This is my third post for Food Archeologist and apologies for being such an MIA (Missing in Action) person. Can't help it since I am stuck with uni life (assignments final exams bla bla bla) but now, I have a semester break! How cool is that?
P.s: This is my first semester where I look forward so much to a semester break. *hums away*
Anyway, back to food!
I have been outstation for the last weekend with my family to our yearly le family trip to Perak!
Every year I have perceived that Ipoh will be somewhat a dead place (I know I shouldn't say that but lots of my friends find Ipoh boring but I don't because I enjoyed the less crowd of that city), however, I was very disappointed with the crowd last weekend because we have decided to take the weekend to Ipoh on Raya Haji day, aka the PUBLIC HOLIDAY weekend. Ughh. First time came across such busy Ipoh. Lol. Which I was not too happy about it. Why? Because food will be a huge demand and you have to queue, or worse, WAIT in front of people's tables while they're eating. How rude is that? I had to fight for tables in one of the restaurants in Ipoh for breakfast! Not to mention a tug of war with a guy who stood on the same table as me. -_- I decided to let it a go when I later found out that my mum has a more daring approach of 'cop-ing' tables; by sitting in one of the tables. LOL.
Alright alright. Enough with all the fighting tables stories.
Day 1: Teluk Intan
Le family has decided to stay for 3 days 2 nights in Perak and our first pit stop of the night was Teluk Intan, formerly known as Teluk Anson. We left KL in late morning, we have reached our destination at about 3pm. No, we didn't take a tuk tuk ride to TI that took us that long to reach TI. We have stopped over at Bidor to have really really awesome lunch meal, Indian style! cooked and served by my mum's friend. They have such adorable baby that got close with my sister after getting bribed with candies, chipsmore's and chocolates. Hehe.
We stayed at a homestay and the cost per night for a room only costed RM40, with air-cond and two big beds and a toilet of your own. AND with toiletries. How cool is that? Not cool part though; we had to stay with a bunch of middle aged ol' chaps whom decided to 'greet' us in the living room wearing nothing but just shorts, kaki terkangkang (open up legs, one leg rested on the side of the chair) while one of them was rubbing his huge beer belly tummy. It was horrifying. I got freaked out. It was not a pleasant sight. Kinda killed my food mode for dinner. Lol.
Nevertheless, we took a rest and we left the house early at about 6pm to scout for dinner in the old Glutton Square, TI.
Trust me, this place packs with loads of good hidden treasures. Nyam nyam.
|The outside of Glutton Square Food Court where we had our dinner.|
|Outside of the GS|
|Upon entrance. Reminds me little of Singapore's food court style. Or any Malaysian Food Court style. Lol.|
|Mmm. The dessert stall where we ordered one of every kind of their desserts. It is called Do Re Mi.|
|One of the guys working on our desserts. I think it is run by one family.|
|One part seen from the inside of GS|
|TI Laksa with prawn sauce. RM3. Not bad. It is not spicy but yet has the authenticity of the laksa taste. I like it and they are generous in their portions too.|
|Hawaiian Lolo taking the full frontal picture.|
|All le 5 lolos on picture!|
Done with dinner (not really!), off we tried our luck on the oh-so-famous midnight chee cheong fun. Dad says there are two very famous brands that sell the midnight chee cheong fun but we only managed to scout for one, the other we couldn't locate in time. :(
For all of you who don't know what is midnight chee cheong fun and what is the difference between our usual chee cheong fun and also hong kong chee cheong fun is that one; you can only find it at night, usually in the wee hours of the morning which is from 12am onwards, but in my case, my dad knew the factory and we headed straight there to buy the freshly made ones and two; the special ingredients they used for the chee cheong fun and finally three; it does not have a sauce, instead, we eat it with juicy, crispy salted/preserved green chillies.
|Random photo: Spotted the moon falling directly to the the mosque's head piece.|
|The Liew Kee Chee Cheong Fun|
|Processing rice into liquids for later make into yummy chee cheong fun!|
|They have people queuing at the factory as early as 7pm. Yeah, this is the factory.|
|Interesting sight to see right opposite of the factory. Now I kinda reconsider the cleanliness of the factory. On the other hand, the factory employees can save their time and just throw their rubbish over.|
|They are called 'Sa Kot' in Hakka, or also called as turnips. Part of the ingredients to make the midnight chee cheong fun.|
|This is the packet size and they wrap it ol' style, newspaper style.|
|Ta-da! The black spots you see are the onions, small prawns and some meat, which I think is pork|
|The salted green chillies to compliment the taste. Too bad they are so kiam siap (kedekut/ stingy) about their green chillies. Very very little, compared to the size of the chee cheong fun.|
|Closer look of the chee cheong fun.|
This whole packet costs RM4 and to me, it is rather pricy for a small packet like that. And according to my dad, TI midnight chee cheong fun is not supposed to be rectangular based, more of the elongated and thin version. They also said that within a short span of few years, the chee cheong fun has rose from RM2.80 per packet up to RM4 as of now. For the locals, they will think the quality has degraded. I have not tasted midnight chee cheong fun for awhile now and my vague memory of it is just the green chillies.
When I first try it, I like it but it was a little too oily for my take. The overall taste was alright, not too heavy on each other, I kinda forgot to taste if there is any turnip taste in it. Also, the green chillies given are just too little! I know it is good, with its juicy and crunchy texture but don't be so hard on the quantity already. You're already charging us RM4, at least we deserve a little more of the chillies next time?
Oh, for another surprising news, when we went out to Jalan Maharani (the next day) for breakfast, it was found out that Liew Kee has many vendors and resellers for them in stalls located in many areas, and Jalan Maharani was one of them. The shocking news is that, we found out that in one stall they are selling RM3 per packet and the other end selling RM4 per packet! Imagine it from the same factory who manufactured it. Guys, you gotta have some standard pricing over here.
If we do drop by next time in TI, we'd definitely have our mental note taken to just head back to stalls and buy it at RM3 per packet, rather than buying it at the factory. As for freshness, I am pretty sure there is nothing much of a difference, unless you have a mentality that you need to consume food with 'freshly served' motto in your head.
Okay, this will be the end of Day 1 post. Continuation of the Jalan Maharani food search will be on the 2nd post where I will be covering the last part of Teluk Intan and off to Ipoh food!
P.s: I am afraid that this post I won't be providing most details of the stalls (exact location with address, contact numbers and google maps) as I am not too familiar with the rounds of TI and Ipoh myself.
But the landmarks are pretty much there from the pictures and Glutton Square is a name that I think you can find easily on Google for directions to go there. Don't get confused though. They have the new and the old Glutton Square Food Court. We went the old Glutton Square Food Court.
Teluk Intan has a lot of food to find, just don't underestimate the overall look of the city. Even I know I have not fully explored TI yet.
Cheers to all of you and have a safe trip! (If you have any plans to go there in future)
Be right back on the second post soon.