Jelapang Famous Rojak & Laksa StallMarch 29, 2014 | 6,082 views
Possibly one of the few places that serve the rojak dipping sauce separately from the ensemble of cut fresh fruits; Jelapang Rojak Stall could be one of Ipoh’s best kept secret.
Are you back for Qing Ming Festival? The filial ones would be paying their annual tribute to the departed loved ones/ancestors; visiting and cleaning up burial grounds despite the relentless scorching weather and gathering with family members back in their hometowns.
What happens after the prayers and tribute? If you’re back in Ipoh, then you should really be eating. Already bored of the usual tourist haunts and seeking to avoid the crowd? Let me share with you a rojak (rojak is a typical Malaysian style of fruit salad served with crackers and a black sauce concocted from shrimp paste, sugar and crushed peanuts) stall nestled deep within the neighbourhood of Jelapang that has been the talk of town for decades now.
There are 3 stalls; a rojak stall, a drinks stall continuously churning out coconut water and ABC (Ais Batu Campur or Ais Kacang) and a noodles stall with Yong Tau Foo occupy the front compound of house number 310 along Jalan Simpang; near to the Chinese school in Jelapang.
Locating this stall can prove to be a challenge if you’re not equipped with navigation system or first time to Jelapang town. Jelapang is largely a light industrial area in between Menglembu and Chemor, to the west of Ipoh. Still part of Ipoh town, but visitors to Ipoh seldom venture out to Jelapang for the lack of places of interest.
Remember this post on Tai Sai Hee Roast Duck? The shop is along the main road of Jelapang, while the Jelapang Rojak stall is located off the main bearings; you need to turn into Jalan Sekolah from the main road, and find your way to Jalan Simpang. More directions to come at the end of this post.
As if you’re paying the owners a visit, marvel at the hospitality of eating in their home compound? In Ipoh, this is rather common. Just think of Buntong’s famous eats and Pasir Pinji’s chee cheong fun.
The stall opens from 11am to 6pm daily, except Thursdays. Thus, this will be a great spot for tea time snacking in between meals; say after a satisfying lunch at Ma Chai in Menglembu then followed by a platter of fruits rojak, then followed by a visit to Perak Cave Temple, before ending up with dinner in Chemor Village.
The eating opportunities are endless if you’re in Ipoh and don’t mind consecutive bouts of excellent street food, it’s just a matter of prioritizing and making tough decisions to omit the lesser evils.
Ais Kacang (Shaved Ice with Syrup and a myriad of ingredients including red bean, crunchy toasted peanuts, corn, cendol and more) is definitely a heaven-sent refresher on a hot and humid day.
A plate of rojak for two; Jelapang Rojak stall includes sengkuang (jicama), cucumber, pineapples, raw/unripe mangoes, guava, dried cuttlefish and their signature prawn crackers. Their own made rojak sauce comes separately on individual saucer plate; with finely-blended peanut.
Jelapang Rojak stall’s signature is their own-concocted sauce which they sell by the tubs as well; so you can buy home for homemade salads or bring to a potluck party. Very mild in nature with nary a tinge of spiciness, the sweet, black liquid complemented the fresh fruits really well. The addition of crunchy prawn crackers is the highlight here; and we requested for top ups even before we were seated. For a slightly different texture and taste to the rojak, the inclusion of dried cuttlefish was a welcome touch.
Packets of dried cuttlefish to go along with your rojak if you decide to ‘tapau’ (take away).
The laksa stall was laboriously churning out bowls after bowls of fantastic smelling asam laksa; with a breadth of deep fried stuffed items (what we call ‘liew’), but we were stuffed from a heavy breakfast of curry mee earlier to even consider a bowl to be shared. Maybe next time. And don’t forget to order a bowl of Ais Kacang for a sweet finish to your rojak/laksa feast. Comes with either red syrup or brown sugar syrup.
JELAPANG ROJAK & LAKSA STALL
310, Jalan Simpang
30020 Jelapang, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opens from 11am – 6pm, closed on Thursdays
GPS (estimated) 4.63658,101.059787