Rice noodle roll or more popularly known as chee cheong fun, is a Cantonese dish from southern China including Hong Kong, which is commonly served either as a snack, small meal or as a variety of dim sum. It is a thin roll made from a wide strip of sar hor fun (flat rice noodles), where it is filled with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables or other ingredients. Seasoned soy sauce is poured over the dish upon serving.
In Malaysia, many people prefer serving chee cheong fun with a kind of sweet sauce called thim jeong (甜酱). Having said that, in Ipoh it is mainly served in two ways, the dry or wet versions. In the dry version, it is served with soy sauce, sesame seeds, fried shallots, onion oil and in most cases, chilli sauce as well as pickled green chilli. In the wet version, it is served with curry and mushroom gravy, other than sesame seeds and fried shallots.
After much exploration, I have finally found a stall in Ipoh (all thanks to hubby’s recommendation), that serve arguably the most distinctive Ipoh chee cheong fun.
Smooth and silky rice noodles, served with the fragrant curry and mushroom gravy exude an indescribable heavenly taste. You can choose either plain rice noodles or rice noodles stuffed with dried shrimps. Each plate of chee cheong fun is served with a generous amount of minced pork. With each slurp, you are able to savour the fragrant garnishing of sesame seeds and fried shallots.
And if you crave for an extra kick of spiciness, you can always request for the succulent chilli cockles to be added to your chee cheong fun. Interestingly, the size of each cockle is as big as a thumb.
Besides the cockles, there are various types of fried fishcakes that can be added to you chee cheong fun as well. Understandably, these will also escalate the price of your meal.
Whenever you drop by to try this chee cheong fun, remember to do what the locals do. Enjoy the food by eating at the roadside the typical hawker style (of course chairs are provided).
Address: Persiaran Sungai Pari 1, Taman Mas, 31450 Ipoh (coordinates: 4.582280, 101.052447)
Operating Hours: 7AM–7PM (closed on Fridays)
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