Ipoh, Malaysia - White Coffee at Nam Heong and Sin Yoon Loong
These two rival traditional Hainanese-Chinese coffeeshops faced off each other right across the road in Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh Old Town, and purportedly served the *best* Ipoh white coffee (怡保白咖啡) between them.
Nam Heong, which opened just after WWII, was the younger of the two, but the more enterprising one - it had franchised its coffee business into the popular Old Town White Coffee chain throughout Malaysia and Singapore these days. I visited the original outlet on Sunday, where a 1940s atmosphere permeated through the air, as much as the smell of freshly-roasted coffee. The popular coffeeshop was packed as always, with nary a vacant seat to be had. The food stalls lining the periphery of Nam Heong sold a wide variety of Chinese eats, from the popular "char koay teow" (fried rice noodles) to egg tarts. We opted for the "sar kok liew", a typical Ipoh snack (you won't find this anywhere else in Malaysia) of shredded, seasoned turnips wrapped in bean-sheets then deep-fried, before being cut into discs, and served with chilli sauce.
Sin Yoon Loong (Est. 1937) also offered a plethora of traditional Ipoh street eats like steamed radish cakes topped with minced shrimps & salted radish.
Both places offered unmissable rich, thick coffee, sweetened with a mix of evaporated milk and sweet condensed milk.
2 Jalan Bandar Timah
Sin Yoon Loong
15A Jalan Bandar Timah
Tel: +605-2414 601
Hmm, you went to Sin Yoon Loong (新源隆) and not Sun Yuan Foong (新源豐) next door to it. What does your Ipoh Guide say about the other shop, if anything? I read that it's a couple or some other related pair who run the two twin shops, and you can order food from either shop but presumably *only* the kopi from the shop you are sitting in? :-D
http://www.mywisewife.com/sun-yuan-foong-the-best-ipoh-old-town-white-coffee.html [Of course, the poster is making a joke about the pairing "隆豐" (yale lung4 fung1) standing in for dragon (龍; Yale: lung4) - phoenix (鳳; Yale: fung6) ]
Not too sure why the food-bloggers above concentrated on Sun Yuan Foong, whilst all the publications/printed guides by the Star Malaysia, etc. highlighted the older, better-known Sin Yoon Loong. Maybe the bloggers mixed up their 'i's and 'l's :-D
Anyway, both Sin Yoon Loong and Sun Yuan Foong allowed food from the food stalls outside their eateries to be brought into either place.