If you have to choose one hawker dish that defines Ipoh, “kai si hor fun” – or chicken with flat noodles – has to be it. It is as synonymous with Perak’s charming capital city as char kuey teow is with Penang, kolo mee with Sarawak, and bak kut teh with Klang.
Residents in Ipoh will likely argue with you over which establishment serves the best kai si hor fun in town. And indeed there are many – although perhaps the best among the best (depending on who you ask) can be found at Restoran Moon De Moon.
This kopitiam is located in the northern part of town, a five- to seven-minute drive away from the Ipoh-Tambun exit. Parking is usually fairly easy to find as this place is located a fair bit away from the city centre, but getting a table in the coffee shop itself can be a bit of a challenge as it’s usually packed, especially on weekends.
Do note that Moon De Moon closes by 2pm daily, so get there early! In fact, this writer visited at 10am on a Saturday, hoping to get a taste of the kai si hor fun and dried curry noodles. Alas, the latter was sold out, though they did manage to grab the final few bowls of hor fun.
It took almost 45 minutes for the food to arrive, but it was well worth the wait. The perfectly cooked flat noodles are immersed in one of the thickest prawn and chicken broths you can find, alongside prawns of a pretty good size, chunks of chicken strips, chives, spring onions, and fried shallots.
The combination of all these ingredients in the rich, flavourful broth is superb, though some might find the soup to be a touch too sweet. It really depends on your taste.
All in all, the kai si hor fun at Moon De Moon deserves its reputation of being the best, or one of the best, in Ipoh. Come on over and try it yourself – though you’ll probably have to wait until it reopens after Chinese New Year!
Restoran Moon De Moon
148, Hala Wah Keong,
Taman Mirindi, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
Business hours: 7.30am-2pm 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.