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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Food Review - Cheong Kee Beef Noodles (Ipoh)

Cheong Kee Beef Noodles (Diagonally across Sam Tet Primary School, 
Stall #47)
Open at night till late (possibly even midnight if they have not sold out by then).
Chinese Beef (tripe) Noodles


Getting There
Located right in front of the famous Ipoh Sam Tet primary school (or Jalan Sultan Ekram), among an enclave of night food stalls, this stall had been serving great beef noodles for decades. Referred to affectionately by loyal customers as the "Sisters" as it is run by 2 rather elderly sisters. Look for the giant York Air Con Neon billboard if you're unsure of the roads. It's just right it front of it.

There's ample parking in the vicinty either directly in front of the stalls or across the main Hugh Low street. However, be prepared to be confronted by the illegal parking touts who ask for money. You have been warned!

Nestled among a row of literally dozens of food stalls, this street side eatery has been a major part of Ipoh's food culture for decades. It may not be the best place to bring your foreign friends unless they have a strong constitution! However, I must say that the place has a lot of character - very good for photography or in trying to capture the essence or spirit of Ipoh!
Served in the little traditional white porcelain bowls that is synonymous with the good ol' 70's. it's sure to bring on a wave of nostalgia.

This is one of the main reasons why i like this stall's food so much! The beef soup is of the clear variety (rarely found in the Klang Valley) and combined with the home-made chilli sauce, and the smooth texture of the hor-fun (well, if you ordered the mihun or yellow mee, then it'd be slightly different), the taste is a tiny slice of heaven!

There isn't much veriety to expect from a beef noodle stall as that's exactly what they sell. Altho' there are different beef parts and noodle types, it's more of a personal preference than anything else. Personally, it's be a sin to have this with anything other than hor-fun. As for the beef parts, I like the tripe and the ligaments (if available!).

Value For Money
At RM3.50 a standard bowl (RM4.50 for large) during these inflationary times, it doesn't get than this in terms of value. Altho' the serving is rather dainty, but this had always been the size that they had used from days long gone. Hence, even for an average eater like me, you can easily go for 2 bowls! (but in my case this time, I only had 1 because prior to this, I just had my share of Lou Wong's Chicken & Bean Sprout noodles! see.....)

I admit that this is not the best beef noodles I've ever had but the nostalgia combined with the clear beef broth & chilli, this place never disappoints! If you have never tried it before, give it a go!

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