怡保芽菜鸡远近驰名,怡保芽菜鸡犹如怡保的象征指标 ,名扬海外,但追潮其起源历史,个中又有几个人是清楚地知道——这“芽菜鸡”是怎样来的呢?

众所周知,1968年期间,当年的马来亚(马来西亚于1975年独立)各州都挤满了很多外国阿兵哥,风花雪月的舞厅也因此而相应地如雨后春笋般到处林立,当时的夜猫子总爱在泡了舞厅之后,再到附近的街边档摊觅食,造就了当时街边档摊的诞生,也间接让街边档摊成了怡保文化特色之一。夜猫子不但让当年许多的小贩保住了饭碗,也因为夜猫子的挑食,建议当时的小贩把鸡丝河粉里头的鸡肉、芽菜和河粉分开,以保存这三种配料的原汁原味,造就了今天的“芽菜鸡”。

Ipoh bean sprouts chicken is renowned to everyone and it has become a symbolic food that represents Ipoh. However, when we question about the history of its origin, how many people are clearly aware of how “bean sprouts chicken” come about?

As we all knew, during 1968, the year of Malaya (Malaysia independence day was in 1975), all states were packed with British army who enjoyed the night entertainment. They danced the night away and discotheques and pubs were formed everywhere. After dancing, night owls would look for supper at street hawker stall in the surrounding areas. This is how most of the street hawker stalls were created and it has become one of the cultural scenes in Ipoh.

Night owls not only helped the hawkers to keep their business going, night owls are also picky eaters. During food delivery, they instructed the hawkers to serve the chicken, bean sprouts and rice noodles(hor fun) separately to preserve the original taste of the ingredients. Thus, it forms today's "bean sprouts chicken".