Freelance writer and blogger from Sydney (ex-Melbourne). Avid foodie and traveller. Loves dogs.
Published July 31st 2017
Come for the curry laksa, stay for the Ipoh hor fun
There seems to be a reasonable number of Malaysian restaurants in Sydney's CBD. In the past, I've dismissed them thinking that they were overpriced eateries serving mediocre and not-terribly-authentic food to time-poor suits. My recent lunch at Ipoh on York, however, proved me wrong.
Because Ipoh on York is popular with the weekday corporate crowd, my advice is to get there as close to 12pm as possible - or wait out the lunch rush and come after 1:30pm. Ipoh on York was already packed by the time my friend and I arrived at 12:15pm but thankfully there were a few stray tables so we were quick to grab one. Upon arrival, you order at the counter, pay for your meal and grab a ticket. When your order is ready, you grab your tray and off you go. The set-up does remind me of a food court but when you're getting flavours this good at a reasonable price (as reasonable as Sydney CBD can get anyway), who cares?
My initial plan was to get a laksa like my friend, but I ended up opting for the eatery's signature Ipoh hor fun ($12) – and I enjoyed every single spoonful of it. They gave me a generous amount of silky smooth rice noodles in a chicken and prawn broth, which was light yet extremely flavoursome at the same time. If you're craving soup for a winter lunch without the heaviness of a laksa or a ramen, this ought to be your go-to dish.
Meanwhile, my friend chose the laksa. Here, you can get your laksa in different flavours ranging from the basic chicken to the more popular seafood. You can even order a vegetarian version though I'm not exactly sure how that works given that the basic laksa broth is flavoured with prawn shells in addition to other delicious ingredients not limited to chilli, lemongrass, galangal and candlenuts. Anyway, my friend chose the combination laksa ($15) so he could have a bit of everything, though the tofu to meat ratio was a bit skewed. I had a few spoonfuls of the broth and I can definitely verify its deliciousness.
Ipoh on York was a great spot for an authentic Malaysian lunch and I'll be back to enjoy a bowl of their laksa. I'm also keen to try their nasi lemak and their kway teow siram (wok-fried rice noodles in a silky egg gravy).