Mishaps Happen in Ipoh Old Town Too …July 6, 2012 | 3,046 views
Dry Curry Mee @ Sun Seng Fatt, Ipoh Old Town
Now, if you’re flaming at the thought of WHAT?! ANOTHER IPOH POST?!!! …. please don’t.
Understand that had I been granted the luxury of time, I would have combined everything into one post and moved on to food reviews from the other states.
However, the recent lapse in attention span left me incapacitated; merely bearing the energy ample to draft single-eatery posts with minimal words and practically none of the bells and whistles you usually expect from Motormouth.
By the time I gathered enough resources to write this, I am already back in Ipoh again!
And here’s the story behind Sun Seng Fatt …..
Since 1980, Sun Seng Fatt has crafted a legacy that could rival some of the most prominent curry noodle stalls in Ipoh. (For an overdose of curry noodles, try the All About Ipoh’s Curry Noodles compilation)
Aside from the legendary Ma Ta Liu Curry Mee (Xin Quan Fang) and Yee Fatt opposite of MGS, Sun Seng Fatt could be one of the oldest establishment in town serving their signature brand of curry noodles; with their unmistakable version of curry paste that was so renowned they exported to Hong Kong some time ago, squeezed lime juice stored in a bottle, and a sambal belacan to compliment the kick.
That being said, the 2008 experience with Sun Seng Fatt was terribly marred by their horrendous beverages (really, their ‘cham’ was even worse than Thean Chun‘s!) and lacklustre curry. However, subsequent visits (which I have neglected to bring my camera everytime) proved otherwise, with the curry mee slowly growing on me and the coffee improved leaps and bounds.
Then again, due to Thean Chun (Hall of Mirrors) only starting business at 9.30am, we had to resolve to a pre-breakfast (if there’s such a term) treatment. Hence, a short walk away led us to either Nam Chau or Sun Seng Fatt.
Since my photos of Sun Seng Fatt‘s curry mee back in 2008 did not do them justice, I thought why not write a proper review this time around.
The environment was airy, with sufficient breathing and arm space between seats, and a more comfortable lighting and ambience compared to Nam Chau’s.
And the positive vibes ended there. The dry curry noodles we had were definitely below average that morning. Diluted curry paste, with nary a kick in it. The shredded chicken was tough and stuck out like sore thumbs. Bean sprouts came in an almost negligible quantity, and the worst was …. they could have (or intentionally) forgotten to include the prawns in all of our servings.
Nope. Not even half a prawn was present.
The curry was falling short of their better days, when we sometimes had lunch here during office hours. I managed only slightly more than half of my portion, as towards the second half of my meal, I was only slurping on ‘hor fun’ (Ipoh’s famous flat rice noodles) drenched in an oily gravy without any ingredients at all.
I wish I could have given them credits where they’re due, since during the previous visits (at least thrice in 2010), I was impressed by the quality of their curry noodles; injecting a refreshing intermittent alternative to Nam Chau’s.
But this experience proved otherwise. The two others nodded in unison; a unanimous decision that we’d better stick to Nam Chau for now.
SUN SENG FATT (non-Halal)
32, Jalan Pasar,
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opens for breakfast until lunch only.
Closed on Fridays.
Opposite of Nam Chau, and further up from Thean Chun and Kong Heng.