The Reunion @ Tuck Kee Restaurant, IpohFebruary 3, 2011 | 14,370 views
Epitome of a Perfect Family Feast – It does not matter whether you’re a child of 3.5 years old, an adult deep in the tribulations of life, the parents with hopes beaming and on the brink of retirement, or a great grandmother satiated and enriched with almost 9 decades of life experiences. This annual “Lou Sang” tradition never gets old.
Last year’s reunion dinner was half a disaster. Since we should be forgiving and forgetting the past mistakes, hiccups and trivial issues, let’s not look back.
In fact, we have been dining out every year without fail, since cooking at home has become too much of a hassle. Plus, the surge in prices of fresh ingredients from the market during the days leading to the festivity. Over the years, we have dined at KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken, in case you’re curious as to why there is a Chinese restaurant named as such), Secret Recipe, Kenny Roger’s, Pizza Hut, Kok Thai, Han City, Mun Choong, East Ocean, etc etc.
But none of those managed to impress us as much as this year’s pick; the perennial favourite of many, a down to earth eatery named Tuck Kee Restaurant in Pasir Pinji of Ipoh. Read on to discover why ……
Braised Pork Knuckle with Sea Moss – A downright generous portion; almost to the point of humongous, this ‘Zhu Shou’ was braised in a light yet flavourful soy-based broth in a starchy/gelatinous manner thanks to the scarily (yet much revered) thick layers of fat underneath the skin. The lean meat was far from fork tender, requiring some chewing but a perfect foil to the soft, melt-in-mouth texture of the fats.
Roast Duck + Roast Chicken – A half-half combination of Tuck Kee’s strong points; their roasted meats. If you have been an ardent fan of theirs since ages ago (like us, back when we were staying in Pasir Puteh), you would have known that they roast good ducks and Char Siew/Siew Yoke (roasted pork) and sells them from the take away counter on the outside.
Pan Fried Prawns in Soy Sauce – “Kon Chin Har” is one of Mun Choong’s signature dishes; but Tuck Kee does theirs equally good. If not better, as the size of the prawns was almost uniformed and big enough to satisfy the most discerning of seafood lovers.
Braised various Mushrooms, Beancurd Sheets and Chinese cabbage – One of the weaker dishes of the evening, this was good but not exceptional. Maybe lacking in greens?
Steamed Cod in Soy Sauce – Hands down THE dish of the evening, you have to see to believe the sheer size of the slabs of cod. VERY thick cuts, with delicious flaky and sweet flesh. Miles better than any cod dishes I have tried in the other Chinese diners in Ipoh. (*We chose this over pomfret)
Glutinous Rice with Chopped Mushrooms & Pork – Usually the rice dish (fried rice, glutinous rice) would be there JUST for the sake of completing the meal; providing a contrasting balance of proteins and carbohydrates. BUT, at Tuck Kee, the “Lor Mai Fan” was SO good, I could not help but finish a full bowl myself. And I rarely sang praises for glutinous rice, since I am not a fan. But this was absolutely delicious with the grains cooked to a right consistency and texture, and the flavours combined well to end the meal on a high note.
Our set of 8 dishes (inclusive of the starter platter of Yee Sang, and a forgettable serving of dessert consisting of sweetened longan in syrup with ice) came to RM468/USD150 per table of 10 pax. Extremely worthy of our money, since we could not finished most of the dishes and had to pack them up for today; the First Day of Chinese New Year.
Now, ain’t I’m craving for a bowl of the Lor Mai Fan from yesterday !!!
Kids are honest creatures. This one is groomed to be another Motormouth in the future!
Tuck Kee Restaurant @ Jalan King, Pasir Puteh, Ipoh – Still a crowd-pleaser after all these years.
“HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR from Motormouth, and Remember ; Don’t Stop the Eating !!!”
Tuck Kee Restaurant (non-halal)
1, Persiaran Tokong,
Pasir Pinji, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: +605 – 254 1906 / 241 9071
Opens for lunch and dinner daily.
Near to the famous Big Tree Foot (Dai Shu Geok) Yong Tau Foo stall.