Missing Marbles @ Ipoh Old Town

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Ipoh Malaysia

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Disguised as an optical shop, Missing Marbles is a cafe with an Asian flare in terms of food selection, located in Ipoh old town.   

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The facade of the cafe still bears the old yellow sign board of “Star Optical House”.  The smaller sign board of “Missing Marbles” might just give you the slightest hint of what the cafe’s theme might be.

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With school-table-look-alikes, worn walls, random child’s play displayed around, hopscotch on the corridor, Missing Marbles reminisces an old school playground.

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Any misbehavior is accounted for too as there is a nice punishment corner for a bit of solitude, lol!

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This wall with minimum space looks like a suitable corner for ramen – reminds me of tiny little ramen shops in Japan where pretty much standing is the only option to eat let alone have the luxury to sit and eat!

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Marbles are of course visible throughout the cafe, whether stashed away in bottles or hidden in corners.

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I used to play these origami fortune tellers once upon a time !

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Bicycle seats are transformed into abstract art here.

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Missing Marbles’ menu is all on the wall, wiht Ramen Hakata, Dry Ramen, Mee Siam (rice noodles), Mushu Lamb and Calrose Rice.

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My Calrose Rice (RM15) came with a surprising generous portion with minced chicken and minced tofu, topped with hanjuku eggs, seaweed shreds and a sprinkle of spring onions.

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The dish is quite similar to a milder version of mapo tofu – where the kick did not come from any chili but came from an even mix of salted vegetables within.  I loved the texture of the soft boiled egg which had solid egg white with a luscious, golden, creamy yolk.

I had a satisfactory meal, pairing it with soy bean drink from Funny Mountain and it was a rare occasion that I felt “full” eating at a cafe, as most of the cafes tend to serve (very) light portions and I usually have to top up my meal with a dessert. This time, I was filled without any dessert !

Enjoy a few more interior photos of the cafe below 🙂

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More Info
Missing Marbles Address :  99 Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
(Located in Ipoh Old Town, along with Patisserie Boutique Cafe, Roquette Cafe, Buku Tiga Lima and Burps & Giggles)
Tel:  +605 241 1564

 

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