Another place that came highly recommended in Ipoh is Restoran New Holly Wood, a halal chinese kopitiam. It's on the opposite end of Restoran Canning Corner.
Apparently the must have is the char koi (RM0.70)
Looks good yes?
But it was a let down, as we found it to be rather oily and chewy compared to Canning Corner's char koi which we had the previous day.
K: It was also saltier.
Thankfully this dish made up for the disappointment! I love Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have this halal dish. Can you see all those generous sized prawns? So fresh and crunchy! If you can find ones of that size with that price (RM3.50) in KL (that is halal or pork free of course) then do tell.
K: One thing we didn't do here was order drinks. Why, you ask? Well, in the course of researching places to go, we surfed the web to find reviews. And in a review for the New Holly Wood Restaurant, the operator was apparently caught red handed recycling straws. Yuck!! The idea of sucking drinks through a straw that has been used by God knows how many countless strangers is really gross. So, no drinks, only food.
But to be fair, the straws didn't seem to be of different lengths when we went.
K: Compared to Canning Garden, none of the stalls here have Halal certs.
However this place, which has been established for a longer period, is the more happening of the two. You'll see a lot of people here.
K: Yeah, we saw Mamat Khalid of Hantu Kak Limah fame, younger brother of Lat, having his lunch here.
Restoran New Hollywood
38, Jalan Lee Kwee Foh,
Price - $
Certified halal meat sources (not that we saw them that day)
Apologies, we forgot to take the operating hours but it's open for brunch.