Famous Mee Hailam Parit @ Ang Ang Restaurant, IpohJune 19, 2010 | 8,113 views
Mee Hailam Parit – Is this YOUR worst nightmare? Or potentially enticing you into a drooling overdrive?
With a name like Mee Hailam Parit, it does get you wondering about a few issues. Firstly, where in the world is Parit?!! (Parit means drain in Malay language) Parit is a small town within the Perak Tengah district; near to towns like Seri Iskandar, Batu Gajah, Bota, Tronoh and Pusing. To get to Parit, you can use the Lumut Highway connection Ipoh-Lumut and turn off to Parit about 20 minutes after departing from Ipoh. The second query is; what is “Mee Hailam”? …
Killer Sambal that goes perfectly with the Mee Hailam, The tossing and mixing around of the wet version of Mee Hailam before tucking in with much Gusto ….. !!!! (that’s not me, btw)
Mee Hailam is a Malaysia’s favourite noodle dish; combining yellow noodles (commonly the thick, yellow noodles otherwise known as Dai Lok Meen) cooked in a starchy, thick and dark gravy from a combination of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce (kicap manis), with lots of finely-minced garlic and shallots, and usually a choice of chicken or beef.
Ang Ang Restaurant in Pasir Puteh of Ipoh has been around for more than a decade now. Situated on the same row as the fantastic Chinese ‘chu char‘ place named Peng Tau Restaurant, this is actually a branch of the original Mee Parit stall in the town of Parit itself. That said stall is still operating by the river, in case you’re wondering. And has been there for a grand total of more than 30 years now!!!
The Dry Mee Hailam with Chicken (RM5/USD1.50)
The husband is running the Mee Hailam stall in Parit, while the wife is in charged of Ang Ang Restaurant here. They’re the second generations running this brand, and soon to be passed over to the third seemingly; with the offspring already helping around at this restaurant.
A noteworthy fact is this; Mee Hailam Parit is widely considered to be a ‘halal’ dish, although the restaurant has never gotten the Halal certification from any Islamic bodies. This place does not serve pork, nor alcohol (duh), and you can see many Malay customers there at any time of the day. (They’re only opened for breakfast and lunch only, by the way)
The Dry Mee Hailam with Beef (RM5/USD1.50)
Ordering is rendered easier with a one-piece menu, laminated and drinks on listed on the other side. You can choose from 6 varieties of Mee Hailam; namely with : Chicken, Beef, Prawns, Petai (stinkbeans), Bitter Gourd, or Vegetables. You can have your Mee Hailam either Dry (fried) or Wet (with the usual dark and thick gravy), and the noodles come in individual portions, as well as 2 pax and 3 pax portions. Prices start from RM5.00/USD1.50 onwards.
The Wet Mee Hailam with Beef (RM5/USD1.50)
Bear in mind that the wait for your noodles is not negligible. About 15 minutes or more, depending on the crowd. This is good though, for a sign that they do not fry or cook the noodles prior to your order.
The Dry version of Mee Hailam appealed to me more, with a fragrant, burnt/smoky aroma imparted from the commendable frying skill. I had the Mee Hailam Petai, which came with lots of petai (oh, I was in stinking heaven!), Chinese mustard greens (sawi), two prawns, and strips of chicken. All for only RM7.50/USD2.30.
It’s worth noting that a fried noodle dish without the use of lard fritters still can taste this good. And you’re hearing this from a guy who despises yellow noodles.
You can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be having my seconds, thirds, fourths, etc etc …..
Ever since our pleasant dining experience at the classic Hoong Tho in old town, then followed by Nam Kew a year or so later, I have been rarely impressed by fried noodles; no matter those Char Koay Teow from the peddlers/hawkers, or Kap Dai Fun (Chinese fried noodles with meat – usually pork, and vegetables).
And I’m glad I finally tried this Mee Hailam Parit after so many years of procrastination. And the fact that they’re about 10km or so from my home (10 kilometres in Ipoh ARE a lot, mind you …. ) and not opened for dinner, made things so much harder.
You can see the prices before you order, hence no worries of being scammed, conned, butchered, or whatever nonsense restaurateurs do to their customers ….
RESTORAN MEE HAILAM ANG ANG (PORK-FREE)
3, Jalan Bunga Raya 6,
Taman Boon Bak,
Telephone : 605-323 5928, 6012-523 3369 (Ang Pang Ngee)
Business Hours : 9.30am – 5.00pm (Wednesday-Saturday), 9.30am – 4.00pm (Sunday)
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Mee Hailam Ang Ang (and also Peng Tau on the other end)