Word has it that Malaysia’s Ipoh makes the best hor fun, kway tiao and ‘tau gay’ (bean sprouts) due to its karst limestone mountain mineral water – the horfun will end up smoother, and sprouts grown from the spring water will be juicy and plump.
You may be surprised to know that the horfun and beansprouts from Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken come all the way from the hometown of Ipoh, no effort spared just to make sure customers are having the most authentic stuff.
Even the chicken used come from across the causeway – pale yellow in colour, smaller in size free-range boiled kampong chickens, and freshly transported over.
I wished the shop has a sassier and hip name than a lengthy literal Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken, but its six branches already shows its popularity (IMM, Centrepoint, Chervon House, VivoCity, Chinatown Point and White Sands).
The one person set with hor fun, steamed chicken and bean sprouts is at an affordable $6.90 nett, and makes a suitable choice for a quick lunch time fix.
While we were trying to pick up the hor fun with chop sticks for photography purposes, the thin long strands quickly slipped off and glided down back into the soup, a true testimony that their horfun is indeed silky and smooth. The soup felt a little plain though, lacking the ‘oomph’ and my guess is more people would prefer the dry version.
I was not a big fan of the yellower chicken, probably because I am more used to the Singapore style of moist whiter Hainanese version. Therefore, I much preferred the Yong Tau Foo dry hor fun ($5.00), which has more variety and bite anyway with the addition of minced pork.
The best thing really, is the bean sprouts ($3.00 for small, $5.00 for large) in which I cleared an entire plate. Indeed, they were crunchy and fat, with little burst of refreshing moisture as you bite into them. The tau gay from the north really taste much better – Malaysia Boleh!
Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken 怡保老友芽菜鷄
Chinatown Point #B1-52, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413 (Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (last order: 9:30pm)
Other branches: IMM, Centrepoint, Vivocity, White Sands, Chervon House, Junction 8 (opening soon)
Other Local Food Entries
Singapore Food Trail (Flyer)
Malaysian Food Street (Resorts World Sentosa)
Kok Sen Restaurant (Keong Siak Street)
Prima Taste Kitchen (Centrepoint)
Kopi Tiam (Swissotel The Stamford)