Bao Sheng Durian Penang

We were in Penang last June, and Bao Sheng Durian farm (宝盛榴莲园) ranks high on our must-visit-must-eat list. Picture for illustration only, but the Durian buffet here is truly value for money 🙂

GPS (N5 24.1755 E10013.165), hilly terrain but the durians are worth the winding road. You will pass by Butterfly Farm and a dam on the way up. Countless makeshift Durian stalls line the road.

It is relatively easy to navigate the gradual bends, just follow the route until you see Bao Sheng sign.
Gps Bao Sheng

Come to me Durian 🙂
We first heard of Durian Buffet through Cheekiemonkies blog.
Bao sheng durian

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If in doubt, just tell the waiter that you want durian buffet and they will help introduce different flavours.
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My favourite is the bitter sweet Red Prawn, super creamy and delightful.
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Shiok! Everyone 不要客气.
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Beautiful view of the mountains and valleys. Durian farm tours (not sure whether helmets provided) and villas are available for overnight stay. (Durians normally drop at night hee hee)

Visiting Bao Sheng Durian was a first for us, the other highlight must be our Hiace 10 seater van.
Again, we first heard of Kasina from Cheekiemonkies.

When driving in a convoy in Malaysia, the biggest headache is finding a carpark space near to each other.
Rent a van, bringing two or even three families around is now so convenient.

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Manual driving again, it took us a while to get use to half-clutch balance and a van’s handgear.
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Kids were always looking forward to their “school bus”!
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After roaming around in Penang, we packed our luggage for Ipoh.
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Famous food in Ipoh is only a 150km drive South 🙂
Penang Ipoh 150km
(Image credit Google Map)

You may even detour up to Cameron Highlands or head North to Langkawi.
driving from Penang to Ipoh

More tips for durian and self driving in Penang :
– Bao Sheng Durian website – do check with them for best season to visit
– We would not hesitate to recommend Kasina’s reliable service. Hassle free pickup and return. They might be cheaper rentals around but we wanted a company with good track record
– Average rental for our 2.5l Diesel Hiace van is 300+ ringgit per day
– Parking coupons for Penang cannot be used on Peninsula mainland (?? weird)
– Do pop by our Fanpage for Penang Day 1, 2, 3 and 4 photos. Day 5, 6 Ipoh is not ready.

Driving Tips for Malaysia
– Ipoh is so near to Penang, I still prefer Ipoh’s cuisine over Penang. Try our Ipoh street food GPS and tell us whether you prefer Penang or Ipoh food 🙂

Ipoh Good Food GPS

We just came back from our holidays in Penang and Ipoh.
Both are famous for street food. Penang’s Asam spicy, and Ipoh tasty street food.
Click for our previous Penang and Ipoh itinerary.

We will share our Ipoh Good Food (map and GPS) in this blog post, which should cover your family for 2 days worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will be easy to gain 1 kg in 2 days :p

We visited most of the food in 2013. First up, Cuttlefish Kang Kong!
We mention this dish from Ipoh Garden last year. It is that good 🙂

Breakfast or Tea break at Ipoh, Sin Yoon Loong and Nam Heong (南香) will not disappoint. They are just opposite to each other and both are always packed.
Ipoh White Coffee

Egg tart – Sin Yoon Loong’s egg custard is jelly-like (above pic), and Nam Heong’s is freshly baked, with a crust to die for.

White Coffee – Daddy feels Sin Yong Loong’s white coffee is slightly more bitter (aromatic), individual preference. Both are so Good!

Video (Link) : enjoying the Ipoh Old Town ambiance.

We will recommend the Char Kway Teow and Teochew soup noodle at Nam Heong too.
Famous White Coffee Ipoh

If you spot this carrot cake motorbike, order one carrot cake for breakfast!
Ipoh Char Kway Teow

Nam Heong – (scores 4.5/5)
Sin Yoon Loong – (4.25/5)
Carrot Cake outside Sin Yoon Loong – (3/5)

Nam Heong – N 04.5931, E 101.0770
(opposite Sin Yoon Loong) Both coffeeshop rocks !

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For lunch, drive 10 min to Jalan Yeu Tet Shin where two famous chicken stalls await.
Lou Wong (老黄) and Ong Kee (安记).

Besides the tender chicken, the famous side dish must be Ipoh’s fat bean sprout.
Crunchy and juicy, it goes well with the oily chicken.

Lou Wong Ayam Towgay Chicken – N 04 35.632, E 101 05.049
(Ong Kee is opposite)

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After lunch, gulp down some cooling soya bean at Funny mountain. It will wash away the oil from the chicken too.

Cars are queuing up for the splendid soya beancurd. To look like a local, enjoy your bowl of 豆花 (beancurd) inside your vehicle! Just ask the kids to be careful. ( Rated 4.25/5 )
Famous Soya Bean Ipoh

Funny Mountain is a 5min walk from Lou Wong Chicken.
N 04 35.683, E 101 05.064

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Snacks – There are a few 土产店 (souvenir and local delicacy) around the chicken restaurants. We recommend you buy some 3-in-1 White coffee and biscuits home.

Hungry after shopping? Walk 5 min to order a pack of Salted baked chicken (盐焗鸡) from Aun Kheng Lim. You can actually drive over, and just shout out your order 盐鸡一盒! (one pack)

Aun Kheng Lim – N 04 35.637, E 101 05.001

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This map will show the locations and proximity between three of the food joints listed above.
1 = Sin Yoon Loong and Nam Heong
2 = Lou Huang and Funny Mountain
3 = Aun Kheng Lim salted chicken

Dinner and supper, pop by Rainbow street. A 10min walk (North East) from Lou Wong.

Tang2 Sui3 Jie1 (糖水街) otherwise known as Dessert Street too. At least 3 stalls are selling dessert.

We recommend the mixed fruit bowl (bottom left photo), it comes with an assortment of fruits and jellies.

Rainbow Street – Decimal N 04.595333, E 101.087308

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Dinner at Ipoh Garden – all of Ipoh’s good food under one roof. You must pop by Ipoh Garden if you only have one night in Ipoh. Refer to our first picture, Cuttlefish kang kong (4.5/5) will be on every table !
Ipoh Dinner recommendation

Ipoh Garden (only for Dinner and supper) and Woolley Food City (open till 5 or 6pm only). We rate Ipoh Garden experience (and variety) a score of (5/5).
N 04 36.663, E 101 06.629

Woolley Food City Breakfast – The soup noodles (3.5/5) and Wanton Noodles (3.75/5) are good !

Ignore Boon Yee’s cheeky thumbdown, his western food (fries and hotdog what else) was popular with the siblings.

Before heading home, packet some snacks and buns from Pau LangKap 冷甲包. We love the Char Siew Bao and fluffy huat4 kueh4 (yes the huat-kueh used for Chinese traditions)

Too many varieties of Bao to choose from, the food court seems popular with diners too. The 大包 feeds two adults !
Langkap Bao

冷甲包 (Leng2 Jia3 Bao1) at Golden Point Food Court – N 04.62575, E 101.13151

Do pop by this article again, as we will add the latest findings and photos during this trip.
Click for our 2013 Ipoh Itinerary and Photos.

This round, we had flown to Penang and drove South 90 mins to reach Ipoh 🙂
We will leave you with Ipoh Garden’s Video (Link) :