Kim Bali aka Assam House @ Ipoh

    This cosy little restaurant was started up by Madam Lee 16 years ago. It has become one of the most reputable restaurants in Ipoh now. My family know this place as Assam House but last year they venture into the franchise business so they changed the name to Kim Bali and they revamped the shoplots.

    Even celebrities like award winning actor Chow Yuen Fatt, Michelle Yeoh, Aoran Kwon, Charlie Yeong, etc dropped by for their trademark dishes!!

    Green Chilli Fish – Deep fried fish cutlet topped with some sweet sourish assam sauce that gives the fish a marvellous taste.

    Assam Fish Fillets – The piquant dish (from the smell of belacan) was served a liberal serving of okra. Needless to say, the fish fillets are soft with the delightfully crunchy batter.

    Paku Belacan – Not many restaurants offered Sayur Paku these days. The crunchy shoots were cooked with shrimps for added flavour. Sometimes these paku shoots will give you some “kelat” taste (woody, bitter-ish taste) but no complains on this.

    Pokok Sayur Paku ialah sejenis pakis yang hidup biak di tanah lembap di kawasan-kawasan cerah atau sedikit teduh. Pokok ini dipergunakan sebagai perubatan tradisional Melayu, dengan jusnya diminum untuk merawat demam. (

    Mango Kerabu – The cili padis hidden beneath the shredded mangos set fire to everyone’s tongue! They should toned down the spiciness of the sambal belacan too. It lacks of some sourish taste which makes this a not so perfect kerabu.

    Guai Fei Tofu – The tofu is soused in a sweet-savory liquor bubbling with tender greens and a delicate web of egg. The tofu and the eggy sauce is so smooth that I treat this as a soupy dish.

    Curry Fish Head – The curry fish head is one of the signature dishes in Assam House. Fresh Garoupa fish head is stuffed with various spices to be cooked with distinctive curry sauce. The aromatic curry sauce was given with the right hint of spiciness. The curry sauce goes very well with the rice. Everyone requests for rice refill right away!

    Salad Chicken – One of our family favourite dish here. A very refreshing dish indeed. The chicken fillets were juicy and tender. They are pretty generous with the cubed mangoes and honeydews too!

    Indulge yourself at Assam House with these sourish-spicy sumptuous food! (I’m salivating while posting! Gosh! I have a weak spot for spicy sour food!) Overall it was a satisfying meal. We always come back for the food, the cozy decoration and also the couthest services. My dad asked them to do it in small portions so that we can tried out more dishes so the total bill is about rm 120. This gastronomical fare is also reasonably priced so you can enjoy a value-for-money meal here anytime.

    Located: 29, Psn Greentown 4, Greentown Business Centre.

    Tel: 605-243 7851

    11:30AM-3PM, 6PM-10PM every day.


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