Travelogue

Not so new Ipoh New Town

Ipoh New Town is ‘relatively new’ if compared to Ipoh Old Town separated by the Sungai Kinta river.

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It was nice to have a stroll along the old shop houses.

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Mid-Autumn Festival is 2-weeks away, so we could find the traditional lanterns on display. It is hard to find this type of hand-made lanterns in Kuala Lumpur. Kids started to play with digital candles (really has such an app) on iPad.

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Even the moon cakes were mostly mass produced using machines. It is hard to find bakery shops still making moon cakes by hands openly in the shop front.

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So I would say both Ipoh Old and New Towns have many hidden gems waiting for traveller to discover.

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Tourists will normally shop for the popular souvenirs and local produces. Tambun Pomelo is top on the list for visitors to Kinta Valley. Personally I don’t eat pomelo. My taste buds are ‘allergic’ to pomelo, so it always taste bitterness no matter how sweet is the fruit.

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Ipoh is synonymous with foods, especially Bean Sprout Chicken Noodle. The famous store is Lou Wong. Personally I think the most famous not necessary the best. I think the quality has degraded over the years.

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There are plenty of excellent shredded chicken noodles in Ipoh, especially in Old Town.

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Due to the long weekend holidays, we normally like to avoid the tourists and went for stores preferred by the locals. Mr Lim has a store passed down by his father since 1940s. The magic lies in the reddish ‘shrimp oil’.

乐会居茶室鸡丝河粉。

Kedai Makan Lok Wee Koi, 26-28 Jalan Mustafa Al-Bakri, Ipoh.

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Another famous (could be the oldest) Hor Hee Noodle 河嘻 is in the same coffee shop. If you are too full to eat 2 bowls of noodles, then order the pancake (万里望大块面), Rm0.80 a piece. Eat while it is freshly baked, fantastic!

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Still hungry? Then order more stuffed goodies from another store.

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Still hungry? Walk along any streets you can find some good food, but don’t waste the limited space of your stomach on fast food.

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Many of the old shop lots were replaced by newer buildings.

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In the next few years, we may not able to see the bamboo blinds (with hand painted advertisements or signage), and the signage on pillar.

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One needs to spend around 7 days to cover most of the good eateries in Ipoh. This is because our stomach has limited space.

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