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Monday, June 14, 2010

Thean Chun Coffee Shop (House of Mirrors) - Ipoh Old Town

Don't be fooled! The Thean Chun Coffee Shop (天津茶室) is the one next to Kafe Zun Seng Fatt. It does not have an english signboard. This restaurant is located at no. 73 Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh Old Town. It is opened in the morning and afternoon only. This place is very congested during lunch time on weekdays and parking is quite a problem. However, nearby there is a public parking operator that charges based on per entry basis.

Thean Chun Coffee Shop is also known as "House of Mirrors" as it has walls that are lined with aged old mirrors. Dining on the wooden tables with marble tops, sitting on the wooden chairs in this well preserved old building will bring you back to colonial days of old Ipoh. Even the pillars are left untouched but white-washed and given a fresh coat of paint. To top it off, the food is extremely delicious and reasonably priced.

What do you have here?
  1. Very delicious Kai See Hor Fun (Ipoh Koey Teow soup with shreded chicken meat).
    • They have newspaper cuttings pasted all over their stall to prove that they have the "Best Ipoh Hor Fun in the Country"
  2. Chee Cheong Fun (猪肠粉), with pig skin curry. Chee Cheong Fun is a steam rolled rice noodles. You can have it plain
    • 'Plain' with no fillings. 
    • With fillings of turnip and french beans
    • For the sauce, you can choose between plain (onion flavoured oil, roasted sesame seeds and soya sauce or with pig skin curry added.
  3. Sunny's famous satay, the choices are chicken and pork meat, intestines, pig innards
    • What I can say is you don't usually find 'satay babi' or 'pork satay' anywhere else in Malaysia.
  4. Creme caramel (炖蛋) desert
  5. Soft drinks, herbal drinks and fruit juices to quench your thirst.
Here's a place with The Old Ipoh Charm where you can enjoy and reminise the good old days.

73, Jalan Bandar Timah
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opened from 9:30am onwards for breakfast and lunch.
Closed on Thursdays

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  1. Looks like a great place to grab a bite to eat while people watching.

  2. Beautiful photo!
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  3. It's an interesting place, and the streets look so different from the ones I see locally.

  4. A great place, takes me back to my time in Malaysia. You've changed your blog template. The stars background is different.
    Melbourne Daily Photo

  5. Ah street food place! Nice picture lovely writeup there :D

  6. nothing beats Ipoh's kuey teow soup. it's not only delicious, the kuey teow is silky smooth in comparison to Penang version of this dish.

  7. what a classic... i think it's great to document such historical places with a story of its own.

  8. A quaint street scene. Would love to visit there.

  9. Hi, everyone. Thank you very much for the nice comments.

    Cai, thank you for the invitation. I'll keep this in mind and see what I have.


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