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Yong Tau Fu at Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar” in Ipoh

Just down the road from TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD is Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar”. This is Ipoh’s most famous Yong Tau Fu spot.

How to get there

Address: 1213, Jalan King, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk.

Continuin with our journey for the day, the van took 15 of us from Kampung Kacang Puteh to Pokok Besar.

Pokok Besar

The main stall at the front of the restaurant is the yong tau fu stall. Besides the yong tau fu stall, there are also other stalls that sell popiah, oyster omelette, wan tan mee, rojak, chee cheong fun, and pan mee. 

There was a queue for the yong tau fu. We queued and by the time it was our turn, we were given a basket. There were a wide variety of yong tau fus. They had the fried thin beancurd, fried beancurd, fish cake, fried turnip, fish ball, fried egg with fish paste, wan tan, tau fu pok, long bean, eggplant, bitter gourd, chili, etc.

The yong tau fus, you can eat with different noodles and soup base. For the soup base, you can choose from either clear soup, assam laksa, or curry soup base.

Below is what we ate.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar” was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube below.


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Kampung Kacang Puteh in Ipoh

Just 4 km or 9 minutes drive from Taman Jubilee to Buntong is the birthplace of Kampung Kacang Puteh in Ipoh.

Kampung Kacang Puteh (also known as Kampung Kacang Putih) is famed for its traditional Indian snacks: nuts, murukku, tapioca chips, other types of cookies, etc. The Indian snacks here are directly from the manufacturers. Hence, the snacks are fresher, more traditional, and supposedly the cheapest in Malaysia. Furthermore, the business owners in Kacang Puteh are directly involved in the production to maintain quality and traditional values.

How to get there

Address: Laluan Sungai Pari, 2, Laluan Sungai Pari 19, Buntong, 30100 Ipoh, Perak

Getting to Kampung Kacang Puteh is fairly simple, either you take a taxi or Grab.

Since we hired a van, it was a smooth ride to the kampung from Restoran Thean Chun near the Concubine Lane. Scroll below to watch a YouTube Short of how we spent our day in Ipoh – visiting 10 places in the process.

Kampung Kacang Puteh

The entrance to the kampung (village) is easily recognisable by the arch with the greetings TERIMA KASIH KAMPUNG KACANG PUTEH.

We stopped at the first cross junction where 3 popular kacang puteh shops are located. There’s CTS Kacang Puteh Sdn Bhd which is easily recognisable by it’s green exterior. Then there’s D.N.S FOOD which is directly opposite CTS. Then, Enak & Rangup is directly opposite D.N.S.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Kampung Kacang Puteh one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum in Ipoh

What better way to start the day with breakfast than the traditional way in Ipoh – dim sum.

Today, we’re going for dim sum along Jalan Leong Sin Nam in Ipoh. Along this same street, there are 3 famous dim sum shops: Foh San Restaurant, Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum, and Restoran Yoke Fook Moon Sdn Bhd.

Today, we’re at Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum. 

How to get there

Address: 36, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk. If you’re driving, there are lots of parking lots nearby to park your cars. Even though the parking lots are nearby, you may have to walk a fair distance to the shop. 

We had hired a van to bring 15 of us around Ipoh. Scroll below to watch a YouTube video on where and what we covered in 1 day – starting with Ming Court.

Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum

Ming Court is located just behind Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. It is on the ground floor of a standalone block.

By the time we reached at about 8.30am, there was already a long queue at the front of the shop. Even inside the shop was also fully packed out. According to reviews on Google, it is advisable to go there as early as possible, because the restaurant opens from 6am and for half a day only.

The queue was exceptionally long that day, no thanks to the other 2 famous dim sum shops that were closed for the day.

The restaurant had a number system. You had to tell them how many people you have, and they would then give you a number and tell you how long you had to wait for your table(s).

Even though the queue was about 20 minutes long, but by the time it was our turn; it was worth the wait.

Dim Sum

When we sat down, the waiters brought a tray of dim sums. The dim sums were in metal containers. Each container had a dot that was color-coded.

