Friday, December 6, 2013

Nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop in Ipoh Old Town, Perak, Malaysia


These days, food goers prefer to dine at fancy and modern restaurants which equipped with air-conditioning but the problem is the food doesn't taste as good and unique as you hope for apart from concerning about the price.

When I traveled to Ipoh Old Town which is literally known for famous tin mining industry in the state of Perak in Malaysia during the 19th century, I was introduced to this affordable and nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop. Cheong Loy Rice Shop has been operating for over 35 years and situated in the hidden and quiet lane behind Old Town Flats within Ipoh Old Town area.

Cheong Loy Rice Shop is located at the end lot of the quiet lane along Pasar Jalan Patrick within Ipoh Old Town. The quiet street was used to be occupied by food traders but they have moved to elsewhere. Thus, these lots are rented out as storage rooms. There are two shops by the corner, which are still operating as selling school bags, shoes and flip flops (slippers).    

Cheong Loy Rice Shop opens during lunch hour between 12noon to 3pm daily. The restaurant begins to get crowded (packed) by 1pm thus, you need to wait patiently for the table seating and food to be served. Moreover the pricing is very reasonable where you can't find cheap and tasty Chinese food like this shop. We ordered some herbal drinks, stir-fry leeks with roasted pork, preserved sour vegetable and pork soup, Hakka pork belly slices with yam and a fried fish with sweet sour sauce and some steamed rice (white rice) for four people. At the end, we paid about RM51 (US$16). Don't you think it's extremely cheap?

Well, why don't you give yourself a try at Cheong Loy Rice Shop when you travel to Ipoh Old Town for a weekend trip. The restaurant might looks ruined down but I strongly believe that as long as the restaurant keeps clean and serving tasty food at reasonable pricing, it's worth the money to eat with friends and families.

CHEONG LOY RICE SHOP (Chinese cuisine)
@ Pasar Jalan Patrick, behind of the old town flats,
off Jalan Bijeh Timah (Ipoh Old Town)
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Business Hours – 12pm – 3pm daily.
Closed only on major Chinese festivals.



Long nostalgic and affordable lunch restaurant hidden behind Old Town Flats within Old Ipoh Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Long nostalgic and affordable lunch restaurant hidden behind Old Town Flats within Old Ipoh Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Cheong Loy Rice Shop is located behind Old Town Flats within Ipoh Old Town in the state of Perak in Malaysia
Cheong Loy Rice Shop is located behind Old Town Flats within Ipoh Old Town in the state of Perak in Malaysia




This quiet lane was used to be busy with food traders but now the lots are rented for storage rooms and selling shoes and flip flops by the corner shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Malaysia
This quiet lane was used to be busy with food traders but now the lots are rented for storage rooms and selling shoes and flip flops by the corner shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Malaysia




Open kitchen concept at affordable and nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Open kitchen concept at affordable and nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. There is a self-service for Chinese tea from the kettles with the cups on the tables.



Open Kitchen Concept of Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Open Kitchen Concept of Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


From left to right counterclock, Hakka Pork Belly slices with Yam, Preserved Vegetable and pork soup, Stir-fried leeks with roasted pork and a fried fish with sweet sour sauce at Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
From left to right counterclock, Hakka Pork Belly slices with Yam, Preserved Vegetable and pork soup, Stir-fried leeks with roasted pork and a fried fish with sweet sour sauce at Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Temple of Literature, Confucius Temple (Văn Miếu) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Temple of Literature is the oldest Confucius temple and also Vietnam's first founded university to teach children of royalty and aristocracy. The Temple of Literature is situated about 10 minutes drive from Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi.

Temple of Literature is divided into several sections of courtyards. The First Courtyard stretches from the main gate of Temple of Literature to the Second Courtyard. Second Courtyard is decorated with garden park which resembles the pavilion of Hanoi city streets. There are some turtles' tombstones with names of doctorate students which are situated at Third Courtyard. 

There are some bronze statues of a crane standing on a turtle located in the temple which represents the power, luck and longevity, according to Vietnamese's culture and belief. There is some belief that touching the crane would bring some fortune while touching the head of a turtle would bring luck and longevity.

I haven't seen very well-maintained temple buildings and garden parks like the oldest temple ie, Temple of Literature. Temple of Literature opens from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day except on Monday and public holidays. Visitors require to pay some minimal entrance fee of 10,000 VND per person (US$0.50).


The main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


In front of the main gate of Temple of Literature, there are four tall pillars facing the main street in Hanoi, Vietnam
In front of the main gate of Temple of Literature, there are four tall pillars facing the main street in Hanoi, Vietnam


Dragon statues at the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Dragon statues at the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


The rear view of the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The rear view of the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


The first courtyard before heading to Second Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The first courtyard before heading to Second Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Second Courtyard and Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Second Courtyard and Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


A closer view of Third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
A closer view of Third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Turtle stone stele to honour the school's successful doctorate candidates at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Turtle stone stele to honour the school's successful doctorate candidates at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


A large pond, called the well of heavenly clarity. at the third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
A large pond, called the well of heavenly clarity. at the third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Third Courtyard of the temple with the Well of Heavenly Clarity and the red Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Third Courtyard of the temple with the Well of Heavenly Clarity and the red Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


The fourth Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The fourth Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


A closer look of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
A closer look of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Side view of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Side view of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


In Vietnamese culture, the turtle and crane stand together represent a healthy long life of happiness at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
In Vietnamese culture, the turtle and crane stand together represent a healthy long life of happiness at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


In Vietnamese culture, touching the turtle or crane by hand and hoping to endure  longevity or power respective at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
In Vietnamese culture, touching the turtle or crane by hand and hoping to endure  longevity or power respective at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Dozens of flowers are used to decorate the logo of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Dozens of flowers are used to decorate the logo of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Confucious Gods shrine at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Confucious Gods shrine at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


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  • One Pillar Pagoda (Lotus) Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Historical Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple in Hanoi, Vietnam
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