Dined last night at Restaurant Pakeeza nearby our Hotel. It has North Indian cuisine and is apparently one of Ipoh’s best. We arrived to a smart sophisticated and tastefully decorated room. The staff, all dressed in black were very good. Ordered Pappadams, a Paratha, Palak paneer, the chefs recommended Beef Curry a Biryani rice and 2 Mango Lassies. The stage was set for some serious eating.
The Pappadams came out served in scrolls with a delicious green dip of sensational flavour. We sipped on the wonderful mango lassies as the rest of our dinner appeared. The Pelak Paneer (essentially spiced pureed spinach with paneer cheese incorporated) was to die for and lived up to its reputation as a house speciality. The Beef curry with the Biryani rice did not disappoint and the last of it was mopped up with the Paratha in hand Indian style. Having travelled extensively in India we were happy to give the Pakeeza the thumbs up.
A brief thunderstorm had struck so our Pakistani waiter advised us to sit for a while until it passed. He gave us a great dissertation of the Cricket World cup and bemoaned the fact that Ipohites are not interested in cricket. The bill for all this was 60.90 RM or A$21.60. Anyone can afford Ipoh!
Today we hope to inspect a rental condominium at Alpine Village Sunway. Sam our driver’s nephew rang me yesterday to say he could organise it for us. Nepotism is alive and well in Ipoh.
Sam’s nephew from De One Properties sent one of his staff called Chung to show us an apartment for sale in Alpine Village at Sunway City 15 minutes from our hotel. It was for rent for 850RM or about A$298 per month. It was awful ageing with 3 bedrooms and only a sink for a kitchen. The whole building and access were of a very low standard and Erica was heard to gasp in horror more than once!
Chung explained that locals are used to this type of living and so most developers build for them. He offered to take us to see some land of 1 acre lots further out of town. On the way we passed through Tan Jung Rambutan whose main claim to fame is its “Happy Hospital” (local name here for lunatic asylum).
The land was a 500 acre subdivision with great views back to Ipoh Town. Land was 400,000RM or A$140,000 and cost of building around 200sq metre house around 200,000RM or A$70,000. Only a few had been built over the last 5 years as Ipohites find it too remote and prefer to live closer together. Chung was aware that we were not ready to buy or rent yet but still spent a lot of time with us and we were very grateful. We can recommend him - Lee Chung Yik Senior Real Estate Negotiator De One Properties Ipoh +60 18 577 5255.