Eat. Sleep. Relax. Ipoh (Part II) – Food of Ipoh
As with all heritage places in Malaysia, there will always be places where it is a must visit for tourists. Since it was our first time to Ipoh, we will of ‘cos have to act like tourist and do the touristy thing. We got the concierge to arrange for a cab that will bring us to the tourist-famous Big Tree Foot Yong Tau Foo (怡保大树脚酿料). One other interesting thing to note while in Ipoh is that calling for a cab is not as convenient as you thought as compared to Singapore (or even Penang which was so easy to have one arranged for us). Getting the concierge to call a cab for you in Ipoh could have you wait up to quite a long while before they informed you that they got a cab and we have to wait for another 10 – 15 minutes. That is how convenient it is to call a cab there hence the long wait while at the airport as well as at the hotel. 😯
As mentioned, I said tourist-famous as I doubt the place is that famous among the locals and honestly I was not impressed with the food. The Assam Laksa Noodles was not too bad if you really want me to pin-point something nice about the food but the items to choose from for the Yong Tau Foo was quite limited with most of them tasting the same so a huge disappointment coming here. 😐
And thereafter we regretted coming here ‘cos it was so tough to get any kind of cab to get us out of this place so we ended up walking back to our hotel for our rest. The weather there was no joke as well so it was basically a torture. 😯
So the next day after our breakfast, we headed out to find more famous food of Ipoh to fill our stomach. Wanted to visit Nam Heong/Sin Yoon Loong for our lunch but obviously for such famous places, it will always be crowded. So on this day, both places were also overwhelmed with a great number of people in them. Since we are not the locals and we do not know the way to “queue” for seats, there was absolutely no chance for us to grab a seat so we had to left those places with a sad heart. Further up along the street was another famous shop Thean Chun for its Caramel Custard but it too was crowded like crazy. 🙁
We were almost ready to give up and then we walked a few steps to Ipoh Kong Heng which was just beside Thean Chun. Seeing that they had a great number of stalls as well as lots of seats, we decided to park our butts in one of those seats to eat in peace. Ipoh Kong Heng was really like a one-stop makan place where you can almost enjoy all of Ipoh’s famous cuisine in one location. 😀
Ipoh’s Caramel Custard. Quite okay I guess but since I don’t really have a sweet tooth, I can go without this.
Random order of Satay since they had so many types of food there to fill our stomach. Haha! Ain’t too bad~ 🙂
Ipoh’s version of Chee Cheong Fun unlike what we usually have in Singapore or Hong Kong. This was actually quite tasty.
Very very normal Prawn Noodles. Another I can do without so you can do without it as well unless you’re very hungry.
Surprise item for the day – Ipoh’s Rojak! When this was being served, we were wondering what exactly did we order before realising that it was actually rojak! This is so different from what we have in Singapore, from the presentation to the way you eat it! We definitely love this 101% ‘cos the mango they served with it was so yummy when you dipped them into the sauces given. Many thumbs up and a must to order!! 😀
After our fulfilling meal, we headed back to Nam Heong to order a take-away of egg tarts which was so super soft and flaky. Unfortunately I didn’t take a proper photo of it before it gets into my stomach so if you’re at Nam Heong, don’t forget to order it! 🙂
On our 3rd day in Ipoh, we wanted to visit Ming Court to have our dim sum breakfast BUT the sleepy duo decided to oversleep hence missing the best time for their breakfast. So as an alternatively, we decided to visit the Soho Branch of Nam Heong instead of having the hotel’s breakfast. The branch was actually located just a short 5 minutes away from WEIL Hotel so it was pretty convenient and once again, we ordered too much. Haha!
Here are just some things we had (some were not shown since the lighting was bad for photos using my phone and the photos were all too shaky to be shown). A taste of Ipoh’s curry noodle, egg on bread and not forgetting some hot Ipoh white coffee! 😀
There were still a lot of food to be enjoyed in Ipoh but however the weather during our visit was too hot and I think I nearly got a heatstroke or some sort that I got to have a short rest before walking back to the hotel for a long rest from the heat. So we failed to try some delicacies on our list such as Bean Sprout Chicken or Pak Kong Chicken Rice. Not sure if we will be back in Ipoh again since it was such a small area to explore and I think we have pretty much see everything there. And we only dropped by the Old and New Town area was ‘cos we were going to be en route to our resort on the 3rd day so we shall see if anything will bring us back to Ipoh again for more food. 🙂