Chef Ron – New Stall Dishing Out Ipoh Cuisine in Maxwell Food Centre!
There’s no longer a need to cross over to Malaysia to have decent Ipoh cuisine. Take a short stroll to the familiar Maxwell Food Centre and patronise Chef Ron, a hawker stall whipping up dishes that originate from the state capital of Perak, Malaysia. The stall, Chef Ron, is named after the owner Ronnie Ng, who is from Singapore. ” Then why Ipoh dishes,” you may ask. All the recipes are created by his mother-in-law, who’s from Ipoh. “I have only one chance in life to do the things I want to do, so why not do something I like,” Ronnie shared his reason for leaving his job in human resource.
We were eager to tuck into the spread of Ipoh dishes. One of the more noteworthy dishes found in Ipoh is definitely the Ipoh Curry Mee ($4). Before assembling the ingredients, Ronnie’s mother-in-law fries the curry paste to achieve a certain char and fragrance that lingers in the curry. The curry is not as rich as Singapore’s rendition of curry noodles, and I found that pretty refreshing. The soup was surprisingly savoury – thanks to the addition of mint leaves and ingredients such as chicken and homemade roast meat. Dig up a spoonful of yellow noodle and tuck in! You’ll find alternating textures and flavours with every mouthful of their curry mee. There’s even a dry version of Ipoh Curry mee if you like!
Next up, Penang Laksa ($4). The thin and clear soup has a distinct tanginess, which most likely came from tamarind and rojak flower. You’ll find cu mee fen laying beneath slices of cucumbers, mint leaves, fried beancurd and kembong (mackerel) fish bits. What the assam laksa lacked in the quantity of ingredients, was made up for by the delicious tasting soup.
Chef Ron also sells classic dishes such as Nasi Lemak ($4.50), as well as more unusual ones such as Superior Soya Sauce Pork with rice and acar ($4.80). You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how thoughtful Ronnie and his mother-in-law are – they personally decorate every takeaway box. If you’re already feeling the warmth and love in their food, do pay them a visit!
Address: Stall 3 Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Phone: 9689 8917
Opening Hours: 9am to 7.30pm daily. Closed on Sundays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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