Usually we love to visit “Old Town” coffee shops and we like to order the so-called “white coffee” from the shops as they taste different from regular coffees. However, a lot of time the coffee from these places are 3-in-1 instant coffee instead of freshly brewed coffee.
Anyway, the place that I am going to introduce today is the place where all the White Coffee originated from. This is the place where “Old Town” started their business. The shop that I am visiting is located at the corner end of Ipoh Old Town. Just after the bridge from new town follow the first left turn until the end.
The name of the shop is called Nam Heong Coffee shop. I remember they renovated the shop 6 months ago but now it still looks like “those old days”.
The boss of the economic rice was posing while I had a snap of him.
I arrived 2:30pm. There were not much options left compared to lunch hours. I ordered chicken-slice rice noodle (hor fun) “鸡丝河粉” which is one of the famous delicacies in Ipoh. I still remember whenever I ordered this in “Old Town Coffee Shop” the taste was not that fresh and also not as delicious. However, this one gives me the feeling of originality. The soup has been boiled with prawn shells which made it sweeter and full with seafood flavour. The price per bowl is RM3.50, if compared to the portion it’s slightly more expensive than Penang’s.
Another store owner was posing for the photo. This stall is selling Penang’s Hokkien Mee! However, usually I will not order Penang food if I’m in outstation.
Another familiar food – Chee Cheong Fun. Still it is not as good as those we have in Penang. The shrimp paste is not as delicious and the chee cheong fun (noodle) is using “hor fun” which is not that original.
Finally for the finale, Ipoh’s original freshly brewed white coffee. It tasted great with foam on top. However I still find that the coffee shop opposite this has a better taste. I have tried that one during my last trip back in 6 months’ time. Maybe I should blog on that shop on my next trip.
Overall most of the food here meet my taste bud except for some minor ones. Of course, this shall not dampen one’s hope to visit the real Ipoh Old Town.
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