The title is self explanatory. Together with my usual partners in crime, we drove back to my lovely hometown, Ipoh and practically nonstop binge eating through out the week. I’m now having a hard time adjusting back to our usual de-lata lifestyle here at KL.
As usual, the balik kampung rush has choked the highway to death. Time flies when we were having fun gossiping and before we knew it, the Simpang Pulai toll is just few kms away.
1. Nam Heong
We were half famished with hunger after the long drive and the aroma of coffee whetted our appetite. Nam Heong’s coffee is as good as always; aromatic and smooth with a slight acidic note. Forget about Starbucks or Coffee Bean when you can get the best version for only RM 1.50.
The dim sum stall located inside Nam Heong is well known for their cheap and tasty offerings too. However, the quality is not consistent, just like the soggy and greasy yam puff that we got the other day.
The safest bet is always their egg tarts and cha siu pastries.
Excerpt from my older posts: “With the flaky pastry shells, the egg tart looked like it would fall apart any time. Handle with care, it exclaimed. I was expecting a gooey smooth and silky egg custard but it fell short of my expectation. But the cha siu pastry is to die for! Succulent barbecued pork in sweet sauce embedded in a parcel of crispy, flaky puff pastry. Need me to say more?”
We shared a plate of CKT from the supposingly famous stall called Lam Fong. It was decent, but nowhere near Penang’s CKT.
Few steps away from Nam Heong is a nostalgic toys and snacks shop. Just going through all the old school snacks and sweets brings back a warm glow of nostalgia. Still remember those chocolate sticks, candy coated chocolate with a shape of “8”, Ding Dang & Tora chocolate coated biscuit balls? They are all my favourite childhood snacks!
We proceeded to Kwong Heng for more food.
Excerpt from my older posts: “Every time we visit this eatery, it’s a tussle for tables and the hawkers will rushed to your tables and laden you with choices, its a bit irritating for me but yet its their culture.
The main dish that customers go for is the pork satay. The old man who run the stall has a habit of thrusting plates of satay at your table. Just eat as many sticks of satay as you want and the remaining sticks of satay won’t be accounted for. I would recommend the innards satay even if you will scream at the sights of it! Trust me, take a bite and you won’t regret ”
The Yau Yee Ong Choy and Ipoh style Chee Cheong Fun in Kwong Heng was quite good too. If you are wondering what’s with those Hello Kitty figurines, it’s to represent our friends from sugarsugarbeanbean who were there with us in spirit.
Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh Old Town.
Next to House of Mirrors (Thean Chun).
Open mornings and afternoons only.
Did some sightseeing during meal intervals. Marvel at the sight of those beautiful limestones at Sam Poh Tong, Kek Lok Tong and Perak Tong.
Excerpt from my older post: “Salt-baked Chicken is loosely translated as ‘Yim gouk kai’ in Cantonese. It is prepared by using paper to wrap the chicken with chinese herbs such as Dong Guai and Gei Zhi (wolfberry) and covered with salts in a big oven. With this cooking technique, the meat will not lose its tenderness and the essence of chicken can be preserved as well. The combination of salt and herbs gives the meat a unique flavour.”
Aun Kheng Lim Restaurant
(opposite Martell house or near Bak Gong restaurant in the city centre)
Tel: 05-254 2998
How could we missed the famous Ipoh Hor Fun? Somehow I prefer Onn Kee opposite the oldest and most established name of Lo Wong, but patrons came from other states will still prefer to have a taste of Lo Wong’s nga choi gai.
The fatter version of beansprouts – only available in Ipoh. Best to be dipped with the combination of chicken oil, dark soy sauce and sesame oil that make up the sauce. You can feel and hear the crunchiness of these bean sprouts while indulging in it.
braised chicken feet, chicken innards, canna lily bulb in it’s original states, nice wat dan hor from Tuck Kee next door.
Saw some cute little pastries in conjunction of Moon Cake Festival
And finally, washed it all down with a glass of icy cool snow beer 雪花啤酒. Chilled at the certain temperature, layers of flaky ice is formed once the beer is poured against the chilled glass, just like an ice blended beer!