Hakka Mee@Yin Yau Kui Restaurant, Ipoh

Demona: This place is a I-must-come-if-I-can everytime I work in Ipoh. The Foo brothers of Yin Yau Kui boast of their home made traditional method of noodle preparation, unique on its own in terms of taste and texture. Their father had started selling Hakka Mee since 1959, and they are determined to continue on their father’s legacy for as long as the family can carry it on.

True enough, action speaks louder than words. The shop was always packed whenever I go there. Any later than 10 am, the yummylicious fried squarish yong tau foo will be gone! Nicely tucked in the tummies of hungry foodie lovers! Just like this present trip, I was TOO late.

Foo Brother: “Mai Sai Joh Lor!” (sold out!)
Demona: :~(

Demona: Their home made garlic chilli was the perfect match to the Hakka Mee. Spicy, garlic, sour… an excellent UMPH! Note: Beware of smelly breath after eating.

Demona: I must admit, the noodles were really unique, as quoted by the owners themselves. From the framed newspaper articles that I saw, proudly hanging on the faded coloured walls, seasoned over the years, it seemed that the noodles were freshly prepared with eggs and flour (without ANY preservatives). The Hakka Mee is topped with minced pork, coated in a sticky sweet and salty sauce. GOSH. Looking at the picture makes me want to eat it again!

Demona: Each bowl was served with some fishballs and meatballs, also home made. This portion was for 2 persons. MORE than enough for 2 because we were already feeling stuffed on our third ball. The texture of the fishball was really smooth, and its taste was strong. Deliciouso! The meatball also had a nice chewy porky texture too. Slurpilicious!

Verdict: I managed to take a picture of my colleague mixing her noodles with the minced pork. Doesn’t it just look extremely tempting?? Mind you, if you do want to eat the Hakka Mee, you HAVE to go there. They NEVER sell their noodles out, to other noodles sellers/distributers/suppliers, making them one of a kind. Either Yin Yau Kui, or none at all!

Two bowls and two drinks, came up to RM 11.60. Not too bad eh? Cheap, and GOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD.

Reunion Steamboat Dinner@Demona’s home

It’s Chinese New Year time again. Steamboat dinner on the night of the eve is a standard ritual that my family carries out year in, year out. My relatives will rush home to gather for this hot, steamy, spicy event!

Demona: My mom bakes this lovely, soft and moist marble butter cake every CNY.

Demona: MMMMMMMMM…. deliciouso!

Demona: Boiled quail eggs! Small and cute… πŸ™ Felt kasihan (pitiful) eating them. But boyyyy, oh boyyy… they tasted good πŸ™

Demona: Some steamboat meat dumplings

Demona: Yee sang lou high high!

Demona: Mommy’s own made wan tan! My brother had to help her wrap all those meat up. With a sincere portion of deliciously marinated pork meat wrapped in the wan tan skin home made by a hawker in the Taiping market, spells a fantastic wan tan! Unlike those almost meatless, over fried, lousy ones you get in many hawker stalls these days.

Demona: More steamboat stuffs!

Demona: I am sorry.. ikan bawal.. my mommy had chopped you up like this πŸ™

Demona: Giant prawns! Slurps! They tasted so good in the tom yam soup. Slack part was having to peel off the skin. (DOGMA! Can you peeeeeeellllll for me, pretty please?) My cousin was too lazy to peel that he ate the whole thing up. See what laziness can do to people!

Demona: MORE steamboat stuffs! ( My tummy’s going to blow!)

Demona: The chicken soup steam boat side. My parents and the rest of the “adults” usually sit at this table.

Demona: WHILE, the younger ones (us, children) took one the spicier side of the dinner. TOM YAM SOUP! Year in, year out and we still stayed on digging food from this pot.

Demona: I am a known fan of squid/cuttlefish. Everytime someone finds one, he/she will toss it into my bowl. THANK YOU ALL! For feeding my growling tummy, and boosting my cholesterol level way up high!

Verdict: Dogma may not agree on eating food that are factory made at home, but if mom was to prepare food for so many people, she would have died of exhaustion by CNY. Besides, the most important thing was that everyone of us had a great time eating, and catching up the family bonding moments.

I love my family. SMUACKS. GIONG HI HUAT CHAI!