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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Last Round Up for Malaysian Food Fest............ Perak

As the last state to be featured for MFF, Perak will close the curtains.

It's been a busy month for me as quite a lot of things happened and is still happening. I even skipped blogging for a week without notice, that is if you noticed, and it's because I really couldn't cope.

This month has been a real challenge for me as I had to do so many experiments... because non of the hawker recipes I made, came with recipes and had to be recreated from memory of taste and texture.

Perak has quite a handful of bloggers, or at least, were born and raised here, but now am residing elsewhere.
We are all passionate about the food we grew up with and a big thank you to all who are not Perakians but have tried out the food from our state. I recieved a total of 58(+9) entries this month, with the 9 not emailed in to me, but submitted to our FB event page. I think everybody has been pretty busy with the school holidays, Raya and Merdeka ... of which is why I must truly apologise for being sooo late.

I know that this month.. some of you may feel.. that some dishes are not special enough as they are also available elsewhere.  But let's not forget that this event is not about ORIGIN, but popular food that is somehow iconic, popular and has a taste of its own from that area. 100 years ago, 3 towns in Perak holds the top 4 spots in terms of size of town for Malaya, not counting the strait states. So, it's not surprising that the food from Perak that has been around for ages, been cooked elsewhere, given a face lift and food evolves. Embrace the differences, acknowledge each state's food culture and let's see what is POPULAR in Perak.

I'm going to do the round up a little different this time.. I'm going to go with districts... so that you may see.. the distribution of good food around the state :)

Places  include Ipoh, Batu Gajah, Tanjung Rambutan, Gopeng, Pusing, Chemor and etc.
Fellow bloggers like Lena, Elin and Esther are from Ipoh. The latter two made something.. and I'm still waiting for their emails :)

Lots in this list.... let's go with Ipoh first

lena of frozen wings
Ipoh Kai see Hor fun / Chicken Koay Teow Soup

lena of frozen wings
Ipoh Mushroom Sauce Chee Cheong Fun

Ivy Sew of simply beautiful and healthy living
Stir Fried Da Bai Chai with Dried Shrimps and Egg
Nasi Lemak Lover
Sar Kok Liew ( Yambean Fritters) 沙葛料
Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me盐焗鸡 (Baked Salted Chicken)
Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me
鸡丝河粉 Chicken with Flat rice noodles

Then now, Batu Gajah

Faeez of BitterSweetSpicy
Pecal - Perak-style

Faeez of Bitter Sweet Spicy
Mee Rebus Perak Style
Alan of travelling-foodies
Rendang Tok Perak

 Nasi Lemak Lover

And Pusing

Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me金瓜茶粿 Pumpkin Kuih

The newest district.
Includes Kampar, Mambang Diawan and other smaller towns surrounding it.
FYI, 4 bloggers who submitted to this event come from Kampar :) Namely, Me, Annie, Mel, and Minty. There are a few more who didn't join us this month.

Claypot Chicken Rice
Yes yes.... every food court has it, common in whole of Malaysia. Yes yes.
If you are one of those that used to drive along the trunk road back before the PLUS highway was built before the 90's.. and if you were one of those who will stop by Kampar for dinner, this is what you will probably eat. There was at one time at least 7 stalls in just one street. If it's not iconic enough, cookbooks won't put the 'Kampar' word there and TV shows won't come to town to shoot this dish.

Annie Mok of Annielicious Food
Kampar Claypot Chicken Rice (金宝瓦煲鸡饭)

 Kampar Claypot Chicken Rice

For the curry chicken bun, I'd like to add something.
I've read comments saying it's not special only to Kampar and that it's found in Lukut as well. YES!
Both places argue that they invented it.

Veronica Chia of
Kampar Curry Chicken Bread

Adeline of Lite Home Bake

WendyinKK of Table for 2... or More
Kampar style Ice Kacang

WendyinKK of Table for 2... or More
Onn Kee Beef Brisket Noodle Copycat
WendyinKK of Table for 2... or More
Kampar Chee Cheong Fun

WendyinKK of Table for 2... or MoreKampar
 Jau Yun 炸丸@ Fried Fish Dough Balls 

WendyinKK of Table for 2... or More
Fun Chai 粉仔@sliced noodles with long beans

WendyinKK of Table for 2... or More
Jicama Stuffed Rice Rolls

WendyinKK of Table for 2... or More
Kampar Style Sticky Rice

Alice of ILove.ICook.IBake
Kampar Jau Yun @ Fried Fish Dough Balls
Alice of ILove.ICook.IBake
Kampar Stir Fry Fun Jai with Long Beans
Cindy of Yummy Little Cooks
Kampar Chicken Biscuits
Alan of travelling-foodies
金寶清燉牛腩干撈麺 Kampar Beef Brisket Noodles

