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
1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: 6222 2260
Open Sundays to Fridays 11am to 10.30pm;
Saturdays from 11am to 10pm