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Ipoh - Best Curry Noodles (Sun Seng Fatt vs Sun Yuan Foong)


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Ipoh - Best Curry Noodles (Sun Seng Fatt vs Sun Yuan Foong)

klyeoh | | Dec 24, 2012 06:49 PM

Chinese noodles, topped with curry sauce and a variety of poached or curried meats, is an Ipoh specialty which I simply adored.

My past forays into Ipoh's curry noodles scene included Xin Quan Fang ( with its hour-long queues, and Keng Nam (, both of which offered utterly delicious spicy noodles topped with 'char-siu' (caramelised BBQ pork) and poached shrimps.

Yesterday, we opted first for Sun Seng Fatt (Est. 1980), one of the front-runners in the best-curried-noodles-in-Ipoh stake.

What I loved about Sun Seng Fatt: bright, clean, airy and spacious - a rarity among Ipoh's coffeeshops, which are mostly old, crowded, dark & dank. Fresh egg noodles are coated with a tasty curry sauce (Indian-influenced, from the taste of its obvious use of curry powder in its cooking), thinly-sliced 'char-siu', crunchy beansprouts and poached shrimps, and garnished with fresh mint leaves. I had a cup of the famous Ipoh 'pak ka fei' (white coffee) - not the best in town, but adequately fragrant, thick & frothy. The chap who took my order was a former back officer who gave up his desk job to run this restaurant. He spoke flawless English and, like the other waiters, took my order using a PDA.

Second stop: Sun Yuan Foong, actualy more famous for its white coffee - but I was curious about its version of curried noodles. The one here was totally different from previous ones I'd tried in Ipoh. Sun Yuan Foong's version used al dente hand-made noodle, which has a thicker, less pliable texture. Its topping is a delicious, thick curried chicken. One can also opt for curried pork, or both. I had both - and loved the combination of pork and chicken meats, heavily spiced, with kari leaves lending an intoxicating fragrance.

How do they compare - I liked preferred Sun Seng Fatt's for its lighter taste, and fresh ingredients.

Address details
Sun Seng Fatt
32, Jalan Pasar,
30000 Ipoh
Perak, Malaysia

Sin Yuan Foong
17, Jalan Bandar Timah
30000 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia