My holiday trip to Heritage Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia – Day 1
31 May 2014 - Time for a short weekend trip to be away from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Wonder why, the smallest city will always be the busiest city and being chosen as the capital of Malaysia?
Argh, some or rather, we went to Ipoh during school holidays, which is peak season for families to go back or to go Ipoh for a holiday as well. Luckily, I have two wonderful friends in Ipoh. I managed to book a deluxe room at Ipoh Downtown Hotel http://www.ipohdowntownhotel.com/index.html with a special recommendation from my friend, Zion Ho.
|Ipoh Downtown Hotel|
But oh my, cannot imagine the basement car parks that are available in this hotel! The car park entrance was so small that we need to be so careful driving into the car park. “Well, the hotel management builds the car park just to accommodate the requirement set by the authority, which is why some of the car parks are designed without any thoughts of consideration,” explained YK Phong, another good friend of mine from Ipoh.
Driving to Ipoh from KL will take roughly 2 hours. Ipoh always famous with its white boiled chicken, bean sprouts, soy bean, rice noodles (named as Ho Fun or keoy teow in Cantonese) and white coffee, simply because the water in this heritage area is rich with minerals. Most of the buildings can be as old as 100 years old, unless they were demolished for new development purposes (crap, all just for the sake of money!) and oh yeah, some of the roads with English names (during the British colonial era) had been changed into Malay road names. Why such thing happen? Is there a need to make Ipoh sound like so Malay? Never change the history, or else what is the point we study history of one country for?
Once we checked in into Ipoh Downtown Hotel, the first place that Phong brought us was: chicken rice shop! Oon Kee Chicken Rice Shop is located just next to Lou Wong Chicken Rice Shop (competitor) , and its address is 48, 51, 53 Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Pusat Bandaraya, 30300, Ipoh, Perak.
If you ask me the exact lot number, I will be unable to tell you, because they had just moved next to Lou Wong. Most of the chicken rice shop will open from the early morning till the wee hours, for the tourists and also party people who had just finished clubbing in the entertainment outlet.
So we gave a try on eating Oon Kee’s roasted pork, pork ball, rice noodles, white chicken, and bean sprouts. My oh my, we cannot get the same texture and taste like that back in KL, no matter how famous one place is.
|Oon Kee chicken shop|
|smooth texture rice noodles|
|crunchy bean sprouts|
|white boiled chicken|
Next, went to do some simple shopping at Yee Thye shop http://www.yeethye.com.my/
Address: YEE THYE Cake House & Confectionery Sdn.Bhd, No.1-3, Jalan Theatre, 30300 Ipoh, Perak. Malaysia.
|yee thye restaurant|
Next, the delicious egg tart in Sin Mee Fah shop. I mean they sell all kinds of confectioneries as well, but Phong strongly recommended their egg tarts. Whoop!
Address: 26 Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Contact: M.S.Yip 019-5589978/ 019-5579583
|fresh and hot egg tarts!|
Next, soya bean. (Did you realize that I have been non-stop trying out food and drinks only?)
Well, nevermind. Tried out the soya bean at Funny Mountain Soya Bean, and checked out the long queue!
Address: 49 Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
The funny part was their operating hours start from 10:30 am till…. Till they sold out everything… at all means you would not know their closing time at all!
Okay, now it’s teatime… actually made no difference I have been eating from lunch time till tea time, ha ha! Stopped by the local coffee shop - Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong which was located just at the corner, opposite housing area.
|My coffee boys...Federico and Phong|
White coffee and toasted bread is a must, and their operating hours are somehow interesting. The opening hours will be depending on the availability of the coffee maker, as they call them as master ‘sifu’ of coffee maker. So, they open on weekdays from 9am till 6pm, and weekends they open from the morning till 3pm. Whether the operating hours will change when you were here, well, you got to ask the master coffee maker!
|hot white coffee|
|iced white coffee|
|the way they do the toasted bread|
At 4pm, we checked out one of the beautiful temples in Ipoh – Ling Sen Tong temple.
Then, we went to Nam Thean Tong, the cave in the temple.
|the stairs to the cave|
|long long time ago...there is this wooden horse...|
Alright, done for the half day trip. We went back to our hotel to have a rest. As we stopped at the traffic light, I noticed this old centre named as Jubilee Park.
“Jubilee Park by the Shaw Brothers is the very first entertainment complex that offers a variety of entertainment and funfair games, like Ferris Wheel, darts, and cinema. Here is the story of Jubilee Park: http://db.ipohworld.org/view/id/1412
At night, we stopped by Tong Sui Kai food stalls, which is only 5 minutes walking distance from our hotel.
Address: Jalan Sultan Ekram, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Why is it named Tong Sui Kai, well, probably because it was famous with Ipoh’s desserts – ABC ice kacang?
|ABC ice kacang dessert|
Anyway, we tried the wanton noodle at stall number 44. Oh yeah, all the stalls have numbers, so you can recognize the stalls. Hmm…. The noodles were fantastic as they made their own noodles, be it thin or think wanton noodles. I managed to buy the wrapped duck feet (I forgot which stall number, but it is the one and only stall selling this), and it was delicious with its thick black dark soy sauce, yummy!
|fried wanton dumplings|
|thick wanton noodles|
|wanton dumplings in soup|
|wrapped duck feet|
Next stop, we went to Tuck Kee restaurant for their famous ‘moonlight rice noodle’ whereby there is a raw egg (which represents the moon light I suppose) in a plate of fried rice noodles (Ho Fun or Keow Teow). Stir the egg with the noodles, and you get something extraordinary, but to tell you the truth, I still get better fried noodles back in KL, oops!
Address: No 61, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : +605-253 7513
|tuck kee restaurant|
|tuck kee famous moonlight noodle|
|Chinese dumplings from Menglembu, Perak.|
Now, here is my day 2 Ipoh Trip....