Few outsiders are aware of one of the top reasons to visit Ipoh: the food. (Editors note : At the time of writing this review, Ipoh was not yet places in the Top 10 Food list!). According to Lonely Planet, Ipoh is the ‘lesser known’ food capital in Malaysia. With food courts, local restaurants and hawker stalls serving the same recipe for decades, therefore provides a divine culinary experience. Whenever there is a long holiday, Ipoh is usually flooded with tourists and food hunters. This time around, we have brought some of our family members to Tuck Kee Ipoh, one of the fried noodle “specialists” restaurant that has been around since 1963 at the same location, 55 years ago. Most of the people are quite familiar when someone mentions this name and it’ll be like “oh, this is the one which is famous for its wat tan hor or canotnese fried noodles” kind of reaction. With operating for more than 50 years, Tuck Kee Ipoh is counted as a well-established restaurant specializing in ‘Dai Cao’. Its popularity has been growing over decades and still being one of the places that serve the best stir-fry noodles in town, left alone the rest of side dishes they have got to offer in their menu. Ah! But there are numerous “New” Tuck Kee’s mushrooming around the original one, so be warned!
It was a random evening with a very cloudy sky where we suddenly got the idea of eating Wat Dan Hor and then someone said: “Let’s go Tuck Kee” and being the foddies we are, quickly put aside pen and paper, shutdown the PC’s and drove over to Tuck Kee Ipoh reaching around 7.00pm and thank goodness; there are still a lot of empty tables (probably because it was a weekday and we arrived early) and we did the very Malaysian gesture; waving our hands to order grub. While we were still glancing through the menu, we saw something on the menu that tempted us to forego Wat Dan Hor instead, it was the ‘Fried Udon’………. eeek!
Fried Fish Paste Noodle
Tuck Kee Ipoh Menu
Tuck Kee Ipoh Menu 2
Interior of Tuck Kee Ipoh
Menu on the Wall
Hokkien Style Mihun Mix Hor Fun
Braised Yee Mee
Braised Chicken Feet
Boiled Baby Octopus
Boiled Bean Sprout (Tau Ge)
Meals of The Night
After a small discussion among us, we have decided to go for Fried Fish Paste Noodle, Braised Yee Mee, Hokkien Style Fried Mihun and Hor Fun, Braised Chicken Feet, Boiled Baby Octopus and Bean Sprout. Honestly, this is Tuck Kee … so … the noodles were slippery good, but be warned, for the unordained, Wat Tan Hor is served in a bowl in Ipoh, something which our Papa does not understand and Tuck Kee is well known for it’s Boiled Octopus and chili sauce. It’s old style comfort food, as the fat glistens from the corners of your lips with every bite. Ok, it loses with regards to the atmosphere, but hey, it’s nostalgic to be sitting by the five foot walkway or even on the street! This is historical Malaysia which is how we became to be! Overall score? Food wise we’ll give it a 7/10. This is because the ladies complained that it was hot and sweaty! Oh well, can’t win them all.
61, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No: +60 5-253 7513
Opens daily from 10.00am-9.30pm (Close on Tuesday)
NOTE : We do not eat for free, nor were we paid for this review. We ordered and paid for everything that we consume. This review is a general summary from feedback provided by all members of the M Boutique Family who partook in the Food Review.