Going Rounds in Pusing of PerakFebruary 21, 2010 | 9,720 views
I have not written about food in Pusing (a small town in the state of Perak, very near to Batu Gajah, Seri Iskandar, Bota etc) for a very long time. Not that we did not travel to the town often, but more so because of an unexplainable reason, one that forbids me from telling. Huh? Yeah ….. something related to our work, if you get my drift.
To refresh your memory, you might want to read about the Ming Feong Restaurant (Sang Har Meen) experience back in 2008, followed by a short detour to Pusing for some delectably classic Nyonya Kuih after a seafood feast in Sitiawan.
I have gotten some rather good recommendations from a constant reader of Motormouth From Ipoh (who is from Pusing himself) constantly ‘barraging’ me with good eats here and there. Though I have yet to find the time for a revisit, hence I’ll just share some simple hawker fares in Pusing which we had few months back. Okay, maybe HALF a year back, for all I can remember.
Ming Feong is the undisputed signature of Pusing town, serving generations after generations of foodies in and around town. To grasp a better idea of what Ming Feong has to offer, do hop over to Ipoh Echo’s review back in November of 2009 HERE. And you can read about the famous “Puppy Duck” dish (don’t worry, no canine is cooked in the claypot with the braised ducks) from that link.
Our experience back then at Ming Feong was far from stellar, and as shared by a fellow Menglembu-rian (?!) herself; seems like the quality has dwindled over the years. Though I would not mind another round for the interesting “Puppy Duck” dish, but spare me the noodles, please ……
There’s this food court style of eatery a few doors away from Ming Feong on the main road itself. This coffee shop named Kedai Kopi Yong Fong is situated at the corner end of the row, facing the huge archway to the new village of Pusing (Kampung Baru). Unassuming, and some may not take a liking to the rather disdain surroundings, but then again, that’s where the locals have their lunches, so the food’s better be good. Right?
The Wan Ton Mee looks promising, with chunks of lean, roasted pork, and springy homemade egg noodles. One of the better choice, as suggested by a friend who’s from around the area himself. The Sambal Petai (stinkbeans) with rice came with lots of onions and minced pork – cooked in the most traditional Chinese manner. The starchy Sweet and Sour Pork fared miserably, but in its defense, the tangy tomato and chili sauce combination was an appetizing palate-teaser.
But of course, how could we leave Pusing without taking away some of its most popular snacks, the Nyonya Kuih from the pushcart stalls on the right side of the road? (Opposite of Ming Feong and Yong Fong). Especially noteworthy is the BLACK -coloured (almost tar-rish black) sticky glob of pancake resembling the famous Chinese kuih named “Ang Koo” But this kuih, named ‘Kai Si Tang‘ (erm, not so delicious sounding, huh? Kai Si is chicken shit!) is actually made from the juices/essence of a type of plant, and no fret as no colouring agent is involved. Not too sweet, and cloying, the fragrant snack is actually a popular Hakka snack, but its popularity pales in comparison to its other counterparts, thus you probably can’t find this traditional snack in your typical neighbourhood’s Nyonya Kuih stalls.
Priced from RM0.35/USD0.10 per piece, the extensive array of Nyonya Kuih will not burn a hole in your pocket, yet satisfy your cravings for some sweet snacks, especially come the post-lunch tea time hours. Note that the stalls only open from noon until evening daily. And yes, there are more than one, hence you can pick your favourite.
So, if you’re ever on the way to Sitiawan for seafood, or Pangkor Island for vacation, do consider dropping by Pusing town for a short excursion. Grab some ‘kuih’ to fuel that nagging cravings along the way, or go for breakfast or lunch at the many Chinese eateries in town.
To get to Pusing town, you have to drive about 15 km away from Ipoh city. Take the Lumut Highway, and after passing by Falim, Menglembu, and Batu Gajah Perdana (with a most obvious Petronas station on your left), you’ll reach a cross road traffic lights. Turn RIGHT at the signboard indicating Pusing, and after a short drive, you’ll arrive in town. After the first traffic lights with the police station on your LEFT, go straight and you’ll reach Ming Feong on your LEFT, then followed by Kedai Kopi Yong Fong on the same row, at the corner end. The Nyonya Kuih stalls will be on your RIGHT, before you reach Ming Feong.