IPOH DIM SUM: Sun Kok Kee – Bercham, Ipoh

I headed north on Tuesday; en route to Lumut where the jetty Marina Island Pangkor is located. From there speedboats ferries all guests to Pangkor Island Resort, my final destination where I’m currently sunbathing as I’m writing this blog post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why Pangkor you may ask? Well, from my previous Tanjong Jara tripย I discovered the YTL’s Resident Packages which in my opinion is a steal, considering the service and the beauty of each resorts under the YTL Hotels. The Resident Package ย includes meals, accommodation and certain complimentary activities. Package rates start fromย *MYR999 nett per room on a nightly basis. You can check it out HERE.

A full post of what the whole package entails will be up once I’m back. Now let’s get back to the scrumptious dim sum I had in Ipoh! ๐Ÿ˜€

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The infamous Foh San is out of consideration as it has been in my blacklist ever since my last visit during my Ipoh – Indulgence Living and Restaurant getaway. To say that my breakfast was a mild disaster is putting it rather kindly.

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So I scoured online for the less “famous” but old school nostalgic dim sum outlets, preferably those where the business had ran for decades and through generations. And I finally decided on Sun Kok Kee, which has garnered pretty positive reviews online.

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Service was chirpy and everyone was really helpful. Smiling face ย and warm morning wishes greeted us as we walked in. I requested to take pictures and the staff nodded obligingly. Once I was seated, trays of dim sum appeared immediately. I grabbed my favourites; steamed BBQ ย buns (Char Siew Pau), fish balls, pork ribs and in an attempt to inject some fibres, some vegetarian dumplings.

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Everything is piping hot already so we didn’t have to wait for our selections. The fish balls were bouncy and smooth. Pork ribs were lip-smacking savoury goodness but I find the vegetarian dumplings way too greasy.

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I prefer my char siew paus with leaner cuts of meat but this wasn’t half bad!

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But it was the porridge that warrants praise. Wholesome thick gruel with generous amount of minced pork and century eggs warmed the tummy for the 2 hours journey ahead to Lumut.

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Adding on to my personal recommended dim sum at Sun Kok Kee is the fried radish cake. An auntie fries it ala-minute (as all fried radish cakes should be) and I suspect that the radish cakes are made in-house. They are the small squares you see at the side of the pan below; and on the left is the mountain of “chai po” – preserved radish which is the key element of the dish.

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The Fried Radish Cake came generously laden with crunchy bean sprouts and was incredibly fragrant. I inhaled in a breathfulย of the aroma and knew I will love it. Each cut of the radish cake was perfectly flavoured with seasoning and chilli and had that elusive perfectly crisp outer layer; and yet still retaining the soft velvety texture within.

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The siew mai was just average.

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Even their chilli is made-in-house. Slightly sweet but with enough heat. I liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sun Kok Kee has 2 dining areas; one air-conditioned and another just like a coffee shop. ย As usual I sat outside on the sidewalk, enjoying the fresh air.

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Sun Kok Kee is not hard to find at all. Look out for a few landmarks such as this school, or the morning Bercham market.

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I hope to visit Ipoh again soon. It would be great to hunt out more such dim sum joints! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sun Kok Kee – Bercham
7-11, Persiaran Bercham Baru Timur 1, Taman Bercham Baru, Ipoh,
31400, Ipoh, Perak.
Tel 05-536 6579
GPS: To be updated.

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. June Tan

    Hey, this nicer than Foh San, my friend originally from Ipoh also black listed Foh San coz really lousy

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hahaha foh San getting very bad rep nowadays ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wonder how long they will last?

    2. rebeccasaw

      Hahaha foh San getting very bad rep nowadays ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wonder how long they will last?

  2. Sean

    i’ve only eaten dim sum in ipoh once in my life, back in 2002, i think. can’t recall which shop anymore, but it was nice ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. rebeccasaw

      2002? Time to go to Ipoh again Sean! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ulric

    Yea..sometimes it’s those not-so-famous one tat wows u =)

    Just love dim sum tat’s piping hot…gimme the char siew paus with equal fats n leans…heaven! =)

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yea, not famous thus minus the attitude ๐Ÿ˜›
      Errr.. not fats for me. heheheh

  4. Pureglutton

    Looks nice… must balik kampung soon & try this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. rebeccasaw

      Try a few! Hehe.. that’s waht I’ll do. Just that I’m lazy to drive to Ipoh…

  5. Nikel

    Ya.. I had my own last time unknown stall.. the dim sum surprising me served good!

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yup, those old school ones, they know their stuff!

  6. hildamilda

    The fried radish cake looks very good but I heard Foh San is still one of the fave among the locals. Ipoh dimsum is definitely a must try ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. rebeccasaw

      Really?? The locals actually eat at Foh San???
      Somehow I’m still in love with Ipoh dim sum, but nt for their hor fun and chicken. Don’t know why. Just can’t learn to appreciate their chic hor fun I guess.

  7. Choi Yen

    Bought a hotel stay voucher at group buy website, will start doing my food hunting planning!

    1. rebeccasaw

      Ohhh… got place to stay. Awesome la, can eat til u burst ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. rebeccasaw

      Only halal dm sum for you! So need to go to the hotel ones. Let’s try sheraton. I heard it’s good, wanted to try long time already.

  8. Kenny

    What coincidence! I went to the same restaurant with a colleague on the 1st of June! You should have tried their xiu long bao! And also another type of xiu mai (which I shall call big prawn siu mai) because there is quite a big sized prawn attached to the top of xiu mai. To me, it tasted so much nicer than the normal xiu mai!

    1. rebeccasaw

      OH noes… I didn’t see any xiu long bao! Ahhh..wrong choice of siew mai for me then. But frankly, the siew mai really left much to be desired . Very disappointing.

  9. Kev

    Hey! I stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for a review on the Honda Insight. Funny thing is, me and my wife saw you in Pangkor Laut. We were in the same boat to the island.

    Man, what a coincidence

    1. rebeccasaw

      OMG..what a coincidence indeed ๐Ÿ™‚
      What a smalllll world right!
      So u found the Insight review? And my Pangkor Laut Resort review will be up soon too. Did u guys took the resident package?
      Oh, wish we had said hi to each other ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope it was an enjoyable trip for you and your wife!

      1. Kev

        Haha ya I found the Insight review and read it. We took the summer holiday package I think. Lol I cant remember as my wife did the booking. We were seating at the last row of the boat if you can remember ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you both go for the spa? It was excellent! Yep, waiting for your review of Pangkor Laut!

      2. rebeccasaw

        Hehe.. I think i know..just maybe. LOL.
        The spa was excellent! Looks like both of us had a good time at Pangkor Laut Resort ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Jin

    MY HOMETOWN! love dimsum dimsum. btw rebecca your photos are good. mouthwatering lerhh

    1. rebeccasaw

      Your hometown! i’m jealous ๐Ÿ˜›
      I’m FROM PG but I actually like Ipoh food better! Oh, thanks for the kind comments on the pics . heheh.. Sony cams are very good with the colours

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