Try some of the local Dim Sum
The name "Dim sum" (also spelt "tim sum") translates to "tiny hearts". Basically it is a type of snack or tiny bites of food, where variety is of the essence. For those already familiar with Spanish Tapas, dim sum is a similar concept, but of course, tastes very different! LOL
Dim sum is popular around the world-whether you are in Hong Kong, at Sydney's Chinatown, Toronto, Singapore and of course, right here in Ipoh, Malaysia.
There are generally two ways to order tim dum. One is from a menu, which presuposes a knowledge of what's what. I find that personally quite difficult, as the names of the dishes are usually quite fancy and may have nothing to do with the food itself. For example, if you order "golden phoenix claws" you'll end up with "braised chicken feet" (which incidentally is a personal favourite of mine.)
The easier way (in order to avoid chicken feet if this is not your cup of tea) is to just point to what you like when the push cart comes around. The waitress will then put a stamp onto your table card, and from that, they will calculate the cost when you are done.
In Ipoh, the price should be approximately RM2-4 per dish, while in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, you'd expect to pay RM4-6 per dish at a normal Chinese air-conditioned restaurant and RM8-15 at a 5 star hotel. In Sydney, we have always enjoyed a fixed price All-You-Can-Eat dim sum.
Anyway, do enjoy some Dim Sum when you are in Ipoh.
Kelab Golf Kinta
The comparatively short par-70 course plays to 5,590m from the blue tees... The par-34 First Nine plays to2,616m while the par-36 Second Nine to 2,974m... The fairway is of cow grass but is well maintained... There is the occasional small water hazard and golfers also have to play over a large drain that cut across the fairway... The fairways are tight and narrow and there are many criss-crossig at a number of holes... The course is somewhat undulating at some parts but is generally flat... The club house is a simple single-storey building with a golfer's terrace, pro-shop and the normal male and female changing rooms...
Visit a Traditional Medicine Shop
One of the nice things to do when in Ipoh is to check out the traditional Chinese Medicine shops. While you can find these herbal and traditional medicine shops throughout Malaysia, many of the older ones have ceased operations or have been coverted to more modern Pharmacies.
In Ipoh, however, I noticed that many traditional Chinese medicine shops continue to ply their trade. Perhaps it is because there is a large enough population of retirees here or simply because of tradition. I'm not sure.
When you visit the shop, just tell the Chinese sinseh about your complaint, and he may check your pulse and ask you a few more questions, before prescribing something for your health.
Traditional herbs are not used only for medicinal purposes but also in cooking (such as herbal chicken soups). Among the better known herbs are ginseng (only to be drunk when you are feeling robust and in good health), dong kwai (for women's ailments and well being), gei ji etc.
Although it takes a while to boil up the concoction, I always do enjoy drinking herbal concoctions for coughs, colds and other general ailments. The herbs are aromatic and generally improve your sense of well-being. I guess the taste is an acquired taste-they can be bitter, lightly sweet, bland, or with a hint of tanginess- but I certainly do like it.
To get the most out of your visit, you would need to bring along a Chinese speaking friend. Having said that, most Ipoh folks are well-educated and do speak good English.
Lata Kinjang is one of the most majestic waterfalls in Malaysia. It is visible from along the NS Expressway as you travel from Tapah to Ipoh but is not accessible from the highway... To go to the waterfall, you have to exit at the Tapah interchange, and then drive about 18km on the trunk road towards Kampar town...
The main attraction of this waterfall is the impressive series of cascades winding down a 100-meter drop... The whole length of the waterfall is about 850m high... There are parking bays and eating stalls for picnickers. Visitors may also visit an orchid garden and a bamboo park. The area is inhabited by aborigines (known as Orang Asli), with villages around Lata Iskandar and Kuala Woh...
I stumbled upon this place after visiting the large Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall one night, nearby, and, even though I wasn't all that hungry after eating a good lunch of lamb chops (see my other restaurant tips), I thought I would try out an ice cream, here. They do around a dozen or so ice cream sundaes and mine came with 3 scoops of ice cream, some fruit salad pieces and a Malaysian flag! I also had a nice banana milkshake to wash everything done and it only cost me RM9. They also serve some dishes and salads.