Certainly one would expect a place such as this to be naturally introduced to fusion foods from across the globe. Well to be honest; not many dare invest in such ideas; weary of risking reputation and competition from local hawker favourites.
You'll be surprised to discover that those who have taken the plunge and kept high standards have been doing awfully well for themselves. I've eventually concluded that Ipoh-ians pay well for great food. I wouldn't compare both champions of fine dining and roadside hawker side by side in an attempt to distinguish the better. It's a whole different dimension of comparison! Not possible; they'd probably both share a tie for the gold medal in my books. Hehe
I have "Su's little google guide" for those who want to make a quick hit and run in this food haven I call home.
Don't visit Ipoh without Su's food guide! Click on the little balloons for details on my favourite eateries.
Of course there are more than these several I have made mentions to; I definitely suggest scouting a local guide to help show you the ropes.
It is incredibly easy to be mistaken about the way food is priced in Ipoh. The tiny nostalgic corners could cost just as much as a decent meal of Mod-oz deliciousness. All I can tell you is; eat what you like, either way... it's going to be Delicious! I have this theory; in Ipoh, every restaurant/hawker is decent. If it isn't; it's probably going to be shut next week. *grin* I don't kid when I say Ipoh-ians are brutal with food. Word spreads quickly amongst us foodies!
Just to share; here are clips from 2 extremely contrasting meals I've had with the family. Located just a short 2 minutes drive away from each other. Ipoh and it's diversity; it's hard not to fall in love.
Hung Kee; Hasn't much changed since I was 8. and according to aunts, uncles and grandpa; it hasn't much changed since their time either.
Indulgence; Restaurant and Boutique Hotel; Don't leave without having tasted the Tiramisu!