Jalan Ipoh’s Hot Eats

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Just 10 minutes’ drive from KLCC, Jalan Ipoh is an area where great food comes in affordable prices. Being heavily influenced by the Indian neighbourhood of Sentul and the Chinese population around Segambut area, it is a treasure trove of local delights. As we have spent a lot of time exploring the area for the past two years, we are here to dish out three of our favourite eating places in this lovely neighbourhood.
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Kedai Makanan Ming Hoe

One of our favourite eating places, we affectionately refer to this as “Jalan Ipoh hokkien mee”. This unassuming looking restaurant is usually crowded from dinner time till midnight. Many have complained about the long waiting time, but patience is a virtue when it comes to good food.
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We like its signature siong tong lala (clams in superior soup, RM15). The secret lies in their fresh supply of clams with sweet, rich and briny flavours. The soup is really addictive, with a nice kick thanks to the addition of chilli padi, shredded ginger and a generous dose of Chinese wine. – See more at: http://www.hungrygowhere.my/food-guide/best-of-malaysia/bak-kut-teh-porridge-jalan-ipoh/#sthash.YMR1YhZ3.dpuf
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Ming Hoe also draws the crowd with their famous Hokkien meehoon (RM6) but we always ask for Hokkien meehoon mee as we like this combination best. Full of “wok hei” and stir-fried with a generous amount of deep-fried pork lard, it is utterly delicious.

Ming Hoe is a no-frills “tze char” stall that serve simple, unpretentious food. Snag a seat outside because that’s where you will get to see the owner cooking up a storm.

Kedai Makanan Ming Hoe
Address: Jalan Ipoh (Batu 3), 51200 Kuala Lumpur (between HSBC and Indian Temple along Jalan Ipoh)
Tel: 03-4044-3669
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 6pm till late (closed on Monday)
Non-halal
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Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh

Situated next to Dynasty Hotel, Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh is one of our favourite haunts for pork bone tea. Most patrons come here to savour a truly original bowl of bak kut teh in dark broth.

However, only regulars or friends of the shop owner will know to order the “white” bak kut teh, which is off menu. Ingredients such as mineral water (yes!), wong dai guat (bone-in pork shoulder), garlic cloves, dong guai (Chinese angelica) and various other Chinese herbs are packed into a traditional claypot and cooked under charcoal fire for about an hour.
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The “limited edition” white broth yields a sweeter taste with a strong dong guai (Chinese angelica) taste. There is also a mildly bitter flavour very similar to ginseng, which reminds us of tonic soup. To enjoy a flavourful and thicker broth, the owner taught us to crush the garlic cloves and smear them all over the pork bones. It is simply divine!

Call and make a reservation for the white bak kut teh at least one hour ahead. Remember to inform the owner or the staff that you want to order “bak tong” (“white soup” in Cantonese) with either “sang kuat” (pork ribs, available all time) or “wang dai guat” (bone-in pork shoulder, subject to availability).

Kedai Makanan Ban Lee 万利肉骨茶餐室
Address: 222, Jalan Ipoh,
51200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4045-3009, 012-203-6865
Opening Hours: Daily 5pm till late
Non-halal
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Jalan Ipoh Porridge Stall

Anyone staying along Jalan Ipoh who doesn’t know this famous porridge stall has been living under a rock The stall is located right in front of the KLH Tyre Services.

The menu is simple — pork porridge, fish porridge, chicken porridge, poached chicken, fried meehoon and tong sui (dessert). The porridges may not be filled to the rim with goodies like those I am used to, but it is decent enough for RM4 to RM4.50.
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While the porridge does not blow our socks off, the scrumptious poached chicken is the real deal – tender meat, full flavoured, simple but unique in its own way.
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We also like its fried meehon. Every strand of meehoon is well-coated in the chef’s special braising liquid, making this an enjoyable treat.

Whenever we feel like having some comfort food without venturing out of our comfort zone, this porridge stall is the place that comes to mind instantly.

Jalan Ipoh Porridge Stall
Address: Jalan Ipoh (Batu 3),
51200 Kuala Lumpur (right in front of KLH Tyre Services)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 5pm till late (closed on Sundays)
Non-halal

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