Siamese Laksa @ Family Cafe, IpohJune 15, 2010 | 7,014 views
Siamese Laksa @ Family Cafe in Ipoh (RM6.80/USD2)
Ever since the ‘demise’ of Sharon’s Laksa recently, I have been receiving comments, queries and mails asking about where to go for Siamese Laksa in Ipoh. Most suggestions point to this place, named Family Cafe situated in Taman Ipoh Permai, off the main road from Jusco Kinta City leading to Tambun of Ipoh.
I have tasted Family Cafe’s Siamese Laksa once (which is only available on weekends), before Sharon’s Laksa even came into the picture. Yes, I do agree that I prefer this type of richer, less sour and spicy, yet equally as satisfying bowl of laksa, than say, its counterpart the Assam Laksa, or Curry Laksa.
So how did this bowl of Siamese Laksa at Family Cafe fare? Read on …..
You can see what’s their specials of the day (or week) written on the blackboard fronting the kitchen segment
Family Cafe is certainly NOT new to the scene. Situated on the same row as Min Sin Yie Vegetarian Restaurant, right before you reach Citrus Wine & Dine on your right, this homely cafe has been around since about 4-5 years ago, if I’m not mistaken.
We went there on a weekend’s night, and I was surprised at the rather poor crowd. We were the ONLY table there on a Saturday night (or Sunday, hmmm …. amnesia strikes again?!).
The Siamese Laksa arrived in a mouth-watering and promising presentation, reddish with a slight orange hue, the broth reeked of fragrant coconut milk and spices, with mashed mackerel (was it mackerel?). Just like a bowl of delicious Siamese Laksa should look like. However, tastewise, the bowl of Laksa did not have the wow factor. Unlike the first time I slurped on Sharon’s creation, leaving me hankering for more.
Don’t get me wrong here. Family Cafe still serves a decent version of the Siamese Laksa, but not the type that will get me craving every now and then. Even Mum agreed on this fact. Though to be fair even Sharon’s Laksa had their off-days back then, when the laksa came tasting almost uncannily like their Assam Laksa. Not creamy/rich enough to pass off as the Siamese/Nyonya variety.
Chicken Cordon Bleu (RM13.80/USD4.20)
Fish & Chips (RM9.80/USD3)
Sambal Fried Rice (RM5.80/USD1.80)
Siamese Laksa debacle aside, how about the other dishes served at Family Cafe?
Sad to say, none that managed to appeal to us. I vividly remember back then (about 3 years ago), I enjoyed their Cordon Bleu, served crispy on the outside with an oozing core filled with melted cheese and a slice of chicken ham. But this time around, not only was the portion smaller, but the cheese was bland and the whole ensemble was soggy, and very greasy.
The Fish & Chips and Sambal Fried Rice did not succeed either. The former arrived in a batter that was too thick, though the dory fish was thankfully devoid of any unpleasant earthy/muddy taste. The Sambal Fried Rice was spicy, and that’s about it.
A pale shadow of its old self? The empty premise on a weekend proved that they seriously need to buck up on the quality of their food.
The meal was below average. Maybe I set my expectations too high? Or maybe that was one of their ‘off-days’? Whatever it was, this Family Cafe is certainly nothing like the Family Cafe I once knew back in their glory days.
Anyone wants to share their experience with Family Cafe here, or anywhere else for Siamese Laksa that you want to recommend?
FAMILY CAFE & CATERING
No 19, Laluan Ipoh Permai Satu,
Taman Ipoh Permai,
31400 Ipoh, Perak,
Telephone : 6017-570 2898 (John Yee), 6016-524 1848 (Christine)
Business Hours : 7.30am – 1.00pm, 6.00pm-11.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays.
A GOOGLE MAP to Family Cafe is attached.