Ipoh, Malaysia - Best Chicken Rice at Lou Wong (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)
My search for the best Hainanese-style chicken rice in Malaysia has come to an end with my taste of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) at the Ipoh New Town today.
Ipoh is a predominantly Chinese city (Population: 1.5 million) which lies halfway between Malaysia's two premier cities of Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Foodwise, I'd rank Ipoh above KL but just below Penang for its delicious local Chinese street foods.
Among Ipoh's best-known local delicacy is the chicken rice with poached chicken that's seasoned lightly with very good quality soysauce. A common side-dish to this chicken meal will be Ipoh's famous crunchy beanprouts. Locals call this meal "Ngah Choy Kai" (芽菜雞). The rice was ultra-fragrant and tastier than any other versions of chicken rice I'd had in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johore Bahru and many of the Hainanese chicken rice spots in Singapore!
The free-range chicken used was full of flavor but a bit chewy for my taste. Locals seemed to be prefer this - I personally liked battery-farmed chicken actually ;-)
Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
Tel: +605-254 4199
re: Charles Yu
Season's greetings to you, too, Charles. You'd have loved the free-range chicken which is de rigeur in Ipoh's eating places. Ipoh is also a mainly Cantonese city, and its denizens do *not* speak any Hokkien or Teochew. I usually end up speaking in English to them, if not Mandarin or in my rather poor Cantonese.
The food in Ipoh is excellent as always, and its famous coffeeshops - ever-crowded.
re: Julian Teoh
Ipoh "hor fun" is definitely my preference, but my Ipoh friends insisted that I try the "ngah choy kai" this time round. My first time. The crowds at the chicken rice spots were massive on Christmas Eve. I'm going back to Ipoh again this weekend - for "hor fun" this time at Thean Chun, and curry noodles at Nam Chau.