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“Foo San Tea House”
Review of Foh San

Foh San
Ranked #52 of 477 Restaurants in Ipoh
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ipoh, Malaysia
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Foo San Tea House”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

In the vicinity of Jalan Datoh Tahwil Azar, Ipoh, my home town ( a city really), there are at least 7 restaurants, or tea houses, which serve the delicious dim sum, and Foo San is probably the largest and better known outlet that specializes in catering this type of delicacies.

Dim sum is quaintly translated into English as "a touch of the heart". It is a collective name for various types of food that comes in small dishes or portion. A smaller tea house may provide 20 kinds of dim sum, but Foo San may cater twice as many.

A number of dishes are considered typical or commonly served in almost all Chinese tea houses in any parts of the world. These include steamed items such as pau, (with barbecue pork or chicken or mashed beans fillings); siew mai (minced pork or chicken wrapped in very thin, almost transparent rice flour skin), har kau (shelled prawn, wrapped in thicker rice flour skin), and fish balls. Other items are fried, or deep fried (spring roll, yam puff) or baked (egg tart). If you do not want to be looked at in shock, you should ask for no drinks other than Chinese tea in such places. If you prefer dark colour tea, ask for oolong or pu-er, for light colour tea, ask for Xiang pean, in between, choose Tia guan yin. Strictly speaking, you choose tea according to taste or preference, not according to colour. And for goodness sake, do not ask for Japanese tea in a Chinese tea house.

Foo San is an interesting restaurant to visit, as it comes out with new food items from time to time. If you have a good appetite, ask for chee cheong fun (noodle), nor-mai-kai, (steamed glutinous rice with braised chicken), or rice porridge (with minced pork and century egg).

if you are interested to know some long forgotten tea house etiquette, someone here may be able to tell you the "history" why hot water is added to your pot of tea only when the lid of the pot is lifted up, and why knocking the table with your knuckles is a way to say thank you when someone pours you a drink.

  • Visited September 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Thai first
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English first
Kuala Lumpur
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73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Some hit and misses”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Super love their "woo kok" (yam pastry), the fishballs and their steamed custard buns. Oh give their dessert a try, the longan jelly with white fungus is refreshingly good!

I do prefer their old kopitiam than this new modern looking restaurant..

Visited September 2012
Thank MitchKL
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Kuching, Malaysia
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“My favorite Tim Sum Restaurant back home town”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Plentiful of my favourite dishes just to name a few. The "Har Kow"/Shrimp, "Kai Keok"/Chicken Feet, "Woo Kok"/Yam Puff which i never never miss to order each time i visit Foo San. They are famous for their original real fish ball & Pau too. Recommend 5 star morning breakfast restaurant to visit in Ipoh.

Visited July 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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95 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The dim sum are just OK”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

I know that this is a famous dim sum restaurant in Ipoh and it is always crowded especially during public holidays. Their dim sum quality is just OK only. The price is still acceptable if you compare with some dim sum restaurant in KL. A good queueing system needed as they are people just stand beside your table and waiting you to finish your dim sum. It is so uncomfortable.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Sai Keong C
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Singapore, Singapore
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237 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“Standard dropping”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Foo San which used to be a favourite place for dim sum. The char siew pau and chu cheong fun are still as nice. However, I was disappointed by the prawn dumpling har kow and siew mai. The har kow skin actually broke and I was not impressed by the taste. Quality has certainly dropped and price increased quite a bit. There are lots of people and it is impossible to get a table. I think it is now overhyped. The service is so so. Not worth the price.

Visited August 2012
Thank WBin
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