Cuti-Cuti Malaysia: Lunch in Ipoh

Ipoh signboard Ipoh is my favourite stopover when journeying up North. Something about the serene and breathtakingly beautiful limestone hills dotting the edge of the city, and being the birthplace of some of my favourite celebrities such as Patrick Teoh and Lat. OK I suppose I somewhat like Michelle Yeoh too.

I was first introduced to Ipoh food by Jaime (as were many other things in life). GPS was non-existent back then so she relied on her good ol’ memory. She brought us to a corner shop called, the food was really good and it stuck in my mind for many years as real Ipoh specialties.

Kevin, Joyce and I were going to Penang so I asked Jaime for directions to this shop. Found out that it’s called Thean Chun on Jalan Bandar Bijih Timah. Thanks to Kevin’s iPhone + Google Maps, we got there without problems. As Ipoh uses coupon parking system, we had to buy them from a nearby old-school medical hall. Had to read the directions on how to use it, heh.

Ipoh Thean Chun restaurant
Thean Chun restaurant in Ipoh

The one thing that I wanted to eat was the famous Ipoh sar hor fun at Thean Chun. Apparently this stall has been around for four generations, currently operated by 67 year old Mr. Neow Ah Chye.

Ipoh Thean Chun - Neow Ah Chye
“Watcha looking at?”

Silkily smooth Ipoh-made kuey teow in a light but flavourful broth, served with prawns, chicken slices and Chinese chives. Hearty and satisfying! A small bowl costs RM4 while a big bowl costs RM5.

Ipoh Thean Chun - famous chicken kuey teow soup

I normally do not like beansprouts, but the one here is quite fantastic. Fat, juicy and crunchy beansprouts in soy sauce and white pepper served with chopped spring onion. RM1.50 per plate.

Ipoh Thean Chun - beansprouts

Thean Chun is also host to a few other stalls that sell assorted good food. I see a lot of orders for chee cheong fun and poh piah. We didn’t get any of those: only 3 of us! We ordered the pork + chicken satay instead. RM7 for 10 sticks. Quite delicious!

Ipoh Thean Chun - pork and chicken satay

And for dessert. It is unusual for a coffee shop to serve anything but ice kacang or cendol. Thean Chun has a rather famous creme custard dessert at RM2.10 each. It tastes like halfway between a pudding and tau foo fah. Definitely a must-try!

Ipoh Thean Chun - creme custard

We had a good lunch, but inflation has hit hard, eh? Or has Ipoh hawker food always been the same price as KL’s?

Walking back to the car, took these photos. One is a pavement with colourful tiles, I thought it to be characteristic. The other is just a random reminder of what the pillars in front of the old shop houses were used for – advertising the shop’s names and products. Batu Pahat used to have a lot of them, now they’re all repainted with gaudy colours. Modern signboards are huge pieces of plastic with printed names and such. Still my memories remain.

Ipoh sidewalk Ipoh random shops

Thean Chun coffee shop
73 Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000, Ipoh, Perak.
GPS: N 4 35.78028 E 101 4.67681

The Marie France Bodyline Challenge update #4

Just a real quick one about my on-going sessions at Marie France Bodyline. It was getting to be a bit tiring as I was really busy last week and each session takes about an hour or two or more. When I get home, it’d be late that I often don’t have the energy to make myself something to eat (hence all the steamed vege) so my dinner time was a bit screwed up. Doesn’t look like this week would be any better but at least I’d be able to have more sessions!

Speaking of om nom nom, I handed my food sheet (where I jotted down my food intake as part of my treatment) to Kim, the nutritionist. We went through some listings; generally she seemed happy with my discipline except for a couple of items which I feel were unavoidable. To quote someone (probably my cousin), keeping a food diary makes you realise how expensive food is (calories, not price)! Or something like that, I’m lazy to look it up.

So I kinda let it go a bit while in Penang, which again I feel that cannot be helped :P But back to the grind this week!

Life updates in photos and words make a super duper blog post!

Yay, finally got some time to blog some. June 2011 is a crazy busy month and we’re only halfway through! I’m going on a short break to Penang tomorrow. Chillax road trip, it’s already awesome! Right, life updates!

#1 – Celebrated Tate’s birthday at WIP, he turns ancient. Thanks folks for a super fun night :) So proud of myself for not touching a single drop of alcohol, heheh!

Ruk, Tate, Suanie

#2 – Been eating a lot of steamed vegetables for dinner. It’s not that bad but SO BORING!!! Was debating whether or not to spend RM 8 for a broccoli/ cauliflower marked grown in compost or organic (can’t remember) or take my chances with the RM2 China imported greens. Cheapness won, I took my chances with the country that came out with fake eggs.

Steamed vege for dinner

#3 – Been attending my Marie France Bodyline sessions regularly. Earlier this week I experienced a new machine with low frequency ultrasound technology, one of their latest treatments. Apparently it’s good to help break stagnant fats, but one could get uncomfortable with the zzzzz zzzz sound. What, I don’t know how to describe it ok! I also had another deep detoxifying massage, bloody brilliant. The therapist kneaded me like dough. Here’s a photo me in the treatment room because I can.

Suanie at Marie France Bodyline

#4 – Participated in a photoshoot for Passionately You, a campaign collaboration between Jaya One, PJ Live Arts, Assunta Hospital and Asia Assistance to raise awareness and raise funds for breast and cervical cancers. Some of the photos I received further confirmed my lack of chin. Not as in lack of bravery/ principles or anything like that, but the part where my chin is supposed to be… doesn’t exist! If you have a proper chin, well ain’t that just your good genetic luck :(

Anyway here are some of us… in paint. It’s supposed to be water-based but I still can’t get it out of my favourite denim shorts. If you know a way to do so, please enlighten me! If it works, I’ll… err… really appreciate it :) Really one.

