Now I Know Why Scholars Eat Pork Noodles!July 31, 2012 | 10,696 views
Mi Cong Yin (Scholar’s Noodles) – The famous pork noodles shop in Ipoh Garden South; a household name for more than a decade now. Previously, they were operating at a corner coffee shop at the other end of Scotch’s Pub.
“Sigh … I’m running out of ideas on what to write when I am back in Ipoh.”
“How about the Cong Yin Fun (literally translated to Scholar’s Noodles) in Ipoh Garden South?”
“Hmm, you know I have this thing against soupy noodles!”
And yet, I relented one sunny Sunday morning. And found myself at ease with a bowl of sumptuous pork noodles that might have come a little too late. Read on to find out WHY this is still the most famous pork noodles brand in Ipoh, and more on their first branch outside of Ipoh!
For a brush with indulgence, try the Abalone Pork Noodles for RM19.80/USD6.60 per bowl.
At times I can transform into this adamant, thick-headed individual who refuses to eat food that is beyond my liking. I have been coerced time and again to try this pork noodles in Ipoh Garden South; a perennial favourite of my grandma’s since they first started during the late 90’s from their stall in the coffee shop named Mee Sun located a stone’s throw away.
Yet, I turned down every offer ever so politely, and instead seek solace from the grand scale of hawker fares that Ipoh has to offer.
No bubbling hot soupy noodles for me. And definitely not going to brace the 30-45 minutes wait!
The minced pork patty studded with bits of dried cuttlefish that gives the patty a certain bite and a sweet yet pungent taste.
But my guess is … I have grown old. Or let’s say … matured over the years. After all, this disdain for anything hot and soupy is harder to justify when the palate evolves through time, and gradually this Motormouth has grown fonder of porridge, curry soup and especially nutrition-pumped herbal concoctions!
Shock. Horror. Reality?
After all, Cong Yin Pork Noodles serves a reasonably delicious pork noodles soup. Don’t even bother ruffling their feathers by asking for a menu, recommendations, or fancy Yong Tau Foo to go along with your noodles!
They sell Bak Zhang (glutinous rice dumplings) too, in case you have an aversion to anything noodles. Or soupy.
They don’t even serve DRY version of the pork noodles. Only in soup. With slices of lean pork, a few slices of pig’s liver, a generous chunk of minced pork patty, a handful of dried bamboo fungus, the spindle of translucent glass noodles-like konnyaku jelly named “Wu Xi”, and of course, bits of lard fritters. The broth appeared to be light, lightly peppered yet full of flavours from the hours of boiling fresh spare ribs without any seasoning at all!
When served, they scoop a little bit of fried garlic oil onto the ensemble, and voila! A bowl of hearty pork noodles that deserves more than a clap, actually. I finished everything in sight (I picked “Lou Shu Fun” or silver needle noodles so that I can scoop up everything in my spoon without the need for chopsticks …. ), including two pieces of their equally delicious fried “Sui Kow” (dumplings) filled generously with minced pork marinated with an evident hint of Chinese wine, wood ear fungus, carrot, water chestnuts and coriander. Pity that they don’t provide garlic chili sauce though.
Eat More Pork Noodles, and you could just be the next Scholar (Cong Yin = Scholar) !!! (Or at least a successful entrepreneur; based on their recently opened branch in Bandar Puteri Puchong)
KEDAI MI CONG YIN (CONG YIN PORK NOODLES)
39, Lebuh Raya Taman Ipoh,
Ipoh Garden South,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Business Hours : 7.30am until 2.30pm.
Off days not fixed.
GPS Coordinates : 4.606928,101.119934
CONG YIN NOODLES (Facebook page)
No 5, Jalan Puteri 1/7,
Bandar Puteri Puchong,
GPS Coordinates : N03 01.597? E101 37. 166?
*Read about the Puchong branch opening promotion on saimatkong’s post