Hence, on the spot and on the order chit, the waiter would then note the dim sums that were taken.

Unlike the dim sum in Kuala Lumpur, the steamed dim sum in Ming Court or in Ipoh for that matter, were in small mini sizes. Price-wise, the dim sum was also Ipoh-priced.

We ate the usual siew mai, har gow, fried beancurd roll, seaweed rolls, etc.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Ming Court was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD in Ipoh

Not to be confused with Restoran Tuck Kee, this Tuck Kee here is a different restaurant in Ipoh. 

This TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD is located at Jalan King, Jalan Pasir Pinji, and not in Taman Jubilee.

How to get there

Address: 1-3, Jalan King, Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk. If you’re driving, there are lots of parking spaces around. 

As it was nearby our AirBnb in Ipoh, we walked there.

TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD

TUCK KEE is prominently located at the cross junction where Jalan King, Jalan Queen, Jalan Saw Seong Peck, and Jalan Peh Kee Koh meet. The restaurant is a double-storey corner shop lot, easily recognisable by it’s modern facade.

A bonus to this restaurant is that it is elderly-friendly, as there’s a separate access and specially-fitted chair on another staircase to bring the elderly upstairs.

Upon entering the restaurant, it has a grand middle-to-upper class feel to it.

Good thing we called an hour earlier to make a reservation. By the time we reached at 6.30pm for dinner, it was already almost packed. 

Due to shortage of tables, 15 of us were squeezed into a table upstairs. 12 chairs and 3 stools surrounded the table.

We ordered 8 dishes. See below for the 8.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, TUCK KEE RESTAURANT was one of the 7 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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Kacang Soya Lai Kee in Ipoh

Today, let’s stop over at Kacang Soya Lai Kee, otherwise known as Lai Kee Soya Bean at Jalan Theatre in Taman Jubilee, Ipoh. It is just behind Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong and Sin Weng Fai Peanut Candy Shop.

How to get there

Address: 32-54, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk.

After lunch at Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong, shopping at Sin Weng Fai Peanut Candy Shop, and lots of walking – it’s time for some dessert.

Kacang Soya Lai Kee

Here, they serve kacang soya tanpa serbuk gipsum (soya bean without gipsum powder). The tau fu fa comes with either ginger syrup (sirap halia), Gula Melaka syrup (sirap gula melaka), or brown sugar syrup.

They also serve caramel custard.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Kacang Soya Lai Kee was one of the 7 places we visited in 1 day. Watch the YouTube Short below.


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Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong in Ipoh

If you’ve heard of Ipoh. You’ll recognize foodie terms like Ipoh chicken rice, Ipoh hor fun, Ipoh white coffee, etc. Today, we’re about Ipoh chicken rice.

In Ipoh, a recommended and popular chicken rice restaurant is in Taman Jubilee – Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong Ipoh Sdn Bhd.

“When in Ipoh, what to do in Ipoh? Eat. Ipoh chicken rice.”

How to get there

Address: 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk.

We took a Grab from our AirBnb nearby in Ipoh. The Grab fare was RM5 for 4 pax for a 1 kilometere plus ride.

Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong

The restaurant can’t be missed, as it’s a corner shop lot with yellow roof and big yellow signboard all around. The name “Lou Wong” prominently displayed in red on the board.

By noon, when we reached there, the restaurant was already in overflow mode. Waiters were setting up more tables along the side of the road. Lots of people were also queueing up outside to get a table inside.

We waited about 15 to 20 minutes to get a table.

Lunch

Unlike most other chicken rice shops, Lou Wong only has steam and roasted chicken, for meat dishes. They don’t serve roasted pork (siu yuk) and BBQ pork (char siew).

In addition to the chicken, you can also order bean sprouts, meat or fish balls, lettuce, and chicken feet to go with the main dish.

Since there were 7 people at our table, we ordered one whole steam chicken, bean sprouts, and a bowl of meat and fish balls in soup.

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During my 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong was one of the 7 places I visited in 1 day. Watch the YouTube video below.


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