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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ong Kee Tauge Ayam, Yau Tet Shin Street Ipoh

A trip to Ipoh is never complete if you don't dig into a bowl of famous Ipoh sar hor fun (flat rice noodles) and ngar choi kai (bean sprouts and blanched chicken). To get good ngar choi kai, head over to Yau Tet Shin Street. This is a ngar choi kai street and you will find 3-4 coffee shops selling ngar choi kai. That street is a hive of activity at night and you will often see a sea of people sitting by the streets digging into their bowl of hor fun with ngar choi kai. Pretty unhygienic though but it's all the 'added ingredients' that make your bowl of hor fun so tasty, haha!

When you are at Yau Tet Shin Street, you will wonder which shop to go to as there are a few shops that sell ngar choi kai. The most well-known ones are Lou Wong and Ong Kee. We went to Ong Kee last week. There is another very well-known ngar choi kai near the Excelsior Hotel in Ipoh, which is near Yau Tet Shin Street and the price is really exorbitant. My hubs call it 'kam fun' or golden noodles coz it's frigging expensive, can even run up to hundred over ringgit eating hor fun and ngar choi kai at that shop!

We could only find a table placed next to Ong Kee shop. That shop next to Ong Kee was undergoing some renovation works and there was a pile of dusty debris on the floor. We were seated on top of the pile of dusty debris. Eeeewwwwwwww, it was disgusting but I was famished and the ngar choi kai still tasted so good, though we were eating there like some construction workers and I was all soaked in my own sweat.

Love the aromatic sauce. I think there's cee yau char (lard oil) in the sauce.

World's best ngar choi (bean sprouts) is from Ipoh - sweet, fresh and oh so crunchy.

Fish balls and meat balls.

Super smooth hor fun.

While waiting for our hor fun and ngar choi kai to arrive, the hubs went to this newly opened shop located 2 shops away from Ong Kee to have a look see. This shop called Dela Duck sells crispy deep fried chicken and duck. The hubs bought some fried chicken to try and it was only mediocre, nothing really special.

What I found special was their orange juice maker,which can juice 7 oranges at one time:
And the hubs got the girls each a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. Each glass of juice was made up of 7 small oranges.

The shop also sells Taiwan Pearl Tea.

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