I have had many a wat tan hor in my lifetime and what I know of wat tan hor is - koay teow, wok hei, thick yummy eggy gravy - delicious! delicious! delicious!
I have had good ones and not so good ones. After my visit to Ipoh Tuck Kee@Damansara Uptown where I was supposed to eat the wat tan hor fun but instead had yu kong hor, I decided to return to check out their wat tan hor fun.
My experience with the yu kong hor was somewhat underwhelming. Someone commented that yu kong hor should taste exactly like wat tan hor. Really? I have eaten wat tan hor many times and the taste of the yu kong hor was nowhere near that of wat tan hor.
So let's see how the wat tan hor (RM10.00) at Ipoh Tuck Kee measures against the ones I have eaten elsewhere.
It came like this, in a bowl with a big ass ladle.
I removed the ladle to a bowl. I saw pieces of chee yau char. Yay!
Then I dug in and had a taste.
Errr....it did not taste like the wat tan hor that I am used to.
Taste again. Then it clicked. This wat tan hor tastes exactly like the yu kong hor. It's like they cooked the yu kong hor and then doused it with eggy gravy. So yeah, the yu kong hor here taste exactly like their wat tan hor hahahaha..
I was in need of pickled green chilies. Why they don't give, eh? Then I realized that the condiment counter was just behind me (when a young lady from another table walked over to help herself).
A few more things about the wat tan hor - there was no wok hei (in fact the yu kong hor the other day also lacked wok hei, something I failed to mention in my previous post) and the koay teow had a faint unpleasant smell.
Besides, the gravy was very watery. Suffice to say, the only thing I enjoyed at Ipoh Tuck Kee was the sour plum lime juice. It was super pekat that day. A lip smackingly refreshing drink.
Sorry, no more Ipoh Tuck Kee for me.
Then a few days later I checked out the wat tan hor at Yu Tao Xuan Restaurant (CLOSED). Their Penang Char Koay Teow impressed me, so let's see how is their wat tan hor.
If you are looking for this restaurant, it is along the same row as Village Park and next to Rod Dee Ded. They are still carrying the old yellow Yok Tho Hing signboard.
They also have a wanton mee stall inside. Without further ado I ordered the wat tan hor (RM10.00) .
Very pale watery gravy. My heart sank a bit.
But don't be fooled or disheartened by its looks.
It was actually pretty decent, lots of wok hei and flavor. Definitely better than the one at Ipoh Tuck Kee.
Now let me tell you who makes my ultimate wat tan hor experience. If you have been following my blog, you might already know.
The wat tan hor (RM18.50) at Champ's@A Foodie's Nest The Starling (CLOSED) is the BEST to me. Sure, it is the most expensive of the lot but it ticks all the right boxes for me - big portion, lots of ingredients, thick eggy gravy and deep wok hei aroma and flavors. DELICIOUS! Eating this after the other two experience was pure ecstasy!
I would gladly pay the extra RM8.50 for a far superior version of wat tan hor. Conclusion - I don't need to try any other wat tan hor after this. Hah!