4 days 3 nights KL-Ipoh-Penang-Taiping-KL trip

Posted by vivien | Others | Friday 14 December 2012 7:56 am
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This is the 3rd documented trip to North Malaysia, do check out other 2 posts below for more eating places:

Ipoh 2 days 1 night trip

3 days trip to Penang and Ipoh

First stop, dim sum in Foh San, above is yam cake


Other dim sum, notable is their porridge which is very nice and made with drumstick meat instead of chicken shreds


Second stop, we made a slight detour (in the direction of KL) to go to Tanjung Tualang for their famous steam fresh water prawn


Yew Kei, supposedly restaurant locals prefer among many other restaurant in the area selling the same famous steam prawns


tanks & tanks of prawns


I think the above is RM40 for 600gm, medium small size, find it is just so so, the taste a bit funny, maybe  they should put more rice wine to cover the strong seafood smell…


Over the deepavali weekend…


Next stop, Kedai Makanana Tepi Sungai in Portweld/Kuala Sepetang


Big prawn in the restaurant ‘aquarium)


Squid tasted a bit fishy especially the roundish one with some soft guts inside, RM12


Very fresh prompret, yummy! RM14 for a small one


Steamed flower crab, RM18




Gee Seng in Bukit Tambun is still the best for seafood


Squid RM7 not as good as remembered, not bad nonetheless


Baked crab with roe, very fresh & yummy and only RM33!



Arriving our hotel in Penang – Paramount Hotel, only RM90 nett for twin-sharing room, situated next to the City while at the same time very near to City Centre, parking lot available. Just have to bear with that this is very old colonial style hotel with minimal amenities: no TV & fridge in room, simple toast and jam for breakfast upon request, WIFI is already in the room, but slow and keep on getting disconnected, only one electric socket for charging in the room


This hotel housed a famous restaurant called Ocean Green


Very old style colonial building, above is their side entrance.


Have to go up barefooted to keep the place clean and to preserve the wooden flooring and tiles


The wooden stairway way with child guard at the top


common hallway


with TV


Common dining room


hallway leading to room on both sides


Our room, very old, No TV, but nonetheless very clean


another view to door without safety lock but old keyhole style


Even the speed control for overhead fan is old




Breakfast in famous Bangkok Lane mee goreng, this Indian uncle speak perfect Penang style hokkien


Piping hot even though it is tapao, packed with dried squid etc, slightly sweet, i would prefer it to be more savoury


Second stop: Famous Ah Leng Char Kuey Tiaw in Khoon Hiang kopitiam. They closed on Thursdays and supposedly also days when they can’t source good prawns.


We waited around 40 minutes for this, the best CKT out of the 4 we had, they use duck egg which is creamy and added in the last stage of cooking, making it creamy and just cooked with soft texture. Yummy! must try

The above is their CKT special(with mantis prawn) + duck egg priced at RM11 Expensive but really nice


Hokkien mee (prawn mee) with Vits noodle in the same coffeeshop is ok


Apom Guan is must visit as well, we went there twice, so good every time. It is best to drop by and book the apom and come back an hour later due to long queue.


O kio, Mun-Tau-Long in Pengkalan Weld is ok, with lychee inside


O-Kio sold from a van


Kek Seng Assam laksa is my favourite, their soup is not too thick and very nice


Ice kacang with home-made durian ice cream is yummy


Yi Garden Coffeeshop located near Lorong Selamat sister CKT


Wanton with prawn+pork mince is quite nice


Venison pan mee is offputting, the strong smell of the venison is just not compatible


Siam Road CKT


Not bad, although not memorable


Bee Hooi coffeeshop in Pulau Tikus


O-chien (oyster omelette) still very good although seems like not many people order from the stall


Famous Old Green House Hokkien mee(prawn mee)


Ordered some dim sum while waiting for the hokkien mee stall to open, it is horrible, imagine prawn harkao with no visible prawn inside, but what look like pork mince


Old Green house’s Hokkien mee, forgettable, the one in Presgrave is so much better.


Sun Voon Kee chicken porridge


Very expensive, RM7 for a chicken fish porridge, we intended to order their steamed chicken, but they are sold out at 9pm? only leaving some chicken shreds for porridge. Forgettable!


De Tai Tong is a bustling shop at 9pm, we had their har kau and siew mai. They have dim sum being sold at night! A lot of other people order their tai chow noodle dish


Lam Khie in Selama, Perak


Wantan mee with their housemade noodle, it is not springy, RM3, forgettable


blanched vege, RM4


Braised terapin is forgettable, we wanted another soup style but was told it has to be pre-ordered due to long cooking hour, RM20, forgetable


Steamed frog, RM25 with strong herbal taste


Very fresh lompang fish, only RM15, this fish has lots of small bones



Our hotel in Taiping – Legend inn 2, only RM103 nett without breakfast. With nice flat screen TV, no fridge though. WIFI in the room is satisfactory fast.




toilet view to the hotel room door outside


Full of customers due to the holiday weekend and the other famous cendol place Ansari is not opened


Not bad, they ran out of pulut (glutinous rice), so we make do with red bean


Taiping Zoo


Taiping Zoo and Night Safari price list


Ticket counter is closed at 6pm-8pm


lining up to take the tram for night safari, in the end we opted to go on foot after long wait. Going on foot turn out a better option anyway, the tram went too fast.




