10 July, 2007

Ipoh Day 1 Part 2

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After a hearty breakfast, we made our way back to the house for a quick shower and a change of clothes. With a renewed vigour, we headed out for an early lunch and this time, it was another renowned local delight – Sun Yuan Loong famous Ipoh White Coffee!

Made from coffee beans specially roasted with palm oil margarine, Ipoh white coffee can be found everywhere in the Old Town. The aroma, taste and texture of the traditional "white" coffee blend are just superior compared to those found outside Ipoh.

Even for a non-coffee drinker, I cannot but help myself to two cups of it – one served cold, the other version, hot – and believed me when I exclaimed that both are just as superb! Another excellent fare that you cannot miss in the coffeeshop is the Claypot Yee Mee.

Although it looks simple enough with an egg and some chicken meat, the noodles are tangy and bouncy. The soup was also surprisingly delicious, and with the aid of the metal claypot, the sweltering broth was a delight to guzzle down. Besides the noodles, another local delight is what I deemed the Chinese version of Nasi Briyani.

What seems to me like glutinous rice cooked in Turmeric, or Yellow Ginger, topped with thin egg slices, was accompanied by Malaysian Curry Chicken – it did not WoW me, but it was still a pleasure sampling something unlike away from home.


Food: 4.5/5
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Price: 5/5
Total: 16/20

Town, walking distance from Kong Fatt Textiles


Ambitious enough, we headed to another location for Round 2 of our lunch.

Seated under an environment of the Big Tree Foot, or 大树脚 (pronounce Tai Shu Keok in Cantonese) lies a collection of shanty make-shift stalls – and over there, everyone seems to be queuing for what they locals called the “Fried Ingredients” in Cantonese.

It is basically our familiar Yong Tau Foo freshly deep fried.

Amidst it came with other variations of ingredients unseen in Singapore.

E.g. Egg Wrapped with Fish Meat and deep fried – most of us were unfortunately too filled to enjoy wholeheartedly. However we all agree that the Peanut Mua Chee was a scrumptious after meal dessert.

The texture of the skin so soft yet chewy and the peanuts were nicely roasted to produce an aromatic whiff.


Food: 3.5/5 (Too filled to fully enjoy)
Service: 2.5/5
Ambience: 2.5/5 (Enjoy the fallen tree leaves when you sit in the open)
Price: 5/5
Total: 13/20
“Big Tree’s Foot”, located at Pasir Pinji

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