IT is a common sight, especially during weekends and school holidays, to see vehicles from Penang and the Klang Valley crowding the streets of Ipoh where famous eateries are located.
This is especially at Jalan Yau Tet Shin where two of Ipoh’s famous chicken and beansprout outlets are located.
A female worker at Onn Kee said the shop usually opened from 3pm until midnight.
“On weekends and school holidays, we finish selling everything from as early as 7pm because of the surge in patrons,” said the worker, who declined to be named.
Among those spotted enjoying the popular dish was Chinese tourist Lin Ling Ling, 25, and her 30-year-old Malaysian friend Loh Shi Xue.
Lin, a Beijing native, had travelled to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur on Loh’s recommendation.
“The food did not disappoint me. It is only second best to my mother’s cooking,” he joked.
Loh, a Kajang resident, said it was not his first time travelling to Ipoh for its food.
“It’s a bit hard to find parking here but that is a minor inconvenience if you want to have good food,” he added.
Indonesian Ricky Wijaya, 27, made it a point to visit Ipoh at least five to six times a year just to get a taste of its food.
Based in Petaling Jaya, the software designer would always visited Thean Chun coffee shop on Jalan Bandar Bijih Timah whenever he is in town.
“They serve mouth-watering satay and sar hor fun (chicken kuey teow soup) which has no equal in Klang Valley.
“I also get to buy and bring back unique local products as gifts, especially salted chicken, which many of my friends enjoy,” said Wijaya, adding that travelling two hours to a particular destination was no big deal for most Klang Valley folk.
Penangite Joey Tan said her must visit destination in Ipoh was the city’s famous Tai Shu Keok food court in Pasir Pinji.
“The yong tau foo is delicious and comes in big portions.
“Ipoh’s sar hor fun is also outstanding,” said Tan, adding that many of the food were better than what she could find in Penang, which is also a well-known food paradise.
Charles Chow, who helps his family run a coffee shop selling seafood noodles in Jalan Bendahara, said modern technology had also helped make Ipoh food more accessible to people from all over.
“Many food seekers from outstation use Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to find their way around.
“Most GPS devices have preloaded maps, which contain the locations of famous eateries.
“The short distance between eateries and souvenir shops in Ipoh also enhances the eating and shopping experience for these visitors,” said the 35-year-old.