The Old Town Coffee Face-Off : Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee vs Madras CoffeeApril 30, 2009 | 13,595 views
Old town of Ipoh is forever bustling with activities come morning until evening, a nostalgic part of Ipoh that’s far from forgotten, and no doubt a dream come true for all food lovers on a gastronomic trail; From north to south, and vice versa.
Previously, I blogged about Sin Yoon Loong white coffee, the oldest joint serving the now legendary white coffee of Ipoh. Though no doubt Nam Heong, or rather, Old Town White Coffee (those Kopitiam outlets that are mushrooming everywhere) is responsible for putting Ipoh’s white coffee on the map, both domestically and internationally.
The same old setting, albeit plastic chairs being used now, instead of those classic wooden ones from days of yore
Sin Yoon Loong has been in business probably in my past life. Right until today, they’ve managed to retain the authenticity of their forte; the white coffee brew, a secret handed down from generations to generations.
Realise that having breakfast in Ipoh’s Old Town can be a stressful endeavour. Searching for an empty parking lot is one, while fighting for a seat is another. Thankfully, the row of white coffee shops consists of 3 shops in a row, and Nam Heong on the opposite side. So there is backup after all.
Chee Cheong Fun with Mushroom Gravy
All this while, I never had a full meal at Sin Yoon Loong. Only coffee and toast. Or their famous “Kai Dan Kou”, or egg-flavoured roll with kaya.
The Chee Cheong Fun passed the test, at least to Mr Z anyway. He of course, was comparing to Sin Lean Lee’s version, which is nothing to shout about in the 1st place. Sin Lean Lee is the coffee shop with that infamous stall serving Kam Chau Fan aka GOLDEN Fried Kuey Teow.
But nothing beats spending precious time chatting away with acquittances over a cup of rich, and fragrant white coffee. Feeling peckish? Order a serving of toast, buttered yet not overly cloying although substantial ‘kaya‘ (coconut jam) is spread on the thin slices of crisp bread.
Location : Sin Yoon Loong @ Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak. The corner lot, before reaching the towering 20-storeys flat of Old Town.
But what IF you’ve waited for hours (slightly exaggerated, but you get my drift), yet you found NO empty seats? And with your craving for a shot of caffeine at an all-time high; runny nose, jittering teeth, sweat beads forming on the temple and all?
A hop and a skip away, you’ll seek Nirvana. Your light at the end of the tunnel. Your solace, your requiem, your COFFEE. @ Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant.
Madras Coffee (thanks to yikyang for the heads-up)
So you’re wondering what’s Madras coffee? Also known as Indian Filter Coffee, not many might have heard, let alone tried this saltish, milky brew. I for one, was completely oblivious to its existence until duly notified by a reader.
Firstly, you gotta know how to drink it. Yup, you’ll be served with not one, but TWO separate steel container, a cup with the thick & frothy coffee, and another smaller steel bowl of fresh cow’s milk. Tastewise? Not too strong to jolt up that draggy system in the mornings, but pleasant and smooth, with a tinge of saltiness. There’s a faint hint of herbs/spices which is not overwhelming, but leaves a fragrant note after you slurp down a mouthful. Not bad, definitely a beverage I’ll come back for.
The desserts at Sri Ananda Bahwan were not sickeningly sweet, unlike most. The Palkova or milk sweet in particular, is creamy, soft and sweet enough to leave a lingering taste, yet not tooth-numbing terror. The ladoo was disappointing though, Samy‘s was far better.
Location : Sri Ananda Bahwan @ 7, Persiaran Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh. It’s the row of shops perpendicular to Sin Yoon Loong. Turn right at the crossroads with Nam Heong and Sin Yoon Loong, and you’ll see this shop on your left.
SO, WHICH ONE’S RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY?