Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Food Trip Up North - Ipoh & Penang

What comes into your mind when people talk about Penang? Absolutely, it would be FOOD! As many people may know, Penang is world famous for its abundance of hawker food and it's a lot cheaper if compared to in KL. 

Few weeks ago, one of my colleagues suggested to go somewhere else for short vacation. I was so excited and started looking for places we could go for 2D1N. Quickly, we booked a family room for 4pax in Chulia Heritage Hotel (Penang). And then, our trip story began...

We drove up to North from KL in one car with four of us. A 2 days & 1 night trip couldn't get better than this -- food craving all the day in Ipoh & Penang. Of course without our great food navigator our plan wouldn't be as so successful. 

We never get lost although we are not familiar with those places in Ipoh & Penang.

 Sunshine in the morning!

 "I feel good" -- by Eaven

Ming Court Dim Sum Restaurant @ Ipoh
If you ask any Ipoh-an of where to have good and affordable dim sum, they'll most probably recommend you this place. This fully air-conditioned shop takes up two shop lots and is crowded every morning. The price range is in between RM2.50 - 3.50. The location of this place is a little off in Google Maps but it's relatively easy to find if you know where Foh San is. Foh San is another dim sum restaurant, much more expensive and quite honestly, not really worth the money.

 Deep Fried Yam Puff with Minced Pork. One of my favourite type of dim sum ever!

Crispy Spring Rolls

 This Muaji is best recommended by the waitresses.

Hong Kong Style Steamed Spare Ribs

 This shrimp tail is a give away on this dim sum dish.

 This is a must-order dish! Siu Mai (pork dumpling)!

 Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumplings

 Fish Paste Bean Curd Rolls

Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum Sdn Bhd
32,34,36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam,
30300 Ipoh, Perak,
Tel No : 605-255 7134

Closed on Thursdays.

Funny Mountain Tau Fu Fa @ Ipoh
It's hard to miss this small corner shop with the big sign board and the long lines of car lining up by the road side waiting to be serves with the famous tau fu fa and soya bean. Of course, you always have the choice of parking your car at one of the parking spaces and walk yourself to the shop, which is what we did and I assure you, it is much faster. I tried and realized that this tau fu fa is extremely smooth but a little too sweet for me. Go and try it for yourself!

 RM3.40 (2 bowls) for takeaway

Funny Mountain Soybean & Traditional Tau Fu Fah
49, Jalan Theatre,
30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel No : 016 595 0369, 05 546 9968, 012 516 1607

Lighthouse Coffee Bar @ Penang
The Lighthouse Coffee Bar serves mainly beverages made from a variety of gourmet beans and in a myriad of styles. They also have quite an expensive food menu e.g. pasta, baked rice, all day breakfast, soup & salad. Something about coffee with pasta appealed us so we ordered the spaghetti which was their house recipe pasta with coffee. Unexpectedly, the food and beverage there are very delectable! 

 Mochaccino @ RM8.50

 Classic Affogato @ RM7.90

 Cappuccino @ RM8.00

 Oreo Crepe @ RM10.90

 Lighthouse Spaghetti Caffe @ RM15.90
Lighthouse Coffee Bar
Logan Heritage No. 4 Bishop Street, Georgetown 
10300 Penang
8:30 am to 7:30 pm (Opens everyday)
Direct Mobile: 6012 4360 836

James Foo & Family Restaurant @ Penang
According to my colleague's friend, this restaurant is very famous for local people. Here's the place which always crowded especially weekend. We had to queue for seat but luckily, the food was very scrumptious and it's one of the most cheapest western food i have ever tried! When i saw the beverage menu, i was like 'wow, so cheap'. Tell you what, the lime juice is only RM1.80! Where on earth you could find such low price beverage in a well looking restaurant?

 Hawaii Chicken @ RM10

 Grilled Garlic Fish @ RM9.50

 Hawaii Pork @ RM10

Chicken Gorden Bleu @ RM11

James Foo & Family Fettes Park Western Food
21-A, Jalan Fettes, Fettes Park, 11200 Penang.
Tel: 6 012 - 438 3671 (Kenny Foo)
Business Hours: 6.00pm - 11.30pm (Closed on Monday)

Hawker Food @ Penang
My colleague recommended us and kept saying it's worth to try. We were so excited to give it a try as the colleague is a 'food hunter'. After trying once, i couldn't wait to order another plate! It's really mouthwatering! It smells good, it tastes fantastic! 

Pancake @ RM5 (ingredients: banana, butter, flour, egg, sugar)

Wong Chau Jun Restaurant @ Penang
My colleague also recommended us this famous restaurant. We went there for lunch, i guess most of the people didn't know about this restaurant, only local people know it. Luckily, we got a good guide.

 Bean Curd @ RM6 (small portion)

The signature dish 'Spicy & Sour Fish Head Mihun' @ RM8 (2-person portion)

Wong Chao Jun Restaurant
Jalan Rangoon, Penang
73, Jalan Rangoon, 10400 Penang
012-5559046 / 012-4709549
8.00 am – 2.30 pm (Closed every Tuesday)

Onn Kee Bean Sprout Chicken Rice @ Ipoh
As you all may know, you could not have missed the famous dish when you travel to Ipoh. The price ican be considered as quite reasonable as the total amount was only RM42 for four persons of us.

 Dry Kuey Teow (tossed in a savoury mix of sauce, dark soy sauce, dash of sesame oil perhaps)

 Kuey Teow Soup

 Meat Balls in soup

 Plate of a poached chicken for four persons.

 Plate of crunchy bean sprouts

51, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Opens for lunch and dinner (about 10-11am onwards, until about 1-2am)

 What else?
 A little souvenir for our dearest colleague who could not be able to join the trip -- Ron ^.^