Day 1: Hello Ipoh!

We combated the traffic during Raya eve and drove up north heading for Ipoh.Yes. We followed Citygal balik kampung and she welcomed us with pleasure.
To make things better, we were rewarded with the food crawl itenerary, courtesy of KampungBoy & CityGal.
3 Days, 2 Nights, 5 hungry souls. Ipoh shattered my diet plan. But I do not mind 🙂
Jom Makan Ipoh!
Due to the public holiday period, almost every eateries we went, WAITING was our part time job.
#1 Nam Heong – Old Town White Coffee.
In Ipoh, you could consider forgetting the Old Town franchicise and head for the REAL thing.


How could we miss the Old Town White Coffee.
Produced with only margarine and without any sugar, resulting in a roast that is less dark. For this reason the term “white” coffee is used widely.

Pastries that kept us humming “yummm”. Chris and I adore the egg tarts. Generous hot egg custard fillings and crispy puff pastry. The Yam Dumpling (Wu Kok) and Barbecued Pork Pastry (Char Siew Sou) are some of the must-trys from Nam Heong too.




Apom Balik was middling in taste
Char Kuey Teow. Just satisfactory, but a portion that warmed us up and disengaged our appetite for the next round of food.


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# 2 Kong Heng – Satay Babi, CCF and Cuttlefish KangKung
Pork Satays here were served as soon as we grab our seats. A bunch of skewered meat were placed on our table and were refilled when they saw us almost finishing up. It’s ok if you don’t finish ’em all as they only charge the number of skewers you had.


Chee Cheung Fun in Ipoh. Any different?
I was warned by Citygal earlier. CCF in Ipoh is atypical. Adjective? SMOOTH is the word.
I love my CCF simple and Ipoh’s version suits my appetite. Mushroom sauce that added the moistness & flavours, garnished with fried shallots and accompanied by supple curry pork skin.


CuttleFish KangkungAiWei’s fave. I heart the sauce too 🙂

#3 Rekindling with our childhood
As we stroll round the neighbourhood, we can’t resist ourselves from entering the old fashioned toys store. Reminicsence struck us hard. I could see myself bugging my parents to get those toys and candies if we ever passed by one. Those were the days and they will be missed. We were like little kids again, buying ourselves some soap bubbles for later use. hehe.


#4 Sam Poh Tong Chinese Buddhist Cave Temple
We then stopped by this picturesque temple nestled within the natural high limestone caves and cavities located near Gunung Rapat. The environment were serene, with prayers carried out peacefully in amidst of lotus ponds. There is also a landscaped garden in front of the temple that was awarded the “Best Landscaped Garden” in Malaysia in year 1993.



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#5 Kheng Lim Salted baked Chicken
Get your hands on these salted poultry and munch on!
RM16 for a whole chicken.



#6 Onn Kee Tauge Ayam

Thanks to KampungBoy for buying us dinner. Awww….


Fresh, juicy bean sprouts. Though I’m no tauge lover. I tried some too. How could I not when I’m in Ipoh? 😉



The smooth Ayam. Poached chicken drizzled generously with soy sauce.
Everything seems smoother here. Ipoh Hor Fun that I could swallow up just like that.


Braised Chicken Feet
Other dishes that we had that night 🙂


Time to get our car and head for the next round of chilling routine! but we halted as we saw these cute animal pastries in from a bakery.


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#7 Kafe Sun Yun Wah – Snow Beer

Icy cold beer plus icy cold mug equals extraordinarily cold beer that produced the lightweight snowy foam.

Cheers to day 1!
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21 Replies to “Day 1: Hello Ipoh!”

  1. walhhh..
    eat so muhc~ you so thin no need diet la. just makan! its okay..:p

  2. thule a.k.a leo says: Reply

    Initially I was planning to hit Ipoh on my trip to Penang in Nov.. suddenly changed my schedule from driving to flying instead! Save money and time… but will miss out on Ipoh's delicacies.. sigh!

  3. I just got back from Ipoh. Woke up on Sunday and decided to drive there for lunch, and came back to KL after tea at Nam Heong! Love the egg tarts and the Char Siew Sou… =)

  4. wow, fast-nya. haha, will have to wait til my break then only can write about ipoh 🙂

    i miss ipoh a lot. remember all the great yummy delicacies. yum!
    next time i should ask citygal's help. buy me fresh kangkung. hehehe, very yummy lar!

  5. Thanks for sharing such awesome photos, and this will be my guide when I visit to Ipoh..
    You have a nice camera, your photo all are very sharp and clear, may I know which brand and model? I'm planning to buy one, old one going to broken soon.

  6. Oh my gosh! I miss Kopi Bing! Can't wait to come back! 🙂

  7. all that in one day?! citygal really keng lah. next time ask her be my tour guide also.hehe …

  8. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    cannot continue makan like that ;P later you cannot recognize me how? lol.

    Yea. will save money and time, but Ipoh is quite near from KL 🙂 can drive there during weekends and satisfy your cravings on tauge ayam and hor fun easily. Heading to Penang? remember to share all the good food with us k!

    wow.. when cravings drops by, we could hardly stop it eh? Maybe I should do that during weekends too! I miss nam heong pastries, CCF and taufoofah from Ipoh ;P

    you kangkung lover. haha
    oh.. and remember the heong peng too. I could finish a packet! ;P

    hiya. thanks for the compliments. We are lucky to have a great friend guiding us all the way in Ipoh 🙂
    We are using Canon EOS 450D mostly and sometimes Canon Powershot 650IS.
    Canon EOS 450D is quite a hit! ^^

    Ee Vonn~
    Ipoh gal! Guess this posts made you miss home badly ;P It's a good thing to look forward. hehe ^^

  9. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    yea.. more on 2nd and 3rd day! She loaded the itinerary with lotsa yummy stuffs! Wanna go Ipoh again! You're busy…. if not we all could get to meet up…

  10. Tarts and Pies says: Reply

    I normally go to Nam Heong for the coffee and Hakka noodles as the other stalls are serving average standard of food. I was thinking, how nice it would be if Kg Simee Choy Kee's egg tarts could start a stall here. Then I'll come every day despite the distance.

  11. Christine, Thanks for the info. But EOS450s is too hit and very pricey for an auntie like me, maybe powershot 650IS will suite me. May I ask which photo was taken by powershot 650IS?

  12. wah! so much of food! i dont know why i feel hungry when i just had my lunch =/

  13. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    Tarts and Pies~
    we didn't try the hakka noodles there, only grabbed some pastries to start off our day ^^
    heard about the Choy Kee's egg tarts quite a bit and their egg custard layer were generous! Have yet to try it 😉 I should drop by next time. yea.. if they ever start a business nearby nam heong, then we would know how to get there. haha.

    Canon's Powershot edition is quite good. But from what I heard, the one I used, 650IS, is not in the market an longer. There are newer ones like G10 🙂
    Only the first pic of Nam Heong are taken by 650IS. haha.
    But you can check out my older posts like:


    Hope these helps!

  14. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    haha… then you should have tea session! It's 3.15pm now. TEA TIME! 🙂

  15. You guys sure covered much places in one day!

  16. Wow!!! I really want to visit Ipoh someday! I want to try everything that you all ate!!! 🙂

  17. Thank you very much, much appreciate for your reply.

  18. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    special thanks to citygal 🙂 ^^

    do visit Ipoh when u have the time 🙂 and this was only day 1 ;P
    more in Day 2 and 3!

    no problem, hope you'll get your new camera soon after gathering more infos. 🙂

  19. haha, the white coffee ar.. the opposite shop one nicer lar… hehehehehe..

  20. Amazing feat in one day!!! I am really interested in the snow beer though. Must try it one day 🙂

  21. New Kid on the Blog says: Reply

    1 day??? sure ah?

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