We were passing by Ipoh on our drive up north for work and decided to eat around Jusco. Acting on a recommendation by a friend, we circled around the shops until we spotted Bee Gaik. The facade of the restaurant already states very clearly the type of cuisine they serve – chinese and some nyonya dishes.
The place was rather packed and we found ourselves seated at one of the smaller tables in the corner. It was only later that we found out that this restaurant spans over 2 floors. Flipping through the menu, we spotted a photo of Dato’ Michelle Yeoh with the owner which is somewhat reassuring. Heh. Anyhow, we ended up ordering some signature dishes and others that sounded inviting to us.
I must admit that the Assam Pork (RM10) was nothing I expected. Too used to fiery red gravy whenever the word “Assam” is used, I forgot that it also can mean the tangy, piquant flavours of tamarind juice. I liked this dish, thinly sliced pork belly, fragrantly sauteed with tamarind juices, soy sauce, onions etc .
The Ju Hu Char (RM7), or Stir fried turnip (sengkuang) with cuttlefish shreds was served with fresh lettuce and delightful to eat. However, I found this dish bordering on sweetness, probably due to liberal use of sugar during the cooking process.
We wanted Kapitan Chicken initially but as it was sold out, we took the Nyonya Lemak Chicken (RM9) which was recommended by the waitress. The deep fried chicken pieces were evenly coated in the rich gravy.
We also had their signature Perut ikan (RM7) which is a curry-like dish using herbs, leafy vegetables and most importantly, fermented fish stomach. Despite sounding quite offputting, I believe it’s actually quite a good accompaniment for white rice as it’s a rich combination of savoury, spicy, sweet and sour flavours. The ratio of vegetables and herbs is much more than the fish, so no worries about a strong fishy taste. I’m not entirely sure how authentic this tastes as I haven’t tried much of Perut Ikan but the colour does give one the impression that this is one dish that’s kept and reheated before being served. But I understand making this dish is quite laborious in nature and the taste can be compromised if one of the many ingredients is missing. So probably, when they have everything, they whip up a bigger batch?
Anyway, I like the homecooked food feel that this place exudes. The prices are also quite reasonable and considering the number of dishes they have, won’t mind returning for more.
Bee Gaik Dining Place
10, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 11,
Taman Ipoh Selatan
Ipoh, 31400 Perak.