Tan Cha – Herbal Tea with Egg
Yee Fatt in Ipoh is famous for laid-back breakfasts, slow leisurely late morning tea and coffee sessions whilst browsing the newspapers, old-timers sitting around killing time and young guys grabbing a quick bite before the sales pitch starts. I am of course talking “off peak” here and not referring to the madness that is Chinese New Year time, when all hell breaks loose. No, I am talking about a normal morning at 10 a.m. at this iconic coffee shop in Ipoh. There’s nothing more soothing than sitting in a coffee shop, sipping black coffee, as the cars and motorcyclists zoom by outside, a mere 20 feet away.
Such is the experience one may have while visiting the old Yee Fatt – Ipoh’s coffee shop that is famous for its Tan Cha (Herbal tea with egg), Dry Curry Noodles and Loh Mai Farn (Sticky Glutinous Rice). Heck, this place is famous for most of the things it has on the menu.
The egg tarts at Yee Fatt are both flaky and buttery at the same time. This crust is a bit puffier than many egg tarts I have tried and the smoothness of the custard is superb. It is not overly sweet – just the way I like it.
This has got to be my favourite Dry Curry Mee in Ipoh. The curry flavour is thick and cloying, the mint leaves are pungent and the char siew (BBQ pork) is chunky and full of porky flavour. What more can you ask for in a curry noodle. My colleagues don’t eat the mint leaves at all .. what madness! I grab it from their plates faster than you can say ‘Tan Cha’ ! Yee Fatt’s dry curry noodles are not as salty or oily as the one by the police station at Xin Quan Fang (which happens to be my other favourite Dry Curry Noodle shop in Ipoh).
Loh Mai Farn (Glutinous Rice)
The Lor Mai Farn here is also better than the ones we get in KL because firstly, it has loads more ingredients – from chicken to pork to chinese sausages to mushrooms etc, and also the quality of the glutinous rice is much softer in texture. Fantastic. Again it is not as greasy as some of the ones you get in KL. I am so happy at this point, there is nothing left to do than to keep stuffing my face and drinking my black coffee and sighing with pleasure.
Tan Cha is totally addictive.. the way the herbal tea (leong char) seeps into the egg and colors the egg-white brown, tells you that the flavour of the tea has gone into the egg. Extremely fragrant and delicious, I find myself beginning to count the eggs I eat a day because, this is just the start of my Ipoh eating spree. I really need to pace myself;)
Add: Yee Fatt Curry Noodle,
39, Jalan Kampar (Jalan Permaisuri Bainun), Ipoh. (opposite Methodist Girls’ School)
Opening hours: 7.30am-3.30pm. Closed on Monday.
Tel: +605 242 1043