Foh San Dim Sum @ Ipoh

20 06 2010

Having heard so much about the famous Foh San at Ipoh, I was looking forward to try out their Dim Sum on my second day at Ipoh. One thing for sure, the place is extremely popular. In order to get a seat in the restaurant, customers would need to be there as early as 7 a.m. When I arrived there at 7:15 a.m., a handful of customers were already seated, waiting for the Dim Sum to be served.

Suffice to say, I was very satisfied with the food there. Not only has Foh San lives up to the hype, their Dim Sum are really fresh. Hence it is no surprise that many food lovers from outstation will make it a point to travel to Ipoh just to have a taste of the Dim Sum there.

Foh San Dim Sum
No. 51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam
30300 Ipoh
Tel: 605-254 0308

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Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau @ Ipoh

19 06 2010

A visit to Ipoh won’t be complete without eating the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice and Hor Fun. Hence my quest to try this local dish lead me to Lou Wong Chicken Rice which is located at Jalan Yau Tet Shin. The first thing I noticed was the amount of customers at this restaurant. At around 5 p.m., scores of people were already seated at the tables stretching to the road side.

Here is a picture of their steam chicken…

To be honest, I wasn’t really impressed with the steam chicken. For all the good reviews I have read about Lou Wong, their steam chicken was only average. Compared to some of the steam chicken I had eaten before this, Lou Wong’s chicken left a lot to be desired. The meat wasn’t tender and flavoursome.

Thankfully, the bean sprouts were fresh, crunchy and thick.

The Hor Fun was smooth and tasted alright just as you would expect a good bowl of noodle to be cooked.

One thing I have to add is the poor level of hygiene at Lou Wong. On a few occasions, I spotted their workers smoking while waiting to serve the customers. The kitchen area was dirty….

Overall I was rather disappointed with the quality of food (and hygiene) at Lou Wong. It is hard for me to recommend this place especially when their steam chicken was mediocre. I heard that Ong Kee which is just opposite of Lou Wong is much better. By the way, the meal costs RM 16.40.

Restaurant Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
3000, Ipoh, Perak
Tel: 05-254 4199

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Candid shots @ Ipoh

19 06 2010

While walking around Ipoh town, I spotted some nice old buildings which provide a nice backdrop for some photoshoot. Since it was still early, there weren’t many people around which makes it easier for me to explore the place without much distraction.

100 Yen @ Ipoh

17 06 2010

Right after a heavy afternoon downpour at Ipoh Town, I stopped by 100 Yen shop which is located right opposite of Ipoh Parade. 100 Yen prides itself for selling quality Japanese stuff ranging from kitchenware, candies, stationeries and a whole plethora of interesting items.  While I have come across many 100 Yen shops around KL, this one has to be the biggest by far.

Apart from the imported Japanese stuff, 100 Yen is also famous for its snow ice. Unlike our local Ais Batu Campur (ABC), 100 Yen’s snow ice is shaved from a block of frozen juice. The flavour therefore originates from ice rather than the syrup and other stuff found in our ABC. The texture of the ice is also worth mentioning. It is really fine. Once you put a scoop of ice into your mouth it will melt like ice-cream. The peanut flavour snow ice tasted really good. They added some chocolate syrup as well as some peanuts to compliment the taste. Nice!

Check out the fine texture of the ice..

I ordered the Mango flavoured once which is their best selling so far.

Besides the ice, they also added a few cubes of fresh mangoes. Absolutely yummy.

If you love icy cold dessert, make sure you make your way to any 100 Yen shop.

100 Yen Shop Sdn Bhd
Blok A & B, Jln Sultan Abdul Jalil
30450 Ipoh Perak

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Sun Seng Fatt @ Ipoh Old Town

16 06 2010

Once we reached Ipoh town, I did some quick search on the Internet to find out the best place to eat. One of the highly recommended restaurant was at Nam Heong but I couldn’t locate it despite taking a few rounds around the area. To make things worst, most of the coffee shops were closed as it was a public holiday. Fortunately, we spotted Sun Seng Fatt at the intersection of Jalan Market and Jalan Bandar Timah.

From what I know, this place is well known for its Curry Noodle  (RM 4.00). In fact, when I asked the waiter to recommend what to eat, he quickly mention their Curry Noodle without any hesitation. The gravy was thick and the curry smell was very strong. It seems like they put a lot of curry powder in preparing the soup as can be seen from the colour of the curry soup. I guess it is a matter of personal preference but to me, I find it a little too overwhelming for my taste bud.

We also tried their Hor Fun which a well known fare in Ipoh. Again, I ended up not very impressed by it. While the curry was too strong for my liking, the Hor Fun was surprisingly watered down. I could hardly taste much from the soup which is the first thing I go for in a dish like this.

The noodle was smooth while the prawns were fresh. Somehow there wasn’t ‘t any ‘oomph’ I got from eating this. Still the steady stream of customers in the shop proves otherwise. Perhaps this is how Ipoh version of Curry Noodle and Ipoh Hor Fun should be.  I even read a lot of positive reviews from other food blogs around.

32, Jalan Market
30000 Ipoh
Tel: 012-5073536

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Old Ipoh Town #2

12 06 2010

Here is another picture taken at the old Ipoh town. The archway leading to a long corridor certainly looks old with foliage growing along the peeling wall paint. It makes me wonder what lies beyond the walkway…

Old Ipoh Town

10 06 2010

Being a bit tired of uploading food pictures, I decided to take a break and look at some of the shots I took during my short weekend trip to Ipoh last week. An extract of Wikipedia’s article on Ipoh:-

“In the 1950s, Ipoh was characterised by the proliferation of large numbers of cinema halls, amusement parks, cabarets  and night life which was unrivalled on the peninsula. Two of the largest entertainment groups then, the Cathay Organisation and Shaw Brothers Company had set up chains of cinemas here.

With the collapse of tin prices and the closure of the tin mines in the late 1970s, Ipoh’s growth stagnated and resulted in migration to other parts of Malaysia (particularly metropolitan areas such as Kuala Lumpur) and Singapore”.

New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice @ Sri Petaling

21 11 2009

While driving from OUG to Sri Petaling I stumbled across the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice where its main branch is located at Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya. Apparently, the Sri Petaling branch has been around for quite some time but I didn’t realise it until then. The restaurant is packed with customers during lunch time but the service is nevertheless quite fast. I ordered the Steam Kampung Chicken which is their trademark dish.

The chicken was nicely cook. Combine with the flavoursome soya sauce gravy, the meal was totally out of this world.

The rice meanwhile was prepared using chicken fat which gives a nice aromatic taste to it.

We also ordered the pork ball which didn’t disappoint us as well.

The meal costs us RM 25 which wasn’t cheap but I guess good taste do comes with a price.

New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice
Address: No.1, Jalan 13/149L, Bandar Seri Petaling, KL, Malaysia.
Phone: 03-9057 6128

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