Gallery Old Town in Ipoh is one of a kind on its own. Basic, unaltered and intertwined with nature, the gallery is set up in a previously abandoned house. The roots are finding their ways into the house through any opening – through the roof or climbing along the walls, but all of that create a yearning for the yesteryear. Even the musty smell is acceptable in here. Continue reading
Pangkor Island, a tranquil little island that I have not visited in the longest time, almost forgetting how it really is. It ‘s still a little old-fashioned, basic; but I like it because it has not been taken over by commercialization. Continue reading
We could not give awesome Sitiawan seafood a miss on our way back to Ipoh from Pangkor. We drove along the main road on Kampung Cina amidst of so many seafood restaurants, we decided to give Laut Villa Restaurant a try. And how did we come to that decision? Because there were loads of cars parked outside the restaurant compared to the others so we guessed this is probably the famous one around. Continue reading
The Dutch Fort or “Kota Belanda” in Malay, on Pangkor Island was first built by the Dutch in 1670’s as a base for tin storage and also as a protection ground for themselves. The locals being dissatisfied with the Dutch holding monopoly in tin trade, launched the first attack in 1690 but to find that the fort was rebuilt with re-enforced guarding. It was the second attack in 1743 that forced the Dutch to leave. Continue reading
We ate lunch at Sea View Hotel on Pangkor Island as it brings back vague memories from my childhood. Many many years ago, Sea View Hotel was one of the earlier hotels established on the island. If you have traveled to Pangkor say 10, 15 years ago, chances are, you probably have stayed in the hotel before.
As we were there around 2pm, a lot of fish dishes were unavailable and we had to resort to something that we don’t normally order – sweet and sour fish.
The fish fillet pieces are deep fried – excellent tender fillet with a crispy coating, unfortunately spoiled by the sweet ad sour sauce which tasted completely artificial, as if the sauce came straight out from a chili sauce / tomato sauce bottle. And it’s pricey for a not-very-big-portion at RM 35.
The simple vegetable stir fry (RM15) is ok but the oyster sauce is too thick for my liking.
If you are lucky, you might be able to spot hornbills eating bread docilely off the table nearby.
I am rather disappointed at the pricey & so-so lunch here. I get it that things get marked up during Chinese New year but at least give me better food if you want to mark up the price! I was actually thinking we should be able to get some good & cheap seafood since we are on an island, but no, seafood in Sitiawan is better off.
Looks like I gotta look for a good seafood restaurant the next time I am on Pangkor Island.
Sea View Hotel Website
Address: Pangkor Island, Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pangkor Island, Perak
Tel: + 605 685 1605
The fish satay factory in Pangkor Island, Hai Seng Hin (海成兴沙爹渔场), is a nice place to do a bit of souvenir and snack shopping. Continue reading
It’s all about the noodles at Tuck Kee Restaurant (德記茶餐室) in Ipoh. With more than 50 years of expertise, Tuck Kee never fails to put up a plate of delicious hor fun, bee hoon, or Hokkien “dai loke meen”. Consistency, intense “wok hei” and pork lard are key ingredients that bring patrons back for more. Continue reading
Black Ball, a Taiwanese dessert place in Ipoh serving silken grass jelly. The story of how Black Ball started is inspiring. Three men who knew nothing about F&B, each in different industries like tourism and engineering, got together and started their business because of one bowl of heavenly grass jelly in Kansai, Taiwan. Thanks to their tireless continuation of improvement and expansion, we get to enjoy this Taiwanese dessert in Ipoh too!