Bean Sprout Chicken, or better known as Nga Choi Gai in Cantonese is something that everyone will always link it with when someone mentioned Ipoh. It’s actually the same thing with Hainanese Steamed Chicken, just that at Ipoh, it was served with bean sprout, and people usually eat it with koay teow instead of rice.
There are actually 2 restaurant famous for selling Nga Choi Gai at Ipoh, which is Lou Wong and Ong Kee. Both are equally famous, and serve real good Nga Choi Gai. Besides, both restaurant are also located at the same road, just directly opposite each other. I really wonder what lead to both boss operating their business at the same place, snatching customer is fun eh?
I actually wanted to try Lou Wong this time around as for the past few times I always dine at Ong Kee. However, looking at the crowd at Lou Wong, I decided to skip it again as I can’t find an empty table there.
Ong Kee seems to have an advantage over here as they have 2 shops, and they are able to serve more customer. People like me who is OK with both shop will surely went to the one where I no need to stand and wait.
When I was eating there, the person who chopping the chicken is working non stop. I really wonder, how many chicken they sell each day.
The steam chicken is really just 1 word, awesome! The meat is firm enough, and the skin is smooth. The meat also won’t give you the feeling that you are eating wood where you will find in most places that serve steam chicken.
In the past, Ipoh people will eat Nga Choi Gai with soy sauce and green chili, which I hate it a lot. However, don’t know since when, they started to serve with chili sauce, and amazingly, the chili sauce is good!
Bean sprouts in Ipoh is actually fatter and juicier than those you ate at other place. Bean sprout lover will definitely love it. For me, it’s just better than others.
The pork balls here are awesome too, each of it is very bouncy and juicy.
Ipoh koay toew, or known as hor fun, is famed for its smoothness. I am not a fan of soup based one, so I order the dry one. To eat the hor fun itself is actually quite tasteless, but once you mix it with the soy sauce of the steam chicken, it is good!
I don’t know what time Ong Kee starts selling, but usually you can have your breakfast there if you don’t mind eating it a bit late. They do open until late till midnight. At weekends or worse, public holiday, Ong Kee is usually pack with people. You will need to stand at the middle of the shop, scout and see which customer are going to finish their food, snatch it at once when they leave or you have to wait longer. Besides, you will also have to leave as soon as you finish your meal, or the waiting customer will be starring and you, as if asking you silently when only you want to stand up. Therefore, in order to have a peaceful meal, come earlier to avoid the crowd if you must visit it during public holiday or weekend.
Restaurant Ong Kee (Tauge Ayam) will definitely get a Must Try! rating from me!
Total Damage: RM25 for 2 person
Location: Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh