My favourite dish at Hung Want is the steamed “kampung fish” with fermented bean paste. Kampung fish is a common dish that is usually salted and fried. I haven’t really seen any other ways of cooking because the kampung fish can be fishy, so that’s why the best way to eat it is to salt it and fry it. At Hung Wang, you will discover how fresh the kampung fish can be when it is done right.
Other simple home-cooked dishes include pig’s ear,
and other dishes like squid, steamed fish, salted egg that’s all on display. All these dishes are nothing fancy, nothing delicate, but it’s similar to the kind of simple food that you will get at home.
When you pay for your food, you won’t get a receipt but you will get a human calculator that calculates the price of your meal. He will calculate out loud (in Cantonese), fish 150g x 1.5 per kg, plus long bean RM4, plus tofu RM 4.5, plus this, plus that, and your meal is a total of RM 35.60. And I was just like, ok, I will pay that.
7 & 9 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Ipoh, Malaysia.
Store hours: 11.30am – 4pm. Closed on Thursdays.