Nasi Vanggey or Nasi Ganja Ipoh
I have heard a lot about this little eatery while I was in Cameron Highlands. My co-workers, every time they go down to Ipoh will stop here for lunch time. The Perniagaan Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah does not have another outlet elsewhere. This little stall is located at Yong Suan’s Cafe at Jalan Yong Kalsom. You might miss it when you passby as it is like any other Chinese Kopitiam. Some call this place as Nasi Wangey. Saying that owner used to shout “Vanggey, vanggey” this means “Come, come” in Tamil. The other name is “Nasi Ganja“. Reason being the food here is so addictive like weed. “Ganja” is the Malay term for weed.
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Go as early as possible! As the place was always crowded and we were quite a large group. We opt for takeaway, of which we could eat at the many R&R along the way. Standard order consists of fried chicken, salted egg, raw cucumbers and chutney. The curry is a bit spicy but the taste is excellent. I added a sizeable fried chicken, which my friend said was a must try. Fresh, crispy and well marinated. The price came to RM 8.80. Which was reasonable as there was also a slice of beef too. There are plenty of other add ons, take your pick.
Highly recommended! A must go for food lovers. Very addictive and a must try food in Ipoh!
Funny Mountain Soya Bean or Tau Fu Fah, Ipoh
After that my friends wanted to try the famous Ipoh Soya Bean shop. The “Funny Mountain Soya Bean or Tau Fu Fah”. Which is located on Jalan Theatre Ipoh. You can eat there or take home. Just a note. The shop doesn’t have any tables, just two long benches at the side. So you might have to stand and eat. I found their ‘drive thru’ facinating, people in cars drive to the front of the shop, pull up and wind down their windows, make order, eat, pay and they drive away. All very fast and efficient. If you want some nice Tau Fu Fah then this is the place to come. But also note that portions are quite small to some but its heavenly.
I have heard so much about this place. A local artist promoted it on a local reality show. Even Anthony Bourdain ate here. So naturally I wanted to see what all the hype was all about. The chance came when my co-workers wanted shop at the Chowrasta Market. So
I jump on the bus as Nasi Kandar Line Clear was nearby. When we reach Chowrasta Market, we found it closed. So we opt for dinner and took a slow walk to the Nasi Kandar Line Clear.
The Nasi Kandar Line Clear is situated in an alley way at the Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia) and Penang Road (Jalan Penang) junction. There is a Nasi Kandar shop next to it but the original Line Clear is located within the alley. Line Clear have been serving tasty and inexpensive Indian Muslim dishes for more than 80 years. There is a big mural on the wall showing the decendants and the original owner of Line Clear. Sitting are communal tables therefore you will have a good chance to meet with the locals. Being situated in the alley way, it may turnaway for some because there will be cats running around. Nevertheless its not really too bad. Tables and floor were clean.
As for the food. Much like all Nasi Kandar outlets there is a range of curries, meats and seafood. Price is is pretty affordable cause I did not take the prawns. I am actually allergic to seafood and also we avoid consuming seafood at tourist locations as it can be pretty expensive. So if you decide to take any kind of seafood in Malaysia, always ask for the cost first. My two friends had two bowls of Mee Udang at a local Malay Restaurant here. |That they had a surprise of their life. As the check came up to RM90. That may be about RM45 per bowl. I took the standard items and a fried chicken. The total bill came to be lower than RM10. Which usually is reasonable. And the taste of the curry was really nice, not too spicy.The fried chicken was well marinated.
I have heard this place gets really crowded for lunch and dinner. Also as mentioned earlier, you can’t be too concerned with hygiene, As its located in the alley way.
So if you are in Penang and want some authentic Nasi Kandar. Then head over to Line Clear. A word of advise if you don’t want your rice drowned by curry, let them know early. Or else they will “banjir” your plate. Which means they will pour lots of curry over the rice until you cannot see the rice. Litterally flood your plate.