Do you know a huge chunk of places in Ipoh that are good food spots were closed on Monday?
Of all the damned luck.
We passed by Foh San, the huge dim sum place with 2 or 3 floors. It was crowded with people (as usual) but we managed to get some mooncakes (more on that here).
Finally we sat down at a coffee shop by the name of Hua Nam.
There was a huge plethora of stalls here, and we were really stumped on what to order. Let me help you visualize it here: the har mee had prawns the size of my fingers, the char koew teow was pretty fantastic smelling, and oh the cham peng.
Don't get me started on the cham peng.
I'm a kind of guy who likes mixing things. Bring me to Subway or Burger King and watch me mix all the soft drinks from the soda dispenser into my paper cup (much to the displeasure of my girlfriend, who thinks she's bringing a kid out to eat). It's just my style. So sue me. Think of Remy from Ratatouille. Same difference?
Anyway, a mix of coffee and tea. That is the cham, meaning "mix"(not to be confused with the cham which means "pathethic"). When it comes down to coffees and teas in the coffee shop, it really boils down to the milk. It can really make or break the drink. Too little and you get a kopi'O. Too much and you're just drinking palm oil.
I have to said that the cham here was prefectly balanced and quite tasty, unlike a whole lot of shops back in KL. Nice one, Ipoh.
We also ended up ordering egg on toast, which I have never actually done before in any coffee shop in KL.
It was a bloody work of art. 2 perfectly shapped soft-boiled eggs on top of 2 uttered and toasted slices of bread. I was half expecting the damn yolk to pop half way to our table (which it didn't).
Glorious I tell you.
Also less glorious were these rice flour noodles. But the stuff in them was pretty good. It was a D-I-Y kind of shop. Grab whatever you want and they'll cook it up in noodles for you (much to my horror was like yong tau fu again). I ended up taking beef tendon balls and beef balls (you can never have too much beef).