Mention Bidor and the first image that flashes in my mind is a busy restaurant at the corner of a row of pre-war shophouses situated along a busy street. If I remember correctly, my first visit was when I was 9-years-old. We were on a holiday to Penang with Grandpa and this restaurant was our toilet stop.
This restaurant was non other than Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant. The toilet stop became our lunch and shopping stop, as this is the original restaurant famous for Duck Drumstick Noodle (RM6.50).
The aromatic smell of the herbal soup and the tender texture of the duck meat that separates from the bone effortlessly have been etched in my memory ever since. It is easy to comprehend how this recipe that has been handed down the generations since the 40s has been attracting a steady stream of tourist groups and locals for decades.
This restaurant is now a permanent inclusion on any travel itinerary that involves us driving along the the North-South Expressway towards the north.
You can opt for the noodles to either be served with the soup and be served as dry noodles. Either way, the meal is incomplete without preserved green chilli...
Other than the food and pre-war charm, there is nothing much about the place. Unfortunately, the service has much room for improvement. Wonder if it is because they have "made it" that has resulted in their "whatever" attitude.
If you do not want to travel all the way up to Bidor (about 2 hours from KL) for a bowl of noodles, they have branches in the Klang Valley, as well. Look up their website for their exact locations.
Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant 品珍酒楼
38 & 40 Jalan Besar, 35500 Bidor, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 5 434 1554, Mob: +60 17 770 1121 (General enquiries)
Open daily from 6:00am to 10:00pm