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Quick Break: Pangkor Island and Tropical Treasure

Follow along as Ipoh Echo takes you on a food and sightseeing tour around Pangkor Island, with some beach hopping in between. It is a fun-filled getaway, to say the least!
Pangkor Island, the Jewel of the Straits of Malacca, is located at the west coast of the Peninsular covering an area of 2200 hectares. To reach Pangkor Island, one has to take a 30-minute ferry ride, which is the main source of transport from Lumut on the mainland to the island. While on the island, one can venture by renting a pink van (taxi), car, motorcycle or bicycle. 

Whether you are travelling solo or in a group, you will feel at home in no time thanks to the heart-warming hospitality from the local residents. Let the journey begin! 

Everything You Want for an Island Getaway…and so much more 

 

Pasir Bogak Beach 

From Lumut, the ferry stops by Sungai Pinang Kecil Jetty before its final stop at Pangkor Jetty. Once you have exited the jetty, you will find yourself in Pangkor Town (Pekan Pangkor) brimming with hawker fare within walking distance. Signboards galore will guide your way on foot easily. 

Have a taste of Siew Keong Handmade Wanton Noodle by heading to Geng Bee Coffee Shop at Jalan Belakang. “The stall was started by my grandfather in 1958. I make the noodles myself with all natural ingredients without any preservative,” 49-year-old OoiCheeKeong shared with Ipoh Echo. Operating daily from 12pm to 4.30pm (off on Wednesday bimonthly), a bowl (with dark sauce or soup) costs just RM5. One mouthful of the springy noodles with a side of dumplings will show you how they have flourished for six decades. 

Do not forget the famous Leong Kee Chicken Rice stall inside Chiang Seng Restaurant visited by food critic Chua Lam himself. “This stall was started about ten years ago but the restaurant probably started in the 1940s,” Hao, the stall owner said. A plate of chicken rice (with roasted or boiled chicken) is priced at RM6.50. It opens daily from 7.30am to 2.30pm. 

In the evening, one can head over to Liang HuatKopitiam adjacent to the Pangkor Town Police Station for more hawker fare. Here, the handmade pan mee (flat noodle made of flour) by Ah Hun Noodles and Portuguese-style grilled fish (Portuguese ikan bakar) are to die for. The pan mee is priced at RM5 per bowl (dark sauce or soup). The stall selling Portuguese-style grilled fish (RM22) usually has a long queue thus do come early. 

Those who love the spicy kick in their dinner should put Lot 4004 Café on their list for its signature dried shrimp sambal rice with fried chicken (RM11.50). 

Look out for the stall selling Teochew cakes at night at Pangkor Town. 

Pangkor Gallery is a single-hall gallery located 3km from the Pangkor Jetty. It displays historical information on the island including a handwritten Quran from Acheh, Indonesia obtained during a rescue mission after the 2005 tsunami. 

Nearby is Pasir Bogak Beach, the longest beach of the island. 

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