THE OUTLET IN CENTURY SQUARE, WHICH THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON, IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED
When someone mentioned Ipoh, the famous “Sar Hor Fun”, “Nga Choi Kai”, and white coffee will come to mind. The capital city of Perak state, Malaysia is well known for its bustling hawker fare and is definitely one of the favourite food destination for Singaporean. Do you know that international superstar, Michelle Yeoh was borned there?
Anyway, you need not travel 8 hours on bus to satisfy your craving for Ipoh’s cuisine. Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken has bring some of the popular dishes to our doorstep. The name tells it all, there are the Bean Sprouts kampong Chicken and varieties of hor fun. The brand is the offspring of Select Group Limited, which also owned the Peach Garden, Texas Chicken, Lerk Thai, Hong Kong Sheng Kee Desserts, catering services and food courts.
Lou Yau started its IMM outlet in mid-2012 and currently has 6 branches. We have procastinated for so long about paying $7 plus for the streets fare. It really hurts for commoners like us. We were sort of “forced” into the restaurant during the busy meal hour on one Sunday evening. There were long queue at all the basement eateries in Century Square mall except for Lou Yau. The service staff at the entrance was convincing enough to pull us in.
The layout of the outlet has maximised the available tight real estates, offering minimum walk space and no privacy. Fortunately, the crowd was not much hence there was still some fresh air. We ordered their “signature” one person set and hor fun with hand made meat balls, minced meat and crispy fermented pork belly.
The one person set comprises kampong chicken, choice of chicken rice or hor fun, and bean sprouts. Their menu wrote that the ingredients were produced and imported from Ipoh. Frankly, we would prefer the meaty commercial chicken than the bony free range breed. However, the hor fun was smooth and the bean sprouts were plump and crunchy. The hand made meat balls, minced meat and fermented pork were the usual affair. Perhaps, the saving grace was the ginger sauce for the chicken rice. We like the mild ginger taste and plenty of chopped scallions. It was so good that we finished 5 portions in a blink! Lou Yau should regret leaving such splendid stuff on the side table free flow for the customers.
Finally, we have the famous Ipoh white coffee. Lou Yau’s version lacked the pungent coffee aroma and we were disappointed to see that they were using the coffee powder instead of the traditional “sock” filter.
Lou Yau falls slightly short of the expected premium quality that comes with the hefty price tag. It was not great but we will still return someday just to avoid the crowd and queue elsewhere.
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #B1-36, Century Square, Singapore 529509
Tel: 6782 3358
We have ordered:
1) One person set Hor Fun Dry: S$8.50++
2) Signature Hor Fun with Handmade Meat Ball, Minced Meat and Crispy Fermented Pork Belly: S$7.30++
3) Ipoh White Coffee: S$1.90++
4) Water Chestnut: S$3.00++