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kayes



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Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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November 26, 2008 10:53pm

Kayes, that's the home of the famous 'Mah Cheh' curry mee stall. Her godson is operating the business now and the curry mee is just as good as before, maybe even better!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 27, 2008 12:32am

Ken I must really find time to eat the Mah Cheh curry mee again. I used to eat it often in the 60s & 70s. My friend's uncle's liquor shop was just 3 doors to the left and it was some kind of meeting point for our gang. Occasionally there used to poker sessions at the back of the liquor shop amongst crates of Tiger, Anchor and F & N drinks. During those times, the Mah Cheh's stall was on the extreme left of the shop, next to the wall. She could always recognise me and would call me by my profession, "load see"
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
November 27, 2008 1:10am

Kayes and Ken, I was told by by Elvis, the gopeng mee guy in old town that he has opened a stall here operating at night. So if you're into gopeng mee and you miss him during the day, you can still have it here at night.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 27, 2008 1:18am

Joe, thanks for good news. I will certainly keep that in mind. When I was working in Hale Street I ate gopeng mee most mornings for breakfast and it is also my father's fav food. When my father was already in his mid 80s he still used to drive all the way from the house to "tah pau" the gopeng mee home.
Michael Tan

Registered: October 2009
Location: US and Japan
Posts: 12
October 14, 2009 2:53am

Oh yes! I know this coffee shop very well , In my chilhood we used to live in Leong Sing Nam street which is at the corner of this coffee shop .Mother often had a cup of afternoon coffee there , and I tagged along .I saw this offee shop opened from day one , it was as I recalled between the year 1955-56.The owner was a Hainanese couple .The curry mee stand was there ,opened at the same time ,it was owned by Bak Jie 八姐( Cantonese means 8th sister ) , she was addressed as such--Bak Jie . Mah Jie 妈姐 was not her name but reffered to women who never get married in Cantonese society .
Any way , Bak Jie started this type of curry that carried onto to day , it was the first of its king in Ipoh !!To day, you can find the same kind of curry in a few places in Ipoh , but it was started by BakJie . Bakjie was the pioneer of this kind of curry . As BakJie was not married, she had a God Son (Cantonese called it kaiZai ). who succeded her business for years , and I heard that even him is getting old and retired , and I hope who ever takes over the curry stand , will live up to BakJie's standard ! For all people of Ipoh , BakJie's curry was the best !!She is a legend .
Michael Tan hail to BakJie !! From US
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 14, 2009 2:57am

hello Michael & welcome to Ipoh Talk. I am very glad you made it to post. Feel free to reminisce here Smile
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 14, 2009 5:42am

I have disappointing news regarding the 'Gopeng mee.' It is no longer sold here in the evenings as the son has found a job elsewhere and the father can only manage the stall in Hale street during the day.


Hi Michael, I can almost still smell the wonderful aroma of the curry mee sold in Nam Kew!
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
October 14, 2009 6:08am

Well, tough luck then. Looks like we'll have to go in the morning to Hale St. for the Gopeng Mee.
Nam Kiew used to serve very good Kai Lup Fun.
pmlchen

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 4
October 14, 2009 8:12am

The medical clinic on the left of Kedai Kopi Nam Kew, used to be Mary Sim's maternity home. This was where my niece was born in 1958. To tell you her name would be saying too much - she probably wouldn't like it.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 14, 2009 8:32am

hello pmlchen & welcome to Ipoh Talk Smile Thanks for reminding me about Mary Sim's maternity home.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
October 14, 2009 8:57am

Wonder where is Mary Sim's maternity home now ..... The maternity home was still there about a year ago, if I am not wrong.
Michael Tan

Registered: October 2009
Location: US and Japan
Posts: 12
October 14, 2009 4:19pm

Hi Orange ,I don't think Mary Sim's maternity home was there a year ago . It was gone a long time ago !
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 14, 2009 4:48pm

This is for kc73. You mentioned in another thread that you were born in a clinic at this block in Anderson Road. Was it at Mary Sim's?
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 14, 2009 6:57pm

Hi Orange,
I think Michael Tan is correct. Mary Sim's Maternity Home was no longer there a long time ago. In its place was a pastry shop that makes cakes and buns. I am not sure if that pastry shop is still in existence now. At one time, Mary Sim lives in Canning Garden and she has a son who is about my age. The 'Mah Jie' curyy mee is exceptional and everyone in my family likes it. When she retired the godson who took over the business did a great job too and the curry taste just as good. I am sure the godson is quite old now and not surprisingly, he is contemplating retirement. Whenever I am in Ipoh, a visit to Nam Kiew is a must.
kc73

