23 Apr The Museum
In the heart of Greentown Business Center lies a small red shop that resembles an Irish bar. However it is not what it seems. The Museum indeed was a bar back in 2013 but it has changed to serving Chinese Cuisines since 2018. It is considered a newcomer and not very well-known yet. When I first suggested this restaurant, our family members were clueless. Little did they know, this place serves one of the best char siew ever in Ipoh! (not an exaggeration I swear) Living up to its name, the restaurant has a cozy ambience with historical elements. It is the perfect place to unwind, enjoy quality Chinese food with a glass of wine or two with some friends and family.
We made reservations for 8 at 12 noon; which is the time they open for business. When we arrived, there were already few tables occupied. The restaurant kept its original interior from its bar days. It used a lot of antique-like fixtures, colonial style akin to a museum. In the middle of it all is a wooden bar with wine glasses hung from above. A guy approached us to take our orders. He recommended some of the dishes and we went ahead with it. We had ordered their famous char siew that had rave reviews. It is said that it is so juicy and soft that it melts in your mouth. Besides that, we ordered a 2-style chicken (Salted Steam Chicken & Salted Roasted Chicken), Fried Three Treasure (Vegetables), Mixed Pork Soup, Tofu with Fried Onions, Lala & Garland Chrysanthemum. Accompanied with some garlic rice for the burst of flavors.
We waited around 15 minutes for all the dishes to arrive. This time around, our Papa joined us for lunch and he brought out his new camera. He happily snapped away while waiting. Once the dishes arrived, we made sure he had the best shot before we indulged. The char siew was indeed very succulent. We were salivating while waiting for other dishes. It was barbequed with the right sauce and roasted to perfection. The ratio of fat and lean meat was simply flawless. We all agree that this was the holy grail of the restaurant. You have to try it to taste the sinful delights! We ordered a little too much dishes and the lazy Susan had no space left. We shared out the lala immediately to make space. The lala was cooked with a type of Chinese wine and Sweet Basil therefore it was quite overpowering. Our family members loved it though. They said it was very fragrant.
The Heavenly Char Siew
Lala with Chinese Wine
The 2 style chicken came separately in two different servings. With the best of both worlds, the roasted chicken was very crispy and the skin was golden. It wasn’t too dry and the meat was tender. The steamed version however had a salty broth and was soft and tender topped with some choy sum. The steamed version tasted similar to our Ipoh’s Salted Chicken, Museum’s rendition was less salty, it was quite clean when compared to the former. We enjoyed the dishes very much but ordering two types was definitely greedy as we failed to finish it.
Next, we ordered 2 types of vegetables, Garland Chrysanthemum and Fried Three Treasures. Our family members were very attracted to the garland chrysanthemum. They said that it is uncommon to find this dish & we just had to order it. It’s a cross between water spinach/Chinese morning glory (ong choy) and Chinese celery. It was my first time experinicing this vege. Surprisingly, it has a light and delicate taste even after stir fried with garlic. Fried Three Treasure is a combination of lotus, long beans and bitter gourd,cooked with salted egg to enhance the flavor. Overall, I prefer the garland over this dish. Even though it was very lightly coated with salted egg, the garland had a better taste overall.
Crispy Roasted Chicken
Steamed Salted Chicken
Fried Three Treasures
Stir-fry Garland Chrysanthemum
Moving on, is the tofu. Its name was the attraction point. In Chinese it was 呃鬼食豆腐, an expression of skepticism – you’re kidding/joking. When literally translated, it was cheat ghost to eat tofu. We find it very amusing and unique. Reality wise, it was fried tofu with oyster sauce, sprinkled with fried onion. I expected the tofu to be soft but it was quite hard once u bite into it. The taste was average and simple.
Last to arrive was the Pork Soup. The guy strongly recommend this soup. He explained to us it was similar to a Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Soup). We added some fried tofu to spice up the soup. In our opinion, the soup was a fusion between Japanese and Chinese. Our Papa said it tasted very much like a Miso soup with more pork fragrance. It was very savory and sweet as well. The texture of it was more like a broth instead of a soup. We managed to finish of soup after rounds and rounds of topping up. It was such a huge bowl.
Without hesitation, we ordered garlic rice to complement the dishes. The strong aroma rice itself was already very tasty but it was bomb when eaten with other dishes. The burst of flavors creates a good harmony. As for drinks, we had Chrysanthemum Tea with Ginseng. It was cooling and soothing to our throats. The perfect drink to have while having a heavy meal.
All in all, the bill came down to RM315 for 12 items total including our tea. For such a feast, it was a reasonable price for 8 of us. With satisfaction, I strongly recommend this restaurant. They operate for lunch and dinner. Do give them a call to book a table to avoid disappointment as they are normally fully booked, as in any famous restaurant in Ipoh..
No. 1, Persiaran Green Town 7, Green Town Business Centre
Phone No: 05-246 0688
Opens daily from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
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