Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thean Chun @ Ipoh Old Town

Thean Chun is almost synonymous with Ipoh along with other ancient establishments like its next door neighbour, Kong Heng, Foh San the dimsum place and the Aun Kheng Lim salt baked chicken (well at least thats the impression i get).

So on the way to Penang, we skipped breakfast and stepped on the petrol to arrive at Thean Chun before 11am. It must have been the hunger from the previous night and skipping breakfast didn't help because i just ordered away!

I know i had the original game plan to stuff myself silly with "hei kor" chee cheong fun but can you resist the smooth noodle with mushroom sauce? I can't and i paid a good RM2.50 for a scrumptious appetiser.

While waiting for the legendary "kai si hor fun", i went ahead and ordered some side dishes as well. The fried stuff was cold but dip it in the soup and eat it the way i like it. Special mention is the "zhu kang yun" and the "ngau kang yun" which are basically the balls made from tendons from the pig and cow.

By now, i was actually stuffed. So maybe that explained why i didn't really enjoy the noodle. The noodle while very smooth no doubt, the soup lacked the kick you get from all the prawn shells one should use for the soup base. However seeing that the Wife polished the whole bowl, it must have been just me.

To end things off, i ordered the creme custard in advance ("dun dan") as a dessert to end off a wholesome breakfast before driving off to Penang.

Over the years, this place somehow seem to appeal tourists more than anyone, i wonder if there is another place where the locals go, any idea?


73, Jalan Bandar Timah,
Old town Ipoh,
30000, Ipoh

Key it into the GPS, it does work!

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Nostalgia more than anything else, really is this where the locals go and eat too? Or was it just me because i think the Wife would have given it 5 stars if she could.


Life for Beginners said...

Sometimes nostalgia plays a good part in how much we enjoy the food, I guess. :)

thule a.k.a leo said...

Old Town I mean in Ipoh.. is blessed with many good eateries!

Sean said...

if the wife wants to give it a 5, shouldn't a loving, devoted husband give in to her wishes? heheh :D

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sold your soul, I see. The one true chee cheong fun is the penang chee cheong fun, damnit. heehee.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: well who could resist it b4 having the real thing? haha

sean: well i might consider..

leo: it is!

kenny: i think u r quite right, its the previous experience that sets the tone

Xweing said...

I'm a local and yes, I LOVEEEEEEEEEE TIN CHUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Especially the kai si hor fun, chicken rice, laksa, sotong weng cai........ *salivating now*

sc said...

the last i went to ipoh old town, i saw so many tourists that i didnt feel i was in ipoh! kinda took the thrill away..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Ah...it's been a while since I had that custard. Yeah, I noticed a lot of tourist (myself included) eating there.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: haha yeah its like a tourist spot!

sc: i know wat u mean, it doesnt feel "local"

xweing: dont get me started, i saliva alot too!

J2Kfm said...

Tourists aside, I am actually one of those who frequent the place for the kai see hor fun alone.
Yes, not the custard (passable), not the CCF (rather oily, but still one of the better ones), nor the white coffee/milk tea (HORRENDOUS!),
but the Kai See Hor Fun is the best I have tasted in Ipoh.


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: if the ipoh man says its the best, the best it shall be.

CUMI & CIKI said...

we love this place!

ohmywtf said...

oh i always stopped at foksan...will try this next time! :-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ohmywtf: havent done fohsan since it moved, even b4 that!

c&c: i think its a firm favourite for everyone!

fatboybakes said...

phew, i am glad j2kfm likes the kai see hor fun there, coz delectable su swears its the WORST. i love it though.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: i must ask su where to go!

ling239 said...

i love these creme custard =)

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

There are many "local" hidden eatery places in Ipoh.. Ask my hubby..
Love their "yong liew" - super crispy!

If I'm not wrong, there is an old shop selling traditional soya bean products near the Old Town. I love their Tau Fu Fa.. =p

If u need more info, will get them from hubby, k?