When speaking about yong tau foo (or yong liew as it is known in Ipoh), Tai Kar Rock is a household name, with many branches across the city. I can’t remember the last time we had it when we were in Ipoh, but it has been many, many years. We stopped by for lunch one day at its Greentown branch, located within a renovated single-storey shoplot.
The resto has the typical bamboo blinds to keep out the hot sun.
Cool and spacious interior.
How to order: Grab a plate and pick out the yong liew (assorted fried/stuffed goodies) that catches your fancy. There are fried items as well as ones that come served in a soup (fishballs, pork balls, tofu, etc.)
Back in the days it used to be old uncles/aunties doing the cooking, but these days they’ve relegated it to foreign workers.
Balls of all kinds lel.
To go with the yong liu, you can order a hot bowl of soupy noodles. Variants include kuey teow, thick yellow mee and mihun.
Assorted fried goodies. Pops likes the chilli stuffed with fish paste and also the sar kok liew (jicama fritters, mixed with fish paste and deep fried in a beancurd skin) which is an Ipoh specialty. I liked the fried foochok, which was crispy but not too greasy.
Also pig skin. If done well there is no unpleasant odor at all, although some people might not like the chewy rubber-like texture. 😀
Won’t say that the yong liew here is the best (Batu 14 Puchong still wins hands down!) but its a good place to satisfy your cravings if you’re ever in town.
TAI KA ROCK (GREENTOWN) IPOH
24, Jalan Seenivasagam, 30450 Ipoh, Perak.
Opening hours: 6.30AM – 3PM (daily)
Phone: 012-522 2067