Sunday, November 6, 2016

What to Eat in Ipoh

Had a short 2 days 1 night trip to Ipoh with my fellow colleagues last weekend. Compiled the list of food we had during our stay and some of my personal comments. What you see in this list happened to be the top recommended to-eat places according to most blog reviews too. 

1. Old Town White Coffee @ Nam Heong 

To top the list, it is none other than the original Old Town White Coffee served at Nam Heong, an old school corner shop lot hawker. Do expect full house on weekend afternoon. You might have to wait around for a vacant table or resort to sharing table too.

Try out their egg tart or bring back some as souvenir (proper box provided) while you are there. Be patient though as the queue for egg tarts can get quite long. Wait as they bake the tarts fresh from oven. 

Nam Heong Old Town White Coffee
Address: 2, Jalan Bandar Timah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.

2. 安记芽菜鸡沙河粉 Restoran Ong Kee Tauge Ayam

The famous chicken rice in town which I'm sure everyone has heard of. What to order: chicken (just tell them for how many pax), tau geh (beansprout), choice of either hor fun or rice, meatballs and fishballs. 

The texture of the chicken was smooth and tasted just right with an adequate amount of sesame oil and other condiments. 

I always fancy the tau geh here and could finish one big plate by myself. So juicy and crunchy. Thankfully the shop was generous with the spring onion and pepper seasoning else it wouldn't have tasted so well. 

Alternatively there's Lou Wong across the street. Not sure how that one tastes as I always stick to Ong Kee. Some of the blogs commented that Lou Wong is meant for tourists and Ong Kee is the locals' choice. 

Restoran Ong Kee Tauge Ayam
Address: No, 48, 51, 53, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 
30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Operating Hour: 12pm - 2am daily
Tel: 012 - 556 6669

3. Funny Mountain Soya Bean

Located at a stone's throw away from Ong Kee, this famous soya bean stall is a must/have after each chicken rice meal. Business seems even better than usual during our visit as it was Deepavali weekend. To avoid the crowd, we opted for drive-thru instead and bought our tau foo fah. 

Yes, you may drive-thru to get your soya bean! Amazing isn't it! 

Their tau foo fah was really smooth. Melts in your mouth.

I find their soya bean fresh and yummy but some might feel that it is too sweet.

Funny Mountain Soya Bean
Address: 49, Jalan Theatre,
30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Operating Hour: 10.30am - 7.30pm daily

4. 忠记 Big Tree Foot Yong Tau Foo (Dai Shu Geok)

There are several shops at that area, the correct one is Zhong Kei.

Queued up to get our yong tau foo for sharing but it seem that most of the things were sold out. Fear not as they would keep on frying and replenishing the items. Lined up 3 times to get all the things we wanted =D

Read many reviews saying this fried turnip thingy known as "sah kok" is a popular item and a must-have. It's definitely something different unlike the usual yong tau foo stuffed fish we always have. It tasted similar to hash brown. Lol. 

As for noodles, there are choices of dried plain noodle, curry laksa, Assam laksa etc. The Assam Laksa there was delicious. I would recommend this if you can't decide what to order. 

ABC here comes in a huge glass. Slightly disappointed as I was expecting a bowl of shaved ice. Taste was alright though.

Big Tree Foot Yong Tau Foo
Address: 652, Jalan King, Pasir Pinji,
31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Operating Hour: 8.30am - 5.30pm daily

5. 德记炒粉店 Restaurant Tuck Kee

We had our scrumptious dinner at this restaurant which is near big tree foot yong tau foo. If you would like to visit there, remember to make a reservation first.

There was a wedding upstairs and a birthday celebration downstairs during our visit. Thankfully it was 9pm and some patrons were already leaving, hence we didn't have to wait for too long. 

What we ordered: 烧腊 mixed platter, smoked duck (thumbs up), 桂花蛋 Kwai Fah omelette, 四大天王salted egg squid, tofu, signature fried noodles and pork stomach soup.

A special dish to note is the 桂花蛋 which is stirred fried with crab meat and some other stuff. To be wrapped in and eaten with lettuce slices. How did they make the egg taste so atas and amazing!

All the dishes that night were great and we had nothing to complain about. The portion was relatively huge compared to those in KL. Our bill that night was only RM400+ for 13 pax. No way you can get that kind of price in KL!

Tuck Kee Restaurant
Address: No. 1-3, Jalan King, Off Jalan Pasir Pinji,
31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05 - 241 9071
Operating Hour: 11am - 2.30pm, 5.30 - 10.30pm daily

Before I concludes our list of food in Ipoh, here's 2 honourable mentions of famous stuff you might want to dabao home:

Kaya Puff @ Sin Eng Heong

Located about 7 shop lots away from Funny Mountain, this traditional bakery is well-known for its homemade kaya puff (RM1 each). We queued an hour for our turn! My colleagues thought the kaya puff was kickass awesome. I personally thought it was alright and wouldn't want to queue an hour for it again. Worth it or not, you be the judge.

Sin Eng Heong
Address: No. 64, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri,
30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05 - 243 9659
Operating Hour: 9am - 8pm (Sunday 9am - 6pm)

Salted Chicken @ Aun Kheng Lim

There are quite a number of shops that sell salted chicken in town, but the good and famous one has gotta be Aun Kheng Lim. It's the shop painted in all red. Drive around and you will hardly miss it. Didn't follow them when they went to get it, so I'm showing you an old photo from my previous trip. 

Boy, my hair was short! The price of the chicken has increased since and is now RM19 each.

Aun Kheng Lim
Address: No. 24, Jalan Theatre,Taman Jubilee,
30300 Ipoh, Peral.
Tel: 05 - 254 2998
Operating Hour: 9am - 6pm daily

That's all we had throughout the weekend. Wish we could have more tummy capacity to try out other good food in Ipoh. Next time perhaps! :)

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