Kuala Lumpur, Concubine Lane Ipoh, Kek Look Tong 3D2N August 2018

Day 1

Arrived at Damansara Uptown at around 12.00 pm to fetch Vvy after a 5 hour drive from Johor Bahru.

As usual, stopped at Pagoh R & R for a rest as well as bought some fruits.

Kim likes to post wherever it is..

We then headed to One Utama Mall for our lunch. We looked around for one Chinese Restaurant which we had our lunch in our last visit to One Utama Mall. However we couldn’t locate it. In the end we ended up at Restaurant Peranakan Place for nyonya cuisine. It wasn’t bad as we enjoyed the food and the ambience there.  There was no regret at all.

After lunch, as Vvy wanted to go back to his office, so we left for KL and checked into Novotel Hotel, near The Pavilion. We took a rest as Kimberly was still sleeping!

Drop dead tired Kim. No energy liao!

At around 6.00 pm we went to the third floor to look for the swimming pool. Alas, the pool is very small. So we didn’t swim even though we had brought along our swimming attire and moreover Kim had just recovered from flu.

Recharged liao!

So we went to Hakka Restaurant just across the road. This restaurant was packed with patrons and according to the billboard; the restaurant started its business since 1956! However, we didn’t enjoy the Hakka food there! We ordered steam fish, Hakka tofu and Hakka noodles. The steam fish was large  enough for 4 adults! We didn’t like the taste of the tofu. The noodles were alright. In the end, we couldn’t finish all the dishes. That could be the reason why we didn’t enjoy the food!

The well known Hakka Restaurant near Pavilion

Too cold for Kim

We then proceeded to The Pavilion for some dessert and did some window shopping! We had the famous Snowflake Taiwanese Dessert. But I didn’t find it yummy or extraordinary.

Not really nice dessert!

We were back to the hotel at around 9.30 pm and indulged and chilled out at the Spiral Lounge at the ground floor.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel cafeteria

After breakfast, we were ready to drive down to Ipoh, a town which I had always bypassed in the past when travelling from Kuantan to Kedah and back. So this time, we wanted to visit some temples and also the famous Concubine Lane.

After 2 ½ hour drive, we finally reached Ipoh. We went to Kek Look Tong first. It is a Buddhist Temple built inside a limestone cave. Actually the cave is not very big. At the back of the temple, there is a small garden with a lake. You could see the usual stalactite and stalagmite inside the cave.  Entrance is free.

At the entrance of the Kek Look Tong

Some beautiful stalactites and stalagmites at the cave

Wishing pond reared with koi fish. A lot of people throw coins into the pond to seek for prosperity!

At the back of the temple

Kim was quite scared of the goose!

We then stopped at Ling Sen Tong which is not far away from Kek Look Tong. But it was not attractive at all as the temple is built at the base of the limestone hill. There is no cave. All the buildings look quite new, nothing much to see. So we left after a short walk inside the temple.

Finally we arrived at Ipoh town centre. Parking was a big headache! So we parked our car near the Ipoh Riverfront and walked to Concubine Lane to explore. Actually Concubine Lane is very short. I guessed it is less than 100m. It was packed with tourists looking for souvenirs and some local food. 

This is 三奶街which has nothing to explore!

This is the infamous Concubine Lane

We tried the famous bean curd ‘tofuhua’,  it is soft and smooth and not so sweet. This is a good one, must try! Then we had Ipoh ice kacang and cendul. It didn’t disappoint us too!

Kim has become impatient to wait

Then we walked to Lou Wong Restaurant to try the famous beansprout chicken rice. Again it tasted so much better than any similar chicken rice in Johor Bahru. The steam chicken is so succulent and juicy.   We then walked back to the place where we parked our car. On the way, we passed by the Mural Arts Lane, a once forgotten alleyway between Jalan Masjid and Jalan Sultan Iskandar. The walls at the lane were emblazoned with portraits and also other murals. 

At Mural Street

Then it was time to leave Ipoh as we intend to meet up with Vvy again in Damansara Uptown for dinner. We reached Damansara Starling Mall at around 6.30 pm. 

At Starling Mall, Damansara Uptown

We then went to LGB Tower to fetch Vvy. Vvy brought us to Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant at Damansara Uptown. This restaurant serves good Japanese food with reasonable price. I particularly like the Salmon belly Osaka Sushi and the spaghetti.

At Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant, Damansara Uptown

Day 3

After breakfast, we walked about 10 minutes to Goldhill Tower to help Juan to collect his watch which was sent there for repair and service.

After that it was time to check out and head for home. On the way, we stopped at Young Peng but this time we wanted to try the braised duck noodles at Jalan Mah Choo. Well it was up to the mark. Even Jason from 8 TV Malaysia also visited this stall and recommended to the  TV viewers. Not bad I would say. The noodles and braised duck meat are soft and smooth. The gravy is yummy. And don’t forget to order some fish balls as they are also delicious. Kim likes it very much!

At Yong Peng Jalan Ma Choo braised duck noodles stall

The delicious braised duck noodles.

Finally we reached Johor Bahru at around 5.00 pm.       


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An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.