Wednesday, March 25, 2009

White on white, Chong Thoong Kee, TTDI

On this occasion in TTDI, we found ourselves at lunchtime in front of Chong Thoong Kee, purveyors of the middle Malaysian specialty that is Ipoh Hor Fun.

I have to be very honest - I've never really been won over by the whiteness of this Perak offering, the startling white of the steamed chicken over chalk-white hor-fun in clear-white soup. But we had little room to move on timing and location, so it would have to do.

Separate order of chicken thigh meat. It came heavily doused in a gelatinous oyster (?) type of sauce which disturbed me to no end. Like melted plastic.

Dry version of Ipoh Ho Fun with shredded chicken. It was alright, hardly the orgasmic stuff that warrants the legions of fans. The amount of chilli oil that settled on the plate at end of the meal unsettled me.

The straight-up, no-fuss version of the Ipoh Ho Fun in soup, once again swimming in chilli oil. OK, so extra points for not exactly being the boring stark white meal that I had anticipated but I still don't, don't get it!


worldwindows said...

I am disturb by the thick 'oyster ' sauce. Definitely not from Ipoh. Should be superior light soy sauce. The chili oil. Also not from Ipoh. Should be reddish prawn essence distilled from the prawn heads and shells.

HairyBerry said...

one glance and i thought the dry version was the infamous ipoh kari cus it was red! white on white? nice name. ;D

backStreetGluttons said...

Many customers go for strong taste to be convinced that a dish is good.Thus we believe many shops add in extra flavorers like the famed MSG in liberal doses and other things like the oyster sauce, to please most customers who doesn't know the difference between authentic or what ! Heck thats why in Malay mamak shops they flood your plate of rice till banjir ! Sedap is the tah line ! You can tell because your are from that Pg place and you have friends who are Gluttons ! many of them from the backStreets,yes ?

Anonymous said...

Just as well you live in Malaysia where if you're not satisfied with something, there's something else just 50 metres down the road, no?

Bangsar-bAbE said... melted plastic? That dreadful?

Rebecca Saw said...

haha..guess this is now on most floggers' "nvr to step in" list!

Anonymous said...

A tad lacklustre yes, but the whiteness of it means healthier protein also ma.. less oil and fats. At least that's what I keep telling myself in hopes of sticking to a healthier diet while I daydream about curry laksa... :P

minchow said...

Worldwindows, the authenticity of this place is dubious, to say the least.

Nic, yeah the vermillion red mixed up with the white... not exactly the consistency of bleach :-)

BSG, my friends lurk in the unlikeliest places in search of food... backstreets are definitely haunt... you guys have probably run into them, shared a dirty cutlery or two... :-P

LL, and TTDI's chocka with other options. Hmmm, now if only I can find a home I can afford there...

Bangsar Babe, it was definitely artificial. I had a taste and did my best scraping the sauce off.

LFB, healthier? I suppose there's that silver lining! I'd rather curry laksa over this version of healthy anyday though!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha i liked it wor..yes now that u mentioned it, the oyster sauce is scaring me..

ck lam said...

Looks like a trip down to Ipoh is necessary :)

backStreetGluttons said...

Hi !

We(team bsg,KL) plan to meet up with bangsarbabe for a drink plus a future co-blogging thing and she has indicated ok in the Talk,Bangsar Telawi coming

2nd April 2009( Thursday) 7-9pm or so

and we will be honored to have you join us too !

Please let us know , & cheers !
(sorry about the mssg here as we couldn't get your email)