I’ve been hankering for a good bowl of curry laksa of late and decided to settle for one of my reader’s suggestion – Kafe Ipoh Ipoh in SS2. According to her, the food is “as good as Ipoh” so Jien and I paid them a visit to see if that claim was true.
Kafe Ipoh Ipoh is located along the row of shoplots behind T&R, and I was told they started their business right before MCO hit us. The menu offers a variety of Ipoh favourites like kai si hor fun, poached chicken, curry noodles, chee cheong fun, Ipoh snacks and even Chang Jiang white coffee.
We ordered a portion of poached kampung chicken (RM9 – drumstick), kai si hor fun (RM7.50), curry noodles with char siew and siew yuk (RM11.50), Ipoh style “wen lou” chee cheong fun (RM7) and iced Ceylon milk tea (RM4) to share. Food is quick to arrive – we were tucking into our food in 10 minutes or so.
The curry noodles come with pig’s skin, tofu puffs, long beans and my choice of meat, char siew and siew yuk. Flavour wise, I found the broth thick and rich, but lacking a bit of oomph in terms of spice and also tanginess. It’s a nice bowl of curry noodles, but not quite Ipoh-style if you get what I mean.
I find the meats at Kafe Ipoh Ipoh a tad tough too. The siew yuk and char siew required a bit of bite, and even the chicken slices in the kai si hor fun was tough and dry. As for the hor fun soup itself, the broth was nicely balanced from the prawn and chicken stock, and I’m happy to report that I didn’t feel thirsty after finishing all the soup.
Kafe Ipoh Ipoh apparently source their hor fun from Ipoh so you will find the rice noodles more silken and “QQ” in texture. I had a quick chat with the owner and he mentioned he’s from Ipoh so he gets some of his supplies there.
The poached kampung chicken is also a bit tough for my liking. While I appreciate the chew and texture of kampung chicken, Kafe Ipoh Ipoh’s version was slightly tougher than I like my kampung chicken to be.
I didn’t know what to expect when I ordered the “wen lou” chee cheong fun – we ordered it because it was recommended. The plate arrived with a portion of Ipoh chee cheong fun with sweet sauce and the other half, minced meat and mushroom gravy. Quite tasty, though I’d stick to the regular chee cheong fun with sweet sauce next round.
They are pretty generous with the evaporated milk in my iced Ceylon milk tea (RM4) so I’m guessing their iced white coffee should be thick and creamy too. Overall, I feel the meats are a bit tough but the noodles are tasty, especially the hor fun soup and curry laksa.
Portions are a bit small for the price tag, but the restaurant is clean and service is brisk. I wouldn’t mind coming back again but next time, I’ll order the jumbo curry laksa instead.
Verdict: Try the curry noodles and kai si hor fun. Meats are a bit tough, so I’m hoping it’s just a one-off.
Kafe Ipoh Ipoh
26, Jalan SS2/10,
SS2, 47300 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 017-873 6733
Business hours: 8.30am till 8pm