[CLOSED] Wan Hao Yun Authentic Ipoh Cuisine: Bean sprout chicken rice & dry curry chicken hor fun at hidden industrial canteen

I made my way to the industrial estate of Bukit Merah in search of Wan Hao Yun Authentic Ipoh Cuisine. The food stall is located at MADDOX canteen, an obscure food spot that’s mostly frequented by customers who work around the area.

wan hao - maddox canteen

After cutting through the carpark adjacent to block 1001 and 1002, I finally spotted the elusive canteen all the way at the back— it really isn’t visible to the public eye.

The stall’s brightly-lit signboard with an adorable chicken logo grabbed my attention immediately. Chef Sam Lai is a 42-year-old native Malaysian from Ipoh who has worked in Singapore for the past 2 decades.

wan hao - stall front

A couple of months back, I wrote about their range of chee cheong fun for breakfast. Chef Sam informed me that they have ceased selling those dishes as footfall is slow in the morning.

What I tried at Wan Hao Yun Authentic Ipoh Cuisine

wan hao - dry chicken curry

As it was a rather chilly day with a light drizzle, it was the perfect occasion to get the Dry Curry Chicken Hor Fun (S$5). Do note that by default, the menu comes with yellow noodles, but Chef Sam recommended to have it with hor fun instead.

The bed of noodles and taugeh was topped with a viscous curry gravy of chicken pieces and chunks of potato.

wan hao - hor fun mixing

I mixed all the ingredients and watched as the thin strips of ivory-hued hor fun had taken on a reddish-brown shade after absorbing the thick gravy.

The smooth and soft strands of rice noodles were scented with the dynamic smoky hints of curry powder. Almost immediately after, an intense wrath of spice permeated my tongue. Beads of sweat started to form on my forehead and I reached out for my packet of tissues to wipe them off— this dish is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

wan hao - hor fun closeup

I must say, though, that despite the heat, I kept going for more— it was deliciously addictive! The chicken pieces were tender but I wished they were boneless instead. Needless to say, for someone like me who loves potatoes, the fluffy chunks of potatoes were satisfyingly good.

wan hao - curry condiments

We then proceeded to try the Roasted Chicken Set A (S$6). It consisted of a plate of chicken rice, roasted chicken with a pile of bean sprouts and cucumber slices, and meatball soup.

wan hao - chicken rice set

I do not typically start a plate of chicken rice with the vegetables, but I did that day. I dived straight into the bean sprouts which had a light dusting of pepper on it.

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It gave off a nice crunch without possessing unpleasant raw tastes and tasted slightly sweet due to its absorption of the soya-based sauce at the bottom.

wan hao - beansprouts

I have nothing but good things to say about the chicken rice. Flavourful, fluffy, perfectly-cooked, not too oily, strong notes of ginger… I need a thesaurus for more adjectives!

wan hao - rice closeup

The roast chicken was well seasoned and had a tasty skin. Perhaps my only gripe with it was the amount of meat on it. It was on the skinny side and had not much flesh.

It could just be the poor chicken, which was either severely underfed or had a high metabolism! Other than that, it was a good piece of roast chicken.

wan hao - roast chicken

My highlight of the day was the chilli sauce. I learnt from the owner that the recipe is her husband’s secret concoction. He is even thinking of packaging it for sale outside in the future.

wan hao - chilli pouring

It was mildly spicy and tangy with strong garlic flavour. I also picked up something familiar; chopped ginger flower (normally used in rojak). Its unique taste made the chilli a cut above the rest.

wan hao - meatballs

The meatballs were generic and had nothing to shout about. The clear broth leaned towards the peppery side, and I quite enjoyed it.

Final thoughts

wan hao - canteen exterior

With the pretty fairy lights dangling at the al fresco section of the MADDOX canteen, I could envision how pretty this place would look when the sun sets.

Although there was a substantial crowd during lunch, I’m starting to wonder how many would  actually head there just for a meal in the evenings. The location isn’t exactly the best as it’s quite a  distance from the main road.

Well, I really hope this article creates awareness then.

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Wan Hao Yun Authentic Ipoh Cuisine

1003 Jalan Bukit Merah, MADDOX Canteen, #01-3752, Singapore 159456

Our Rating 4/5

Wan Hao Yun Authentic Ipoh Cuisine

1003 Jalan Bukit Merah, MADDOX Canteen, #01-3752, Singapore 159456

Operating Hours: 9am - 7pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun

Operating Hours: 9am - 7pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun