Ipoh (Food) Trip

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*This trip was in February 2015*

I was demotivated when I knew that I had to start my semester earlier than my friends from other public universities. It was funny, because after two days of the semester, we got two days break for Chinese New Year. Well, although there are a lot of Chinese in my campus and especially in my class but our uni decided that, we had to start a week earlier. Even UITM that has no Chinese started a bit later than us.

But..

Since, my friends were on break, so we planned to go for a short getaway. I skipped one class to join them. Our destination was, Ipoh!


DAY 1

We came from different places, so I travelled solo that morning. We went to Ipoh because one of the Jaggers which is Azlin, is from Ipoh. I reached Ipoh a bit earlier than the others. So, Azlin picked me up at the bus station. The bus station was a bit far from the main town of Ipoh.

We picked the others at KTM station which is located in the heart of Ipoh. The KTM building is so nice but it was scorching hot, so we didn't bother to pose for a few snaps. 

The thing about us is, we never have a proper plan. For every meet up or reunion, we only set the place and the time. So according to our instincts which we were hungry,we started our adventure with a heavy brunch. Dina's brother in law suggested the famous Nasi Vanggey. It was 5 minutes away by car from the KTM station.

(No picture of Nasi Vanggey because I forgot. hehe)

Farisha had been to Ipoh previously. She said, she had tasted the best tau fu fah ever in Ipoh. So we looked for the shop because she was not sure of the exact location of the shop. I tried Tau Fu Fah for the first time and it was surprisingly good.

Now, whenever I bought Tau Fu Fah, I will always compare it to the one that I tried in Ipoh. No Tau Fu Fah has ever broken the record.


The Tau Fu Fah was from Funny Mountain at Jalan Theathre, Ipoh. The best thing about this shop is, it offers drive thru service. We ordered from the car and then they sent the bowls to our car. We enjoyed the soft Tau Fu Fah in the car with the air-conditioner on. (Sounds selfish. haha)

In the evening, we went to Padang Polo to enjoy the street food. There were a lot of stalls there. So we opt for Cendol, Laksa Kedah and Keropok. The laksa and cendol were nice although I can say that I have tasted better laksa and cendol.



There are a lot of new "hipsterish" cafe around Ipoh. The best thing about the cafes is, most of them are owned by Malays. So, they are halal! We googled a lot of cafes around Ipoh, unfortunately, they are closed on Tuesday. The only cafe that we managed to find was Karat Cafe which is located in Greentown.

Sincerely, the service was suck and the food was not that good. The only thing that we like was, the ambience. They renovated an old "rumah papan" into a restaurant. The house is full with vintage stuff, It made us reminiscing our childhood.

(This trip was in February 2015, a lot of things may have changed.)

DAY 2

We started the second day with the famous Roti Telur Goyang. Which is located just behind the Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh. There is a small food court behind the city hall. The combination of Roti Telur Goyang and Iced Milo was so good!


After having our breakfast, we walked around the city of Ipoh in searching for the famous street arts. There are a lot of street arts around Ipoh. The easiest way to find them is, you go to the one in front of the tourist information centre. There is a street art of an uncle enjoying his coffee. You will find a map which locates all of the street arts around the town.


Please find this uncle above first, and you will find the map below:


There are too many places for you to stop by when you roam around in searching for the street arts.  The buildings are beautiful and archaic. Every corner has its own charm and you should also stop at Sekeping Kong Heng which is near the Plan B restaurant. There are a lot of things to look at.

We wanted to try the ais kepal from Bits & Bobs but it was closed too. :(




Street arts checked!
Sekeping Kong Heng checked!

So, our next destination was the old castle located 20 minutes away from Ipoh. The castle is a must visit if you are the type who appreciates buildings, a history sucker or you love to be photographed. Kellie's Castle was built long ago but due to some complications, it was not finished and some say that it is a haunted castle.


You have to pay RM5 per entry.

 According to the one of the descriptions on the wall, at night if you are lucky, you can catch the glimpse of the late residences of this castle. Isn't that spooky enough for you?


The incomplete site.

By 3pm, we were exhausted as it was scorching hot. Warning: You better apply a lot of sunblock, if you want to explore Ipoh during the day. So we went back to Azlin's house to refresh ourselves before going for cafe hunting at night.

We googled the cafes around Ipoh and check the opening hours and days to make sure that we would not be disappointed. Our search brought us to Thumb's cafe. According to google, the cafe was the first halal cafe that was opened back then.

The best thing about the cafe is, the food is affordable although it is not really cheap (I mean for students like us). For example, this meatball costs me RM 8 for 6 pieces of meatballs which was enough for me.



The pavlova was also nice.



DAY 3


The last day in Ipoh and it was Chinese New Year. We planned to go out and look for breakfast but Azlin's mum was so nice to cook us Nasi Lemak. *blessed

While waiting for the breakfast to be served, we went to Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang which was found by Farisha or maybe Dina on Google the previous night. One word to describe the place, serene.

To access the park, you have to experience the RM3 boat ride. There is nothing much if you are seeking for something exciting but if you love a quite place to chill, this is definitely the place for you!










We went to Sekeping Kong Heng again right after breakfast because we wanted to try the ais kepal so bad to the extent Dina texted the owner of Bits & Bobs to ask if the store was open or not. We got the number from Facebook.

The owner replied, "We will be open at 12 pm and my boy, Alex will be there." So this is Alex:




These are the busybee, balls of shaved ice with sarsi, rosella and lychee. My advice, for first trial, please find a partner to share because it is too big.


The shop is Bits & Bobs which is located at Sekeping Kong Heng, right in front of Plan B. You can get the shaved ice for only RM3.



Finally, this post has came to an end. I have been keeping this post in my draft for almost seven months. I did even go to Ipoh for the second time which I will find a time to blog soon or maybe a few months later. Haha






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