Well, after I posted some “happening” instagram photos, many of my facebook friends have been harping on an itinerary to visit Taiping and Kuala Sepetang. I think after the movie, “The Gathering”, be prepared for influx of tourists, fellow Taiping kias!
I’ve been to Taiping and Kuala Sepetang numerous times… well, I was born and bred in Taiping and Kuala Sepetang for almost 13 years before my family uprooted ourselves to Kuala Lumpur. So, most of the time really, I don’t really eat outside as my mom cooked all the time. But we do love our food at Casual market at the space below the old Larut Matang supermarket.
I specifically miss the hawkers peddling their delicious food on their motorbikes and mini vans in Taiping Garden. I remember the delicious chee cheung fun sold by a very elderly man on his motorbike every morning. The elderly Indian man in his roti motorbike, whom we always patronized to get the freshly baked cream buns and sandwich bread. I miss the lanky guy who peddled vegetables, fish and meat behind our house three days a week. And I miss the aromatic coffee guy, who sold freshly blended coffee beans right from his van in front of our house! And the kueh guy! The old kueh guy selling us all types of kuehs – the blue colored glutinous rice we eat with kaya, the fried radish kueh dipped in sweet chili sauce, the triangular shaped glutinous rice wrapped in leaves, to be eaten with condensed milk or just as it is. Our top favorites. How I miss my childhood!
I shall call this the tentative guide.. since places are always changing and evolving. Makan places sometimes changed. These are my usual haunts whenever I am in Taiping. As for how to get there, well, this is the technological era.. so google and waze your way through! I am just going to throw a bit of tips or advice here and there.
Disclaimer: These tips/guide are the things I usually do or eat, whenever I am in Taiping and Kuala Sepetang. Taste buds and preferences would be different as not all of us are the same. So far, I think most of my friends enjoy whatever I ask them to try.
Taiping – Kuala Sepetang Trip
Exit Changkat Jering toll. Keep left after toll, don’t have to go through the traffic light ahead. Keep left after junction. Go straight. You will pass by Caltex, Shell and Petronas on your left. Go straight till you see cross junction at Simpang.
Turn right to go to Taiping town. Turn left will lead you to Kuala Sepetang.
Things to do in Taiping
Places to visit – the Lake Gardens, Maxwell Hill, the War Memorial Park (on the way to Maxwell Hill), Taiping Zoo, Taiping Museum – exit from Lake Gardens, after Taiping prison (all situated within the vicinity).
Places to makan at Taiping town
Jalan Panggung Wayang, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Some people call this Cashier market or Cashew Market, etc.. ah well. I am confused myself.. so let’s stick to Casual market.
Casual market – a very old food court. The top row of shop used to be the older supermarket in Taiping called Larut Matang Supermarket. The lower part of the building is the old Cashier market, serving local delights such as char kueh teow, satay, popiah, prawn fritters, nyonya kuehs, wan tan mee, mee rebus, etc. Try to go early before 10 am if you want to try out the nyonya kuehs, especially the fried radish cake as it get sold out pretty quickly!
I usually order the fishball char kueh teow from Stall no. 63 and wan tan mee from stall no. 78. Quote the number on your table so they could send you the food after preparation. Pay when served.
Ais Kacang, Casual market
Jalan Panggung Wayang
It’s at the corner of the Casual Market, facing Hotel Peace, which is situated just opposite of the road. Made famous by the movie, “The Gathering”. Actually, it’s been a local favorite for many years even before the movie. Honestly, I have never tried the ais kacang there before! Maybe I have, when I was little. I couldn’t remember! You may try the ais kacang here. It was always packed but I think the waiting time is quite alright.
Jalan Panggung Wayang
Famous for lobak, chicken and duck rice. Check out the really antique tiles and the swallow mosaic on the walls. I guess this is how prewar houses used to look like.
111, Jalan Pasar, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.
Opens daily from 6.00am until 1.00pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Kueh teow soup, fishball, and steamed chicken.
Honestly, too many people visiting this shop. I prefer Golden Corner. I think their service is much more friendly. I’ve been to Kakak only twice and I totally despise one particular waiter. So I rarely go there.
94, Jalan Pasar, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Only opens at night. Can be quite packed.
Go inside shop to choose your yong tofu. They will bring to your table and give you a price of the bowl. Then order your noodles and drinks from waitress/waiters who will go to your tables. Add on a dish of chicken feet if you like. They are pretty delish! The noodles/kueh teow soup or kon lou will come with shredded chicken.
Bai Ling aka Restoran Prima Taiping
Along Jalan Kota
My cousin brother personally loves this restaurant. There’s really good chicken rice, wan tan mee here. I maybe bias but everything in this restaurant seems nice! That’s why this place is always jam packed throughout the day. That’s why we always park rather far to walk to this restaurant, in order not to get into dead lock jam while looking for parking.
92, Jalan Barrack, 34000, Taiping, Perak, 34000
012-633 3641012-633 3641
I always visit this shop whenever I am home for Ching Ming. It would be a real good thirst quencher if you are slogging in the hot sun to clear your ancestor’s grave! Or, after you walk about the Taiping Lake Gardens and need a place to quench your thirst in a really hot afternoon, Ansari is your place. If I remember correctly, the price of the cendol is only RM1.30 for cendol biasa or RM1.40 for cendol with kacang merah. You may also add pulut in your bowl of cendol if you like.
It’s nearby Ansari Cendol. I’ve eaten the cendol here before and it’s not bad either. Actually not much of a difference lah.
Duck rice at Old Mandarin Cinema, next to HSBC Taiping
This is our old favorite joint for duck rice. Order duck rice and their mui choy soup.
Picture from previous fei chai trip – taken by Sekinchan Boy
Inaka means hometown in Japanese. Having signed up for Japanese class (for beginners) two weeks ago, I guess it is good to put them into practice?
I was in Taiping last weekend for my late grandma’s third death anniversary. Even though she had passed on for only two years, the Chinese considered it as three. We were to “invite” her soul back to our home in Port Weld, so that we don’t have to go to the Siamese temple in Aulong for every festivity to make an offering to her. Wah.. talking about the dead giving convenience to the living. Heh!
Of course, there would be a big makan on the day itself. Unfortunately, I could not take pictures as my camera decided to call it quit after Ann’s marriage registration. Thank God this happened AFTER Ann’s marriage registration where I was assigned the photographer or else, I would be as good as dead.
I took my dear Canon Ixus II to the camera shop and they said, my old faithful camera (less than 2 years with almost 10k shots to date) had served me well. I overused it till the LCD is overheated.. and now burnt. Got such thing one meh? So, I would be loafing without my camera for two weeks – max.. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Please forgive me if the pics are a bit “lau yeah” as I had to be very gentle with Mr Ixus here.
Taiping is famous for its hiau peah or heong peng made of sugar, Jerry sugar (whatever that is), wheat flour, salt and oils. This time round, my colleagues made me ta pao for them. So all in all, I spent about RM100 on heong peng alone! There are a few brands which are quite nice but I believe the most authentic ones would be the Seahorse Brand – Eng Huat Food and also the Taiping Lake Garden Brand – Sin Heng Guan. I think I had the Seahorse Brand my entire life till someone told me Sin Guan Eng’s is better… I still don’t really know how to differentiate both – but my boss prefers Eng Huat’s. To me, anything from Taiping is good.
Other than the famed heong peng, there is also lou poh peng and kaya kok which can be bought at this nice little white wooden house in Aulong. At first we could not locate the little nice white wooden house as it had turned into a cemented bungalow over the years! Must be very good business. The kaya kok is priced at 70 sen, 20 sen more than last year! (Probably to pay for the renovation cost!)
Taiping is famous for its beautiful lake and its inhabitants. I was lucky enough to have caught this pic of three monkeys with its offsprings. They are so adorable. I wish I had higher optical zoom for this picture.They were caught helping themselves with left over Deeparaya murukkus given by public.
It is relaxing and totally stress-free while going out in Taiping. No jam, the food is cheap, groceries come cheap also, everyone is friendly, etc. All roads are quite simple to follow, almost every turn is connected. There is actually nothing to complain about being in Taiping, apart from having no cinema (that is what pirated CDs are for! Ha ha!) Ah.. I guess I know where I am going to spend the rest of my retirement days.