sun Tuck Kee‘s famous version. Sun Tuck Kee is a restaurant famed for their fried noodles, situated on the same row as Lou Wong’s Bean Sprouts Chicken.
Kam Heong La La – Stir-fried Clams with Dried Shrimps in a Spicy Sauce
The Wat Tan Hor was one of the better ones I have had in recent memories, being flavoursome and packed with ‘wok hei’ (a smokey, charred aroma associated with skillful frying in the heated wok), and loaded with sliced pork, shrimps, ‘choy sum’ (mustard greens) and a deliciously smooth, egg-based gravy. Pique your tastebud with a dollop of their ‘sambal belacan‘, and you’re bound to be in delirium.
Salted Egg Yolk Mantis Prawns (Lai Liu Har)
Not a fan of fried noodles? You can also order various ‘chu char’ dishes to go with white rice. Especially lip-smacking (and famous, as far as the number of orders seen) are the Kam Heong La La, and Salted Egg Yolk Mantis Prawns (Ham Dan Lai Liu Har).
The former incorporates a robust, dark and sticky sauce coating the fresh and sweet morsels of lala, with added crunch from the dried shrimps, and flavours from finely-chopped lemongrass and ‘cili padi’. No gritty bits of sand, nor grime, and none of those muddy/stale taste of not-so-fresh shellfish.
The Salted Egg Yolk Mantis Prawns were delightfully crunchy, yet remained juicy enough albeit the deep-frying. The fine shreds of egg yolk, and bits of salted egg yolk mixed with curry leaves and bits of dried chillies provided much fragrance, texture and taste. A good choice, but try to not binge on the prawns, as I felt slightly ‘jelak’ at the end of the meal.
The meal came to RM41.50/USD13 for the three of us, a reasonable sum as we could not finish some of the dishes. The noodles are priced at RM4.50 for a single portion, and RM8 for two.
(NEW!!) NAM KOK FRIED NOODLES & SEAFOOD STALL @ CAFETERIA CORNER ( WONG KOK)
No 39, JALAN SEENIVASAGAM,
30450 IPOH PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN
Telephone : 6016-502 1868.
Business hours : Opens daily from 3.00pm until 11.30pm.
Closed on every other Monday
NAM KOK FRIED NOODLES & SEAFOOD STALL @ KEDAI KOPI NAM KEW
No 40, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz (Anderson Road)
Telephone : 6016-488 7486.
Business hours : Opens daily from 4.30pm until 11.00pm.
Closed for two days every three weeks, on a consecutive Monday & Tuesday.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP of where the shop is located.
Directions : The coffee shop is situated at the junction of Jalan Leong Sin Nam and Jalan Raja Musa Aziz.
And this was the one that was closed. Sun Seng Fatt is famous for their Wat Tan Hor, Fried Beehoon, and notorious for the lengthy wait. Anyone else have tried them before?