I have two very different parents when it comes to food. My father loves eating out and if he had it his way, we'd be trying a new place every night. In fact, many families in Ipoh don't bother cooking at all. They either buy the food home or just go out to eat. Food here is good and costs about the same as if you were to cook it yourself. The difference is in the healthiness factor. Thats where my mother comes in.
For health reasons, she prefers to eat all her meals at home. This way, she knows what oil is used and can control its amounts. She also hardly uses any salt and makes sure we all have a balanced meal. Luckily for us, they manage to compromise and I get healthy meals as well as exciting junky ones from outside.
Here are some photos of the Kampung (Malay for 'village') Simee Market that we go to for fresh fish, vegetables and pork. Chicken is bought from another market where my mother has a distant cousin.