An inexpensive way of exploring Ipoh is by way of eating. For some well-establishments, diners need to be there early or else be prepared to wait.
Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum (明阁香港点心)
Famed for their dim sum, Ming Court comes to life the moment it is open at 6am. Customers from all walks of life will flock to Ming Court and the crowd within the restaurant will build in no time.
To avoid the crowd, I was already there at 6:05am. The restaurant’s business was so good that you might find homeless people sitting outside for handouts.
It was about 6am and customers were already inside.
Get your dim sum fix here. The restaurant adopted an old school style where waiters would serve classic dim sum selections in aluminium trays.
I noticed the portions were pretty small. Disadvantage it might be, but that meant that I could get to try more dishes before I am full.
Char siew bao.
Authentic Lo Mai Gai (糯米鸡).
Delectable Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Beans, one of my favorite.
Siew Mai (Shrimp and Pork Dumpling). There were 4 pieces but did you notice their size?
Just make sure you need to taste their Muar Chee, steamed glutinous flour dessert wrapped in finely grounded peanuts. It melts in your mouth!
Hearty breakfast! Ming Court Dim Sum restaurant is unmistakably a must-go-to eatery in Ipoh for breakfast.
36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam | 30300 Ipoh, Malaysia, Ipoh, Malaysia
Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong
Some of the best street food in Ipoh could be found in a coffee shop. Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong serves one of the best Ipoh white coffee that is more aromatic than other places.
Serving the best thick and creamy white coffee since 1937.
One of the best breakfast on earth – toasted bread spreaded with homemade kaya (coconut jam).
The coffee shop operates from 6am to 5pm.
Street Art in Ipoh – Mural Arts Lane @ Jalan Masjid
Street Art exploration is one of the fun activities in Malaysia. After the last trip to Penang, walking around the streets to be mesmerised by street art was actually fun.
These masterpieces were the brainchild of Eric Lai, a local art teacher. He initiated the street art project after being inspired by Ernest Zacharevic’s art.
It’s about building and celebrating our cultural differences.
Jalan Masjid, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
Chang Jiang White Coffee (長江白咖啡)
Chang Jiang White Coffee in Ipoh was the next stop. The Coffee place was opened back in the 70s by the proprietor Mr Kong Wing Kheong.
Ipoh Chang Jiang White Coffee is also one of the Instagram-worthy locations. While retaining their high quality signature coffee, the place had also been refurnished with a rustic charm.
Customers can choose to sit outside or inside, whichever their preference.
Nice atmosphere and great coffee over here. On daily basis, many tourists would stop by here for coffee breaks. When the place is packed (usually in the afternoons), customers will have to take a queue number to wait for their turn.
Pure coffee is known as “white coffee”. The white coffee was thick and creamy. Would recommend to taste their coffee instead as the food were so so.
7, Jalan Windsor, 30250 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
Funny Mountain Tau Fu Fah (奇峰豆腐花)
The most famous tau fu fah shop in Ipoh is over here. Apart from walk in customers, cars were streaming in by the roadside to make their orders.
Choose to savour the delectable bowl of tau fu fah in your car or slurp it up on the spot. Soft, smooth and refreshing!
The prices are reasonable too.
49, Jalan Theatre, 30300 Ipoh
10:00am – 7:30pm or until finished. Closed on Tuesdays.
Gunung Lang Recreational Park
Gunung Lang Recreational Park is located off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (formerly Kuala Kangsar Road). It is developed around a scenic backdrop of limestone hills of Gunung Lang and Gunung Bilike.
To reach there, one must pay RM3 (adult) / RM1.50 (Senior Citizen) for a boat ride from the jetty.
Over here, there are lookout towers, children’s playground, campsite and a mini zoo.
Beware of mozzies whenever you visit a park. Spending an hour here would be sufficient.
Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang, Off Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 30010 Ipoh, Perak
Monday to Thursday – 8am – 12noon / 1.30pm – 7pm
Friday – 8am – 12noon / 2.45pm – 4pm
Saturday, Sunday, Public holiday – 8am – 6.30pm
Boat Ride Fees:
Adults – RM3
Children (3 – 12 years old) – RM1.50
Senior citizens (above 55 years old) – RM1.50
If you have a day or two to spare, you can consider exploring Cameron Highlands. A two hour journey by car from Ipoh, Cameron Highlands is the most popular of the highland retreats in Malaysia. Located at almost 2,000 meters at its highest point, it offers visitors cooling climate.
What to do in Cameron Highlands? I explored the Boh Tea Plantation.
The Lavender Garden, floral theme park with a small field of lavender.
Honey bee farm to learn a thing or two about bees and understanding the health benefits of honey.
Strawberry picking where kids will fall in love with it.
Ipoh Parade Shopping Centre
This is the biggest and striving shopping mall in the entire Ipoh!
Ipoh Bubble Tea Street
Ipoh’s Bubble Tea Street is opposite the WEIL Hotel, a short walk away.
A new concept of dining, I tried the Instant Noodles World. Instant Noodles are served in home brewed base soup.
Piping hot bowl of noodles will be served to you.
BLOCK C G-6,
IPOH SOHO 1,
JALAN SULTAN ISKANDAR
30000 IPOH, Perak
Ending our Ipoh trip at Bubble Tea Street, where there are galore of over 10 bubble tea outlets! You will be spoiled for choices.
Even till late into the night, you will never fail to see bubble tea lovers flocking to the outlets to grab their daily dose of…
refreshing bubble tea!
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