According to Lonely Planet, Ipoh is the ‘lesser known’ food capital in Malaysia. With food courts, local restaurants and hawker stalls serving the same recipe for decades, therefore provides a divine culinary experience. Whenever there is a long holiday, Ipoh is usually flooded with tourists and food hunters. This time around, we have brought some of our family members to Tuck Kee Ipoh, one of the fried noodle “specialists” restaurant that has been around since 1963 at the same location, 55 years ago
Let us come to another unique cafe; nestled between the row of old colonial shop lots along Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Cakchibow Cafe has retained the original building structure that was originally built in 1931, giving the cafe a unique edge amongst the other hipster cafe’s in Ipoh specializing in Western Meals. Opened in 18th December 2015 by Mr. Adriz Farik Bin Abdul Halim, Cakchibow Cafe has made up a name for themselves serving hefty meals and drinks at an affordable price.
Easter Egg! If you are following our food trials, you would have noticed that we were rediscovering some of the older Foodie Places that have existed for around 60 years old in conjunction with our Malaysian National Day. You can read more on our postings of these establishments of Kedai Kopi Yong Suan and Cathay Mee Stall. So we now come to the 61 year old Hoong Tho Restaurant, dishing out hearty, sumptuous meals since 1957, located in the city’s Old Town area, several doors down from Nam Heong Ipoh. Renowned locally as one of the oldest Chinese restaurant serving delicious noodles, homemade fish paste, fried wanton (dumplings), sang har meen (braised egg noodles with fresh prawns), and wat tan hor (stir fried flat rice noodle with mixed meats and vegetables). Besides their bowls of delectable noodles, they are noted for their savoury local confectioneries such as egg tart, traditional biscuits and some mooncake biscuits.
What is Nasi Ganja all about? For the unordained; Ganja is the Malay word for Cannabis! Goodness, will I be addicted to it? Is it legal?? These are some of the conversations overheard when one mentions this. However, there is no illegal substance used in the recipe (phew). The term was coined as the proprietor of Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah’s built up a slew of die-hard fans, claiming his cooking is so tasty that it is as addictive as ‘ganja’ or cannabis. Unfortunately (or fortunately to some) there are those who claim that after a full Nasi Ganja meal, you will feel sleepy akin to a trans like state. Truth is, who doesn’t after a satisfying meal?
Mee Goreng Mamak or in proper English, Fried Noodle Mamak Style originated from the Indian Muslim community in Malaysia. It is one of the most commonly loved hawker fare as it contains prawns, fish cakes, fried beancurd, tomatoes, eggs, and spices; a filling spice laden meal for anytime of day! Cathay’s version comes with the whole plethora of Mamak goodness; a healthy dose of bean sprouts, chopped scallions, fritters, dried beancurd, and potatoes all cooked to moistilicious (is there is such a word) perfection intertwined with yellow noodles and lots of egg – scrumptious!