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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Firefly Flies the Ipoh-Singapore Route! Come to Ipoh for some Hong Kee egg tarts?

Probably good news for Ipohans (or Ipohites, whichever sounds like music to your ears) working in Singapore, or Singaporeans intending to have a short vacation here in Ipoh (Or long, depends on each individual's endurance run in Ipoh, or even the outskirts around Perak).
Firefly will be operating flights connecting Ipoh-Singapore commencing on July 12th 2009, flying out on alternate days (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun), with an initial plan for once a day flight. Finally Ipoh's Sultan Azlan Shah airport (yup, we DO have one!) is being put to good use, rather than being an eyesore, with not even domestic flights operating since days of yore. But periodically, there had been flights operating the Ipoh-Medan route, if I'm not mistaken.


Flight schedule taken from Firefly's website

Tickets are priced at RM89.95+ for a one way trip, and an all-inclusive two-way tickets will set you aback at RM344.90. No comparison head to head with other airlines, as neither Air Asia nor MAS operates on the Ipoh route.

But given the mere 1 hour plus ride, and safety profile, you'd probably be saying your prayers now, after countless joyrides/nightmare-ish experiences on midnight bus rides, about 5-6 hours give or take (read : depending on the hellacious/angelic driver on board!). There are a few bus companies serving the Ipoh-Singapore route, from Sri Maju to Grasslands and such, and tickets are priced at RM50+. (It's been some time since I've been to Singapore, so please pardon the outdated information)

HONG KEE EGG TARTS @ JLN COCKMAN aka JLN DATO ONN JAAFAR


The egg tarts and 'kai sou' (meat pies/tarts) from Hong Kee, a signature brand from the olden days .....
I'm an advocate for egg tarts. Be it the crumbly Hong Kong dim sum type, the cookie pastry John King's type, or even the Portuguese version. The velvety smooth egg custard, best eaten when piping hot from the oven, paired with the fragrant, flaky pastry, is a God-sent creation I tell you. Especially paired with a cup of thick, milky tea or even Ipoh's famous white coffee.

Marbling, shiny goodness.
Hong Kee was, and still is a household name when it comes to egg tarts in Ipoh. Out-of-towners may not be familiar with Hong Kee's version, given the lack of publicity, overshadowed by the countless other famous street fare Ipoh has to offer.
My favourite egg tart in Ipoh has always been the Simee Market's Choy Kee's. But you've gotta grit your teeth, slap yourself out of bed at early hours of the day, and jostle with the crowd for your chance of a bite of Choy Kee's legendary egg tart.

Current road name's Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar. In case you're wondering where's the cock(man)? =P
Hong Kee egg tarts sell at an alarming rate as well, so be sure to call and book before going, or visit the shop as early as possible. But 8-9am should be fine. Don't push your luck and go after 10.30am.Tastewise? I still prefer Choy Kee's, for the freshly baked egg tarts are just heavenly. Masak-masak, and wmw seemed to think so.
For some Hong Kee egg tarts lurve, visit Jason's , or See Teck's.
With that, Motormouth's signing off for the day ..... Heaving a sigh of relief today's post was surprisingly SHORT (& SWEET!)? LOL .... It's The Weekend after all.

32 comments:

kevin_chungx said...

Hmmm...hong kee's egg tarts? sounds familiar...
Is it at the new town? Near mcdonalds and the Pasar Besar?

Bakeling said...

Good job of promoting Ipoh tourism with a post like this !

I hope each of them spend at least Rm500 here ! hahaha !

Selba said...

Seriously, I want to visit Ipoh! :)

Life for Beginners said...

Oh dear, I best bring my alarm clock when I visit Ipoh else I won't wake early enough before all the egg tarts are snapped up! :)

New Kid on the Blog said...

my favourite egg tarts in ipoh is either the one in simee or the one in town. :)

Big Boys Oven said...

yes if i where in singapore, I will defintely take that return flight to Ipoh, I defintely recommend you to do so! they did! :)

Tummythoz said...

Potential Ipoh Tourism Ambassador?

J2Kfm said...

kevin : yeah! near to Super Kinta. the former, Super Kinta.

Bakeling : hahaha ... let's hope they really rebrand Ipoh as a tourism heaven. or at least a stopover.

Selba : seriously? :)

LFB : you'd better be. but of course, wake later and satisfy your cravings for chee cheong fun, curry mee and such also ok.

