***SWIPE FOR MORE PHOTOS*** Have you seen oysters as big as these? Nick and I were speechless because we are used to tiny ones that’s just 1/10 of these monsters! This is a tale of our road trip to #kualaselangor with our besties @yenjunie @tc7542 and @hmseen that was so full of giggles and laughter, we all had sore jaws even before reaching the restaurant. Restoran Kwang Wah came highly recommended by TC who is also a tour guide. His familiarity in choosing the seafood meant only one thing for us, we are in good hands so bring them on! The appetisers came in the form of trio of blanched shellfish, cockles and 2 types of whelk. Then came the oysters, spicy bamboo lala, Chinese steamed fish, belacan veg and two types of crabs cooked in sweet and spicy egg gravy and fried in salted egg batter. The big and thick flesh of the oysters made it a bit bland so you have to eat it well garnished. It is a bit chewy and not one you can just swallow in one gulp or you’ll surely choke! I do think that it is something that would make a good flavour and texture enhancer to your omelette or deep fried in garlic and curry leaves batter. Nevertheless, the 5 of us foodies had a great fun enjoying the food coupled with soft salty breeze while feasting our eyes on the picturesque scenery. The total bill was just above RM400 (around AUD130) which was including 2 rounds of drinks for all! If you are feeling famished after reading this and want to try them out, the address is No 1A, Jalan Bagan Sungai Yu,
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Never leave #ipoh without it! The #pomelo fruit in Ipoh are mostly grown at farms surrounded by #limestonehill that made the soil rich in minerals needed for the trees to grow healthily. I love pomelo since young simply because they are BIG. I can be satisfied by just one fruit compared to peeling 10 oranges to enjoy those juicy pulps that I love so much. Ipoh is famous for their fruits that comes in 2 distinctive flavours, sweet or sour. I like them both so for me, no choosing was needed. Most of them are selling the fruits at 2 for RM50 (around AUD17) for the medium size ones and RM35 (around AUD12) each for the extra large ones. We got one each of the sweet and sour in medium size from a great lady at stall 16 which we have been buying from for years. For a simple guide on how to chose, check out this post:- https://www.malaysiavacationguide.com/pomelo.html We can’t be any happier with our impromptu road trip to Ipoh and would like to thank our childhood friend, Andre and his family for being our guides for the day making each step of the road trip a memorable one. It was also an awesome opportunity to meet up with the owner of Perak’s Best Performing Farm Award, @azrulazmi0106 to know more of the agricultural initiatives that’s ongoing since we have much interest to be part of it. Thank you Azrul for spending time with us despite your busy schedule. So that’s it folks, the end of our Ipoh adventure for now. Back in KL for more foodie escapades, so stay tuned for more stories on our #foodieroadtrip around #malaysia and #singapore by following @2nsinmelbourne #tripstagram#travelingcouple#mytraveldiary#travelgram#theresnoplacelikehome#tourismmalaysia#malaysiatrulyasia#drivingaround#jalanjalancarimakan#airbnbtravel#instagood#instatravel#traveldiaries#wanderlust#exploringmyhomecountry#ipohcoffee#cuticutimalaysia#ipoh#ipohperak#ipohcityawesome#ipohmali#ipohcalling
Saving the best food that Ipoh is famous for to be on the menu for dinner was pure torture but well worth it. Before I get into dinner, let me tell you a bit of what took place within a short span of the last 2 hours. After tripsing around Concubine Lane and it’s surrounds, we had a short stop to sample the beverages and desserts at #planbipoh Its a hip cafe in a warehouse concept big enough for large parties and that super lazy Sundays reading the latest novel curled on their couches (yes, they have couches too and baby Miles had a good nap while we chatted). Red velvet cake was ok, nothing fancy and their “frosties” came with cool with names that intrigued us so we ordered them all. Pretty alright for putting a spin on something that otherwise would be JUST normal. To check out PlanB’s menu, click on http://thebiggroup.co/media/attachments/2018/01/05/plan_b2.0-menu-2018.pdf After PlanB, we decided to check out Ipoh’s best #taufoofah aka #soybeancurd served with white or brown sugar syrup. First we went to #woongkeebeancurd and then decided to compare it with another famous brand #funnymountainsoyabean Funnily, both tasted good to me (apologise that it was hard to chose one over the other) and their small servings left one contented without feeling heavy. With our stomachs half full, we decided it was time for the big meal at Ong Kee because we can then judge it rationally. #chickenrice is Ipoh city’s no 1 food, a spot that has gone uncontested for decades. Nothing fancy about it, just perfectly cooked chicken served with a plate of blanched beansprouts drizzled with soy sauce gravy and garnished with spring onions. What made them famous is the special way the chicken is cooked to perfection, the flavoursome gravy that further enhanced the taste of the chicken and the quality of beansprout used that’s so fresh as though they came straight from the farm. Took photos of Tuck Kee and Lou Wong which are the other 2 famous chicken rice shops. All 3 including Ong Kee will be serving at full capacity by 8:30pm. Long live chicken rice eh?
