Road Trip to Ipoh – Part 3 (Jalan Jalan Cari Makan)

Another reason to travel all the way to Ipoh is definitely the FOOD and this is why people keep coming back. Oh my, we have been spoilt with all the delicious local foods there. Since we were there for just a short trip over the weekend, we only have to 2 days just to fulfil our appetite. So, this is it!

Nasi Ganja

Once reached the town, we started with our first selection which is the famous Nasi Ganja or Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah or Nasi Vanggey or whatever local called it for our lunch. Did we missed any of their name? We opt for the one in Restoran Yong Suan (yes the stall is located inside the Chinese Coffee Shop) at Jalan Yang Kalsom which is near to the Pekan Baru Police Station. It will be easier if you could spot Hotel Bajet Memori Ipoh (painted in yellow) and the restaurant is just in front of it. As mentioned by locals, the meal could be addictive at times and that’s the reason why it was called as ‘Nasi Ganja’.

Verdict? Ermm, is just not the best nasi kandar that we had in our life. But, doesn’t harm trying.

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Mee Kari / Kicap Daud Mat Jasak

We found out about this place as we read through ThatSoFarah blog talking about how she and the whole family used to have this whenever they are in Ipoh . It’s her family’s favourite eatery. It’s a little bit tricky to find this small shop as this is our first time there and we have to make a few big rounds at Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar just to find the shop. We waited for about 15 – 20 minutes just to secure a table and we reminded ourself that ‘this better be good’ as we’re super hungry at that point of time.  We choose to have both which is the ‘Mee Kari’ and ‘Mee Kicap’. We dig into the bowl once it was served and it’s gone in just a few minutes. Everything was so good! The gravy, the fresh ingredients, the taste. Ohhhhh. Missing it so much.

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Medan Selera Dato Sagor

We randomly choose to have our breakfast here as we wanted to do the Ipoh Heritage walk right after that. Medan Selera Dato Sagor is located exactly behind the Ipoh Town Hall and near to Ipoh State Mosque. This is where you’ll experience the 1 Malaysia theme when multi racial are under the same roof. You got to taste a little bit of Malay cuisine, Chinese cuisine and even Indian cuisine too just to kick off your day. Amazing!

Freshly made hot “Apom”, one of our Indian cuisine. When it is hot, the edge of the apom is very crispy while the center is soft. Normally eaten with sweet or spicy thick coconut gravy. But we just love to have it with plain curry.
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Nasi Lemak Rendang, a complete meal for both of the guys.
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Roti Goyang, the highlight of all! Crispy bread toast topped with half boiled eggs. The taste was awesome!
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Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice

Last but not least, the Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice. It wouldn’t be complete if you did not try a plate of Hainan Chicken Rice before leaving. This is one of the Halal Chicken Rice in town and it’s located at Jalan Anderson (just a short distance away from the Hospital roundabout) and another shop just behind the Greentown Mall (next to DWJ Hotel).  We opt to have our lunch at the Greentown Suria shop lots as there are ample parking lots provided.

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Ipoh Pamelo / Limau Bali Ipoh

Last but not least, our next hunting was the Ipoh’s famous fruit which is Ipoh Pamelo or ‘Limau Bali Ipoh’ just to wash away and detox everything that we had earlier. Naaaah, just kidding. It was mentioned that the best and juiciest pamelos are reputed to be from Tambun. There are stretches of stalls selling pamelos along Jalan Raja Nazrin Shah (Jalan Gopeng) adjacent to Sam Poh Tong Temple to cater tourist driving in and out of Ipoh. We bought a numbers of it at En. Muhammad Ridhuan stall (Stall No.28) at a very good good good deal! He and his wife was so generous.

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So, what are you guys waiting for then?

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Road Trip to Ipoh – Part 1 (Gopeng Heritage Museum, Kellie’s Castle)

Yes, again, we’re on a Road Trip to Ipoh over the weekend. Did we mentioned that we just love road trip! It’s fun. FF’s lil’ brother just got his new car and we just wanted to try the ‘so called’ new car endurance. Well, that’s the plan and why Ipoh? Somewhere around end of last year road trip, we only managed to cover Taiping and we believe Ipoh and the surrounding town has even more to offer.  We don’t have any fix itinerary as it was just a free and easy trip for 3 of us. We are very much depending on WAZE application through out the trip and it direct us to the correct location each time.

