Fast forward to Monday early morning....there I was, hopping into bro's car for a day trip. So, straight from San Francisco, I now bring you Ipoh food! We clocked in 7 food stops (there would have been more if not for some of the places being closed!) in total within 4.5 hours in Ipoh - no, we didn't eat at all of them, there were some stops for take away goodies. It will take me longer to blog on all the stops we made than the actual time spent in Ipoh that day! Hahaha...
First Stop - Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot)
Having called Motormouth just the night before, he told me that he'll meet up with us for lunch but since we arrived during brunch time at around 11, he joined us at our intended first stop in Ipoh...curry noodles at Yee Fatt...which was closed (not open on Mondays). We then adjourned to the next venue suggested by Motormouth, Big Tree Foot - Dai Shu Geok.
Well, I have been to Dai Shu Geok during one of my earlier Ipoh visit but had gone to the newer extension rather than to the original spot. This time round, we chose the original as I've not eaten at this place yet. Well, we knew the most of the famous eating places in Ipoh would be packed since it was a public holiday but we had no idea how packed it would be till we arrived at this place.
It was a really busy, busy place - almost a madhouse (or mad shack!). There was an endless stream of customers
Then proceed to the left if you're doing take away or to the right if you're eating there. A staff took our noodle orders and table number and placed the paper onto one of the three filled bowls we had, using one of the Yong Liew as a paperweight :o)
As we waited for our food, we ordered Red Bean Ice & Corn Ice (RM3 each) to quench our thirst.
Bro who was really hungry ordered a plate of fried carrot cake (which definitely arrived way earlier). This dish was actually quite good - ample beansprouts, daikon, egg and spring onion for garnishing, the fried carrot cake pieces were firm and had good wok hei.
Finally, our order of Dry Curry Hor Fun (Flat Noodles) came. It was lovely to look at and turned out to be tasty too. Mixing the noodles in the dark sauce with the curry gravy, the aromatic whiff told me that it was gonna be good. The noodles were al dente and smooth - we all nodded in agreement while chewing and proceeded to eat the rest of the meal in silence. It was either that it was good or 'cos we were just too hungry! Hahaha.... Oh, put the sambal chilli on the side though before you mix it as it's on the salty side - you wouldn't want your noodles to be overpowered by the sambal. This goodie is a steal at RM1.20!
Of course, one would definitely have to try the fried Yong Liew here, especially the Fried Stuffed Turnip (bottom right in pic above)! Not as greasy one might expect of fried food, the fried Yong Liew here is crispy and wonderfully fragrant. The Fried Stuffed Turnip/Sar Kok Liew, a mix of turnip, flour and "other secret ingredients" wrapped in bean curd skin (foo chook) is clearly my favourite amongst the lot and takes primary place above all the other goodies including the noodles.
Check out the prices! RM0.50 per piece of Yong Tow Foo/Yong Liew. Take note of the operating hours too...
Big Tree Foot (Dai Shu Geok)
located behind Tuck Kee Restaurant
Jalan King, Pasir Pinji,
31650 Ipoh, Perak
Read Spare Change's take on the Ipoh Frenzy HERE
The Food Frenzy Continues ... Stay Tuned for Part 2