Registered: September 2009
Location: SG
Posts: 89
October 14, 2009 8:08pm

hi kayes



yes i born in the clinic along anderson road...mary sim...my mother told me is sam mei lay....in cantonese Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,823
October 14, 2009 9:18pm

kc73, thanks. I hazard a guess. You were born in 1973 and that means Mary Sim was there till at least that year.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,823
October 18, 2009 5:31am

More pics from Michael Tan. Here's what he said in his email:-


"These photos were taken in 2006 when I visited Ipoh on CNY. BaJie's curry mee stand was still there , her god son was still managing the stand .The quality was just as good as 55 years ago when Bajie started the stand , very same place .I pray that he is well and still there .Some one please find out for me !!!I have traveled all over the world , yet to find any curry as good as Bajie's style curry . The Gong Lou Ho Fen is to die for !!! Bear in mind , Bajie invented this style of Gong Lou curry 55 years ago . The man in blue shirt is her God-Son .Bajie started the first page in history of Ipoh's Gong Lo Curry Mee";


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Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 18, 2009 10:06am

Hi Kayes and Michael,
Those were great pictures and as Michael has said, the plate of dry curry mee looks exactly the same as it was in the 60's, 70's and early 80's. Even the shape of the slice of lime is cut in the same wedge-shape. Just like all of us, the Bart Jie's godson has aged but thankfully, the quality and the substance of the curry mee has been maintained through all these years. I did notice that the prices have gone up but overall, Ipoh's food is still inexpensive when compared to KL. For those of us who grew up eating the famous noodles, the sight of the plate that is oozing with rich curry sauce is enough to make us drool. Someday, I will be there in Nam Kew to whet my appetite, but meanwhile, dream on and keep salivating.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
October 19, 2009 9:07am

Since everybody loves this Bart Jie's curry mee and it has lasted more than half a century; in no time this popular Bart Jie Curry Mee will be franchised and mushrooming all over the country just like the Ipoh Old Town Cafe. Perhaps we can name it as 8Jie's Curry Meen with the same plate of curry mee on this pic. as the Logo. On the signboard of 8Jie's Curry Meen, we can enlarge the height of the digit 8 to double the height of the words Jie's Curry Meen to indicate prosperity. All walls of Ipoh Old Town Cafe are painted with dark brown or almost black to correpondece with the colour of coffee; as for this 8Jie's Curry Meen we can paint the walls curry colour. Now, as for the recipe of this curry mee we need Jim's help. With lot of Ken Ken Sotong Bakar and bottles after bottles of Tigers; Jim should be able to get the secret recipe straight from the horse's month (Bart Jie's god son). If Jim cannot handle it; we can engage the help of those China Dolls. But I trust Mat Salleh more! Smile The good day to start this business is on 8th of 8th Lunar month. We can always have the first outlet at Kayes "Kunt Tar Hor Dredge Disco/Bistro". Wahlauweh!! The only thing left to be done is the Open Ceremony. Perhaps we can invite Bart Jie's godson to do this for us with the same attire as in the pic. above. See ..... I can have good business sense if I want to!! Smile!
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
October 19, 2009 8:41pm

Believe me when I say Orange,from my own point of view,Malaysian Hawker Food,would sell extremely well here.Especially in our winter.I can think of nothing more warming or delicious than a bowl of Hokkien Mee on a cold winters day,after or at a Football Match,or for School Lunches,instead of the rubbish that is fed to our children in the form of pies and hot dogs or even worse,Fast Food Hamburgers or Chicken.The only time I ever was a victim of 'Food Poisioning' in the whole time I have lived in Malaysia,was at the Airmans Mess at RAAF Butterworth,during one of the few times I chose to eat lunch there.Believe me it made up for all the times I never ate there
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
April 27, 2010 7:16pm

I heard that you can get very good Tai Lok Meen and Wahtan Hor here at night. I have not tried it but intend to do so when I get back soon. Have to taste it for myself to see if its good. The stall occupies the back portion of Nam Kiew.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
April 27, 2010 8:32pm

Wow Joe, your intelligence network is indeed very active and your food radar must be extremely sensitive to pick up such valuable information all the way from KL. Nam Kiew does have a stir fry stall in its back portion all along and for many years, both its 'Char Siew; and 'Gai' Farn were very popular. Through the years, I am sure the stir fry stall must have changed hands many times and the current owner could have sensed a demand for 'Tai Lok Meen' and 'Wat Daan Hor' to include these two perennial favorites in the menu.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
April 27, 2010 9:15pm

Hi Ken,
The stir-fry (tai chow0 stall did change hands many times and the present owner is packing in the crowds. The only thing I'm doubtful is whether he is using the special dark sauce that they use in KL for the tai lok meen. If he doesn't use it, then it will not be the same at all. However, if his Wat Tan Hor is good, then its good enough for me Smile
kellyj994

Registered: November 2010
Posts: 1
November 9, 2010 12:00am

Thanks you for the post.





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