One of the highlights of this trip is travelling into the outskirt villages outside Ipoh. I used to spend my childhood at the Chinese villages around the tin mine lakes of Balakong. Such trips brought back long forgotten memories. I remember the days of running around wooden houses with worn down cement floors. I also remember once that I picked up a vintage one cent coin on the floor.
Video rental shop. Now a sunset business.
In Tanjung Tualang town, there are numerous seafood restaurants – all boasting to have the best prawns. My Dad told me that the seafood restaurants have been around since he was my age!
One of the most well known restaurants is Luen Foong Seafood Restaurant.
Luen Foong consists of two separate shops. It used to be one until it caught fire last year. They are now rebuilding it into 3 storeys building. We were told that it will be ready by next Chinese New Year.
The new building
We ordered their famous steamed drunken prawns. The mid sized prawns arrived very quickly. It was fresh and sweet. The tender prawn meat was fragrant with Chinese wine.
We were told that large prawns are not recommended.
We also ordered chiew pai taufu, assam sotong, cheung ching fei chau yu. I would recommend these dishes.
The prawns were not cheap. It costs us RM150 for 8. That explains why they could build a 3 storeys building from scratch!
No 19, Market Street,
31800 Tanjong Tualang,
Tel No : +605-360 9276, +6012-533 6166, +6016-590 0038
Local sundry store – with worn down cement floor and wooden racks
Contributing to the local economy
After dinner, it was time to head home. Our GPS guided us to KL using trunk roads. We had to find a way back to the North South highway. Unfortunately, the highway was jam. So jam that the emergency lanes were open to the public.
We arrived home at 10pm – tired and sticky. It was a great trip in any event. Great times and great company!