Doreen of my little favourite DIY
Kampar chicken biscuit
Mel Lee of Through The Kitchen Door
Kampar Beef Brisket Noodles ( 金寶牛腩麺)
Mel Lee of Through The Kitchen Door
Kampar Lor Mai Fan

Bee Bee of HoneyBeeSweets
Kampar Lo Mai Fan
Kelly Siew of Kelly Siew Cooks

Minty's Kitchen
Low Shu Fun / Silver Needle Noodle

Now, for these following dishes, Annie is replicating a from a very popular shop in town. 
Annie Mok of  Annielicious Food
Kampar Prawn Noodles wannabe (金宝"马来王"虾面)

The Foochow stronghold area of Perak :)
Sitiawan and Ayer Tawar is in this district and we have Ivy from here

Alice of ILove.ICook.IBake
Sitiawan Fuzhou Egg Noodles
Alan of travelling-foodies
實兆遠福州紅糟麵線 Sitiawan Foochow Ang Jiu Mee Sua

Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me
福清番薯丸 Foochow Sweet Potato Balls

Ivy Sew of Simply beautiful and healthy living
 Stewed Pork Belly with Fried Tofu

Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me
 福州鱼漂酸辣汤 Foochow Hot and Sour Fish Maw Soup
Ivy Sew of simply beautiful and healthy living
Sitiawan Fuzhou Egg Noodles (Long Yan 蛋燕)

Ivy Sew of simply beautiful and healthy living
Mixed Vegetables with Fried Duck Egg soup

Larut Matang and Selama
The district with the beautiful Taiping Lake Gardens, home to fellow blogger Angeline.
Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me
太平赖粉 Taiping "Lai" Noodles
Hilir Perak
Our friend Amie's beloved mother is from Bagan Datuk.
The biggest town is this district is Teluk Intan.

Wendy of Table for 2.... or MoreTeluk Intan Chee Cheong  Fun @ rice rolls

Kuala Kangsar.
The royal town of Perak with its surrounding towns.
Salami Simon (Amie) of Amie's Little Kitchen
Rendang Ayam Kota Lama

Hulu Perak
Where the historic town of Lenggong, the Guangxi stronghold of Perak is and home to the famous Pekasam dish.

Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me
酱蒸鱼腩 Steamed Fish Belly with Bean Sauce
Note: Original should be Chitala belly, but since it's a rare fish, a substitute is used

Batang Padang
Major towns in this district are Bidor, Tapah, and Tanjung Malim.
Adeline from Lite Home Bakes is from Slim River :)

Adeline from Lite Home Bake
Little Chicken Biscuit
Adeline of  Lite Home Bake
Ayam Goreng Kg Tg Malim

General Perak Food

Alice of ILove.ICook.IBake
Lempeng Pisang

Alan of travelling-foodies
Rendang Ikan Pari Perak – Stingray Rendang

Salami Simon (Amie) of Amie's Little Kitchen
Ayam Percik Perak
Salami Simon (Amie) of Amie's Little Kitchen
Gulai Nanas Ikan Masin

Salami Simon (Amie) of Amie's Little Kitchen
Nasi Lemak Opah

Kimmy of Cooking Pleasure
Tamarind Curry Fish with Pineapples

And with this final round up, I will announce that Malaysian Food Fest has come to an end!
Thankyou everybody for participating 

Don't forget to visit out Malaysian Food Fest page if you need the links to all the state food round ups :)


  1. Now whenever I crave for my hometown food or Perak food, I can just come to this post to search for recipes! Great job on this MFF project Wendy. Hugs to you.

  2. A big thank you to you, Wendy. Thank you for organizing this event, it has been an eye opener and great source of inspiration even for fellow malaysians. And i especially love the ccf recipes that you have shared after your hard work of experimenting with them, i did give them a try but i think i need more practice still ;-)

  3. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comSeptember 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Thanks Wendy for organising this event. You have put in a lot of hard work. Really appreciate all your efforts. Thumbs up to you, Wendy!

  4. Thank you very much Wendy for organising this event. Really appreciate your time and effort in recreating the hawkers recipes based on taste and memory. Well done!

  5. Thank you for organizing this MFF, Wendy. Please give yourself a big clap too. It is not easy to host this kind of event. Hopefully, you've another new event for us to participate again. Looking forward to that.

  6. In my mind I plan to submit another 2 entries which is Leng Chee Kang and Taiping Chee Cheong Fun.. But due to holidays and work... no time ady. At least I'm satisfied with my popiah..

  7. Well done. All the food look delicious.

  8. Great site to have for future reference:D Very well organized:) I enjoyed browsing through all the dishes.

  9. Well done! Thumbs up to you Wendy!


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