Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Of Limestone Hills and Mung Bean Sprouts

Can you believe the rock on the left of the photo is 280 million years old!?

Yep, this 14-storey-high limestone outcrop in my hometown, Ipoh,  is a geological wonder and one of only four such formations in the world! The others are located in Guilin (China), Halong Bay (Vietnam) and Phuket (Thailand).

Interestingly, did you know that Ipoh boasts of producing the best mung bean sprouts in the world?

The secret?  Thanks to the hard water from the limestone hills that surround the town, the bean sprouts grown here are very crunchy and juicy.

People from all over Malaysia and overseas flock to Ipoh just to have a taste of our very unique bean sprouts!

It is said that the best tofu and the prettiest girls (because of their smooth-as-tofu skin) come from Ipoh, again thanks to the limestone water from the hills!

The name Ipoh is derived from a local tree, Pohon Epu or now more commonly known as Pokok Ipoh. The poisonous sap of the tree was once used by the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia to coat the tips of the darts of their blowpipes for hunting.


Sandee said...

I didn't know this, but I love bean sprouts. That dish looks so very good.

Have a fabulous day and rest of the week, Veronica. ♥

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

I always buy bean sprouts in Asian shop!
happy new year

betty said...

That is fascinating. I would love to see it in person! Bean sprouts are so yummy in themselves, these must be extra delicious!


Kinga K. said...

I love nature❤

Jill said...

It's beautiful and I just love little pieces of history. I hope your New Year is off to a great start!


Hena Tayeb said...

Did not know that about bean sprouts.
Oh poisonous sap! thanks for sharing :)

Teresa Kindred said...

Great post! Thanks for linking up at NanaHood

alissa apel said...

Your dish looks so good! I want to go to that place!

I like to cut tofu into cubes. Then I put cornmeal, garlic salt and cayenne pepper on a plate. I cover the tofu on all sides. Then I pan fry it on each side. It tastes good in salads.

indah nuria said...

280 million years...wooow! I have been wanting to come to Ipoh but haven't really get a chance to do so