It is a long weekend in Malaysia due to Hari Raya Haji (Eid al-Adha) which is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.
So on Sunday we decided to do a day trip to Ipoh. We set off at 7am and arrived into Ipoh a bit after 9am. First stop was to find Foh San Restaurant for a dim sum breakfast.
Restoran Foh San Ipoh
51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: (605) 254-0308
This place was crazy, it is self service dim sum so once you get a table you then go up the the various stalls and choose what you want. However as I say, once you get a table. It was packed and there is no queuing system so you just stalk a table until the people there finish and you then take over accordingly. Some tables were two to three parties deep with people waiting.
Following breakfast we walked the streets including a Sunday Market – Emily bought some guppy fish for her tank from a local stall, 6 fish for MYR5 and I bought a pair of shorts for MYR25.
We stopped in at a local pet shop and were disturbed at what we saw. A large Macaw was tethered to be sold. Iguanas in cages, dogs in cages too small for them and many different squirrel type creatures that we were not quite sure what they were. Animal rights has a very long way to go in Malaysia.
Following all this we headed out to the Lost World of Tanbum around lunch time. It is a local water and theme park. We spent the afternoon here as it was great to cool off. However the thermal pools that are part of the park get up to 47 Celsius so they were not cool but the bar side drinks were
We left the theme park at 5pm and headed back into Ipoh for dinner. In town we bought a salted chicken or Yim Kok Kai to take home – something Ipoh is famous for. Had this for dinner Monday night with rice and was very nice. Basically whole chickens are wrapped in "oil paper" and then baked in large woks filled with heated salt.
Dinner in Ipoh was at the Purple Cane Tea House. This had a very eclectic menu with most things being cooked in some form of tea. My Lei Cha tea soup with green tea rice crispy is shown below left served in a tea pot. Molly is shown trying the tea boiled egg boiled – didn’t go down too well. An Emily had chicken soup plus their signature Sweet Potato Balls that come with a Green Tea mayonnaise dipping sauce (far right of her picture). The food was great and a must have experience.
PURPLE CANE TEA HOUSE
No 2, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar (Osborne Street)
30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-253 3090/6012-668 3090.
Business hours: 9am – 10pm daily.
We ended up leaving for home around 7pm – passing an aptly named restaurant for the great food in Ipoh as we did.