Taman Tasik food court, next to Lake Garden


Their Hong Kong cheong fun is piping hot and soft, but i don’t like their chee cheong fun sauce, would prefer to have soy sauce


boiled cockles which is too raw


oyster omelette is ok, different from penang style


Siang Malam food court just opposite of KFC, open only at evening time


Taiping style chee cheong fun, with red coloured sauce and few pieces of yam cake on top


Prawn nasi lemak, only RM1.20


Famous Simpang CKT


Not bad, but not memorable as well although they uses duck egg


Old uncle in action


Kakak Kuey Tiaw soup is nice for morning. Kakak Ping at the background, i think it is coffee mixed with barley, quite nice actually.


I love their stewed chicken feet


Funny mountain soy bean in Ipoh


RM0.90 each bowl, very smooth and nice, it is only half filled and very little, so we ordered 4 bowls to share

(1) Address: Foh San

Address :
51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam,
30300 Ipoh,
Perak Darul Ridzuan,

Website: Foh San

Telephone Number : +605 254 0308

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Typical Ipoh Girl



(2) Address Yew Kei (From Ipoh to Tanjung Tualang may take you about 30-45 minutes.)
No 1, Jalan Pasar,
31800 Tanjong Tualang,
Telephone number: 016-533 3026 or 05-360 6686
Business hours : 11.30am – 9.00pm.

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Twenty Two

Elie Says

thule food quest

(3) Address: Kedai Makanana Tepi Sungai
No. 150, Tepi Sungai, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Taiping, Perak.
Tel. No.: 05-858 1169
Mobile No.: 012-559 8798 Mr Kee
GPS Coordinates : N04 50.150   E100 37.620
Business Hour : 11am – 8.30pm
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The Gemini’s stories

Caring is not only sharing


Ipoh Echo

Mimi’s Dining Room

(4) Gee Seng (must try)
Address: 860, Bagan Bukit Tambun, 14110 Simpang Ampat, S.P.S.
Business hour: for dinner
GPS: N 5.27122 E 100.44338
Telephone: 04-588 7220

Post by other blogger:

Gostan sikit


My Food & Travel Experience

Nikel Khor

As Suanie Sees It

(5) Paramount Hotel
48F Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,
10050 Penang
Tel: 2273 649 or 2274 530 or +604 227 3649
GPS: N 5.42624 E 100.32610

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(6) Bangkok Lane mee goreng
Address: 270, Burmah Road, 10500 Georgetown
GPS: 5° 43′ 12.69″ N, 100° 31′ 20.52″ E
Operation hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (Close on Monday)
Contact: 016-485 7859

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Tasty or Not?

Malaysia Delicious FoodPost

(7) Ah Leng Char Kuey Tiaw in Khoon Hiang kopitiam (must try)
Address: Khoon Hiang Cafe, Jalan Dato Keramat
GPS: N 5′ 24” 46.4”’ E 100′ 19” 09.9”’
Business hour: 8am – 2pm (Closed Tues/Thurs)

They have a branch operating at night in below:

30W Jalan Char Sin Kheng,

11500 Air Itam, Penang.

5pm-10pm (closed on Thursday)

Post by other blogger:

Homestay Penang


It’s about Food

Criz Bon Appetite

(8) Apom Guan (must try)
Address: Jalan Burmah, somewhere diagonally across from Him Heang
GPS: N 5′ 25.386 E 100′ 19.324
Business hour(Guan): 10:00am-6:30pm

(9) Kek Seng
GPS: N 5′ 24.974 E 100′ 19.759
Business hour: 11am – 4:30pm

(10) Yi Garden (corner lot coffee shop, same row as the famous Sister Char Kuey Tiaw)
Address: between Macalister Road and Lorong Selamat
GPS: N 5′ 24.980 E 100′ 19.458
Business hour: 6pm – 10:30pm (closed on Sunday)

Post by other blogger:

Gostan Sikit


(11) Siam Road (Exactly Opposite Ban Hin Lee Engineer shop, Anson Road)
Address: End of Siam Road(sometimes in Anson Road)
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 19.219
Business hour: 3pm-7:30pm  (Mon-Fri, sometimes closed on Mondays)
Address: End of Siam Road

Post by other blogger:

Nasi Lemak Lover

(12) Bee Hooi
Address: Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus (across from Belissa Row)
Business hour: 6pm-10pm (closed on Tuesdays)

(13) Old Green House (Opposite Him Heang Biscuit Shop, only at night)
223 Burma Road
Open Mon-Sat, 8pm-4am

(14) Sun Voon Kee
Cintra Street
Business Hour : 8pm – 11.30pm (Closed on Sunday)

(15) De Tai Tong

Cintra Street

(16) Lam Khie
52, Jalan Besar,
34100 Selama, Perak
Telephone: 05-839 5088
GPS :5.219073,100.692732

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hApPy HaPpY

Blog with Yan

(17) Legend Inn
Legend Inn, 2, Jalan Long Jaafar, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Check-in time: From 2.30pm. Check-out time: By 12 noon.

