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Loa Yau Kee Porridge @ Chinatown, KL

The humble food cart of  Loa Yau Kee Porridge (老友记) is parked in front of Soong Kee Beef Noodles.  Despite being much smaller, Loa Yau Kee is not overshadowed and it’s just as popular.  The uncle that manes the stall dishes out a fulfilling bowl of porridge as fast as he could with agility.  I don’t know how old this stall has been around, but perhaps started out some 60 years ago in the same era as Soong Kee Beef Noodles.  Continue reading

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Soong Kee Beef Noodles @ Chinatown, KL

Soong Kee Beef noodles has been around for a long long time.  Imagine my friend of almost 60 years old says that he’s been eating at Soong Kee since he was in high school.  That’s at least 40 years there ! The modest shoplot is swarmed with dedicated patrons.  Fortunately the turnover time is pretty fast you’ll just have to be patient to get your table.  Remember to check out for more tables upstairs.   Continue reading

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81 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh

It’s a new year, new beginning and more new cafes to visit in Ipoh.  Last year, when I wrote 34 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh, I thought that sounded like a big number for small town Ipoh and that number might reach a plateau soon.  I was so wrong.  In 2014 itself, at least 40 new cafes opened.  You still get the boutique cafes and the crossover cafes.  This time, there are also cafes that are not as boutique, but food is good and reasonably priced.  You get a few cafes with unique food creations, but the cafe menu in general is still mostly predictable – the usual pasta, sandwiches and burgers.  You are not going to get anything like “Provencal Four Seasons Salad” or “Croissant with Roquefort and Gorgonzala”, but just try asking for the signature dish and you might be pleasantly surprised. **2017 update** This post was written a few years ago, you should double check if the cafe is still in business before going to avoid disappointment.

The list is in three sections.
Section 1 : The latest 39 cafes that opened in 2014 Continue reading

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新年新气象,也多了更多的新cafe可造访。 去年我写了34 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh, 我觉得34间咖啡屋对怡保来说似乎足够了,应该不会再开太多间了,结果却令人大跌眼镜的在2014年又开了最少40间。  2014年的cafe仍然是花样百出,精品,浪漫,DIY, 复古 等等; 应有尽有的同时,也多了许多回归简约, 少了铺张,价钱可爱点的cafe。 食物方面的变化不大,有几间cafe有亮眼的表现,不过大多数是猜得出的意大利面,汉堡,三明治之类的。 一眼望去如果不知道点什么的话,可以询问有没有招牌菜,通常会有意料不到的惊喜。

这篇攻略秘籍分成三部曲. (英文版可参考这里 –> 81 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh).
第一步曲 : 39 间 2014 年最新最潮cafe。 Continue reading

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Vegan Life @ Ipoh

Vegan Life Restaurant in Ipoh Garden advocates for not just only vegetarian, but also healthy eating using less oil, less salt and less sugar.  The interior is literally green too and resonates with the ideology.  I was dumbfounded when I was looking through the menu because everything looks so good, so natural and I had a hard time choosing – should I take the mee hoon made with brown rice? Continue reading

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Cafe De Casalingo @ Ipoh

Cafe De Casalingo is a bit in the middle of nowhere.  If you are on the way to KL via the Simpang Pulai toll, the Cafe might be a good pit stop as it’s on the way.  Precisely that too, the cafe offers some of the most affordable dishes in town, with set lunches in the range of RM 14.90 – RM 16.90, inclusive of starter, main course and a drink.  In fact, nothing is over RM 20 here.

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