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Foo Yong Egg, Sambal Petai and Fish Head Curry

I first heard about Up & Up Restaurant from this girl I met during the audition round of a beauty pageant two years ago. We were waiting for our turns to enter the judging room and she struck a conversation with me after learning about what I do as a profession. The restaurant belongs to her parents and they have been running this food business for more than 30 years. At that time, fish head curry didn’t sound very important – making it to the final round of that beauty pageant was.


Dodgy location

But over that span of two years, I learnt that tucking into hearty meals of fish head curry and rice was way more satisfying than starving myself just to fit into a tiny bikini. Finding Up & Up Restaurant wasn’t easy, especially when you’re not from Ipoh. I didn’t even notice Wisma Kinta along Jalan Yang Kalsom when rif and I drove by twice. The name Up & Up was apt – we had to walk up three flights of stairs to get to the restaurant. You can take the elevator, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t.


Fish Head Curry

Outside the restaurant, I was greeted by a delicious aroma of assam curry confirming that I was at the right place. I ordered the Fish Head Curry (RM55 for a whole fish head), Sambal Prawns with Petai (RM18) and Foo Yong Egg (RM6) to share with rif. The fish head came with plenty of tomatoes and okra in tangy assam-curry gravy that begged to be poured over white rice. I liked that the gravy was sour and spicy with a touch of coconut milk. Alas, only the gravy made an impression as the fish was undercooked — we sent it back to the kitchen to be re-cooked.


Sambal Petai

What knocked our socks off was the Sambal Petai for it was the best we’ve ever eaten so far. This dish was the perfect balance of sweet, sour, spicy and salty, with a pungent aroma from the petai and belacan. The sauce was rightly thick while the prawns were large and succulent. You can do away with the petai, but I feel you’ll be missing out. Big time.


Foo Yong Egg

The Foo Yong Egg comprised onions, carrots and bits of minced pork. It was a tad oily and frankly, nothing to shout about. My honey lime drink was most refreshing, especially after such a curry and carbo-laden meal. I was tempted to order the pork trotters but three dishes were already a bit much for us both. Next round, definitely! Lunch came up to slightly over RM80, which I found slightly expensive by Ipoh standards.


Honey Lime drink

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 4/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: The sambal petai is a must try and the fish head curry is delicious with rice.

*Also read my column on Up & Up Restaurant in The Star!

Up & Up Restaurant
39-43, 3rd Floor,
Wisma Kinta,
Jalan Yang Kalsom,
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: 05-241 7089/05-255 6478
(Closed on Sundays)

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Michelle chin March 5, 2012 - 10:29 am

I love the food here. Totally unforgettable. there’s this mutton curry dish as well

Bangsar Babe March 5, 2012 - 11:29 am

Will definitely try the mutton curry next round!

lotsofcravings March 5, 2012 - 10:35 am

u did order for more than 2, so rm80 isnt too bad!

however that said, 50+ for a fish head, was there alot of meat?

Bangsar Babe March 5, 2012 - 11:31 am

There was an ok amount of meat on the fish head, but definitely not enough to feed 4 adults. RM80 is alright for KL standard, but I expected it to be about RM10-15 cheaper in Ipoh. ;)

ciki March 5, 2012 - 10:49 am

i LOVE sambal petai.. but the after math.. seilor! And if i eat.. the husband MUST eat.. otherwise DIE:P haha

Bangsar Babe March 5, 2012 - 11:32 am

I used to hate eating petai because my mother steams them and forces me to eat them with no sauce or gravy. But when it comes with sambal and prawns…best! Hehehe

Simple Person March 5, 2012 - 1:39 pm

i heard this restaurant b4 .. but never tried it .. LOL…
I don’t like petai …..

Bangsar Babe March 5, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Then try the sambal prawn lor. :)

Sean March 5, 2012 - 2:32 pm

oooh, would this be worth a drive from KL to ipoh on a saturday especially for this for lunch. and then maybe tea at Indulgence & dinner somewhere else in ipoh too :D

Bangsar Babe March 5, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Good idea! Start with dim sum/Ipoh hor fun for breakfast la…then the trip will be more worthwhile. :P

Tony March 5, 2012 - 8:40 pm

I love petai with good sambal. Gotta note this down in my must-try list ;D

Bangsar Babe March 6, 2012 - 12:03 am

Let me know what you think of it! :)


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