Confession - growing up in Ipoh, my family and I were not that attracted to outside food. This is mainly because my mom cooks the best food in the world, sometimes even better than those Michelin-graded. Therefore, Ipoh's fame of its food was only known to me after 17-year-old when I first reached Kuala Lumpur. My KL friends love Ipoh food, but to me, it was just normal having such food. Anyway, to start my second post of the year 2016, let's go foodie then (^^) ~
Fast forward to 2015, life has changed nowadays. I have changed a bit and so does my family. My retired parents don't cook that often and they have become foodie themselves. As an Ipohrians, a.k.a Ipoh Boy, I wish to introduce you Thean Chun 天津茶室, famous for its Shredded-Chicken Kuey Teow Soup (鸡丝河粉), which we visit quite often. While many bloggers have introduced shop before, I still think it is best that I can give my genuine review on this. To external visitors, be warned of its high crowd during weekends. My suggestion is that visit this shop during weekdays. It will take about 15 - 20 mins for them to serve. But weekends, it can easily take more than 30 mins of waiting. While waiting, my family and I love to have some snacks.
- The caramel custards/ puddings (蛋蛋) - the signature dessert for Thean Chun. While some people adore this, I find this a bit too sweet for my taste. But, they usually provide a cup of water to ease the sweetness
- Cuttlefish & Kangkung salad (鱿鱼蕹菜) - another well-known dish in this restaurant! To me and my family, this is a must-have (^^)
- Popiah (薄饼) - A catch here - this is from the shop next door (Sekeping Kong Heng). So make sure you don't order from the wrong one.
Last and most importantly, the signature - Shredded-Chicken Kuey Teow Soup (鸡丝河粉). For my family and I, we have shared similar taste (thanks to mom). Therefore, what we are looking for this dish, is the kuey teow to be just right - not too raw or overcooked (easily break) ,the soup must be sweet (not like sugar-sweet) and the chicken and prawn must be fresh. So far, this shop offers such criteria.
However, recently, I have heard from my friends and from other reviews that its food quality has been dropping. This is most probably true because this shop has operated for quite some time. It is nothing but normal that the successor can't cook the same taste as predecessor did. Do do do, let me know whether the shop still offers the tasty dishes as it used to be (^^)~
Ipoh Boy Journey
Address:73, Jalan Bandar Timah
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opens from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Closed on Thursdays