Put on the loosest pants you have, here’s a Malaysian food trail you won’t want to miss! The birthplace of Malaysia’s White Coffee, Ipoh has some of the best flavored and textured food in Malaysia; from the famed Ipoh White Coffee, to a tangy bowl of Asam Laksa and also the silkiest Caramel Custard you’ll ever taste. As cliche as it sounds, to immerse yourself in its rich past, you have to try the foods Ipoh prides itself on; with some recipes having been around since before this nation’s independence (60 years ago)!
Here are the 17 best street foods in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia!
1. Ipoh White Coffee at Sin Yoon Loong
Known for many things, Ipoh is synonymous to White Coffee! Head on Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong in old town Ipoh for an authentic rich and aromatic cup of this prized drink; locals enjoy theirs with an order of Danzhi (hot toast topped with creamy soft boiled egg)! Established in 1937, this humble cafe has been caffeinating Malaysian blood for over 80 years!
Sin Yoon Loong
Address: 15 A, Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6.30 am – 5.30 pm
Contact: +60 52414601
Website: Sin Yoon Loong
2. Egg Tart and Muah Chee at Nam Heong White Coffee Shop
Nam Heong is the most popular coffee shop in Ipoh (with its franchise Old Town White Coffee found all over Malaysia), however the coffee here is known to be milder tasting than Sin Yoon Loong. Come for some great freshly baked egg tarts and a serving of Muah Chee, chewy glutinous rice balls coated with crunchy peanut crumbles and sugar!
Nam Heong White Coffee Shop
Address: 2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6.30 am - 10.30 pm
Contact: +60 125888766
3. Chee Cheong Fun at Canning Garden
A popular street food, brought in by Chinese immigrants from the 19th century, Chee Cheong Fun comprises of steamed rice rolls served with dark rich soy sauce. However, you can find a variation of this dish all over Malaysia. In Ipoh, Canning Garden has the best version of the dish! Their silky smooth rice noodles here are ladled with sweet red sauce with a touch of soy and shallot oil, garnished with fried shallots, sesame seeds and pickled green chillies! A harmonious burst of flavour in your mouth, you’d want two servings on your visit!
It does get sold out quickly, visit this shop early to taste this dish, especially on the weekends!
Kedai Makanan Canning Garden
Address: Ipoh Town 27, Lorong Cecil Rae, Taman Canning, Ipoh Garden, 31400, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Opens morning, until sold-out (before noon)
4. Hakka Mee at Paris Restaurant
A staple Malaysian cuisine, Hakka noodles are made up of springy smooth egg noodles, a topping of minced meat (usually pork) with a generous amount of fresh scallions or leafy greens (usually Chinese Kale), served with clear fishball/wantan soup. Paris Restaurant (two corner shop lots along Jalan Sultan Iskandar a.k.a Hugh Low Street) is known to have the best tasting version of this dish!
Address: 190, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 7.00 am – 11.30 am
5. Asam Laksa at Dai Shu Geok
A personal favorite of mine, Assam Laksa is beloved (and well sought after) by Malaysians and tourists alike! An addictive dish, especially for its tangy, spicy and sour fish broth, made with a base of Tamarind (Asam Jawa) juice, ginger flower, asam keping, and laksa leaves (Daun kesom). It’s served with thick noodles, with garnishes of cucumber, pineapples, sliced onions, mint and a slice of lime. Optional but recommended: a spoonful of prawn paste. A bowl of Assam Laksa at Dai Shu Geok never disappoints!
Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot)
Address: Jalan King, Off Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 31650 Ipoh, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Contact: +60 125245408
6. Curry Mee at Restoran Xin Quan Fang
Another popular noodle dish in Malaysia, Curry Mee is a dish of noodles drowned in creamy coconut milk broth served with thick cuts of roasted pork, slices of BBQ pork (char siew), shredded chicken, shrimps and beansprouts. The sight and smell of this dish alone will have you salivating!
Restoran Xin Quan Fang
Address: 174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 7.30 am – 1.00 pm
Contact: +60 165314193
7. Chicken Rice at Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong
If there’s one thing Malaysians don’t get sick of, it’s chicken rice. You’ll find most Malaysians would have this dish 3 - 4 times a week! A simple dish packed with flavor, the name is literal to its composition: boiled rice served with roasted or poached chicken with a side of cucumber, garlic, chili dipping sauce and clear soup. Also popular at Pak Kong, try their finger lickin’ Char Siew (BBQ caramelized pork), Siew Yoke (crispy roasted pork) or roasted duck!
Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong
Address: 27, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 4.00 pm
Contact: +60 125886618
8. Bean Sprout Chicken at Restoran Onn Kee
While this is also a chicken rice dish, Restoran Onn Kee is especially notable for their fat and juicy bean sprout chicken! It is said the water of the land yields the best tasting, fattest and juiciest bean sprouts! So this is an alternative restaurant for some delicious Ipoh Chicken Rice!
Restoran Onn Kee
Address: 48, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, ipoh, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 2.00 am
Contact: +60 195646161
9. Dim Sum at Foh San
A variety of flavors and textures, Dim Sum is not one dish, but a selection of bite-sized dumplings, breads and pastries served in stacks of steaming bamboo baskets. Locals love to frequent Foh San along Jalan Leong Sin Nam for this 19th century Chinese Delicacy. Foh San tends to be a little bit hectic during peak hours, so do come as early as you can for a smooth service and fresh dim sum!
