If driving to Ipoh for a bowl of hor fun is out of the question, you won’t go far wrong with this little shop in Taman Tun. The restaurant’s signboard proclaims its specialities: Ipoh hor fun with shredded chicken, prawn wantan and Hainanese chicken rice. Of the three, the hor fun is definitely the winner.
Old Town White Coffee has all but destroyed public perception of Ipoh sa hor fun as a worthy dish, but all it takes is one good bowl to remind you of its merits. And you’ll find that bowl at Restoran Chong Thoong Kee. The hor fun is silky smooth, topped with an abundance of sliced (not shredded) chicken, prawns and a judicious amount of chives. But the star is the soup – a broth of clean, balanced flavours with the richness of stock and that indescribable prawniness that it’s impossible to manufacture artificially. Tiny pools of prawn oil float on the surface and coat each mouthful of noodles.
If you need some side dishes to bolster your meal, try the prawn wantan. They will definitely divide opinion, being considerably smaller than the average dumpling – each one is a small (but crunchy) prawn encased in a slippery skin. The steamed chicken is plentiful, but unremarkable. It’s the hor fun the crowds come for, so come early to beat them. Emma Chong
|Venue name:||Restoran Chong Thoong Kee|
18 Jalan Wan Kadir 1