GOPENG HERITAGE HOUSE

As we just a few kilometres away of the Gopeng exit via the PLUS North South Highway, we then decided to drop by to the Gopeng Heritage House. We just knew that Gopeng Heritage House was actually started right after the opening of Muzium Gopeng. The Gopeng Museum was launched on April 2009 and the Heritage House 2 years later. We initially got confused when we did passed by Muzium Gopeng and saw such an identical design, colour and building on our way back from Gopeng Heritage House.

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At the Gopeng Heritage House, we found out and realized that Gopeng town was actually older than Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur 150 years ago where the main 2 activities are the tin mining and rubber plantations. This is even where the most famous traditional chinese medicine product of Eu Yan Sang (such as the ginseng, bird nest and etc) is fully originated.

It all began in 1873 when Eu Kong left his hometown of Foshan, a village in Guangdong province of southern China, to seek his fortune in Malaya. The industrious young man settled down in the small mining town of Gopeng, Perak.

Noticing that the tin mine workers depended on opium to alleviate the pain and suffering from hard work and poor living conditions, he introduced traditional Chinese herbal remedies to nurse their health. This led to the opening of the first Yan Sang shop in 1879.

Source: euyansang.com.my

The house was a brilliant idea of a banker by profession, Bernard Yaw where he returned to Gopeng just to fulfill his mother’s dream. We were so impressed as this is one of his efforts to reminisce the glory years of Gopeng and to show the way of life in the last century.

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Introducing FF’s lil bro. 😀
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They even have a small cafe if you intend to have a cup of coffee and tea at the back-end of Ground Floor. It comes with a small souvenir corner too. It was just nice to watch those Aunt and Uncle having their talk from this top view with such a nice background set.
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The Heritage House is only open on Saturday and Sunday meanwhile the Gopeng Museum opens five days a week and is closed on Wednesday and Thursday. In case you are wondering where’s the exact location, this is it:

Gopeng Heritage House – Jalan Sungai Itik, 31600, Gopeng Perak

Muzium Gopeng – No. 28, Jalan Eu Kong, 31600 Gopeng, Perak

KELLIE’S CASTLE

Right after Gopeng Town, we then moved forward towards Ipoh town. We suddenly spotted the road signage showing ‘Kellie’s Castle’ on the main road and we decided to re route and headed to Batu Gajah. It was our first time here. We were there somewhere around 11.00am and it was scorching hot at that time. We were told that this is the ‘NEW’ kind of look of the castle as it was newly refurbished with an extra features of public facilities such as the ample parking lots, toilet, convenience shop, new landscape and others just to serve as a visitor spot. Plus, local visitors are required to pay for an entrance fees of RM 5. This castle was strategically located where it was surrounded by a river.

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Kellie’s Castle (Kellie’s Folly) is located near Batu Gajah, and it is about 20 minutes drive from IpohPerakMalaysia. The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son.

Unfortunately William Kellie Smith died at the age of 56 due to pneumonia during a short trip to Lisbon, Portugal in 1926. William’s wife was devastated and decided to move back to Scotland. In the end, Kellas House, later known as Kellie’s Folly or Kellie’s Castle, was sold to a British company called Harrisons and Crosfield.

Source: Wikipedia

The main entrance
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The famous Kellas House
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There have been many myths about the castle where it was believe that Smith’s and his daughter spirit are still wandering inside the castle especially along the corridors. There’s also a statement saying that those spirits are from the workers who are died during the construction and 2nd World War. Despite of all the myths, what exactly attracted us is when we found that one of the most famous Project Management Consultant (PMC) – Opus International was originally from Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company Ltd owned by William Kellie Smith. And this is how it all started.

The ‘so called’ Haunted Corridor

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The view from 2nd floor where the podium and an indoor tennis court is located. It was believe that the floor was constructed to cater function for all the wealthy colonial planters around Kinta area.

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Besides being haunted, the castle is believed to have hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels. It was believed that there are 4 underground tunnels and Smith’s car is parked in one of the tunnels too. Amazing huh? Perhaps, you might want to include this unfinished castle or mansion to your itinerary if you’re happen to be in Perak.

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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma