Ipoh Lou Yau Beansprouts Chicken, Vivocity

Ipoh hor fan, possibly the only export of the Malaysian state that is actually renowned internationally, is one of those happy foods that's right up my Teochew-rooted alley. Unfortunately, a worthy rendition of this deceptively simple dish is tough to find in this part of the world.

Enter Ipoh Lou Yau Beansprouts Chicken, a growing chain of casual semi-self-serviced eateries specializing in the soupy noodles. Ipohites will likely scoff, but I think this is the most authentic version todate, this side of the causeway.

I love the premium option of Ipoh Hor Fan with Shredded Chicken & Prawn ($6.50), silky ribbons of flat rice noodles swimming in a light clear broth both rich and nuanced in flavour.

The dry-style Ipoh Hor Fan with Shredded Chicken ($5.50) was just as commendable, with a delicious slick of the soy-based sauce.

The Homemade Beancurd Skin Roll ($6) was adulterated with a gazillion coriander leaves, so needless to say, I wasn't a fan.

Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken
Vivocity B2-25
1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: 6222 2260
Open Sundays to Fridays 11am to 10.30pm;
Saturdays from 11am to 10pm
Website: www.ipohlouyau.com.sg

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