Every traveler dreamt of the encounter of small town cafe serving honest and tasty local food. Bidor, located between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur via the North South Expressway is often related to seedless guava, durian, gai zai beng (crispy chicken biscuit) and duck noodles. City dwellers often stopped by for these local products.
I’ve always wanted to bring Kampungboy to Bidor for the duck noodles, Tanjung Malim for the baos, Teluk Intan for the chee cheong fun, even after he had tried the addictive Kampar curry chicken bun and succulent Tualang fresh water prawn. During Kampungboy’s department trip to Pangkor Island last month, they made a pit stop at the infamous Pun Chun, now that I can strike it off from the list.
Pun Chun Chicken Biscuit and Restaurant is a typical Chinese kopitiam with high ceiling, mirror flank on one side of the wall, old school fan and waiters yelling from one end to another.
Contrasting to the quaint little town Bidor, Pun Chun is full of hustle bustle where it is packed to the brim. Patrons are spotted everywhere; sitting and savouring their bowl of duck noodles, or standing and waiting to grab a seat.
It is fascinating to see various types of cookies pastries and tidbits scattered on the wooden rack. Pun Chun is well known for the gai zai beng (crispy chicken biscuit) and egg sat kei ma (egg flour biscuit coated with caramel). Holding stacks of individually wrapped cookies, everyone queues up obediently at the cashier.
The dry version where the noodles are tossed with sesame oil, dark soy sauce and soy sauce is served with an individual pot of herbal duck soup too. Everyone tuck into the noodles and soup happily.
To negate the heat and steam from the hot herbal soup, one can opt for the springy wantan noodle topped with char siew (barbequed pork) or roasted chicken.
The duck noodles (ngap pei meen) is serve in simmering herbal soup with ginger, dried longan, and wolfberries. The slender looking noodles were cooked al dente too. The duck is soft and tender after long and slow cooking process, you can just scrap the meat off the bone by using chopstick.
There’s this fruits galore along Jalan Besar where fruits are aplenty, fresh and offered at attractive price at the ongoing. The seedless guava from Bidor has a very pleasant aroma and is sweet and juicy. I have more than a few small town stories to tell, what is yours?
Pun Chun Chicken Biscuit and Restaurant
Address: 38-40, Jalan Besar, Bidor, 35500 Perak (Opens from 5 am to 10 pm daily)
Tel: 05-434 1554, 05-434 1562