Monday, November 19, 2007

Hainanese Dried Curry Noodles @ Kedai Kopi Yee Fatt

Since we talked about Ipoh-Hainanese dried curry noodles in my previous post, so I thought I better show you the real deal. Can you see that the curry topping is thicker? We'll analyse further under "review".

Kedai Kopi Yee Fatt is situated at the Kampar Road round-about, somewhere opposite Methodist Girl School and near Tow Boo Keong Temple.Now, about this shop. It has been in business for at least 3 generations. How I know? When I was a kid, I witness handling over of the business from the grandpa to his sons. And the last time I visited, the grandson is already there learning the trades. Last time when we made orders, they would write it down, shout out the orders to the back kitchen for drinks and the cook for the noodles. And every time, there are bound to be one order made wrong. hehehe... Knowing that they have really put in the effort to take down the orders and all, what else can you blame them? The latest practice is for the waiter to take down the orders and the cook will again write down on his own booklet to match with the waiter. Sigh... Aren't they a cute family?

Location: Round-about at Jalan Kampar, Ipoh, Perak
Rating: Good

The standard order by most people would be their dried curry noodles. There are choices of bee hoon (rice vermicelli), mee (yellow noodles), hor fun/koay teow (flat rice noodles) and loh shu fun (tubed rice noodles). Garnishes would include beansprouts and mint leaves. Toppings include curry chicken with potatoes, as well as bbq pork. What's makes it good? The topping curry has to be thick and fragrant. But prior to that, the noodles must be tossed well with the dark soy sauce, light soy sauce and cooked oil. The combination has to be perfect where the curry can complement the mixed noodles. Although it is called dried curry noodles, it must not be too dry. This is what makes this shop good.
For those that do not fancy spicy food in the morning, you can also order clear soup. But I can't guarantee you anything, as I have never tried it before. Not even when I was young.
Another famous food here is their glutinous chicken rice. Why is it famous? Purely because of its freshness. The rice are cooked but remained individually solid, so that when you sink in your chopsticks, it breaks easily. A simple dish.A Chinese saying that "It's hard to start a business, it is even harder to maintain a business". It feels good to see that some business remained viable even at its third generation (as far as I know lah).

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