After weeks of tight schedule work I finally had the chance to visit Imp kitchen 御膳房, specializing in authentic traditional Chinese cuisine such as roast duck, honey BBQ Pork (Char Siu), Szechuan dried noodle and etc.
Based on some post shared on Facebook, the owner previously worked with Shangri-LA, Swissshotel Fairmont Singapore specializing in authentic traditional Chinese cuisine decided to start his own restaurant back in Ipoh.
With these “portfolio” I decided to give this a try and during my same time I found they have posted a promotional set (RM24 for 2 main dishes + dessert + soup of the day) in Fave.com (previously Groupon) so without hesitate I just hit it.
From the entrance their uniquely vintage wooden door which resemble traditional Chinese restaurant appealing enough to tells you how it’ll feel right inside. Nicely vintage theme design and lighting, I love the wooden table and chair usage, really brings up the ambient.
Since I bought the Fave package, I have the options to try out their signature dishes and being a noodle lover I ordered Szechuan wanton dried ramen, Noodle with Honey BBQ Pork and Crispy Roast Duck.
For starter I was served their soup of the day, it came in a big ceramic soup pot which is more than enough for 2 person.
Szechuan wanton dried ramen
The ramen was well cooked, it was chewy and didn’t have any alkaline taste. Served with their special sweet sauce. shredded carrot which adds up the crunchy texture on every bite.
Their Szechuan Wanton looks appealing wrapped with thin and translucent skin, served with their unique hot and sour sauce.
Their wanton is rather complex, stuffed not only with well seasoned minced pork but you’ll find there’s carrot, spring onion and black fungus mushroom and you’ll definitely want to dip it with their hot sauce.
Noodle with Honey BBQ Pork Char Siu with Crispy Roast Duck 御膳房燒鴨叉燒麵
Next is their wanton noodle with their signature Crispy Roast Duck and Honey BBQ Pork (Char Siu). The wanton noodle was thin and perfectly cooked to al-dente, I believe they make their own noodle as this doesn’t taste like common wanton noodle in Ipoh.
I seldom eat duck, but the Crispy Roast Duck they have here is totally different. It didn’t have those uncomfortable bad taste of duck, it was very well prepared and the skin is really crunchy.
Look at the big chunks of greasy coasted Honey Barbecue Pork, the color looks appealing.
The Char Siu came in right portion of fat and lean meat, easily melts on your tongue.
And finally the dessert,creamy mango milk with dices of mango and pulpy pomelo. The creamy mango milk wasn’t overly sweet which is good but combine with pomelo pulp which tasted a little bitter sweet.