The Ray of Hope Cafe in Bercham is a cafe with a cause. It is a community charity program which provides employment to those with learning disabilities. They learn skills and are trained to perform work just like any normal person. The staff in the cafe are not as speedy, but they are the most dedicated bunch of staff I’ve seen. They are just focused and undistracted, doing one thing at a time with full concentration.
One of the staff that took my order, he wrote down my order slowly, but clearly, looking at every single alphabet he wrote onto the paper. I wandered around a bit in the cafe, reading newspaper clippings on the wall, the same staff came to me with such joy and pride, he pointed at a lady in the article to me and said “this is my mother”. In that moment of time, I teared up and I knew that his life moves forward despite the hindering disabilities.
The unassuming cafe is clean, immaculate clean. In fact, they were number 1 in Ipoh’s Cleanest Restaurant Competition in 2012. Chairs are tucked in neatly, glass tabletops have no fingerprints and rays of of light beaming into the cafe literally made it “Ray of Hope” Cafe.
Ray of Hope Cafe’s menu consists of both local and western food, including a variety of noodles & rice, chicken chop and fish & chips. Quite rarely I see “dong fun” in most eateries so I was quite happy to see it on the menu and jumped at the chance to give it a try. I didn’t have high expectations but my fried “dong fun”(RM 5.5) turned out amazingly well in terms of both taste and presentation. The noodles were fried with plenty of seafood items like shrimps, squid and fish cake, topped with a handful of shredded lettuce. The noodles had just the right amount of moisture; not watery at all yet cooking them longer might make the noodle too dry.
Simple mixed fruit juice (RM 5).
I took away the chocolate brownie even I was very full after the noodles and fruit juice and I simply couldn’t resist the temptation. The chocolate brownie could have been better as it was a tad dry but I guess I could make do with it as it was only RM 6- very reasonably priced like all the items on the menu.
Address : 24 & 26 Persiaran Bercham Selatan, Taman Sri Kurau, Bercham, Ipoh, Malaysia.
Open Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.