Situated in Ipoh Garden, directly next to Aneka Selera (or whatever it’s called nowadays), and within the vicinity of Woolley Food City, is this place named San Kam Wan Restaurant, housing several stalls selling hawker fare. (Point to ponder : Why is it that the usual coffee shop is rebranded as a restaurant nowadays? Higher status?)
The lady commented that they branched out from Cheras, supposedly the stall there is quite popular for fish head noodles. They surveyed Ipoh, and could not find any fish head noodles resembling KL’s version with sour and thick milky broth. Therefore they wanted to “spread the lurve“, or so the saying goes.
Tastewise? Do not under-estimate the portion, as they were really generous with the noodles and the ingredients, being fried fish fillets. The soup was not as thick as I’d imagined, with a tinge of sourness that’s appetizing, and savoury from the preserved vegetables (ham choy) added. For roughly RM5.50-RM6.50 a bowl (sorry, I forgot to jot down the price), you certainly get your money’s worth. One minor gripe ; they have YET to serve the thicker type of rice noodles, which would be perfect. But she said it’s in the plans.
Of course, if you wish to have something else, they do serve seafood noodles with prawns and scallops, and choy sum as well as fish slices. Well worth the RM5 paid.
Gyoza / Gao Ji (a Chinese snack, but famous in Japanese cuisine as well), are dumplings stuffed with meat (usually prawns and pork), chives and spring onions. Some outlets serve them steamed, but most pan-fried them. The dipping sauce plays a vital role as well, normally soy sauce with ginger (+ vinegar, sometimes) is the preferred accompaniment, but spicy chilli paste also complements the gyoza well, as in the case here.
Of course, slurping on a hot bowl of fish head noodles on a hot day sounds absurd. That’s when their Ais Kacang, and Tong Sui (Sweet Soup) come to rescue. Nothing beats chugging sweet spoonfuls of peanuts, sweet corns, cendol, cincau, and red beans to beat the heat. Yeah ….
Location : Restaurant San Kam Wan, beside Aneka Selera food court. Facing Woolley Food City, another revamped food court. Click HERE for my previous take on Woolley. This is situated behind Shell petrol station on Jalan Dato Lau Pak Khuan, which is situated opposite Hospital Fatimah.