Don't Duck It - Breast & Cervical Cancer Awareness shoot

#5 – Went back to my hometown for my grandpa’s + uncle’s + cousin’s birthday dinner. I didn’t eat the cake either. SO DISCIPLINED OMG! Please click here to vote for me ;)

Grandpa's birthday

Here’s a photo of me and my Dad, who was so happy to see me home.

Suanie and her dad... again

And my cousins. The one on the right looks like a Korean boyband superstar, the one in the middle is obsessed with G-Dragon and the one on the right tried to tempt me with all the stuff I couldn’t eat (or rather, chose not to eat because of their high fat content) and failed. Determination triumphs!

Suanie's cousins

- The End -

Weekend Trip: 8 Things I Did in Singapore

#1 – Took responsibility for Ryan on our first time traveling together to a different country, just the two of us. It is a lot of work keeping an eye on a kid, especially at the airport. But it was a fun learning experience (for me).

Ryan at the airport

#2 – Checked in to Novotel Clarke Quay with the rest of my family who arrived at different hours. Lovely rooms.

View from Novotel Clarke Quay

#3 – Dumped Left Ryan to my folks while I spent 3 hours getting reacquainted with Golden Ale at Brewerkz. Alone but oh so happy!

Beer and fries at Brewerkz Riverside

#4 – Attended my cousin’s wedding dinner. The dishes are a tad different from what I’m accustomed to in Malaysia. For example, the soup was almost bright orange in colour.

Suanie's cousin got married

#5 – Had possibly the worst chee cheong fun at Liang Court’s Kopitiam. It was this thick…

Liang Court Kopitiam chee cheong fun

#6 – Kept disturbing Ryan as he tried to watch Ben 10 in peace. No such luck.

Suanie disturbs Ryan

#7 – Met with Shirley!! <3

Shirley and Suanie

#8 – Had super awesome ramen at Tampopo, Liang Court. The soup is rich (great stock with pork bones), the ramen springy and the black pig shabu shabu DELICIOUS!

Tampopo Shabu Shabu black pig ramen

All in all, I had a blast :)

The Marie France Bodyline Challenge update #2

It’s incredible how supportive my friends and acquaintances are. Once they found out that I am doing this, messages of support and encouragement came pouring in. I’m very grateful to all of you and I appreciate your kind words.

Some friends aren’t quite sure what this is about. I don’t blame you, since I only posted the link to vote on my Facebook without much introduction. In a nutshell, I’m undergoing treatments/ sessions at Marie France Bodyline (MFB). This is a 30 days challenge with 3 other bloggers doing the same thing. There’s a Facebook contest on a voting basis, where the blogger with the most number of votes wins a 3D2N trip to Bali. If you’d like to vote for me, the link is here. Arigatou.

(But only vote for me if you think that I’m deserving. It’s not a popularity contest :) )

If I do win the grand prize, that would be friggin’ awesome because I love Bali (even more so if it costs nothing). If I don’t, well I’ve had all those fabulous MFB treatments for free. I’m quite enjoying them – so far it has been a spa-like experience.

Someone asked if I have to write all nice things about MFB. Nope, my obligation is only to blog about my experiences, good or bad. The only bad thing that I’ve experienced so far is the lack of parking availability at the MBF Uptown area. Then I got smart and pushed my appointments to an hour later and it ceased to be a problem.

Anyway let’s get back to summarising my 1st week of sessions. Caron, my MFB consultant decided to focus on my arms and tummy area (because if they get any bigger, they’d explode in your face). I went through a couple of wraps and massages. Damn shiok right? Told you it’s like a spa. But the massages can get a bit painful lah, ‘cos they are deep tissue massages. Don’t be fooled by the small size masseurs – they have fingers like iron.

As for the wraps, well here’s a photo of how I looked being wrapped.

Suanie at Marie France Bodyline

Why was I grinning? ‘Cos I didn’t want to look sad. Why did I have the thumbs up? ‘Cos I had limited movement options from the wrap. Why wrap my legs only? Actually they go through the whole body, but I’ve my family honour to consider before posting such a photo of my wrapped body sans robe. Oh and the sanctity of your eyes too.

The bandages that made me look like a mummy were actually soaked in some sort of ingredient to aid the slimming process, of course. Takes a bit of getting used to, as the rolls of towels were unwrapped, you could see the steam coming out. The therapist then rolls cling wrap all over to keep the towels in place. Then I’m free to do whatever I want for 25 minutes before they come off. I usually get a paraffin wax treatment for my hands, drink ginger tea and read Her World.

After the 1st week, I do feel that my tummy is slightly smaller. You know lah, when you wear your pants or something and they don’t feel as tight. I doubt it’s water loss because I’ve been drinking water like crazy. Perhaps it’s combined with my attempt to eat better + one Bootcamp session. Ok, 1/2 Bootcamp session ‘cos I nearly K.O.ed so I did only 30 mins. I know I’ve to workout more though.

Also, check out this tuna wrap that I made for dinner. Tuna in olive oil + chopped onion + chopped steamed carrot + mustard + salt + black pepper wrapped in this expensive rice wrap thingy I found in Village Grocer. 8 pieces for RM12+, taste wise is so-so. Next time I buy pita pocket bread better.

Tuna Wrap dinner

OK that’s all for now. If you want to check out Marie France’s specials, they’re currently having an on-line promotion: RM58 for a tummy reduction therapy + RM10 Coffee Bean voucher. *Link*

Marie France Bodyline
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