(18) Bismillah Cendol, Taiping

(19) Taiping Zoo

(20) Taman Tasik food court

(21) Siang Malam food court

Jalan Kota, Taiping (beside KFC Taiping Town)

Post by other blogger:

death by blogging

(22) Kakak
111, Jalan Pasar,34000 Taiping,
Opens daily from 6.00am until 1.00pm.
Closed on Mondays.

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Star Metro

(23) Funny Mountain (must try)
GPS: N04′ 35.690 E101′ 05.057

Business hour: 10:30am till finish around 6pm (Closed Tuesday)

(22) Simpang Hua Soon CKT (opposide McDonalds)

Business hour: best to arrive at 7:30pm, they start frying between 7:30 to 8:00pm

Post by other blogger:

absolut ginger

Lastly, We want to try below on the way back to KL, but didnt
Restaurant Sun Sun Brother, Kampung Chui Chak, Langkap (paddy field, btw Bidor & Ipoh)
26km from highway
GPS:4.043471 101.172152
Steamed fresh water prawn

Other interesting links

Ipoh Mali Makan Trip by Contagious Laughter

Penang Travelogue by That Bottomless Pit

Foodie’s Paradise by Parkers & Recreation

Penang 2012 by all those days

Penang Trip by KikiNoLala


Shop from US website: Comgateway vs Borderlinx

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Saturday 1 December 2012 8:26 am
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I have shipped items from US using Comgateway around 4 to 5 times, experiences of shopping depicted in previous post in 2010(US Online Shopping using Comgateway DHL Delivery service) and 2009(Shipping Rate from the US to Malaysia)

There is a program in Comgeway called Prime Rewards, whereby after you made 3 shipments, you are upgraded to ‘Prime’ status whereby the rate per 0.5 kg is 11% lower for a period of 9 months, ‘Prime’ rate will continue for another 9 months if you make another 3 shipment  (below details amended from Comgateway website) ie:

‘Prime’ rate and priviledge

Description Express Standard
First 0.5kg US$ 24.90 US$ 20.75
Every additional 0.5kg US$ 3.50 US$ 2.90 (original $3.25 for Non-Prime)
Speed of Delivery (business days) 3 – 5 6 – 8


Services Prime Non Prime
International Shipping Rates 11% discount on subsequent 0.5kg shipping rates
BuyForMe Service Fee 7% of item cost 10% of item cost
(max of 15 packages per shipment)
Free Free for 1st 3 packages (every additional package US$1 thereafter)
Storage Free for 60 days
subsequent US$1/day/item
Free for 30 days
subsequent US$1/day/item
Repack   US$5 for box cut downs and
US$3 for box transferred to bag option
  US$7 for box cut downs and US$5 for box transferred to bag option
Express delivery upgrade Automatic express delivery
Not applicable



Comgateway estimated shipping charge for 12kg of items is US$ 95.50 (Comgateway cost calculator)


Borderlinx estimated shipping charge for 12kg of items is US$ 116 (Borderlinx cost calculator)

Based on above 2 screenshots, Comgateway seem to be the one charging cheaper rate, around $20 cheaper for 12kg of shipment. Nonetheless, my recent shipment of 12kg using Comgateway (pictured below) has substantial consolidation fee and repack fee due to it being 6 packages and some of it are in big boxes. So far i could not find the consolidation fee and repack fee for Borderlinx, anyone have idea?

As for duty charges, i think Borderlinx charge excessively and not even sure it cover the duty tax incurred in Malaysia custom. As per my comgateway shipment below, no taxes incurred during payment time in their website, tax is only quantified once reaching Malaysia custom to be around RM130 for my shipment. And sometimes my shipment won’t even incurred duty by Malaysia custom, so i wonder why should Borderlinx charge the taxes all inclusive at the initial stage.


My shipment above is for 12kg of items value over US$300 was charged by custom Malaysia for about RM130 duty tax. Comgateway DHL paid for the duty tax on my behalf as they provide door to door service without me having to collect the items from Subang airport. As per online research, there is some words on if the item value + shipping charge (converted to MYR) is less than RM500, then it would not be charged duty in custom. From past experience, i mostly shipped items+shipping totaled RM500 and less, therefore had not been charged duty before this, thus they might be some truth in that statement.

Anyone have personal experience of using Borderlinx or other services to ship items to Malaysia?


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