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There are a few Asian dishes that I am always on the lookout for. One is a Laksa be it Siamese, Sarawakian, Singapore or from any state in Malaysia but must have coconut milk in it and the other is Chicken Rice. And here my tastebuds dictate that it must be white steamed chicken, well cooked through with no blood showing and the chilli sauce must not be sweet, and ginger paste must come with it.

Fussy tastebuds I may have but recently I found a cafe that suited me to a T. This was Chillax in Ipoh Garden East where I have been writing about a slew of other restaurants. Situated right beside Hao Xian Wei, behind Tesco, Chillax was started by Angela Ong two years ago. A quiet haven where one can chill and relax, this cafe is beautifully covered in wallpaper with nature scenes where one can imagine oneself in the midst of nature while surrounded by the concrete jungle all around.

Nobody rushes you as you take time to decide on what to order. Western dishes are on offer as well as popular Asian specialities as per the two items mentioned above. Prices are very reasonable and a snack or meal will certainly not burn a hole in one’s pocket.

Jun Chillax Cafe Ipoh

Their Siamese Laksa is redolent of ‘bunga kantan’ (torch ginger), lemongrass and other herbs, generously brimming with fish chunks, pineapple, cucumber, onion slices and the gravy is enhanced with ‘santan’ or coconut milk; RM9.50 for a big bowl. Eat this with the Inche Kabin, RM17 for 6 pieces; you’ll be a very happy camper.

Angela’s Chicken Rice is well seasoned, the chicken nice and tender (not bloody) and the chilli sauce divine. Add the ginger paste and I can almost be back in Singapore! RM8.90.

And where can you get that nostalgic comfort food of yore, the Chicken Chop, done the way the Hainanese Chefs used to do . . . fried crispy on the edges, tender and succulent on the inside, smothered in a thick gravy and served with mixed vegetables. If you don’t want the chop to go soggy tell them to put the sauce on the side; RM15.90.

If it’s a soup and salad you’re hankering for, it’s here for RM6 each. Or a Spaghetti Bolognese for RM8.90Nasi Ulam for RM8.90 and not forgetting their superlative Nasi Kunyit served with Curry Chicken; RM8.90.

But you must save some appetite for the dessert. The Bubur Cha Cha sweetened just right is a treat at any time RM2.20/RM4 (S/L) and the definitive Gula Melaka, Sago Pearl Pudding floating in a sea of coconut milk and gula Melaka (coconut palm sugar); RM1.80/RM3.50 (S/L);  divine. Many other options are available but space limits me in describing them. Do check them out yourself.

JUN CHILLAX CAFE (Pork Free)
9 Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Bandar Baru Medan, Ipoh.
Tel:  Angela Ong 016 511 5441
Business hours:  12.30-3.pm; 5.30-10pm. Closed Tuesdays
Event bookings for 40 pax available
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See Foon

SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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