With the opening of Nam Heong Food Court at Soho Complex, popular hawker food stalls are gathered under one roof, including Stadium Stall 18 Fried Koay Teow, “Pak Kong” (White House) Chicken Rice, K10 Fish Ball Noodles, Facey Noodle House and of course the famous dim sum and white coffee from Nam Heong itself.
It is a convenient and fashionable way to get a gist of Ipoh hawker food, housed in a stylish building, covered by rippling silver square tiles that are constantly displaying a varying facade with the ever-changing play of light and reflections.
All the food stalls are located at the ground floor, and there’s no need to walk among them, choosing the item of your desire. All you need to do is go swiftly upstairs via the escalator, and order everything from the tablet equipped on every table.
Ordering hawker food has just gotten savvy, speedy and never been easier. Gone were the days where the staff would come to your table to take order, be it kopi-o or teh-ais, and roar on that message to the back of the kitchen. Ordering is in real-time such that food is instantly labelled “unavailable” on the menu when it is finished, and made available again once replenished.
White Coffee from Nam Heong (RM 1.90).
Delicately-fluffy with BBQ chicken filling and a dash of white sesame seeds, the Chicken Puffs (RM 1.90 per piece) from Nam Heong are a hit with Ipohrians and out-of-towners alike; grabbed in no time as soon as they are out from the oven.
The curry noodles from Dong Gu Teng which I didn’t get to try as there were too many options on the table and it was finished before I got my hands to them;
Chicken Hor Fun (RM 6.20) is listed under “Tin Heong” , which made us curious of where exactly that is. We suspect it is from “Thean Chun”, but perhaps a tad toned down in terms of flavor compared to the original one.
I must admit that this is the first time I have been distracted by too much food we ordered, and not keeping track of which original store the food came from – including the popiah (RM 2.50 per piece) – wrapping satiating proportions of sengkuang and crunchy bits in thin popiah skin with a dab of chili sauce;
Sotong Kangkong smothered in sweet sauce and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts;
and Chee Chong Fun, where you choose your desired sauces like chili sauce, mushroom sauce, sweet sauce, white sesame seeds, etc, all through the tablet as well.
The pricing is a tad more expensive than the original stores which I think is reasonable given the luxury of air-conditioning and trendy atmosphere. Despite waiting systematically (numbers were given), with a crowd for a table, the turn over time was fast at about 15 minutes. Food was served even faster. Before you finish talking about the latest topic with your friends, the food would have already arrived at your table.
Just when I thought ordering hawker food through tablets all seems too advanced and maybe some of that hawker vibe is lost, I realized no napkins and tissue papers were provided. We still had buy the small 30 cents packet of tissue, just like the good old days, so I guess that part of hawker food essence is kept.
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