Nam Chau (Dry Curry Mee) @ Old Town, IpohApril 3, 2008 | 20,580 views
** This post has been updated with NEW pictures, and re-edited writings on 17th November 2009 **
The dry curry noodles (I normally pick flat rice noodle or ‘kuey teow’, or we call it ‘Sar Hor Fun’ in Ipoh) (RM3.60) comes with chicken shreds, ‘char siew’ (barbecued pork) and prawns, and generously doused with rich, slightly fiery and aromatic curry gravy. Although some may find the curry noodles a tad oily, but squeeze in half a lime, and the taste is simply amazing! The spiciness can be ‘adjusted’, just tell the person taking order to +/- accordingly. The combination of spicy, sour, sweet and savoury renders the dry curry noodles almost too delicious to resist, definitely one of the best I’ve ever tasted in Ipoh, and everywhere else.
Most people would choose Sin Yoon Loong or Nam Heong for their own concoction of Ipoh famous white coffee, however, comparing current Nam Heong’s white coffee quality with Nam Chau’s, in my humble opinion, the latter trumped the former by a wide margin. Nam Chau has their novel way of ‘frying’ the beans, resulting in a most perfectly aromatic and satisfying cup of white coffee, with a tinge of saltiness (yes, sounds funny, but true) that enhances the overall flavour. Have it served to you hot to enjoy Ipoh’s undisputed drink, but I normally have the iced version to cut down on meal time. After all, morning breakfast is NOT a privilege of a civil servant,’s but rather leniency on behalf of one’s department’s head.
Other than Nam Chau’s famous curry noodles, they also serve chicken soup noodle (or Kai See Hor Fun, roughly translated to Chicken Shreds with Flat Rice Noodles in Soup), roasted pork, and a strangely-named noodle dish named ‘Tar Lan Wun’, roughly translated to ‘Break the Bowl’, which is translucent strands of glass vermicelli noodles (tang hoon) in soup, and served with fishballs and Chinese crullers (Yau Char Kwai). For a lighter meal, they have various toasts and sandwiches, the most memorable being half boiled eggs on toast, RM2.60, and the usual kaya-butter toasts. Another one of my personal favourite is their deep-fried sesame buns, with lotus paste fillings. A serving of 3 pieces is priced at RM2.00.
Location : Nam Chau Coffee Shop @ 54, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak. Opens from 7am until 3pm. Closed on Saturdays. The other two outlets are in Menglembu Baru, and another in First Garden.