If you’re in Ipoh and are wondering what to have for lunch, there’s no shortage of options! In terms of hawker food, kai si hor fun – chicken with flat noodles – is undoubtedly the flag bearer.
But the closest runner-up has more of a kick: Ipoh dry curry noodle, a dish you’d hardly find outside of the state. And one of the places where you can enjoy both these delights – plus a third, the classic Ipoh steamed chicken – is at an eatery called Fei Lou Wu.
Formerly known as Yat Yat Seng, this restaurant is located 10 minutes away from the middle of Ipoh town… which is very far by Ipoh standards.
This writer went on a Sunday afternoon when the kopitiam was packed. After a bit of jostling to get to a table, an order was made for two servings of Ipoh hor fun, two bowls of dry curry noodles, and half a Hainanese chicken with a portion of roast pork.
The hor fun comes with a generous amount of shredded steamed chicken, a couple of prawns, chives, fried shallots, bean sprouts, and of course, the quintessential flat noodles, in a broth packed with prawn-head-infused sweetness.
This writer and his mother both approved of this, and so should you – it’s as delicious and authentic as any in this humble town.
The dry curry noodles, on the other hand, comes with prawns, mint leaves, shredded chicken, and optional added roast pork.
A squeeze of lime adds some zest and, while pretty fragrant and delicious, the curry could perhaps have been a bit thicker. Nevertheless, it’s still good.
For sharing, the Hainanese chicken is not to be missed – the meat is well cooked, tender and delicious, with fat and juicy skin. Enjoy it with the accompanying soy-sauce blend, and it’s perfect.
As for the roast pork, it is pretty middling but acceptable, given that it’s not something Ipoh is known for. Still, the other dishes more than make up for it!
Fei Lou Wu Restaurant (non-halal)
Business hours: 7.30am-3pm daily
Read the original article here. Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at KYspeaks.com.