Friday, 12 August 2016

[Travel] Ipoh 1 Day Food Trip Itinerary

Ipoh has known to be one of the food heaven in Malaysia after Penang and Malacca. like their most famous Ipoh white coffee and bean sprout chicken. To me, it's always the best city to visit for a short weekend getaway whenever I'm tired of KL city life as it's just a 2 hours journey from Penang or KL.

According to Ipohans. there are too many nice foods to recommend. Hence I've created this summarized post about Ipoh's foods to try out, along with some nearby attractions to visit during your weekend! They are almost near to each other so you don't need to worry that you might wasted a lot of time travelling from different places!


#1. Restaurant Thean Chun on Jalan Bandar Timah

For breakfast, you can visit Restaurant Thean Chun on Jalan Bandar Timah for their famous silky chicken noodlesegg custard and succulent pork satay - just across the road is the newly restored 120 years old Concubine lane. Decorated with colourful walls and decorations, it's one of the main attractions of Ipoh these days. Refreshing drinks and desserts such as coconut milk shake, soy and tofu hua (tofu custard) can be found along this lane as well.

#2. Restaurant Sin Yoon Loong at Jalan Bandar Timah

Further down Jalan Bandar Timah as well, you will find Restaurant Sin Yoon Loong where they served their famous Ipoh white coffee. This is where Oldtown white coffee originated. The white coffee served here are very rich in flavor. Side the coffee with their kaya & butter toast, you make a perfect breakfast.

A short 10-15 minute walk from there, you will find yourself at Ipoh Padang, where the Perak flag can be seen flying high up in the air. Ipoh Padang is good for strolling after a satisfying breakfast.

Beside the field along Jalan S.P.Seenivasagam, you will find a 104 years old high school build by the La Salle brothers in the year 1912. Its majestic English architecture is something to be marveled at.

On the other side of the field along Jalan Tun Sambanthan, there are a collection of wall mural arts done by artist Ernest Zacharevic that captured the essence of Ipoh. There are some hotels nearby with high rating and cheaper price, such as 1981 Guesthouse & Container Hotel.

#3. Funny Mountain Soya Bean along Jalan Theatre

After the walk, you can go for some refreshing soya bean milk at Funny Mountain Soya Bean along Jalan Theatre. Its famous for their cheap and delicious soya bean milk and tofu hua.


#4. Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot) at Jalan King

For lunch, there is a cheap and satisfying location which are popular among the locals and as well as tourists. It's the Big Tree Foot also known as "Dai Shu Geok". It sells wide range of their famous stuffed fish paste (Yong Tau Foo) to go with your choice of noodles. This place is often packed and crowded especially during the afternoon but it's one of the must-try Ipoh food location.

There are also a few attractions one can go for example there are a few temples in Ipoh with free admission. They are Sam Poh TongLing Sen Tong and Kek Look Tong. All the mentioned Chinese temples are admission free.

As for people that prefer a more relaxing walk, you can visit the Gunung Lang Recreational Park located off Jalan Kuala Kangsar. The admission fee (boat ride) is RM3 for adults and RM1.50 for children and senior citizens. This recreational park was built around a scenic backdrop of magnificent limestone hills. The main attractions are man-made cascading waterfall and campsites. One can also fish and canoe there.


#5. Ong Kee Restaurant (across Lou Wong) at Jalan Yau Tet Shin

As for dinner, an Ipoh food trip cannot be completed without it's famous Bean Sprout Chicken. But instead of heading straight for the famous Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, locals here prefer Ong Kee Restaurant which is situated across Lou Wong at Jalan Yau Tet Shin. The noodles and the sweet soup goes so well together. The bean sprout is so crunchy and juicy and not forgetting the smooth and tender chicken. Ipoh Downtown Hotel is only 300m away from Ong Kee.

#6. Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau at Jalan Raja Ekram

If this place is too crowded for you, there is an alternative which is Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau located at Jalan Raja Ekram. Their fish balls are amazing.

A good way to end the night after all that amazing food will be to take a stroll along the Kinta Riverfront Walk also known as the mini I-city of Ipoh. Beautiful and colourful LED lights are decorated on the trees along the walk. It's a romantic place to be at with your loved ones.

(All images taken from Google Image)

If you're planning to stay one more night to explore more foods on the next day, I recommend you to book your favourite Ipoh hotels through Traveloka. In Traveloka, you can compare the prices among hotels and book your desire hotels through online with them without any booking fee needed! Easy doesn't?

So I hope this post helps you to enjoy your makan-makan trip in Ipoh! If you haven't tried out any foods I mentioned above yet, start planning an Ipoh weekend trip now! Do let me know if you have tried any of the food mentioned above and whatta ya think of them! ;)

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