Top Wok Seafood Restaurant @ Ipoh – Of Familiar Tastes & Tung Poh Yuk CravingsJune 14, 2010 | 6,359 views
There was once in my post somewhere when I wrote about good Tung Poh Yuk (Braised Fatty Pork Belly with Soy Sauce)in Ipoh, and how I could not forget the nearly melt-in-mouth experience back at Bee Gaik. So imagine the gleeful look on my face when I glanced around and saw the other customers surrounding our table at Top Wok Seafood Restaurant, all blissfully wiping their gravy off the same dish with the complimentary portions of fried mantou bun.
Half fat, half lean. Only with a much, much more gelatinous layer of fat that is both smooth and has an extremely soft texture; Tung Poh Yuk (RM16/USD4.80)
Top Wok Seafood Restaurant is situated in Taman Ipoh Boulevard Timur (Boulevard East Garden?), an area densely populated by a majority of Chinese residents, en route to Tambun from Ipoh Garden East. For the specific directions, jump to the end of the post ….
A pot of Curry Fish Head, packed with flavours and brimming with ingredients (RM28/USD8.50)
Top Wok actually has a rich history behind them. Okay, maybe none of those decades after decades of legacy, but worthy enough to regain all the customers the place once lost. The restaurant was a hit back then, sometime during the beginning of the new millennium. But they moved (for reasons unbeknown to me) for a short stint, leaving the premise to another ‘chu char’ restaurant. And things started to go downhill from there.
Don’t let the picture above mislead you, for the steamed grouper (RM28/USD8.50) arrived in juicy, thick slabs of boneless meat, then cleverly topped with the fragrant black beans and minced garlic
Thanks to rumours travelling at lightning speed through the grapevine, we jumped at the opportunity to revisit this familiar air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurant, to do the place justice.
Okay, maybe a little overboard there, but we were indeed crossing our fingers in hopes of tasting that same, home-cooked varieties of dishes that we so loved back then. Thankfully, Top Wok managed to satisfy our palates, even the discerning diners in the family.
Sizzling Hotplate Tofu with Minced Pork and Mushrooms (RM9/USD2.70)
Homemade Beancurd with Seafood (RM12/USD3.60)
Wait, TWO beancurd dishes, and TWO fish dishes?! What were we thinking? Let me clarify this. The food shots in this post were actually accumulated from TWO separate visits.
For the first meal, we had the Claypot Curry Fish Head, the sizzling Hotplate Beancurd with Minced Pork and Mushrooms, and a plate of Stir-fried Shu Miu, or sweet potato leaves. The meal came to a little less than RM50/USD15 for the four of us.
For the revisit (about less than a week’s apart … yeah, we’re mad right?) we ordered the Steamed Grouper Flesh with Black Beans (their signature item, aside from steamed fishes with ‘choy pou’ or preserved mustard), the perennial favourite Tung Poh Yuk, Homemade Beancurd Braised with an eggy sauce with seafood, and the same Stir-fried Shu Miu; because grandma has an obsession with Shu Miu. Or so she said. The feast came to about RM70/USD21 for the four of us.
And this one got the Grandma saying YEAH, BABY, YEAH !!! (RM6/USD1.80)
And thus, we rested our worries regarding this Top Wok being an entirely different establishment. We found ourselves a ‘new’ place for dinner on those nights when we do not wish to venture far,seeking for some safe and delicious choices, as well as dining in a relatively clean and comfortable manner.
# By the way, how’s the Tung Poh Yuk at Top Wok, you wonder? Lip-smackingly fine, I’d say. But still ….. NOT the die-die-must-try version. Sigh ……. Now in search of the Holy Grail again ….. #
TOP WOK SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
No 12-1, Lebuh Perajurit 3/1,
Taman Ipoh Boulevard Timur,
Telephone : 605-547 6392, 6012-506 1503
Business Hours : 12pm-3pm (Sunday only) 5.30pm-10.00pm (everyday)
Closed on Thursdays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Top Wok Seafood Restaurant
Directions : From Ipoh Garden East (or Jusco Kinta City) towards Sunway City/Tambun, you can use the shortcut on Jalan Perajurit. Before you reach Citrus Wine & Dine on your right, take note of a few rows of shops on your LEFT. Turn left in between the shops (a certain QQ Kopitiam, and another restaurant) and you will see Top Wok at the far end on your left.