“Where to have lunch? “Anywhere”.
“Who to have lunch with?” “Anyone”.
Perhaps not many of you will know of this humble eatery at Damansara Uptown, PJ. Don’t blame you readers as DU is always buzzing with new eateries and good ones too. Located just opposite of UOB, this place boasts of good Ipoh food, hence the tagline “Rediscover the Best of Ipoh”. From the famous Menglembu wan tan mee, to the Ipoh white coffee, this place sure is captivating.
Mind you, both gNOMe’s studied in Tronoh, Perak for a full 5 years, thus Ipoh food is that close to our hearts. Ipoh was like our second home, we can still drive around there without the help of GPS although we have left Ipoh since 2011.
But I still don’t understand why the shop named itself Annie 1?
Anyways, we arrived there, the place was packed to the brim. Luckily we managed to secure seats pretty fast. The menu has a long list of food, ranging from wan tan mee, to curry noodles, chee cheong fun, desserts, drinks.
Since they are famous for their Menglembu wan tan mee, we ordered the (not wanton) Wan Tan Mee (RM 4.80) and the Char Siew Wan Tan Mee (RM 5.90).
Both plates of noodles are of the same quality. No inconsistency in the way of cooking. Noodles were cooked al dente, which is a plus point here. Springy, firm yet disintegrates at every bite. The black sauce was just enough, which meant that the noodles weren’t soaked in the black sauce nor was it too dry. Seasoning wise : not too salty. But the wan tan mee was lacking a little pepper, which gNOMe 2 felt that the pepper will just seal the win.
The dumplings/wan tan texture were smooth, the skin is firm enough not to disintegrate in the soup when stirred. A little bit small in size and not too well seasoned, we felt that the dumplings were just alright.
As for the char siew, it won hands down. Nicely caramelized, there was enough meat and enough fats in every slice. Not too chewy nor too soft, the texture was just nice for us.
Also, Ipoh is very famous for their distinctive chee cheong fun. Unlike the one you can find in Penang or the HK styled, Ipoh’s chee cheong fun is usually filled with gravy, with mushrooms and minced meat. And goes well with pickled green chilli.
Priced at RM 4.50, the mushroom was very fragrant, though gNOMe 2 finds the rice noodles a little too sticky. The rice noodles were sticking with one another and has to be separated before consumed. Gravy was slightly too little for the amount of rice noodles though. And oh, the gravy color is a shade darker compared to the ones you can find in Ipoh.
Of course, who goes to a place famed for their Ipoh food and NOT ORDER the white coffee?
Priced at RM3.00, the coffee was yummy! It was thick, sweet enough to pass off as one of the good ones. Of course, in comparison with the ones in Ipoh, this lacks the oomph but we cut it some slack. We can barely find good coffee in PJ though. 😦
We also had the Foo Chok Barley (RM 2.60), also fondly known as ‘Yi Mai Foo Chok’. Stella, gNOMe 2’s awesome food buddy particularly loves it, because it has a generous amount of foo chok.
This discovery particularly surprised us both, and we are eager to return for more wan tan mee and eggs on toast! Oh, feeling a little bit nostalgic right now.
Verdict : Recommended for those who loves and misses Ipoh’s good food! Of course the wan tan mee cannot beat Tronoh’s, the white coffee cannot beat Onn Huat’s, but enough to satisfy our cravings.
How to get there:
Address: 20, Jalan SS21/58, Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
Contact : 016-660 8816 / 012-336 9328