Bonuts and lattes, a pairing to enjoy any time. 📸 by @phatphood.
Finally made it though the storms to @biscuitlovebrunch - starting off with some bonuts and a caramel latte.
These are lovely, and this place runs so fast and smooth. I definitely feel the love.
Humpty Dumpty went on a Northern road trip. In Ipoh she ate almost bursting her pants zip. Unable to move she was told to slow down. Why not take a walk to check out the old town?
Humpty Dumpty went leaving everyone behind. And oh my, look at what treasures she find. Plain old walls painted in all manner of design. Giving life to once tired old town where food and art now entwine.
Humpty Dumpty got back squealing and laughing with glee. Oh my, you all should come to see them with me. What a great walk and now I’m feeling famish. So what’s next on the menu for us to ravish?
#ipoh is now filled with so many wall murals, it is in direct competition with #georgetownpenang making headlines in street art tourism. One of the wall murals with cars piling on top of each other truly depicts the parking issue that the city is facing and is advertising for a private car park. If you are in Ipoh for a day, best to park your car at a private car park that charges daily rate like this and #uber or just walk around the spots for easy travels. I fell in love with the hummingbird that was painted as though it is flying to perch on the tree, which is real by the way, a solid bench was put together under a painted branch full of local fruits and best of all, the wall mural where 3 friends were painted toasting a drink around an actual barrel as an outdoor advertisement for #kafeyoonwah All these wall paintings have a 3D affect which is the current trend and I really had a good exercise walking around Ipoh Old Town checking them out. If you are a #wallart lover heading to Ipoh, check out this link by #kathmanduandbeyond for a complete guide:- http://www.kathmanduandbeyond.com/street-art-ipoh-malaysia/ Stay tuned for more stories on our #foodieroadtrip around #malaysia and #singapore by following @2nsinmelbourne #tripstagram#travelingcouple#mytraveldiary#travelgram#theresnoplacelikehome#tourismmalaysia#malaysiatrulyasia#drivingaround#followme#airbnbtravel#instagood#instatravel#traveldiaries#wanderlust#exploringmyhomecountry#ipohcoffee#cuticutimalaysia#ipoh#ipohperak#ipohcityawesome#ipohmali#ipohcalling
The ONLY right way to start the day when in Ipoh, have white coffee at Kedai Kopi Sin Yoong Long which is situated at 15A, Jalan Bandar Timah, 3000 Ipoh, a busy corner of the town due to many coffee shops around the area. What I’m trying to say is, to have coffee here, do prepare yourself to fight for a car spot because parking is a pain. This coffee shop only sells great coffee and a few other beverages to go with toasted bread with or without half boiled eggs and caramel custard which was pretty darn good. What food they don’t sell to satisfy your cravings, you can order from the opposite food stalls and ask them to deliver to you seated inside #sinyoongloong We had crispy Chinese pancakes which unfortunately were a bit too burnt for my liking but still tasty and bowls of curry mee delivered. All in all, it was a very traditional way of having breakfast which I sorely missed because my late grandpa used to take me to one a few doors away from our old house to drink coffee and have my toasted bread with butter and coconut jam which we called #rotikawin One thing to remember though, where there’s good coffee, there will be many people vying for your table so be kind to other customers by leaving once you’ve done eating. It’s the right thing to do too. Oh btw, this was our first day babysitting the new kid in the clan, “Miles Smiles”. For one who just got up after a 2 hour drive, Miles wasn’t grumpy at all. In 2 seconds after being passed to Nick, he was all smiles again. Could be that Uncle Nick’s infectious laugh got to him but seriously, baby Miles is one happy kid, everyone would love to cuddle and shower him with kisses. Stay tuned for more stories on our #foodieroadtrip around #malaysia and #singapore by following @2nsinmelbourne #tripstagram#travelingcouple#mytraveldiary#travelgram#theresnoplacelikehome#passionforfood#tourismmalaysia#malaysiatrulyasia#drivingaround#followme#airbnbtravel#instagood#instatravel#traveldiaries#wanderlust#exploringmyhomecountry#ipohcoffee#asianslovetoeat#ipoh#ipohperak#ipohcityawesome#ipohmali#cuticutimalaysia
