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hustle and bustle, Ipoh

early september marked my first trip to Ipoh with Ken. unfortunately we were both hit with the worst fever (me first, then him), missed out on my family's adventures around town & some events for my sister's wedding. i was bedridden for almost 2 days. the worst in years, it got us stuck at the homestay drowsy over cough syrup instead of doing some sight-seeing.. 

but, let the good times roll. (and the bad, too)

3-days in, we finally went pomelo-hunting and tasted the infamous chicken rice at the restaurant which claimed to be the best in town  - overrated, i must say. though nothing felt as refreshing as the stroll we had in the old town that afternoon. cold soy bean drinks, pastries, watching people hustle over kaya puffs & sweet pomelos. the whole street was packed with bakeries and chicken rice restaurants, in a fancy chinatown way. i love it.

with absolutely no-bargain policy, we got two of these for rm18 each. 

with absolutely no-bargain policy, we got two of these for rm18 each. 

we didn't miss the one thing we love the most about Ipoh - the salted chicken. we bought 3 packs for rm19 each. if you haven't try Ipoh's salted chicken, make sure to give them a go the next time you're in town. i've had my fair share of cravings over them. the salted chicken are already cooked, and can be kept in the freezer for up to a week, if not two. there's no dine-in option so a take-away and eat it while it's hot is highly recommended. the best ones are not too salty, with a lasting 'dang gui' aroma. the marination seeps the combination of herbs & spices deep into the chicken. just thinking about it is making me hungry again. 

these two are strangers, the guy in the orange shirt works at the store and the lady in purple was choosing a pomelo.

these two are strangers, the guy in the orange shirt works at the store and the lady in purple was choosing a pomelo.

i wish i've taken more photos, but we were rushing in the midst of the public-holiday chaos, hoping to make our way back to the homestay before sundown. so grateful we made it! 

we only had this one day to go around town, such a bummer if you ask me. the next time we're in Ipoh i'll be sure for us not to miss the scenic part of the city. we missed it all, but that just means more adventures for the next, yes? happy weekend!