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September 18, 2006

iPoh Malaysia

photo of Char Kuey Teow

UPDATE August 15, 2010: iPOH unfortunately has closed, and has not reopened. There are no Malaysian style restaurants in Nashville, that I know of at this time.

I have been hooked on a Malaysian Food Blog called Masak-Masak, and one specific entry about Char Kuey Teow. Char Kuey Teow is made from rice noodles and lots of other ingredients stir fried very hot, to the smoke point, in a wok, and then piled on a plate to enjoy. Up until now, there has not been a Malaysian restaurant in Nashville, and the next closest town is Atlanta, GA with a Malaysian restaurant. All I could do was look at Masak-Masak, and dream about Char Kuey Teow, until now. There is a Chinese Malaysian man in Nashville who owns Chinabell in Madison (a Chinese restaurant), and now iPoh (a Malaysian restaurant). When I first saw a flier for the FIRST Malaysian restaurant in ALL OF Tennessee, I high tailed it down Nolensville Rd to try some for myself.

The restaurant is in the back end of an old style Walmart shopping center. For those who knew where the old Savarino's Italian Bakery was, iPoh is right next door. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in airy, crisp and Asian-esque design. I would like to eat in there one day. I did some take-out of iPoh's version of Char Kuey Teow, and Chow Fun. It was ok, but missing that special Malaysian stall food something. It is the best I can get for over 200 miles around.

photo of chow fun with beef in brown gravy

I had a funny conversation with the iPoh greeter about the iPoh's food and East Asian food in Nashville in general. I was showing her a list of Chinese and Malaysian food that I would love to find in Nashville. She looked at my list, said she was Chinese, commented that she thought each item was good, seemingly complimented me on my choices, and even said she missed the taste of some. She then went on to say that I should know by now that it is impossible to get anything on my list in Nashville, and I would have to go to New York for those dishes. Every East Asian owned restaurant in Nashville, I ask for the same thing, at least one dish made the way that real East Asian food should be made. I get the same answer that it doesn't exist and I need to go to New York. These restaurant owners know exactly what I am talking about, and in fact, most grew up with excellent East Asian food, yet they do not offer real Asian food on their menus. Why is it that there is such a resignation to bad Americanized Asian food here, when there are obviously people (including restaurant owners), who know what the good stuff is, and who want the good stuff?


At 9/19/06, 9:19 PM, Blogger boo_licious said...

Sorry to hear you can't get Msian food in Nashville. I think they don't cook it probably because ingredients are difficult to get. I remember when we were at Dallas - there was a lack of asian food stalls in the area already unlike places like San Francisco.

I guess the only way to satisfy yr craving is to visit Msia or New York.

At 9/23/06, 12:46 AM, Blogger Erica Kain said...

I agree with you! I feel like Asian food got kind of Americanized in the 50's (or sometime in the past) and we haven't emerged to reclaim the YUMMY Asian food that tastes like REAL Asian food. It's time for a revolt! :-)

At 9/23/06, 9:19 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Here Here! Everybody! Come with me to Eeast Asia for some really Good Asian Food!

At 12/8/08, 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so incredibly excited to have found this entry. I did a google search "char kway teow +nashville, tn" and you were the first entry! My boyfriend travelled to Malaysia over the summer, and he says the char kway teow there was -the- best meal of his life. I am from Kentucky, and I have been searching for a place for a month now that serves it as he described it. We tried "Royal Thai" in Bowling Green, and they brought out some kind of soup instead of this. I am so excited! I can't wait to surprise him with this! Thank you for appreciating great food and especially for sharing!


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