To complete the Tourist @ Home Series (read chapter #1 on Sin Yoon Loong white coffee HERE, and chapter #2 on Lou Wong Tauge Ayam HERE), the third chapter revolves around what the locals (and to a large extent, the tourists) love to do on a Sunday morning; ‘yum cha’ at an Ipoh’s famous dim sum restaurant.
I have gone through quite an elaborate list of Dim Sum stalwarts and worthy start-ups in this post – All About Dim Sum in Ipoh, so that should be a good starting point should you wish to explore the ones located away from the dim sum hotspot in the city where the locals have been shying away from for quite some time.
Our initial intention was to aim for Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum; right smack in the heart of dim sum haven along Leong Sin Nam street.
But lo and behold, the place was packed like sardines in a can mixed with tuna from another. Not only the fact that every single table was occupied and the patrons were digging in with gusto, almost every table had ‘vultures’ circling the perimeters, eyeing for a vacant seat!
This happened at a relatively ‘early’ 8 am. And so, we retraced our steps back to the streets and sulked. For a while, at least. Growling stomachs were in dire need to be ‘treated’ first.