Ipoh Chinese Food – Mun Ji Restaurant @ Taman Rasi Jaya, MenglembuFebruary 2, 2010 | 7,425 views
A reader recently lamented about the lack of Ipoh food reviews, in spite of the more than obvious name of my blog. If you’re still scratching your head, please …. scroll to the top of the page, okay? And if you’re diligent enough, or cared enough to read what the others wrote (brickbats thrown straight at Motormouth’s face etc etc …) then you would have no problem locating that particular comment. But of course, the recent spate of Krabi-Phuket posts, almost immediately after the Bali saga might have gotten to one’s nerves, for reading a Malaysian Food Blog yapping about Babi Guling and Krabi street foods sounds somewhat out of place.
Somewhat, okay? For this blog is STILL my personal journal of sorts, hence the rather detailed travelogues.
I don’t wanna be pinching myself in my golden years, desperately trying to recollect those memories of my glitzy/glamorous days of excessive travelling, and food-hunting.
But of course, I’m a pleaser. At least, that’s what I’d like to think. Hehe, okay okay …. I saw someone puking back there. What?! Can’t I have MY moment for once?! Huh ……
Here’s a fuss-free, satisfying, yet won’t break a hole in your pocket type of eatery, situated in Taman Rasi of Menglembu, the town famous for groundnuts in Ipoh.
From a very reliable source (she stays very, VERY near to this restaurant), Mun Ji Restaurant (pronounced as Mun KEE in Cantonese) is gaining grounds as one of the more prominent ‘Chu Char’ restaurant in Menglembu. Packed on most nights, and sometimes one even have to stand around and wait for a vacant seat. Deja vu? Read THIS post and you’ll know why.
As they say, the larger the crowd, the better the food. ALMOST always true, sans some exceptions. Over-rated dim sum outlets come to mind, naturally.
At Mun Ji Restaurant, you require NO menu. For they do not even have one in the first place. Since the cook (a young chap who’s whipping up a storm at the open kitchen, literally) whips up whatever he fancies, and updates his repertoire of dishes from time to time, you’ll feel at ease listening to their recommendations instead.
The Curry Fish Head is one of the perennial favourites, judging from the frequency of orders from adjacent tables, and a personal preference of Psychic Queen herself. Rich, luscious and brimming with ingredients, the claypot of goodness went for only RM16 per serving for four. Laden with ladies fingers (okra, to some), brinjals (aubergine) and taufu pok (beancurd), the fish was thankfully fresh and fleshy. Not as impressive as the other maestro of Curry Fish Head, Up & Up Restaurant on Jalan Yang Kalsom, but Mun Ji’s version was richer, with more santan (coconut milk) and lacking in heat.
The Herbal Steamed Chicken with Wine (RM16) and Sweet & Sour Pork (RM10) were fabulous, and spot-on. The former arrived in a pleasant platter of yellowish-tinged free range chicken (kampung chicken, to you and me), with a rather potent nuance of Chinese wine, and various herbs for flavours, and extra nutritional values. The chicken was tender to the bite, yet possessed a much-revered bite – Chewy, springy, and firm. Heavenly, although mixing the gravy AND the curry from the claypot fish head curry resulted in a most complicated taste on the palate.
The Sweet and Sour Pork was delicious. I admit, I am a Gu Lou Yoke fan since my toddler days. Probably one of my longest-standing favourite. The other being Sambal Petai, of course.
Crunchy on the exterior, with tender, marinated lean pork cuts on the inside, the tangy tomato-chili sauce duet was not overwhelming yet complemented the fried pork very well. One of the better ones in Ipoh, no doubt.
Surprisingly, much heat came from the greens, being young French beans stir-fried with Sambal Belacan and dried shrimps. Nothing much to complain about this dish, for they sure cooked their greens very well. If you’re not fond of spicy dishes, ask for less FIRE instead.
The restaurant situated at the corner of the row, and they did not even bother to light their signboard up.
Mun Ji Restaurant
1, Laluan Rasi Jaya 2,
Taman Rasi Jaya,
Opens from about 5pm+ until 10pm+ daily.
Day off not sure.
Here’s a rough Google Map to the restaurant. I was not sure of the exact location, sorry.
But if you’re going from Ipoh towards Lumut using the Lumut highway, you’ll pass by Gunung Kledang on your RIGHT while on the way down south. Taman Rasi Jaya is the residential area on your RIGHT, before reaching the crossroad traffic lights, when turning left would lead you to Jalan Kledang, towards Menglembu town direction.