Ending our #melaka day trip on a high note by paying tribute to one highly respectable seafarer, #laksamanachengho who was considered one of China’s best admiral known for leading a shipping fleet 7 times around 30 countries within the Malay archepalago, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, much before #christophercolumbus made his maiden voyage. Being a #muslim#chengho was said to be the influential figure to spread Islam in Asia. If he’s alive today, he would be known as one cool dude, loved by the Chinese emperor and the people who welcomed him around the world. I would have loved to meet him in person, listening to his sailing adventures, encountering waves as high as a mountain and sky so black, they thought the morning had turned into night in just mere seconds. When Cheng Ho was alive, Melaka was at its peak as a trading port and it was said that there were 800 languages spoken on its soil. I just can’t imagine how grand it was back then with all the great Dutch and Portuguese architecture adding a contrasting beauty to the traditional Malay buildings, nor could I picture the nobles attired in their finest silk and brocade walking along the wharf inspecting the goods that just sailed in. Well one thing for sure, I will always remember Melaka as our ultimate destination to look for school uniforms and new clothes for Raya and later on as the place to go to for its great range of food especially the #loklok aka #sataycelup which we didn’t get to try on this trip. Fingers crossed we get to go home again soon. Stay tuned for more stories on our #foodieroadtrip around #malaysia and #singapore by following @2nsinmelbourne #cuticutimalaysia
With such a rich history being ruled by foreign powers and as the preferred trading port by sea traders, it is to no surprise that many of the foreigners fell in love with the local women and ended up calling Melaka their home. Most prominent among them were the Chinese traders and the middlemen acting between the British, Chinese and Malays whose inter-racial marriages to the local Malay women gave birth to children of #peranakan descent, known as #baba (male) and #nyonya (female). They normally adopt the local customs to assimilate themselves into the society, most famously known for wearing beautifully embroidered Nyonya Kebaya that has since been an icon for the nyonyas of Melaka. For all foodies out there, you should also take note that the Melaka Peranakans are also well known for their delicious cuisine and for that, we decided to pay homage to them by trying out the food at #nancyskitchen at Taman Kota Laksamana, Melaka. It was indeed a delight to try out an authentic Peranakan restaurant and to say that we had a blast was an understatement. We got ourselves a plate of “Pai Tee”, the Peranakan entry made of thin, crispy tart shell, filled with thinly sliced vegetables and poached prawns then topped with spicy, sweet sauce. For mains we got ourselves the “Nyonya Laksa” and for desserts, the traditional Nyonya kuih calked “ondeh ondeh” and “seri muka”. So satisfied with the food served, we decided to take home a few dishes, “pineapple & prawns in coconut broth”, “belacan four angled beans”, “deep fried fish fillet with spring onion” and the “nyonya chang” to share with Nick’s folks who couldn’t join us on this excursion. The prices we paid for these delicacies were so affordable, we wish we were hungrier so that we could try all the dishes. Thankfully, we do go home often, and there’s always a next time to try the rest. If you are a foodie who loves bold flavours, do yourselves a favour by trying out the Peranakan cuisine of Melaka. Best food money could buy yo! Stay tuned for more stories on our #foodieroadtrip around #malaysia and #singapore by following @2nsinmelbourne #cuticutimalaysia