Ipoh pitstops are a must whenever Jien and I are travelling up north – there’s something about the aroma of white coffee that gets the mood up. We were looking for a place to stop for coffee on our way back from Penang last weekend, and I remember bookmarking Lim Ko Pi in Ipoh Old Town as an option after reading about it from one of the blogs.
I was looking forward to dining al-fresco but the heavy downpour made sure we remained indoors. The 5 Layer Sandwich (RM8.30) is made of wholemeal bread with five different sandwich filling – ham, tuna, egg, cucumber and cheese. Nothing fantastic, but if you’re looking for a snack to fill the stomach, this will do.
I opted for Lim Ko Pi’s Nanyang Coffee 98 (RM3.60 – hot, RM4 – cold); thick and smooth with a rich, nutty finish. Unlike what I’m accustomed to at Sin Yoon Loong, the coffee at Lim Ko Pi has a smooth, buttery finish without much bitter notes. If you like your coffee thick and creamy, you’ll like this.
Personally, I prefer my white coffee bolder so the ones at Sin Yoon Loong and Ah Chow is right up my alley. The milk tea (RM3.20 – hot, RM3.60 – cold) was too sweet for my liking but it was adequately thick from the addition of evaporated milk. I would recommend taking this hot as you get more aroma from each sip versus an iced version.
Lim Ko Pi’s Ice Kacang (RM5.20) is pretty good; old school with plenty of peanuts, jelly and sweet corn. The ice shaving is fine and light, and there’s a good balance between evaporated milk and sugar syrups. Good stuff.
We bumped into some friends who ordered the curry laksa and clear soup noodles – that said, I didn’t try either so I can’t vouch for them. I did however try a sip of the hot cham (RM3.60) and it was quite good. I’d definitely recommend going for hot coffee or tea while you’re here.
I wouldn’t peg Lim Ko Pi as place to eat Ipoh food but it is a place to consider if you want decent white coffee and toast. If you can, do opt to sit at the courtyard as the ambiance is different and the lighting makes for much better photos.
Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Try the Nanyang Coffee 98 and Ice Kacang.
Lim Ko Pi
10, Jalan Sultan Iskandar,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-253 2898
Business hours: 8.30am till 5.30pm