Famous Ipoh Popiah - 21st March

Help wanted signs everywhere

Help wanted signs everywhere

Last night we headed out to the Street Food Hawkers market to try the Sisters Famous Beef Ball Noodles. They have been making it for over 40 years. They were there serving them up and appeared well over retirement age! Was delicious and it contained strips of long cooked beef, beef balls (rather like herb sausage) rice noodles all in a perfect beef broth. Met all expectations.

We have been wondering why almost every business has a sign in their window wanting staff. Chung from the Real Estate Company told us why. He said that when the young finished after school courses they all want to go to Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh he says is becoming the city of the old. Our observations are that there are not a lot of old people. The difference may well be in our interpretation of what constitutes old. Old to him may be over 40 whereas old to us is 75 plus.

Walked back to the Old Town today and had lunch at Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng. We chose to eat the famous Ipoh Popiah. There are many food stalls in the one place. These are made by a very old (78 years old) lady called Madam Low Kim You and the third generation is helping now after 60 years of making them. She was there filling the crepes, chopping them up after rolling them to cover the filling and putting the sauce over them. We had 2 plates costing 4RM each and washed it down with fresh sugar cane juice at 2RM or A$3.55. We could not get past egg tart stand and bought 2 costing 1.60RM each (under A$0.60 each).

Popiah stall

Popiah stall

Famous Ipoh Popiah

Famous Ipoh Popiah

Interesting thing is that all cheap food stalls including food hawkers have marble table tops (mined from hills surrounding Ipoh). Very hot in Ipoh today and our walk to Old Town and back has us both perspiring in spades. Resting in cool of hotel before venturing out to try Silky Tofu at Funny Mountain Café. Funny name but apparently serves silkiest tofu in Ipoh.

Off to Georgetown  Penang in the morning.