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Friday, 15 July 2011
Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡. Ipoh version of Edelweiss Café !
Edelweiss Café in Penang reputable to be a cafe that preserve heritage building and the interior are decorated with antiques like a mini museum that have antique stuff like building, furniture, iron, clock, tiffin, etc for it customer to view, provide "good food and drink in heritage environment". The Cafe also features in a documentary. Now, in Ipoh, We also have a similar Kopitiam that with heritage theme, despite not yet like a mini museum like Edelweiss Café. But you can have food and drink at much cheaper price comparativelt to Edelweiss Café . The Kopitiam call Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡, which just opened for business on 30 April 2011. The entrance to Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡
The Kopitiam operate by Lim Family, which spend approximately RM5million to acquired 12 pre-war buildings in Ipoh for conservation as they are passionate about everything vintage.The family decided to “start small” by restoring the shop next to Oversea Building, formerly occupied by an insurance company, into a kopitiam.
The shop’s name means Drink Coffee in Teochew, the clan which Lim Chai Hock belongs to.
The building had housed the Bank Of Malaya, the first Chinese bank in Ipoh founded in 1920 until it was forced to close in 1930 due to the Great Depression. Later, it was taken over by Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd. “Restoration works and the starting of Lim Ko Pi cost about RM450,000,” said Lim Chai Hock 52. Perak State EXCO Dato' Dr Mah Hang Soon also visited the Cafe after knowing the family invested such amount to preserve heritage in Ipoh. The family also offer 1st floor of the building as a venue of meeting for those who passionate about vintage, antique and heritage to meet regularly.
Busy time at Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡 ( The Star )
The special feature of this kopitiam is that at the back of the shop, there are 2 separate enclosures which can accommodate 2 kopitiam tables. It is open air and has a garden theme at the back of the shop, with port holes and airwells characteristic of turn-of-the-century shophouses, gracefully set off by potted plants.
Their bread and homemade Pao ( Buns) is reputable. Oversea Building next to it would be restored and made into a budget hotel.
Partners in business: Chai Hock helping his wife Lee (at the till) to operate Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡 whenever he is on leave. ( The Star )
Below are Excerpt from Nanayang dated 2 Aug 2011:
City council analysing possibility of assessment reduction as an incentive for heritage perservation