Yes this is a coffee shop but not just the ordinary coffeeshop. This is the birth place of the famous Ipoh White Coffee located at the Old Town of Ipoh. The white coffee was started by this coffeeshop much earlier than the famous Old Town White Coffee many of you know. The latter is definitely more business minded as compared to Sin Yoon Loong, going into cafe franchising, instant coffee packs, and distribution to almost the whole of Asia. This coffeeshop however, insist on using manual frying of the coffee beans instead of automation and after tasting the coffee, I understand why they did not go into business expansions. The taste of the coffee I had that day, erased all other impressions of white coffee I had ever tasted. Such taste cannot be replicated in the form of 3-in-1 instant coffee packs. No way.
Rating: 5/5. For both the food stalls inside as well as the coffee.
Taste: Do I need to say more?
Price: Coffee is around RM$1.30 if I can remember clearly.
RTE: YES!!! Best for breakfasts!!!
Location: Old town… just behind their Little India. Again, every cab driver knows where this is.
Just remember I have a lot of Ipoh foodstuff haven’t write yet… then I moved on to Macau ones already… sigh… getting very forgetful and I guess age is really catching up. and I sort of regretted reviewing the pictures I have taken in Ipoh again… Now I miss them so much… Think I really need to get some friends who will be as crazy as me, take a bus up over one weekend when I’m back in SG, and head to Ipoh to whack one whole weekend!
Over fantasies aside, everyone must be wondering what is Sin Eng Heong right? They are a traditional biscuit shop selling all the local favourites like Heong Pang, Kaya Kok, Beh Teh Sor, Mooncakes, Traditional Wedding Cakes, etc. One of my friends brought me to this 60 year old shop (that’s what the founder told me) and highly recommended the Kaya puffs (Kaya = Coconut + Egg Jam). So I tried… it’s really good. Thought maybe it’s hot that’s why nice… but after I packed back to SG, it’s still very good. Check it out the next time you’re in Ipoh. You’ll end up buying a lot for your family and friends!
Rating: 5/5. With all the tradition and history behind it, respect.
Taste: If you like traditional cakes and biscuits, this should suit your taste. The Heong Pang (香饼) are packed in packs of 10pcs and each has very thick fillings. Crispy even if you leave it on your dining table for about 10 days after opening. Kaya puffs are damn good.
Portion: Average. Above average for fillings though.
Price: RM$0.70 per piece. On average, it’s not expensive and it’s fresh and good.
Ok this is the follow up from the previous blog. Had this with my friends in CGG and hence the portion had to be big. Lou Wong don’t open for lunch and commence business from like 5pm till the wee hours in the morning. So we went there on our last 2nd night there for our dinner. Everyone loved it. Check out the pics:
Rating: 5/5. Service is better than Onn Kee’s.
Taste: The chicken is tastier and hor fun is of better eating sensation than Onn Kee’s. The texture makes a lot of difference. Well I guess 50 years of tradtion speaks for itself!
Price: RM$120 for 11 persons and portion x 2 from the pics above.
RTE: Hell yeah!!! I may make Ipoh my annual food retreat and organise groups of friends to go up together and to also pay a visit to the homes we have visited before as well. 🙂
In this next 2 blogs, I will be doing a comparison between the 2 long time rivals, Onn Kee and Lou Wong, for their famous Beansprout Chicken in Ipoh. To be honest, both sides have their own fans and equally crowded. Onn Kee has 2 stalls; one beside Lou Wong and the other diagonally opposite Lou Wong. Seems like they are bent on combing Lou Wong and hopefully capture a bigger pie of the market. So here are my findings for Onn Kee.
Taste: Very nice ‘cos tried it for the first time. Tasty!
Price: The meal for 2 came up to about RM$35+
RTE:Yeah but I think I prefer Lou Wong’s… see my next blog post.
Location:Just tell the cab driver. Everyone knows. Ipoh town is very small place.
Finally I’m clearing my back logs and now reached my Ipoh archives! If you have not been to Ipoh, Ipoh is a far north of Western Malaysia and about an hour from Cameron Highlands and 2 hours aways from KL and Penang. It is also known for many mountains surrounding the city and hence, very nice scenery. I was there for my recce trip for Care Givers Group (CGG) charity trip up to Ipoh in Dec and so I’m combining the pics from the 2 trips in Sep and Dec. Will also review and compare 2 of the so called best Bean Sprout Chicken there as well in later posts. So keep a look out for them!
Like what the locals say, if you haven’t tried Foshan, Bean Sprout Chicken or Ipoh Hor Fun in Ipoh, you have not been to Ipoh! This is a very very popular dim sum place among locals and also tourists. Even Hong Kongers who have been there say the dim sum is really good! So die die I must go try and check out the pics below!:
Rating: 5/5. Food is excellent, service is not bad. If you don’t speak cantonese, try mandarin. If not, you’re on your own. ;P
Taste: Put it this way; If I’m back in Ipoh, I must come here for my breakfast!
Portion: Above average.
Price: See pics.
RTE: Duhhh… Needless to ask.
Location: See last pic. If lost, all cab drivers know where Foshan is. If not, get out the cab and flag another cos most likely that driver is not local.
I was in Johor Bahru Malaysia few weeks back to make some suit and shirts. I know there are a lot of good food just opposite of Holiday Plaza where rows and rows of shop houses are.
Hence I was looking around for some nice bak kut teh and only found one dedicated store selling that. So I parked along the roadside… without parking coupons… mind you the carpark person comes like every hour… So try to park near the food place everytime. check out my pics and comments below:
Taste: To be honest, I was expecting super strong herbal taste but this didn’t have… Was there at 3pm, so maybe they added water to the broth? The taste was alright but maybe my expectation was a little higher.
Portion: About 4 small pieces of pork ribs. They will come to your table and ask you what you like to add inside the pot other than pork ribs. But I didn’t add any other things because I wanted to taste the original soup without any of the other stuff like clams, liver, intestines, etc… Maybe I’ll try the full mix next time and the soup may be better? Hmmm…
Price: RM$10.50. Quite ok I guess.
RTE: Maybe…. maybe…
Location: 23-51 Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (copy this address and check out on google maps)