Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ipoh in Peek-tures

A quick round up of our recent weekend to yes, Ipoh again :)

We started off with a slice of blueberry cheesecake at Allegra. The thing I love the most about their desserts is that it's not cloyingly sweet and you can taste the quality of ingredients.

Being creatures of comfort, we went back again to Bougainvillea City Cafe for lunch. This time, we managed to try their much touted white coffee burger - we are in Ipoh after all, the town of white coffee :) The beef patty was succulent and juicy and the flavours went really well together. I also enjoyed the mixed fresh salad at the side which is a refreshing change.


Hubs was craving for some Ipoh dim sum and we really didn't want to brave the morning crowds so we found one that serves dim sum for dinner. Yoke Fook Moon is located at the same street as Ipoh's grand dame of dim sim - Foh San, and it was quiet and pleasant during dinner. To my surprise, it was air conditioned and clean, almost like a Chinese restaurant but with middle aged ladies carrying trays full of piping hot yummy morsels. The chee cheong fan is a must try: the slippery soft rice noodles with its smoky tasting soy sauce, shallot oil and a smear of sambal was out of this world fantastic. Bubs and I went crazy over the musang king durian egg tart (seasonal) - the rich egg-y custard laced with sweet, creamy durian cased in a flaky, buttery pastry. I regret not buying extras to tah pao!

Yoke Fook Moon
No 67-69, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh
Telephone : 05-241 6589
Business hours : 6am-10am, 6.30pm-11pm.

For dessert, we drove to Vanity Haus at Canning Garden for the famed brownies. The cafe reminds me of an aunt's living room filled with Venetian masks, oil paintings and damask wall paper. Perched on top of one cabinet was an old school typewriter which Bubs was curious about. I told him it was a prehistoric computer ;) No menus exist in this place ... and no chalkboard/mirror menus either. The poor waitress had to repeat the choices on offer from table to table. The Nutella brownie was dense, rich and very intense, albeit a trifle smaller than what we expected.

Vanity Haus
8, Jalan Keliling, Canning Garden, 31400 Ipoh,
Telephone:  05-5458761

Met up with Fairy Godma the next morning and oooh-ed and aaaah-ed over her HUGE hotel room. It looked like a 60s Hong Kong hotel on the outside but the inside was lush! They even had a mini cinema free for hotel guests.

JJ Swiss Rolls were on a couple of "things to eat in Ipoh" blogs so we headed off to find it ... errrr ... except we got really lost. We kept driving past where we thought it would be, we blamed the GPS and then each other, we asked for directions until I got so frustrated, I called the shop. Jennifer was really nice and stayed on the line with us as she provided clear directions for the new location of the shop.

The shop is well known for their mind boggling variety of swiss rolls, where else would you be able to find spinach and cream cheese with cashew nuts Swiss rolls? The Swiss rolls are low sugar plus do not contain preservatives so we were reminded to finish them within 3 days and to keep them refrigerated. I stared at the gigantic chillers that lined the wall end to end and tried to make a choice. They had wolfberry, passion fruit, carrot cream cheese (I kid you not), yam, corn ... Durian was unfortunately sold out so I settled for cempedak (RM18) and chocolate hazelnut (RM18).

I loved the soft, fluffy texture, it was almost like eating a cloud :) The cempedak filling was really good and complemented the simple vanilla roll. Hubs wasn't impressed with the chocolate hazelnut though and said it was nice, but nothing extraordinary. Bubs had his little mouth stuffed with both and waved a thumbs up ;)

JJ Roll
127, Jalan Bharu, Off Jalan Kampar, 30250 Ipoh
Jennifer : 6016-520 9933


We headed to Missing Marbles again for lunch. The beef tataki was served with lime slices, bonito flakes and a myriad of fresh vegetables; it reminded me of yee sang for some reason and it was a refreshing dish on a hot day.

The lychee, vanilla ice cream and creme brulee dessert was fairly simple but wow-ed us to no end. Tempted to go find a blow torch just to replicate this at home.

Wandered around the area where a tiny flea market was in progress. There were artisan soaps and a DIY card making section.

Found this gem of a jewelery boutique where the owner can be found tinkering over her own creations.

Kristy Collection
Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh, Perak
Telephone:+6016 7630 935


No matter how many times I walk through this sun dappled area with its old crumbling buildings, uneven brick walkways, I always want to stop for just a bit and stare at the surroundings.


  1. you can get a blowtorch at the kitchen shop located at the basement of gurney plaza. Near where all the ATMs are located. Or I think any baking shops too..

    1. Ooooh, great, thanks - can start making cream brulees!


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