Let’s Rock the House Down! (Tai Kar Rock Yeong Liew @ Greentown, Ipoh)February 17, 2010 | 5,148 views
With a name as FUNKY as Let’s Rock, you’d be hard-pressed NOT to be tickled pink when discovering this most famous eatery in Ipoh is in fact, a HAWKER STALL (though not anymore) specializing in Yeong Liew (or Yong Tau Foo/Stuffed Fish Paste) and noodles.
Die-Hard Fans/Aficionados/Purveyors of good old Yeong Liew in Ipoh would be torn for choice, as the extensive alternatives to the almost world famous Fried Yeong Liew under a most legendary tree, simply named “BIG TREE FOOT” in Ipoh is delectably mind-boggling. Okay, some prefer to call these combination of noodles with stuffed fish paste as Fishball Noodles (aka Yue Dan Fun), but I’ll skip the noodles on most occasions, be it in Big Tree Foot (Dai Shu Geok), Gunung Rapat’s Kwong Hong, Tai Kar Rock (which coincidentally, is the place where I place more emphasize on the noodles more than the liew themselves) etc etc….
Of course, this is NOT the first Tai Kar Rock outlet in Ipoh. For all I know, there’s one on Jalan Pasir Puteh (before you reach Shatin Court Food Centre if coming from town’s direction), another at Greentown Corner coffee shop, and this one which has moved from its previous location of situated next to OSK Investment Bank on Jalan Seenivasagam in Greentown (or is this Greenhill?) in Ipoh.
Choose your noodles, then your style of serving them, followed by of course, the SUPERSTARS themselves !!! At merely RM0.50-RM1.00 per piece, you’d be tempted to pick up more than you can chew ……
This spanking new (not entirely, but less than half a year’s old, definitely) outlet named Tai Kar Rock is situated a few doors away from possibly Ipoh’s only Vietnamese restaurant, Vnam Kitchen. Tai Kar Rock still serves the same, tried-and-tested stuff such as various Yeong Liew, from the Ipoh’s signature Sar Kok Liew (stuffed turnip/yambean), to a satisfying Hakka-style of stuffed beancurd. Pick up a pair of thong (hehe, not the ones you can wear) and go crazy with your order. If you’re afraid of over-indulging, skip the noodles. But Tai Kar Rock does serve better noodles (with a generally tastier broth, and even for the dry (Kon Lou) version, owing probably to the addition of flavour enhancer?) compared to Big Tree Foot, which I never bothered to order a bowl in the first place. Not even their Laksa, for I would not want to waste precious stomach space for the luscious, almost decadent Fried Liew.
And finish off your meal with some white coffee, but with a twist. Well, probably not so new now, for combination of cincau (grass jelly) and beverages ain’t exactly the newest idea in town. Still, they offer some freshly home-brewed herbal tea to wash away the grease.
So where’s YOUR favourite Yeong Liew stall in Ipoh? Or anywhere at all, for that matter?
Tai Kar Rock Homemade Fishball & Yong Tau Foo @ 24, Jalan Seenivasagam, 30450 Ipoh, Perak.
Opens daily for breakfast until lunch. Here’s a GOOGLE MAP for guidance.
Directions : Same road with Overseas Restaurant opposite of Hotel Excelsior. Go down the road, and you’ll see Soon Fatt Restaurant, and VNam Kitchen on your left. Tai Kar Rock is on the same row.