Sunday, November 14, 2010

Foh San Dim Sum @ Ipoh

Foh San

I was probably the last one to be writing about this place. This restaurant has been a household name in Dim Sum in Ipoh as well as KL. Everyone I knew has been to Foh San before and I was probably the last one to visit their new outlet at Jalan Leong Sin Nam which is just opposite another famous Dim Sum outlet called Ming Court.

I must say that from the outside, the building does look very impressive. It's much bigger than its previous outlet which has now turned into Purple Cane Tea Gallery. This new place is spacious, airy and more classy. Last time the tables used to be cramped together in a tight space but now you have ample space in between tables to walk around.

There will be stations where different Dim Sum is offered. One has to go to these stations to select what you fancy and bring along the card where the staff will tick on the price accordingly and then you can take the dim sum back to your table. To sum up, it is almost like self service although there are some other items that they still do it through cart pushing.

A few of the must-eat-dishes for me at the Dim Sum restaurant is the dumplings (siew mai, har gaw and yu mai), then Foh San's famous huge fried fish balls, lo mai kai (glutinous rice with chicken), ma lai koh (steamed egg cakes with melon seeds), fried sesame balls with lotus paste and the steamed chestnut delicacy.

The char siew pau (steamed pork bun) at this place used to be really good. I could still remember that everytime we go back to Ipoh, we had to take away at least 10 of them back to KL. However, that day I didn't feel that it was as good as it used to be. Would it be because they have changed the chef or has gone really commercialised?

No dim sum meal is perfect without a plate of steamed Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun (rice sheet rolls) with either char siew (roast pork) or shrimps. The secret to enjoying this dish is to have it warm, served with lots of sesame seeds and fried shallots and belacan chilli. It's best served warm because when it gets cold, it's not as smooth anymore.

Waitress for the day...

Actually I was quite disappointed with some of the dishes as it seemed that the quality has some sort deteriorated. Although big improvements in facilities and the ambiance, it has somehow lost its nostalgic touch of good tasting dim sum. They still is allowing patrons to wait by the side of the tables for seats which I think they should improvise and provide numbers for waiting instead so that the patrons would not feel obligated to leave.

So far, for good tasting dim sum, I will still visit the outlet opposite which is Ming Court. It's not easy to get a table but if you can wake up early, you will definitely be rewarded.

Foh San
No.51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam,
30300 Ipoh, Perak.
(just behind Hotel Excelsior)
Tel: +605 254 0308

6.30 am to 2.00 pm
Close on Tuesday


Sean said...

i'm actually quite impressed by their website! it looks a lot better than most restaurants' sites, and more informative too :D

Dennis Ong said...

Hmm.... been there last two months ago... and I thought I was the only one who think their standard drops...

prefer the old Foh San... Ming court eh? Never tried that before.. will be going Kampar end of this month don't know if got time to drop by and try Ming court or not... =p

suituapui said...

Wah! With a waitress looking like that, I certainly would order more! Ya...the place has been around a long time - even at its present location. Was very popular but not much has been said about it since. Maybe the staff can't cope as the place is so much bigger than that's why you seem a bit disappointed with a few of the stuff.

KY said...

haven't been to the new foh san, usually i go to the opposite ming court :D

玮灵WeiLing said...

I'd tried both Foh San and Ming Court and I think I'll still stick to Ming Court.=)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i actually havent had dim sum in ipoh since i was a kid..we usually cant go past the chicken hor fun!

Corgi 1960 said...

In HK, we call it Cheong Fun. In Msia, we affectionately added the word "Chee". And I really cant find an outlet in HK that serves the fried shallots on top of the Cheong Fun.
This place you blogged is quite something. I like to visit that place, and enjoy the push carts...nice feeling. One thing for sure, the Char Siu Pau is looking good even in the photo. Must be a real tasty delicacy!!!! yum yum......
Hey, next stop's that? possible?

eiling lim said...

Sean: HAha... they have gone high-tech and commercialised. Businesses need to expand and embrace changes.

Dennis: Hey next time try Ming Court. It's more HK style dim sum - small and cute.

STP: Hehe... next time when I own a restaurant, you better come more often! I will make sure I'll be the waitress there.

KY: Go try la! and see which one is better.

wei Ling: Yeah i agree.

Joe: Well, the next time you're back and have time to go to Ipoh, try the dim sum there.

eiling lim said...

corgi: hey, the next time you come to Kl and have time for a trip to Ipoh, I'll take you there! haha... I wanna go HK too but you know the hotel is freaking expensive. My next stop is Bangkok tomorrow.

chaileing said...

Fohsan now have Facebook,welcome go to like ths page:!/pages/fu-shan-cha-lou-Foh-San-Restaurant-Sdn-Bhd/170747559615856

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