Jimmy Chong, our founder, was a native of Ipoh, the capital of Perak State in Malaysia. For most of you who don’t know, Ipoh is just a two hour drive up north from Kuala Lumpur.

From the tender age of 6, Jimmy was fascinated by cooking and started dabbling in the kitchen throughout his growing years. Under his mother’s tutelage, he began to help out in the kitchen and eventually cook the family meals. Jimmy found it hard to stay away from all things food and soon started befriending restaurateurs and hawkers gleaning further knowledge. All this contributed greatly to his acquiring culinary and operating skills, which were honed and refined with practical experience gained over the years in Sydney. His interest in cooking was greatly fueled by the famous cuisines of his hometown with its mix of Chinese mainly of Cantonese and Hakka descent, Malay and Indian.

In 1986, when Jimmy arrived in Sydney as a migrant, he continued his food journey, working in a Hong Kong Chinese restaurant in Nowra (3 hours south of Sydney). Within a year, he was promoted to Restaurant Manager. Shortly afterwards, Jimmy started out on his own, initially operating a donut shop in the Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

In 1991, Jimmy opened the first yum cha place Sydney city’s Town Hall precinct, also located in QVB. In 1994, he converted a seafood restaurant in QVB into ‘Malaysia House’ thus taking the first steps on the journey to realise his dream of introducing Malaysian cuisine to Sydney. His dream was fuelled by the success of ‘Malaysia House’ where popular Malaysian food was sold to hungry lunchtime crowds and shoppers at QVB. It was here that the well-loved Malaysian favourite “Laksa” was introduced and became a hit among the restaurant’s regulars. This earned Jimmy the title “Mr. Laksa”.

In 2001, Jimmy opened a branch restaurant bringing his well-loved meals plus fusion lovingly created dishes, to Galleries Victoria. This restaurant is known today as ‘Jimmy’s Recipe Malaysia’. With two ongoing restaurants, Jimmy then embarked on his quest to bring delicious local flavours of Ipoh to Sydney. On 23 January 2012, the auspicious day of Chinese New Year, Jimmy opened the doors of ‘Ipoh on York’, a modern spacious extension of all his previous experience. The menu at ‘Ipoh on York’ keeps very much in line with all his previous outlets making it one seamless offering of delicious Malaysian cuisine, with emphasis on the tastes of Ipoh as well as many introducing new dishes or items into the markets.

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