We were brought to this "other place" by our Ipoh foodie friend after a fruitless attempt to get a seat at the legendary & notoriously popular Xin Quan Fang restaurant: imagine 80 or so people jostling for tables in a tiny restaurant with a 30-people capacity (there's NO queuing system in Ipoh!) at 7.30am in the morning, and you get the picture. And they sell out fast - usually by 12 noon daily & promptly close shop!
Anyway, Keng Nam purportedly sells the famous Ipoh curry noodles which are "almost" as good as the one at Xin Quan Fang. Well, I didn't have achance to compare, but Keng Nam's curry noodles (they call it "curry mee" in Ipoh) is one of the best I've ever tasted: thick, savory curry sauce redolent of coriander. The noodles are served topped with slivers of curried chicken, crisp-skinned roast pork, thin slices of Chinese-style barbecued pork (char siew), and garnished with mint leaves.
Whilst slurping our noodles, we could not help noticing that diners at almost every other table in the restaurant seemed to have also ordered small plates of glutinous rice topped with chicken curry from another food stall there. We couldn't resist trying it, and was rewarded by perhaps the food discovery of this food journey we made to Ipoh. The dish, which they simply called "lor mai farn" was truly amazing!!
If Keng Nam was THIS good, I can't wait to try Xin Quan Fang the next time I visit Ipoh!
Keng Nam Coffee Shop
127, Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh, Malaysia