Restoran Wong Koh Kee Take Two

We went on a road trip last Friday. Wuan had to clear her annual leave. So we decided to do some travelling up north. First stop was Ipoh where we spent the night. A trip to this former tin mining city is never complete without a hearty lunch at Restoran Wong Koh Kee. This popular restaurant is tucked along the narrow Lorong Panglima at Ipoh old town where Chinese tin tycoons used to house their mistresses. I have put up an entry about Restoran Wong Koh Kee last year. I love the food there so much that I feel it warrants another entry in this blog.

Restoran Wong Koh Kee steamed three yolk egg
Sam wong tan – steamed fresh chicken eggs, salted duck eggs and century eggs.

We went with Wuan’s parents, Florina and Sam (Wuan’s sister and brother in law). We ordered two of my favourite dishes, which are also the restaurant’s signature dishes, are “ching sam wong tan” and “sai yong choi siu yuk chau ma lai chan”. The other dishes were stir fried bean sprouts with anchovies and “hung siu chu sau man hum choi” (braised marinated pig trotter with salted vegetables).

Restoran Wong Koh Kee stir fried watrercress in belacan
Stir fried watercress in belacan.

“Ching sam wong tan” literally means steamed three yolk egg. Fresh chicken eggs (kai tan), salted duck eggs (hum tan), century eggs (pei tan) were steamed together with minced pork. Soya sauce was added just before serving. This dish was perfectly done, like always. It had a smooth custard-like texture. The minced pork and chopped pieces of century eggs provided contrast and taste. As a kid, I liked to mash them together with rice. I still do it now.

Restoran Wong Koh Kee stir fried beansprout with anchovies
Stir fried beansprout with anchovies.

“Sai yong choi siu yuk chau ma lai chan” is watercress and roast pork stir fried in belacan (shrimp cake). Belacan gave it a salty and pungent aroma. Only tender watercress stalks were used. Otherwise, it would have been fibrous and chewy. This dish is usually fried with beef slices. We do not eat beef and subsituted it roast pork instead. It tasted just as good.

Restoran Wong Koh Kee braised deep fried pig trotter with salted vegetables
Braised deep fried pig trotter with salted vegetables.

I do not know how much the final bill came to. It was Florina and Sam’s treat. Thanks, you two! Nevertheless, the price of food here is reasonable. That is the other reason why I like eat here. The menu is quite extensive. But they are written in Chinese. The son of the restaurant’s founder is running the place now. He will usually recommend some of the popular dishes. The next trip to Ipoh will definitely be Restoran Wong Koh Kee again and most probably the same few dishes. It may sound boring but my taste buds are not complaining yet.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

4 thoughts on “Restoran Wong Koh Kee Take Two”

  1. love that restaurant too. more for nostalgia for me really.

    I wonder when we can go eat there again – you, Wuan and me. 🙂

  2. Nice food. Never had water cress with belachan. My friend took me to Ipoh last year. I don’t remember the restaurants but most of the food was good. We went to the famous soy milk/tah foo fah place. I bought a bunch of junk food (chicken biscuit, etc) too.

    Stir fried watercress in belacan is similar to kangkung in belacan. Other than visiting the in-laws, the other two things I like about Ipoh is food and more food. 🙂

  3. They serve the BEST Sweet and Sour Pork I’ve ever tasted. Crunchy, and almost perfect.

    Thanks. Going to try that when I am in Ipoh next.

  4. i went there on boxing day with my family 🙂 we ordered Pix 1 and 2 among other things 🙂


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