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Do they still have their restaurant in Pusing? Anyone been there lately?
· Date: October 11, 2009 · Views: 20959 ·
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Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 11, 2009 7:41am

This is quite a famous restaurant. Some years back, a relative had a wedding banquet there and the food was very good. Their restaurant in Pusing is still popular, though I have not been there lately. The restaurant's claim to fame is its fresh water seafood and we usually wash it down with Tiger beer. We used to joke about going to Pusing and after a few rounds, we have "kepala pusing."
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 11, 2009 8:09am

The last time I ate at their restaurant in Pusing was in the mid 80s. Food was good.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
April 14, 2011 7:06pm

Hi Ken
I wonder if you remember Foong Lum restaurant. It was here in those days when we parked our cars in the gardens of Kampung Java. Foong Lum was later taken over by Public restaurant.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
April 14, 2011 8:11pm

Hi Blue Grass,
I do remember Fung Lum Restaurant which was originally located on the ground floor of Eastern Hotel at Brewster Road, Later it moved to this Horley Street location and not long after that, the business folded up. The shop lot was then taken over by Restoran Pusing Public. It seems that Fung Lum was once owned by Datuk Paul Leong's family (the former minister from Gerakan Party). In fact, Fung Lum's food was very good, almost comparable to some of the fine Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong. My other favorite Cantonese restaurant is Lee How Fook, which was located along Jalan Ali Pitchay. Across the street from Lee How Fook was yet another famous restaurant, the Imperial Room, whose claim to fame was a lady captain who could drink like a fish. Many of these restaurants have bitten the dust, except for Oversea Restaurant, which is still going strong after all these years. When it comes to Cantonese food, I would say that Ipoh stands head and shoulders above Penang.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
April 15, 2011 7:59am

Hi Kayes, Bluegrass, Ken,


This restaurant reminded me of an amusing situation. I was working in Singapore and traveling in through Ipoh. My family had invited me to have dinner at Pusing Mun Chong. Without hesitation, I went to Pusing Mun Chong and waited for over an hour and realized that there is another Pusing Mun Chong in Ipoh !


Ken, All the restaurants you had mentioned I remembered with the exception of Imperial Room and the drinking lady captain ! I am not much of a drinker.


Sam


Sam
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 31
April 15, 2011 12:23pm

Hi Ken
Lee How Fook is still around and is now known as Sun Lee How Fook but shifted to Jalan Kampar. The have their own building with bigger capacity. It sits facing The Store shopping centre. I can't compare to those days but the food is fine.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
April 15, 2011 8:14pm

Hi Adri1970,
Thanks for the update about Sun Lee How Fook. I am sure the food must be as good as it used to be, if not even better. That is because this restaurant does have a sterling reputation in the 60's and 70's and it would be bad business sense to tarnish this image that has taken years to burnish. Another popular restaurant that had sadly disappeared from Ipoh's food radar is Kok Kee. I remember many an enchanting evening, dining alfresco under the starry night sky, with a pleasant breeze gently refreshing my tired body after a long day at the office.


Sam, that lady captain gulps down Remy Martin XO like chinese tea and her face turns pale as she becomes more and more saturated with alcohol. I can't say that I was a heavy drinker but I did drink fairly regularly when I was in my late 20's and early 30's. Ever since I have settled down in the US, I stop drinking completely. In the last few years, I became a weekend warrior, sipping red wine while munching on delectable finger food on Friday and Saturday night, purely for fun and relaxation.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
April 15, 2011 8:59pm

Hi Ken,
Kok Kee is still in the radar. It moved to Bercham and the morning crowd going for dim sum still shows that it is still very popular. I still remember the days too when we could dine as you said 'Al Fresco' under the starry night sky. Sometimes, we would hop over to Kok Kee which was next to Green Fern esp. after our night session. Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
April 15, 2011 9:57pm

Hi Joe,
Am pleasantly surprised to hear that Kok Kee is still alive and kicking at its new location. You really know where to go for good food in Ipoh even though you are now in KL. If I remember correctly, Bercham is the same as Kampung Bercham, which is in the direction of Kampung Simee/Star Park and Ipoh Garden South, am I right?
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
April 16, 2011 7:21am

Hi Ken,
I do go back to Ipoh once a month or two to pay my bills and also look around for some places for food. Yes, Bercham is the same as Kg. Bercham and there seems to be a lot of places that have opened up there besides some of the existing ones. I know there is place selling good char siew pau, dim sum at Kok Kee, ngah poh farn, a good Thai version of tai chow and many others. Its worth surveying the place for food. Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
April 16, 2011 7:48am

The first time I heard of "Bercham" was in 1981 when my Alfa Romeo mechanic told me he was moving there from Lahat. (His workshop remained in Lahat though). A couple of years later, a Honda salesman from Ban Hoe Seng told me he was moving there. At that time it appeared to me that Bercham was the preferred place for "car people" Smile



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