Twin Sisters Food Stall @ Jalan Ali Pitchay, Ipoh – Curry Mee & Fried ‘Liew’September 25, 2010 | 6,438 views
One half of the famous Twin Sisters curry mee on Jalan Ali Pitchay in Ipoh – Still as elegant and energetic as ever in their golden years …..
Let’s do a breakfast post today. Since tomorrow’s a Sunday, and most (I hope all) of you will be off from work, and seeking to start the day with a brilliant breakfast with family members.
Unsurprisingly, the dim sum restaurants around Ipoh will be swarmed like bees to the honey, shopaholics to a mega sale or even politicians to the allure of money voters.
Rolls of fish paste covered with beancurd sheets (foo chook) deep fried to a crunchy finish.
If you are around town area and the prospect of waiting for a table AND possibly facing the wrath of the staff at Xin Quan Fang (that legendary “Ma Ta Liu”/police station’s curry mee on Hugh Low Street) sounds unforgiving, no sweat.
A hop and a skip away (though you have to skip backwards, or go one big round for Hugh Low Street /Jalan Sultan Iskandar is a one way street) you will find an equally as long-standing curry mee specialist, yet not as notorious for the attitude and hogged by the media or guide books – Twin Sisters Food Stall on Jalan Ali Pitchay.
The fried “liew’s” are Twin Sisters’ forte, some people even prefer to take away the fried goodies to be consumed at home instead of waiting for their noodles at the premise.
I have heard about this food stall (a cross between a hawker stall and a restaurant, I suppose?) manned by a pair of identical twin sisters since my parents’ era. Back then, they were operating from under the shades of the trees, a street away from the current location. Can anybody confirm this?
The shop is occupied only by this noodle stall; and come weekends you can see hordes of people seated inside the shop slurping on their noodles and crunching on their pieces of stuffed fish paste deep-fried to a greasy yet utterly satisfying finish. But rest assured that you often don’t have to scramble for a vacant seat, nor stand around looming over the others like a hungry vulture. Unless the festivities, maybe.
A bowl of curry mee not laden with ‘santan’ (coconut milk), and loaded with bean sprouts. This IS Ipoh after all …. the home of fat, juicy and crunchy bean sprouts!
How to order your noodles and side dishes? Now at Twin Sisters Food Stall, you don’t do the usual pick your choice of liew‘s and noodles, then sit down and wait to be served. Nor you expect to be attended to the instant you’ve found a vacant table.
Firstly, the people cooking and serving your food are the same people who make your drinks. So you usually have to wait until the man is freed from his duty of serving the food to other patrons, before you can even order your drinks. Generally, this may come to about 5-10 minutes of waiting time.
Secondly, you can go over to the counter in front of the shop and pick up a pair of tongs (not thongs, okay …) to pick your favourite liew’s. And oh yeah, the liew’s here are smaller than the ones from the usual fish ball noodles stalls. Even more so if put side to side with a piece of yong liew from Big Tree Foot.
A plate of dry curry rice vermicelli noodles, but without ample ladles of curry gravy; making this more like a ‘Kon Lou’ version than a dry curry version.
Thirdly, you DO NOT order your noodles at the counter. No. This was a mistake we made, standing around holding our bowls of liew’s. Instead, you’re supposed to sit down and wait for them to come over and ask what noodles you want, when it’s turn for your liew’s to be served.
Notice that even the pieces of stuffed brinjals/aubergines and bitter gourds were fried prior to being dunked in the soup.
Anyway, our order was jumbled up, with dry curry becoming curry soup, and wrong type of noodles was served instead of the type chosen. We did not argue however, as the almost 30 minutes wait was testing enough.
The noodles; be it the curry, dry curry or the usual ‘kon lou’ (tossed with soy sauce and dark soy sauce) were nothing spectacular. Maybe I am used to Nam Chau‘s version of very rich and redolent with spices dry curry paste, that I find it a half-hearted affair when curry noodle stalls serve me with a plate of dominantly soy sauce-based gravy with a mere spoonful of curry.
So small, that one person can down 10-20 pieces of these at one sitting.
But don’t miss their famous fried liew’s, especially the crispy deep-fried rolls of foo chook and the fried meat balls with a toothsome bite. Very addictive, yet so petite in size that you have to order at least 8 pieces of them to be fully satiated. And they don’t come cheap, mind you. 50-60 cents (about USD0.20) each.
Small as they may be, but how can you resist the varieties of fried “liew’s” here?
If you have not read or heard about this place, would you have stepped in?
Anyway, the meal came to about RM7.00/USD2.30 per person, slightly pricier than the average fish ball noodle eateries, but you’re paying for a slice of legacy. And I seriously wonder what will become to this food stall once the twin sisters decide to call it a day.
So people, let’s not forsake the traditional and authentic street foods of Ipoh in exchange for the glitzier and commercialized counterparts. Yes, this type of places may not be able to provide you with the comfort of free Wifi services, air-conditioning or even the simple pleasure of browsing through a menu.
But the sheer delight of eating the same variety of quality hawker fares that your parents, or even grandparents were salivating upon back in the days, makes it all so worthy of a visit.
TWIN SISTERS FOOD STALL
No 12, Jalan Ali Pitchay,
30250 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Business hours : about 9am until 12pm or when the food runs out.
Off days not fixed.
GPS Coordinates : E101 5′ 8.6″ N4 35′ 28.9″
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