Address: 51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6.30 am – 2.30 pm
Contact: +60 52540308
10. Fried Noodles at Tuck Kee
The fried noodles at Tuck Kee Restaurant are second to none! Having served this dish for more than 50 years, you can bet this restaurant never fails to serve consistent delicious fried noodles for locals and tourist alike! Visiting here, you definitely have to order the signature dish of springy Hokkien ‘Dai Loke Meen’ (big fat) noodles, stir fried with rich brown gravy, lightly charred shrimps and crisp vegetables and also their Wan Tan Hor, golden brown fried Kuay Teow, topped with a golden yolk!
Address: 61, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6.00 pm – 12.00 am (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: +60 52537513
11. Pork & Chicken Satay at Kong Heng
Another Malaysian favourite, Satays are skewers of meat, grilled over charcoal, and eaten with rich peanut sauce!
Address: 74, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10 am – 4 pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: +60 122272745
12. Kaya Puffs at Sin Eng Heong
Baking a variety of traditional biscuits since 1961, Sin Eng Heong is most notable for selling Ipoh’s best Kaya Puff! A sensational delight, bite down on its golden flaky hand-made crust, to reveal the most delicious oozing Coconut Jam filling. Made fresh daily, expect long queues even as the shop is just opening. But the wait for this decadent pastry is definitely worth while!
Sin Eng Heong
Address: 64, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakry, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Contact: +60 52439659
13. Tau Fu Fah at Funny Mountain
A must-visit every time you visit Ipoh, Funny Mountain has the best-extremely-soft-silky-melt-in-your-mouth Tau Fu Fah that all Malaysians crave! Known for the finest soy bean produce, you can see cars parking and flocks of customer sitting by the roadside enjoying their bowl of Tau Fu Fah and their cold glass of fresh pressed soy bean drink!
Funny Mountain Soya Bean
Address: 49, Jalan Theatre, Ipoh, 30300, Ipoh, Perak, 30300, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.30 am – 6.00 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: +60 125161607
14. Caramel Egg Custard at Thean Chun
One of the most Instagrammed foods in Ipoh, Thean Chun has perfected the smooth and rich texture of Caramel Egg Custard, and also has a delicate balance between the sweetness of the custard and the bitterness of the caramel, which makes it a very palatable dessert!
Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm (Closed on Thursdays)
Contact: +60 52553076
15. Ayam goreng merah at Nasi Kandar
Although the official name is Perniagaan Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah, it is dotingly called Nasi Ganja. Now, ‘ganja’ in the local language means weed, but fret not, nothing at this stall is made of weed or anything related. The food here is so addictive that the desirability is compared to that of ganja. Once you beat the queue, seat yourself and quickly place the order for ayam goreng merah (classic spicy red chicken) and the homemade mint sauce. You can either get your order served separately or on rice drowned in chicken gravy. The latter is a rage!
Address: 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
Website: Nasi Kandar
Opening hours: 9:30 am – 6 pm
16. Unique dining at Jeff's Cellar in a cave
Fancy having a meal in a cave? Consider heading over to Jeff’s cellar where all the ingredients used for their meals are freshly sourced. Enjoy a wagyu striploin, or perhaps a set menu that comes with sides of caviar, lobster, and a scrumptious dessert. Do note that as. this is a popular dining site with limited tables, bookings are essential. Located inside Banjaran Hot Spring Retreat in Ipoh, consider this place a must-visit with friends and family.
Address: No 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3 | Sunway City Ipoh, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh 31150, Malaysia
Telephone +60 5-210 7777
Website: Jeff’s Cellar
17. Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant
For those seeking both quality and portions in their meals, head over to the Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant. With great quality and huge portions, the restaurant is usually filled to the brim - so bookings are definitely required if you do intend to make a visit with friends and family. The restaurant offers an array of delicacies, including local cuisine, Chinese food, Asian, and Malaysian dishes. One of the most popular dishes is the Soy Fried Big Head Prawns. Other tasty treats on the menu include grilled prawns and steamed fish. You can also try the duck in lettuce leaves. Starters include delicacies like fried pomfret fish, abalone and scallops. The large restaurant often caters to company events and weddings, should you intend to book the place for a function.
Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant
Address: No. G 57-65 Jalan Verasamy, Ipoh 30300, Malaysia
** Telephone**: +60 5-241 0306
Website: Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant
Malaysia truly Asia
Malaysia is definitely the place to visit to taste a variety of delicious, flavorful dishes! Coming to our 60th year of independence this August, the harmonious layering and influences of cultural flavors in our prized dishes has blossomed our food culture to being Asia’s best and most diverse! Your taste buds will never get bored traveling from state to state (check out the food trails Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Malacca and Penang ).
As our saying goes, Malaysia truly Asia!
FAQ's about things to do in Ipoh
1. What food is Ipoh famous for?
Ipoh is known for its white coffee, however, it is also known for some iconic dishes such as nga choi kai, white coffee, hakka mee, chicken ho fun, tau fu fa, wanton mee, popiah and yong tau foo.
2. What is Ipoh known for?
Ipoh is known for its colonial charm, quirky museums, secret street art and the home of Malaysia’s oldest cave art located in Tambun Cave.
3. What is there to do in Ipoh at night?
Some of the best things you can do at night in Ipoh are sightseeing from rooftop bars, partying at Brick & Barrels, visiting Heritage Buildings and parks, shopping at Gerbang Malam Night Market, and exploring MAPS Perak amusement park.
4. What can I do in Ipoh?
Some of the best activities you can do in Ipoh are learning the Hakka culture at Han Chin Pet Soo Museum, exploring the street art in Oldtown Ipoh, strolling on Ipoh Heritage Trail and Railway Station, taking a trip to Gaharu Tea Valley, shopping on Memory Lane, spelunking at Gua Tempurung and wandering around D.R. Sennivasagam Park.
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