Restoran Choong Kee Pokok Besar (兵如港忠记大树头炸料粉) or Dai Shu Geok which translates to big tree foot is usually a must on any first-time Ipoh foodie’s bucket list. Specifically for yong tau fu.
The yong tau fu stall in front is the first thing you see even before you walk into this place.
What else notable here? Find out in this post.
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About Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar)
This is the originalDai Shu Geok and they’re fiercely proud of this fact. If you can read Chinese, they have multiple signs that say so.
You may see another similarly named restaurant that is back-to-back with Restoran Choong Kee Pokok Besar. They sell the same signature food (yong tau fu) and drinks (ice blended red bean).
At one point, there was some drama between both of them with one party even resorting to the use of megaphones to attract the crowds.
These days, there is a significantly larger group of customers over at Restoran Choong Kee Pokok Besar than their neighbor.
If in doubt, follow the crowd before you choose a seat.
Ease Of Parking At Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar)
This whole area of Ipoh is very busy at both breakfast and lunch times. There’s food at every shophouse row (sometimes even a few eateries side by side).
Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar) faces the road at the intersection between Jalan King and Persiaran Tokong. It’s walking distance to A Jie café.
There are many free and paid (typical fare is RM3) parking lots in this area but on weekends and public holidays, it’s still hard to find a vacant parking spot at peak hours.
Since Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar) opens at 8am and closes at 5:30pm daily, expect it to be crowded during lunch (1 to 2pm). For some reason, it’s not as popular for breakfast.
Ambiance At Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar)
Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar) is not so much a restaurant but a spacious open-air hawker center.
It’s very busy and lively at lunch time (even on weekdays) as many local families like to take their kids here after picking them up from school.
There are multiple fans and tables throughout the eatery. The drinks counter is at the far end of the hawker center.
Toilets are by the exit of the hawker center. They don’t look (or smell) very clean.
Service At Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar)
They have a lot of staff (local and foreign) working the food and drinks stalls at this hawker center. Service is very fast considering how busy it gets during lunch time.
Choose a table first before ordering from any of the stalls and remember the table number so you can let the staff know where to bring the food.
Food At Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar)
Besides yong tau fu and assam laksa, there are stalls selling homemade pan mee and roast pork.
Almost every table orders the tall mugs of ice blended red bean (this is not too thick or sweet) or the iced coffee too.
Although we did spot some other blended fruit beverages like dragronfruit. And fresh sugarcane juice.
The yong tau fu stall has a wide variety of different yong tau fu (liew) and many of each variety too so you don’t have to worry about your favorite one selling out.
- Fish paste with large green chilis
- Stuffed okra (lady’s fingers)
- Stuffed eggplant (oily)
- Fried beancurd
- Stuffed tofu
- Sar kok (fried jicama root – the one at Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar) is wonderfully crispy and not overly oily)
- Fish balls
After you choose your liew, you can choose the type of noodles (hor fun, lou shi fun, mee hoon, egg noodles, etc) you want and whether you want them dry or in soup.
There’s laksa and curry mee too.
PS: Not a fan of the laksa which is quite runny. Curry mee is thick and creamy with coconut milk.
Pricing At Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar)
Pricing is relatively fair at Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar). The yong tau fu are decently sized.
Note: Laksa portion of noodles was small.
We got around 8 pcs of yong tau fu, one plate of dry noodles, and one bowl of laksa and these cost us RM16.
Drinks totalled to RM5.50 for two. You do get a lot for the iced blended red bean drink.
- Address: 35, Persiaran Tokong, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak
- Location: Google Maps
- Opening Hours: 8am–6pm
We personally don’t think the food at Restoran Choong Kee (Pokok Besar) is worth the hassle of finding parking on weekends and public holidays unless you really have to have yong tau fu for lunch.
But on non-peak days, this is an affordable place for lunch.
And to us, the items most worth ordering here are the fried jicama, dry curry mee, and ice blended red bean beverage.
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