Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken & Kuay Teow [老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉] - Seriously Overrated @ Ipoh [Malaysia]

Whenever i chanced upon an Ipoh travelogue programme on television, the narrator / guide would usually recommend this dish known as beansprouts chicken (芽菜雞 / nga choy kai)! And the most famous of them all is Lou Wong (老黄) which was the first to offer it. 

Before i start with my review, let me ask you a question; when you first heard of beansprout chicken, what was the image that came to your mind? Mine was a chicken stuffed with an enormous amount of beansprouts! 

Beansprouts
The truth wasn't as complicated as i expected - it was, simply put, a plate of very plump beansprouts that wasn't as spectacularly tasting as claimed by many patrons. Whatever the case, i heard that these special Ipoh-cultivated bean sprouts were supposed to be very nutritional.

Steamed Chicken
Coming from a person who loves chicken rice, i have to say the steamed chicken in Lou Wong lacked the smooth, juicy tenderness i personally enjoyed although the use of kampong chicken had resulted in a more muscular texture that was pleasurable as i slowly chewed down the meat! 

Kuay Teow
This was quite a surprise! The flat noodles were extremely smooth and slurpy; sending the broth splashing all over my mouth as i unknowingly took a big scoopful. The soup wasn't elaborately seasoned yet exuded a plain deliciousness that appealed to my parents and i. By the way, the beansprouts tasted much better in the soup! 

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Location
49, Jalan You Tet Shin,
30300 Ipoh, Perak

Food Map
As above (red border) 

Price
Bean Sprouts - RM 4 for 2 Persons
Steamed Chicken - RM 23 for 3 Persons
Kway Teow - RM 1.50 a bowl

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