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Some of you may remember Fung Lum Restaurant – at 118 Brewster Road, Ipoh (they also had a branch KL).

But what about Maple Leaf Coffee Court?

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Have you been to this cafe? Was it run by the same people who ran the Fung Lum Restaurant?

Or, maybe it was part of Rendezvous?

  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear felicia

    If you look at the comments posted here:

    http://www.ipohworld.org/2010/04/12/the-eastern-hotel/

    … you will find some information about the Maple Leaf.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      In particular, YC said:

      Think Fung Lum was downstairs and that became Le Rendezvous when the restuarant moved out while Maple Leaf was a coffeehouse upstairs.

      Yes, the restaurant moved out after a few years and found a new location not far away.

      Ken Chan said:

      Maple Leaf was a small coffee house on the 2nd floor of Eastern Hotel

      No, it was on the first floor. (Ken was using American nomenclature.)

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Some of you may remember Fung Lum Restaurant – at 118 Brewster Road, Ipoh (they also had a branch KL).

    Fung Lum was originally a Hong Kong restaurant opened in the early ’50s by the Pang family. After opening a couple of other restaurants there, the Pangs opened for business in Taiwan before coming to Malaysia, and even had several locations in the United States (all in California; one is still open today). As you may be aware, the Ipoh location opened in ’71 (when the building was renovated by Lee Kwee Foh’s family at a cost of about a million dollars).

    I should probably mention that the restaurant was named after the founder’s home village in South China. “Fung Lum” means “grove of maple trees.” The advertisement displayed above does not show it but if you look here instead:

    http://www.ipohworld.org/2013/04/17/fung-lum-restaurant/

    … you will see a different advertisement for the restaurant that includes an image of a maple leaf.

    As you may have deduced by now, the Maple Leaf Coffee Court was also run by the Pang family. It provided Western fare.

  3. K.L. says:

    I remember Maple Leaf as one of the earlier coffee houses in Ipoh. 2 other places serving western fare were the Oasis next to the Lido theater and the restaurant next to the Cold Storage.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear K.L.

      Can you say more about the Oasis?

      And yes, part of the Cold Storage operation was its “Milk Bar” next door, opened in 1960. (It was not the first so-called milk bar in Ipoh.)

      And, let’s not forget, for Western fare of a sort, there were also, for decades, the FMS Bar and Hotel, the Grand Hotel, the Station Hotel, the Ipoh Club’s dining facilities, Pritchard’s and Whiteaway’s tea-rooms, and other fine establishments now long forgotten.

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