Monday, October 3, 2011

Ipoh Laksa @ Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

I should start blogging according to date of consumption instead of adopting the Last In First Out method. With so many 'older' pictures stuck in the later pages of my Flickr account untouched, it makes it that much harder to even remember where the place was, not to mention talking about flavours.


Rewind back to Malaysia's National Day on August 31, the patriotism in me sounded out to my stomach and consequently my head for some local Malaysian food to celebrate the day Malaysia became an independent country. Whether there was a noble cause for us to drive out that night for dinner or just any reason we could think of, I leave it up to you to decide.


With a name like Ipoh Laksa, Ipoh being a town where Mom was born and raised which a 2 hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur, we went in, fingers crossed that the food would be good. A quick browse at the menu shows a range of familiar sounding dishes; the roti canai, the rendangs, curries, noodles and rice. Not overly "Ipoh" in my books which to me is all about smooth hor fun soup served alongside poached chicken and beansprouts or salt baked chicken (about the only items I must have when I visit Ipoh). 

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We decided to give Hokkien Mee a try, a dish that this place in Melbourne has replicated almost to the dot. Lookwise, the noodles used were too thin, apparently a problem that my friend in the business is facing. The only alternative to thick huge yellow noodles you get in this dish is udon noodles but the price of a packet is probably two-three times the price of yellow noodles. However tastewise, it scored pretty big points with the use of pork lard pieces. A bit more dark soya sauce in the dish would like cherry on top of an icing cake.

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Ipoh Hor Fun to me, is a hor fun in broth that is made from chicken and prawn heads served with some poached chicken breast and prawns. However, this version is more akin to a Wat Dan Hor. The flavours were pretty good but slightly more of that eggy sauce would be nice. 

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Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Near enough for me with average prices and familiar flavours ticks all the right boxes for me. Won't mind sampling a few more dishes.

9 comments:

Michelle Chin said...

They probably wrote ipoh hor fun when they meant wat dan hor! :D

Sean said...

seeing ipoh, laksa and kangaroo all in the same title sure is strange! but 3.5 stars sounds definitely worthwhile :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: haha imagine eating kangaroo at kangaroo point!

mchin: im pretty sure its on purpose..

msihua said...

There are two types of Ipoh Hor Fun... similar to two types of Hokkien Mee (the black KL version and the Prawn noodle version) :)

Same with Ipoh Hor Fun and Ipoh Sar Hor Fun :) But I'm sure you knew that!

eiling lim said...

ok, wa tan hor is kinda Ipoh thing but I also would expect to see some chicken hor fun or fat beansprouts. This is more like KL thing. hahah

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: thats what i thought, never see much wat dan hor in ipoh, or maybe my relatives are not into wat dan hor.

msihua: i actually didnt know that!! although yes i do know the penang and kl hokkien mee..

Horlic said...

Colourful Ipoh Hor Fun.

UnkaLeong said...

Hmmm..can't complain lar I guess. Do they do anything that resembles an 'ori' Ipoh Sah Hor Fun at all?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unkaleong: nope..i might have to do it myself haha as soon as i collect 1kg or so of prawn heads and buy alot of pork bones..

horlic: it does look kinda colourful, now that you mention.