Ipoh is not only famous of the limestone cliffs and cave temples, but also its fresh and clean water which are believed to be the essential ingredients which make the food delicious (Also, most said that there are many beauties in Ipoh with very smooth face mainly due to the clean water).
After visiting Kek Look Tong 极乐洞 and Ling Sen Tong 灵仙洞 &Kwan Yin Tong 观音洞, we requested for the epicurean tour to be commenced immediately. First, we explore for steaming chicken noodle and bean sprout.
1. Ipoh's signature bean sprout chicken and Sar Hor Fun dish (flat rice noodles)
Even the locals are also recommending that Restoran Onn Kee has the best bean sprout chicken, yet it has closed during our visit. So, we moved to the opposite rival of Restoran Onn Kee i.e. Restoran Lou Wong.
A big bowl of meatballs and fish balls
Beansprouts which blanched in water dressed with soy sauce and sesame oil.
The steaming kway teow noodle soup
Soft, , tender and succulent boiled chicken ( quite oily)
2. Wan Li Xiang Salt Baked Chicken and Salt Baked Duck
The portion of the salt baked chicken was not big yet adequate for sharing.
The chicken was flavorful with herbs such as dong guai, gei zhi (wolf-berries) and etc.
Most of us claimed that we should have bought the salty duck as well.
We had bought a lot of biscuits and pastries from the shops shown in photo below.
3. Dim Sum
Again, we came to dine on the wrong day. It was off-day for Foh San Restaurant. Anyway, dim sum as breakfast was enlisted in our MUST TRY IPOH CUISINES LIST. Hence, we chose to have our breakfast in below address:
YOKE FOOK MOON RESTAURANT – HONG KONG DIM SUM
No 67-69, Jalan Leong Sin Nam,
30300 Ipoh, Perak,
RESTORAN CHOOI YUE DIM SUM
2, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 12,
Taman Ipoh Selatan,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
The signature egg tarts from Yoke Fook Moon Restaurant were crispy and I missed their siew mai very much. The fluffy lao sha pao and char siew pao were definitely the best dim sum I have had in Ipoh. Apart from that, the prawn dumpling (har gao) was crispy and tasty.The dim sum in Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum was comparatively good. I didn't have much remembrance of the dim sums I had eaten there as two photos were taken there.
4. Ipoh local street foods @ Tung Koo Teng (cantonese)/ Mushroom Hut i.e. Pusat Makanan Kam Wan
The chee cheong fun in Ipoh is similar to chee cheong fun in Kuala Lumpur except that its filling are minced pork and mushroom sauce
Popiah which comprised of turnip,cucumber, shredded egg, deep fried onions and garlic.
The first try of ikan bakar was at Ipoh instead of Malacca.
Epicurean tour in Ipoh would be incomplete without a cup of Ipoh White Coffee.I shall have visited Nam Heong to try their white coffee on some other day.
5. Sitiawan 曾家福州光饼 Cheong Cia Gong Pian
We had hot, crispy Gong Pian with lots of chopped onions as our tidbits during our visits to Tua Pek Kong Temple during noon. RM0.60 for each gong pian was definitely worthy! We returned to purchase more, yet the seller informed that we had to wait for 1 hour as the gong pian had been booked by other customers.