On my hunt for some of the best Chee Cheong Fun or CCF, as some like to call it, I stopped at the famous Ipoh Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun at SS2 Morning Market.
Do take note that this is a very general food review during the Covid 19 pandemic in Malaysia, and my mission is to locate some of the best Chee Cheong Fun in PJ or Petaling Jaya.
Ipoh Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun at SS2 Morning Market
This Chee Cheong Fun stall has been around for years now, after moving from the famous Lim Mee Yoke Coffee Shop to the current location of the SS2 Morning Market.
So, this Ipoh style Chee Cheong Fun stall has been in operation since 1984, with the flat noodles sourced directly from Ipoh and the sauce recipes passed down from generation to generation.
This PJ stall is also run by the youngest of the brothers that originally ran the night stall next to the Canning Garden football field or Jaycee Park, as some may recall.
Before I get into the review, I want to highlight that there is no such thing as the “Best Chee Cheong Fun” as every person has their own individual liking and preference when it comes to food; therefore, this review is based on my 40+ years of eating around Petaling Jaya.
What makes the Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun different?
Well, Chee Cheong Fun varies from the three regions in Malaysia – North, Central and South. Therefore, those who grew up in the respective regions will have their own selective taste.
Ipoh Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun originates from the central region, where they use red sauce apart from the regular soy sauce, oil, brown sauce and mushroom sauce. In English, this local favourite is called Rice Noodle Roll, but honestly, no one uses this term unless you are ‘Gwailow‘ attempting to blog about this to your readers.
Anyway, the most important thing about Chee Cheong Fun is the texture of the flat noodles, which should be just the right thickness and soft where it is a little slippery when held. Then you also look at the style you want to eat it as there are various ways to enjoy this.
As I used to frequent Ipoh in the 90s and 2000s, I personally tried quite a bit of the local hawker food there, and for the record, my Ipoh friends swear by the red sauce of the Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun. They claim that if the sauce is not red, it’s not Chee Cheong Fun.
Well, that is what my Penang friends claim – If there is no prawn paste sauce, it’s not Chee Cheong Fun. And so the debate goes on, but we will not get into that.
So, after trying the original Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun over 20 years back, I found that the outlet at the SS2 Morning Market is from the same family, and the noodles are still similar to the original ones.
The softness of the noodles is still there, and if you love it plain with soy sauce, oil and sesame seeds with green chillis, then it’s hard to find fault. Unless the chilli is extra sour or extra spicy, it could ruin the overall experience.
For the mushroom sauce or the curry sauce, it is also acceptable but not in my favour. I find that the mushroom sauce is overloaded with too many ingredients. Maybe it’s done to justify the price? Who knows.
The curry sauce is decent and simple without trying too hard. Personally, I prefer a not so spicy curry sauce compared to some who make it a little more spicy, ruining the overall taste.
What else do they sell?
Apart from the famous Ipoh Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun, they also sell several other snacks at their stall.
- Nyonya Kuih
- Teochew Chai Kuih
- Curry Puff with full boiled egg
- Nasi Lemak Packet
- Bak Chang
- Selected Pastries
- Biscuits and Cakes
Where is Ipoh Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun at SS2?
This stall is located inside the SS2 Wai Sek Kai or SS2 Food Court at Stall No.23.
In the morning, they are behind their stall and open at the SS2 Morning Market.
Waze: SS2 Morning Market (Pasar Pagi SS2)
GPS: 3°07’07.4″N 101°37’18.4″E
- Normal: 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM
- For the MCO period in Malaysia, they are open from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM
- Closed on Monday
I have also been exploring many other places, including Madras Lane Chee Cheong Fun in PJ at Paramount Kopitiam, Sungai Way Market Chee Cheong Fun, and Section 14 Chee Cheong Fun.
I have been a travel and lifestyle writer, blogger and social media enthusiast in the early days before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok; therefore, I am not the new generation reviewers who rave about trends and so on.
My tastebuds are tuned to the old styles or original local foods around Malaysia; therefore, I set my standards slightly higher than regular. What does this mean? The old taste in cooking comes mainly from the quality ingredients, sauces and styles of cooking. Not teaching a foreigner how to do it and then sit like a boss and collect money.
A good example is – Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh in Old Town PJ. I grew up in Old Town in the 70s to 80s, so I had eaten the original dish when the owners sweat and cook the dishes. Then over the decades, they got lazy and taught some foreigners to cook while they sat down and collected money.
And in 2000, many new generation foodies thought it was the best Bak Kut Teh ever after trying what the foreigners cooked for them. I don’t blame them because they never tried the actual owner’s style of bathing the meat before serving. This is what I mean by using my old taste as a guideline for reviews.
This CCF has to be in my Top 3 list because of the overall package by the owners – taste, package and price. Therefore, if I am craving a good fix without travelling too far, I will head here. Remember, if you come after 11.00 am, the dish may be sold out.
The Ipoh Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun price at SS2 Morning Market is still very affordable considering that they are well-known to many. If you have been wondering or curious, I would strongly recommend you try this popular CCF in PJ.