My first trip to Ipoh and my first food stop has to be non other than the most famous Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong 老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉!! Have long heard about the fat tau geh (bean sprouts) that Ipoh is famous for and today, I am FINALLY eating it!
Driving by and looking out for Lou Wong and was disappointed to see this but luckily, this is not the correct shopfront!
This is the correct one!
Staff chopping up the chicken upon orders!
View of part of the interior from where we were seated.
Numerous awards hanging on the wall. There is even a video showing how they had hosted a feast for 1000 tourists 千人宴 from China!
There is no menu here. Basically you just order the chicken (for how many pax), rice or noodles (dry/soup), the size of the must-order tau geh, fish/meat ball soup and your drinks and pay the bill once the food is delivered.
Help yourself to the homemade chilli near the kitchen.
Sweet and not too spicy, this chilli that goes very well with the chicken rice or into the sar hor fun.
Drinks to quench our thirst! Plum Juice, RM2+ each.
Plum juice vs Barley, RM2+ each.
The barley here is pretty special as they added corn into it. Try it! 🙂
Mixed Balls (10 Pieces), RM10+
Close up of the meat balls and fishballs in the soup.
Too busy eating to give you a close up but I had one of each and I prefer the meatballs to the fishballs.
Beansprouts (large), RM8+
Close of the tau geh.
I was expecting them to be really fat but was a little disappointed. Perhaps they have been watered a little too much or demand has exceeded supply that they are not given the best TLC hence not growing fat? LOL.. I think too much..
Why the bean sprouts in Ipoh are so special is because of the water that they are grown in. The abundance of hard water from the limestone hills surrounding the Kinta Valley has led to bean sprouts that are crunchy and succulent. This dish is so simply prepared but you will really love the crunch and taste of it that a big plate of it may not be enough!
Chicken Rice, RM2+
Close up of the chicken rice.
While fragrant, the chicken rice was a little too mushy for my liking.
Poached Chicken (4 Pax), RM38+
Close up of the tender chicken meat drizzled with the lovely sauces.
Sar Hor Fun (soup), RM2+
A lovely soup that is reminiscence of the chicken soup we had when we were young. Sweet, comforting and warming. The presence of the hor fun in the soup did not dilute it.
Sar Hor Fun (Dry), RM2+
Well-mixed sar hor fun.
Love the slithery, springy rice noodles which were nicely coated with the delicious sauce! The taste and texture is really something that you cannot find in Singapore!
Our damage for the meal.
The tau geh was so good that we ordered another plate since it will be a while to our next visit! ;P
To read more about Ipoh’s Famous Tau Geh, click here
Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong 老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel: +60 5254 4199
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