Ipoh is well-known for its Taugeh Chicken (or also known as Nga Choy Kai in Cantonese) and it’s always a must-eat during an Ipoh Food Trip. As usual, the popular Lou Wong and Onn Kee, both located in the heart of Ipoh town, takes the limelight.
As famous as Taugeh Chicken can be, most of the time, I think it’s overrated. Instead of Lou Wong or Onn Kee, I used to prefer Cowan Street Ayam Tauge. But its quality has deteriorated over the years.
Therefore, whenever I travel back to Ipoh, there’s no serious cravings for Taugeh Chicken.
Of late, I’ve been hearing much about this Taugeh Chicken place, which is nearby my Ipoh home. It’s located in Buntong, an outskirt neighbourhood away from the hustle and bustle of Ipoh town.
They operate within a house that has been converted into a business premise.
Despite being in Buntong, it was rather crowded during dinner hours. Perhaps it’s a favourite spot among the residents staying within the vicinity.
Anyway, this Buntong Taugeh Chicken restaurant looks like it’s a family owned and run business. Well, it’s rather common for traditional businesses in Ipoh.
The price here isn’t significantly cheaper than Lou Wong or Onn Kee as it’s quite standard.
You can order the number of pax accordingly. FYI, we’ll usually order fewer pax versus the actual physical diners as the Taugeh Chicken meal is meant to be a simple, not hearty, meal.
A special chilli sauce will be served first while waiting for the mains.
If you’re not familiar with a Taugeh Chicken meal, it comes in 3 dishes – the bean sprout, poached chicken, and flat rice noodles (hor fun in Cantonese) or sometimes rice.
Oh by the way, there’s always a saying that the bean sprouts in Ipoh is much fatter and juicier due to the water from the Ipoh limestone hills.
I’m not sure if it’s fact, but the bean sprouts here don’t look THAT fat and juicy anyway.
The poached chicken slices taste quite similar to the chickens from other Taugeh Chicken restaurants. The flat rice noodles taste bland as it’s pretty much an accompanying dish.
Well, despite the good recommendations, I still find Taugeh Chicken (in general) an overrated meal in Ipoh. Come on guys, it’s just chicken and bean sprouts – how unique or special can it be?
Nevertheless, I find dining at Buntong Taugeh Chicken is more chilled and relaxed – unlike the busy and crowded environment at Lou Wong or Onn Kee. Customers here are mainly local Ipohans and that provides the comfortable feeling of dining dine here.
Find out more on what to eat in Ipoh!
Restaurant Ayam Tauke (Buntong Taugeh Chicken)
849, Jalan Guntong, Buntong, Ipoh, Perak
Business Hours: Daily 1800 onward (except Tue)
GPS Coordinates: 4.5933, 101.0648
Tel: 05-2557469 / 012-5787251