NKOTB : i prefer the simee one though. maybe used to having them, in comparison to this one.

Tummythoz : me? nah ... far from it. I cant even manoeuvre my way around sometimes.

mboy said...

New header wor...

Min said...

Wei, nice header wo, you did it yourself is it? Seems like you want to focus on traveling too right, hehe, good work :)

J2Kfm said...

mboy : yeah, simply made one, cz old one was good, but too short and out of place.

Min : it's YOUR pic. hehehe .. so I should thank you instead. you know travelling has always been my fav.

KCA said...

wei.. new header ar.. simple + nice.. :) make one for me oso la.. =P

Sugar Bean said...

I have yet to try Hong Kee egg tarts even though there is an outlet quite near to my place!! Must try it when I'm back to KL. I have read so many positive comments about it.

jason said...

I somehow prefer this than Choy Kee. Maybe my mom mistakenly tahpau the tarts from another vendor in the market, I found them rather ordinary.

bluesoule said...

very nice foodblog u have here. the ipoh-sg route too bad currently no other takers eg airasia etc. Otherwise might bring down the price :)

FoOd PaRaDiSe said...

hmm..... I will try both egg tart that you recommend when i go to Ipoh. ^-^

ck lam said...

Both are equally good. Will get it from the shop nearest to my location.

J2Kfm said...

KCA : hhahah ... money for me? =P

Sugar Bean : oh, there's an outlet in KL? thats cool. even Simee never ventured so far.

jason : to each his own i guess. this one also mum tapau home, then i ate after few hours. which may degrade the experience slightly.

bluesoule : true. lets see if Firefly will hold promotion, zero fare or such to entice the crowd.

Food Paradise: be sure to tell which one you fancy!

ck lam : simee market a bit off actually. and have to go real early.

foongpc said...

Wow! Love the egg tarts! here in KL, I always get my egg tarts from Tong Kee. Not Hong Kee. Haha!

YilingL said...

ahhhh hong kee is ze bestest egg tarts evarrrrrr!!

Anonymous said...

Never heard of firefly, local airline? new? Firefly now has put your blog on the map too bringing the best out of Ipoh.

jencooks said...

Too fast and I got the anonymous name.

Never heard of firefly, local airline? new? Firefly now has put your blog on the map too bringing the best out of Ipoh.

adel said...

oh wow..thanks so much for this info!! i could travel from SIN-Ipoh soon when I go back!!can't wait to sink my teeth into those egg tarts and go get my white coffee fix!

J2Kfm said...

foongpc : haha, KL got Tong Kee, we got Hong Kee AND Choy Kee. of all the Kees ...

YiLingL : so you're a fan too?

jencooks : hahaha ... you're never anonymous here, Jen, no worries! :)

adel : welcomed! keeping my fingers crossed for value flights/promo flights

Timothy Low said...

Food as a way to promote Tourism, you're a genius. Someone wise once said, a man's heart is through his stomach. I'd say ... food get's through to EVERYONE's heart and ... stomach.

Elin said...

Hi J2Kfm,

Hey, just noticed your new blog layout...Nice one:)

I used to buy egg tarts from this shop for my Piggies until they found one that has a crispy tart shell..the one opposite Hall of Mirror (Khong Heng) but I still prefer this one.. more authentic :)))

Keep up the good work here. Love your blog and I am not going to say it again. :P

J2Kfm said...

Timothy : how true. let's concentrate on the food, THEN the attractions in Ipoh!

Elin : thanks Elin. you've been supporting my blog since the very beginning lah ... heheh ...

thenomadGourmand said...

"hahaha ... let's hope they really rebrand Ipoh as a tourism heaven. or at least a stopover" ..
yeah..if they could stop bickering politically & focus on Ipoh/Perak, it deserves so much more than be labelled an "old" town...

Simon Seow said...

I think it's more worth it to fly from Ipoh to Singapore. KL by bus only uses 4 1/2 hour. Fly is 45 mins but go airport already took 1 hour. Not to mention have to be there 1 hour earlier to check in.

J2Kfm said...

thenomadGourmand : yeahloh, wonder if the world knows Perak more as a state for tourism, or a zoo in general.

Simon : KL nearer to Singapore ma. but the ride may be better on a plane, safer?

Anonymous said...

Hong Kee egg tart & sak kei mah are the best!

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