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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
IPOH : General Info
 
 

IPOH - PERAK CAPITAL

 

Surrounded by jungle-clad mountains and hills, Ipoh sits on a lovely valley and this pleasant city offers its visitors some or the most enjoyable holidays in the country. Like all highway drives, the journey on the North South Expressway can be a monotonous one but at least the dramatically rugged blue mountains not far from the road, are refreshing to look at. This is the common scenery along the expressway when you drive from the Malaysian capital towards Ipoh, the Perak state capital famed for its limestone hills, cave temples, delicious food, and lively nights among otehr interesting offerings.

 

Established in 1880, Ipoh today is the third largest city in the country with a population of more than 700,000 resident. This city is about 200km north of Kuala Lumpur and basically, it is divided by the Kinta River into two areas called Old Town and New Town, but the development of Greentown into a busting administrative and commercial centre of Ipoh as well as the even newer Medan Ipoh commercial area, has made the latter two places more popular among residents and visitors alike. Ipoh is also the birthplace for some prominent people who are known regionally or internationally such as Dato' Michelle Yeoh, Mamat Khalid, Patrick Teoh, Angie Cheung, Amber Chia, and cartoonist Lat.

 

 

A TREE CALLED IPOH

 

The origin of lpoh?s name is said to have come from a tree that used to grow abundantly in that area. Called the Pokok lpoh, it produces poisonous sap that the Orang Asli use to tip their blowpipe?s darts, which then help kill quarry quite instantly. The city also has several old nicknames such as City of Millionaires referring to the many residents who made their vast fortunes from the discovery of tin, found in abundance here in the late 18th century. It is also popularly know as "the Town that Tin built". lpoh was founded in the 1890s when it started as a small village by the banks of the Kinta River. It grew and gained prominence at the turn of the 20th century with the establishment of tin-mining companies by the British. It grew rapidly especially in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1950s, lpoh was the country?s main entertainment centre with large numbers of cinema halls, cabarets, amusement parks, and night life. Malayan Airways (now Malaysia Airlines) also had operations in Ipoh back in its early days.

 
 

OVERWHELMING SPREAD OF FOOD CHOICE

 

lpoh is famed for having one of the cleanest and clearest water supplies in Malaysia with its source coming from the waterfalls nearby Tanjung Rambutan. lpoh is also famous for its food and according to local peoples claim, the city's water which is relatively high in alkali content makes the food especially delicious. When it comes to Chinese hawkers fare, few places in the country can rival the spread of mouth-watering cuisines available in this city.

 

Especially tasty is its Sar Hor Fun, which is a flat white rice noodle, Char Kuey Teow, Hor Hee served with fish cakes; Nga Chol Kat, which is chicken with bean sprouts, Hakka Mee. and Dim Sum consisting of small Chinese dumplings with various filling. There is also a generous selection of places offering an even bigger spread of Malay cuisine. The Satay (meat on a skewer served with peanut sauce) is great here and do not miss the opportunity to taste some of the best Tempoyak (preserved durian extract) based dishes. There is a selection of Indian restaurants in its Old Town area offering banana leaf rice and a variety of northern Indian food. Another popular item in the menu is lpoh white coffee, which is increasingly becoming popular in other cities in Malaysia where classier restaurant serve this specialty along with other famous types of western-origin coffee.

 
 

'HAPPENING' AT MEDAN IPOH

 

 

You can get to Ipoh in just two hours using the excellent North South Expressway. From recommendations, I checked into the brand new lpoh Times Inn Hotel in Medan Ipoh Bestari. Room rates ranged from RM65 to RM95 at this hotel, which is still squeaking new and clean, and it is located in the glitzier part of lpoh where nights are the blooming time of the day. There is a 24-hour McDonald?s, five minutes walk away and the Jusco shopping complex and Tesco hypermarket are also sited within walking distance from here. This area around the hotel comes alive at night with numerous Chinese restaurants opening up for business and offering a myriad of cheap and delicious hawkers fare.

 

There are also various finer dining outlets as well as Indian Muslim restaurants here. Its indeed a food connoisseurs haven. A pasar malam operates here on Tuesday nights and apart from more food on offer, you will also find cheap goods on sale. One interesting feature is the high density of pubs, bistros, and clubs located in this area and no surprise that finding a parking lot can be a problem if you are driving.

 
 

IPOH'S POMELOS - FAMOUS GIANT CITRUS

 

lpoh has a famous agricultural product that visitors from other towns often buy as gifts for friends or relatives back home. Its called Pomelo and is grown quite extensively in the Tambun area near limestone hills. Apparently, this species of citrus plants seem to thrive in lpoh?s hot wet climate where the soil is generously laced with lime and chalk.

 

The fruit can grow an amazing 3kg and can measure 30cm across. Usually, its about 1kg in weight and has thick skin with fleshy juicy pulp that is mildly sweet, tangy, and aromatic. Many places in lpoh sell the fruit but at the main trunk road to Kuala Lumpur near the Perak Tong temples, there are dozens of pomelo stalls, the most you will find anywhere in the country.

 
 
 
IPOH : General Info
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA