The Charm of Ipoh Old Town: Kedai Kopi Ah Chow

Continuing from our first stop, we made our next stop at Kedai Kopi Ah Chow (literally translated as Ah Chow coffee shop), which is located at the row of shops behind Hong Hin. A mere walking distance, anyone could just hop over to Nam Heong (where the Old Town White Coffee idea were born), Sin Yoon Loong, Sun Yuan Foong, Hoong Tho for a quick coffee dose. The Motormouth needs his caffeine fix, or else he would be limping back to the car while screaming that his head hurts and unable to walk in a straight line.

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Ipoh Old Town has come a long way to what we see today. Still remember how my parents would bring us siblings to Sin Yoon Loong for breakfast on Sunday morning before dropping us over to the old uncle barber at Pasar Jalan Patrick (Patrick Street Wet Market) for haircut. We were merely in primary school then.

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Back to Ah Chow; tables were mostly occupied when we arrived, therefore we had to share ours with a guy and his daughter. And his daughter would pose whenever we points our cameras. Couldn’t resist to post this up. :)

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One can trust the avid coffee drinker such as Motormouth as where to look for a good ol’ cup of coffee or teh tarik (pulled-milk tea). Ah Chow serves a potent concoction of my favourite Ipoh beverage – the sweetness and bitter note were on spot and perfectly balanced. I’m not die-hard coffee fan but if I could choose, I would only go for Ipoh’s white coffee (not the instant Ipoh white coffee, though!).

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Their soft-boiled eggs on toast are one of the better ones (I had toasts with cold soft-boiled eggs before, the horror!) as those folks at Ah Chow will only prepare them upon ordering and not in big batches as the fast-food chain would do. Crisp, buttery toasts paired heavenly with the runny yolks. A few dashes of pepper and soy sauce elevate the experience to higher note. The toasts with butter and their home-made pandan (screwpine leaves), egg and coconut jam (pandan kaya) was another good choice if you don’t fancy soft-boiled egg.

Other than those mentioned above, Motormouth claimed that their HK chee cheong fun, curry noodles and roasted pork were not too bad as well.

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Came across this sundry shop across the street. Look at those clogs and biscuit tins! Nostalgia…

Kedai Kopi Ah Chow
31, Jalan Bandar Timah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.

Business Hour: Opens from early morning (6am) till late noon, around 1pm-2pm.

Lucky Dessert, Sunway Giza

We are lucky indeed, when Lucky Dessert (發記甜品), one of the most famous dessert brand which originates from Hong Kong has finally made its way to Malaysia in October 2010.

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Established in year 1998 starting from a small countryside shop in Sham Tseng, Lucky Dessert has expanded over the years into 8 outlets at most of the prime locations in Hong Kong. The name might be unfamiliar to our local market but it is one of the well-known dessert chain in Hong Kong. LD Global Sdn Bhd, the master franchise of Lucky Dessert decided to bring the brand out of Hong Kong for the very first time last year and opened its first overseas franchise at Sunway Giza, Petaling Jaya. Nondescript and simple, the interior is decorated with a palette of maroon and brown. There is a non air-conditioned corner for smoking patrons.

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Wide selection of desserts to choose from (people with sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice), divided into different categories, such as fruit-based, traditional hot favourites, shaved ice and non-liquid type. Their best-sellers are the durian and mango based desserts. For durian lovers, it is almost a spontaneous act that one must have their Trinity Durian Delight (thick chunks of durian meat coarsely pureed with sago), Durian Wrapz and Durian Roll. They uses only D24 durians and are sourced from local supplier (while mangoes are sourced from Philippines), which yields a nice balance of sweetness and durian flavour in each mouthful.

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The Banana Krisp is something we have never seen in Malaysia before; the banana was wrapped in a thin layer of sheet and then baked to perfection. The skin which resembles phyllo sheet retains its crispiness even if you left it at room temperature for some time.

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For shaved ice, try the Chocolate Shaved Ice, which was surprisingly served in a flat dish instead of a bowl. Lucky Dessert insisted that they use imported chocolate for this item. It wasn’t too sweet but every spoonfuls were bursting with cocoa taste. It melts fast in our local hot weather, so it’s best to enjoy it immediately.

As for hot dessert, try their unique Lucky Purple Rice or Lucky Chestnut. The purple rice is finely blended into thick consistency, paired with sweet corn kernels, yam cubes and finished with a swirl of coconut cream. Definitely something new that is not available at other places.

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New on the menu: Lucky Dessert is putting up combo sets for one person and two persons respectively starting 1st April 2011. For Combo 1 (one person), there will be 3 items (glossy, chewy glutinous rice balls with crushed peanuts, mango/durian pancake and one hot dessert (choose from any hot dessert selections). For Combo 2, there will be 5 items (glutinous rice balls, mango/durian pancake and rolls, Trinity Durian Delight or Trinity Mango Delight and one hot dessert.

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Verdict: Lucky Dessert indeed did not compromise on the quality of the ingredients used in their desserts, which is good news for those who go for quality. We were ensured that no additional colouring and preservatives are used here and all their hot and cold desserts are prepared fresh daily.

Lucky Dessert 發記甜品
C-11-G, Sunway Giza,
Jalan PJU 5/14,
Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-6148 3798

Web: http://www.luckydessert.com

*Yiling said that there are some hit and misses.

Chocolate Peanut Buttercup – A Slice of Heaven

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It’s been quite some time since I last tasted Just Heavenly‘s cakes. They have now branched out to several outlets under the name A Slice of Heaven over the years. When they did a small contest on Facebook to promote their latest creation, the Chocolate Peanut Buttercup cake few weeks back, I took part on it without putting much hope that I will win…. and ta-dah, I did win! Okay, they chose 10 winners based on the correct answer and I was one of them. The reward – a RM50 cash voucher to buy their creations and I used it for Jack and Xavier’s double birthday celebration.

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JHP’s cakes are always decorated in a “minimalist” approach – no fancy decorations are required (best of all, those “decorations” can be eaten!). Available in three sizes/weights; cupcakes, 6 inch and 9 inch, it is made of moist chocolate fudge cake coated with roasted, creamy peanut butter frosting and decorated with black and white chocolate chips.

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The birthday boys (and guests) loved it loads. It’s a perfect harmony of sweet, salty, savoury and rich – a slice of heaven indeed! A bit sinful, but who cares? :p

For a full address and contact number listing of their outlets, click HERE.