Kampar Food Court – Char Koay Teow Uncle On A Stool, Lou Shu Fun & Char Siew Glutinous RiceSeptember 24, 2010 | 9,626 views
Seated on a stool, at such a low height; will this affect the amount of ‘wok hei’ or strength and passion that goes into a plate of Char Koay Teow? Highly doubtful. Given the usually 30 minutes or more wait.
Friday in a Flash. This week started slow, then picked up halfway through. Yesterday we were down to Kampar, en route to Teluk Intan and subsequently Hutan Melintang. If you knew two out of the three places mentioned above, I don’t blame you. Why oh why does Hutan Melintang sound so familiar?
A case of me and my bad mouth, perhaps? Refer to the previous rants on the prawns of Tanjung Piandang and you’ll understand why. Since I only have myself to blame, I relented and embarked on this journey ….
Anyway, to reach Teluk Intan from Ipoh (about 1.5 hours worth of journey) you can take a few routes. The shortest being the Kampar-Kampung Gajah trunk road, but you have to give the expressway a miss. If you can’t survive without speeding precariously on the roads, you can take the North South Expressway and exit at the Tapah toll, then proceed to Tapah Road from Jalan Stesyen and proceed to Teluk Intan from there.
If you somehow crave for some Langkap pau (though I myself am not sure where’s the original stall or factory in Langkap town), you can use the Langkap way from Kampar, or if coming from the south (Kuala Lumpur, Johor) then exit at the Bidor toll exit and proceed from there. Lengthy enough? Contact me for more precise directions, if you ever need them.
The fish ball noodles stall at the food court; Stall number 13 – Gerai Mee Sup Lee Chak Kian
Naturally, when passing by Kampar, we would automatically (almost) find ourselves scrambling for a table at the food court near the morning market, which leads to a full blown breakfast of simple hawker fares washed down with a cup of frothy milk tea or coffee (all made on the spot; none of those pre-mixed beverages in a jug).
Medan Selera Kampar is hands down THE place to be for breakfast in Kampar, as you can find at least one type of food to your liking. Roti Canai? Checked. Fish ball noodles? Checked. Glutinous rice with char siew and curry? Checked! Curry Chee Cheong Fun? Checked.
Dry version of the Kampar lou shu fun (silver thread noodles, or rat’s tail noodles literally) with various sides of Liew.
Surprise, surprise. The place was packed to the brim! Yes, at every corner, every stall, and every alley was parked with tables of patrons stuffing their faces. I am not joking.
Then we remembered that this was the day after Mid-Autumn Festival. A festival where the locals working outstation would be back for an annual gathering, eating mooncakes under the moonlight and burning lighting up lanterns and candles. Yeah, this probably explained the sudden influx of people.
After being repeatedly disappointed with the missed opportunities of trying out the famous Char Koay Teow fried by an old uncle seated on a stool, I had my mind set. Can’t be having the same savoury glutinous rice with BBQ pork/char siew right? Though I don’t deny that the plate of sticky rice served with peanuts, slices of lean ‘char siew’ and optional drenching with curry gravy is darn enticing. Don’t take my word for it. Try one for yourself. RM2.00/USD0.65 per portion.
Yes, Stall No 42′s glutinous rice remains my favourite choice for breakfast at the market. But try to be there early, as sometimes by 11am+ they would have called it a day.
Alas. My gripping determination did not meet its intended outcome. The aunty (wife?) of the uncle frantically frying up a large metal wok of Char Koay Teow dampened our spirits.
“Must wait for 30 minutes ah ….!!! Many people today !!!”
Likened to an ordeal of being showered with a pail of cold water, we retracted with tails between our legs. And wandered like lost sheeps for alternatives. NK’s sudden burst of optimism at the wantan mee stall was met with an equally disastrous comeback;
“Busy lah …. wait for 15 minutes or more …”
Pork Porridge from the same stall that I patronized back then. And yes, to CPK, this IS probably the porridge stall you were griping about when you asked about this famous porridge from the food court.
Guess what we ordered then? No brownie points, sorry. Back to the same old offering of glutinous rice with char siew, and curry gravy. Since that’s the fastest, and you can choose to self-serve by carrying your own plate from the stall. A 30 cents increase in price since the last visit. But understandable, given the escalating price of pork?
The porridge still is a wise choice, and you can choose between pork, chicken or fish to fuel your protein needs. Or go for the offals, if you’re a fan of crunchy pig’s intestines. Find the stall next to one of the entrance from the side. There is a newspaper cutting from The Star pasted on the glass display.
In the heart of the action : She – Tucking into her noodles. She – In a trance blanching the noodles in an almost clockwork manner. He – Scooping up balls after balls of goodness. And Me – Lining up like a fool when the queue’s meant for those taking away the noodles …..
There are various stalls in the market selling the same Kampar famous lou shu fun with various meat balls, and stuffed fish paste (yong tau foo or yong liew). This time I walked over to the stall nearest to the porridge stall, since there was a queue snaking in front of it.
And I joined the line albeit the fact that I was not required to. Since I am dining in, and not doing the take-away option. Silly me. But the short period of time when I was behind the ladies was utilized wisely. I browsed around for what the person in front of me was taking, and taking photos along the way. Maybe I was being inconspicuous enough as I did not sense hostility from the hawkers, as well as the customers.
Or maybe I was just being myself; a thick-skinned guy with no remorse?
MEDAN SELERA KAMPAR (Kampar Food Court)
Between Jalan Masjid & Jalan Ampang,
Kampar, Perak, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates : E101 9′ 1.6″ N4 18′ 51.5″
Google Map to Medan Selera Kampar