Keen foodies will even make the journey from as far as Singapore to Ipoh just to try the best food in Ipoh!
Use this list so you don’t miss out on any of the best Ipoh food while you are here!
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Can’t eat meat? We also have recommendations for vegetarian restaurants in Ipoh!
List of Ipoh Famous Food
- Taugeh (Beansprout) Chicken Rice
- Ipoh White Coffee
- Hakka Mee
- Gai Se Hor Fun
- Caramel Egg Custard
- Curry Mee
- Tau Fu Fa
- Wantan Mee
- Assam Laksa
- Tambun Pomelo
- Snow Beer
- Salted Chicken by Aun Kheng Lim
- Chee Cheong Fun
- Yong Tau Foo
- Restoran New Hollywood
- Tong Sui Kai
- Medan Selera Stadium Perak
- Restoran Tuck Kee
If you’re looking for somewhere cool to escape the heat, you might want to check out this list on Ipoh cafes.
1. Taugeh (Beansprout) Chicken Rice
Of course, we have to start this list with nga choi kai (Cantonese for tauge chicken)!
Try and ask a local where the best taugeh chicken rice is in Ipoh. This will probably lead to a debate though!
I personally think my mum’s one is the best but she’s not selling hers to the masses so you have these options:
1.1. Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant
Many Ipoh-rians swear by this one!
They have very limited opening hours though:
3 to 4 days of the week (not fixed)! And only in the evening!
Expect a crowd (of tourists and locals alike) to quickly appear!
1.2. Lou Wong
This is the tauge chicken restaurant that features in all the food blogs on Ipoh!
They have indoor and outdoor seating and open during the night as well.
What about the taste? Pretty yummy with fat juicy beansprouts! And just a tad oily.
1.3. Ong Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Restaurant
Their nga choy kai (steam chicken; order with bean sprouts) is on the saltier side but they use free range chickens!
If you want more options:
1.4. Restaurant Sam Ma
Almost always crowded because of its affordable and delicious chicken rice served with a refreshing ginger paste!
Try their fragrant garlic rice too!
1.5. Yoon Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken
Stall number 23 at Ipoh Stadium has a reputation for its juicy chicken! You won’t find as many tourists here!
Only open for dinner and you can get kai si hor fun here too!
1.6. Restaurant Ayam Tauke (文冬口芽菜鸡)
Reasonably priced for the serving size you get:
The chicken and beansprouts are good! Hence, Restaurant Ayam Tauke (文冬口芽菜鸡) has its own following of regular patrons!
1.7. Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong
Prepare for slow service (even slower since they started takeaways) here but everything from the crispy pork to the chicken drenched in soy sauce is absolutely worth it!
Other side dishes you can order include Nyonya acar (a spicy kind of salad) and petai (local beans with a peculiar smell).
They also have a spicy dish of preserved vege with vinegar!
2. Ipoh White Coffee
Another controversial topic to engage in with locals:
Here are a few spots you can try a cup of this quintessential Ipoh staple:
You can spot locals at these places as early as 7am!
2.1. Sin Yoon Loong
They have good Dan Chi (soft-boiled eggs on toast) too! That’s about it besides average wantan mee and chee cheong fun!
2.2. Nam Heong White Coffee
Try their egg tarts and Muah Chee while you are there!
More options for Ipoh white coffee.
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3. Hakka Mee
You can find this simple noodle dish made with soy sauce and topped with succulent minced pork (and sometimes, beansprouts) almost anywhere in Ipoh.
Order some side dishes (like yong tau foo) to go with your noodles!
Here are a few spots worth trying:
3.1. Paris Restaurant
This long-serving Hakka mee stall at this restaurant incidentally serves one of the best Hakka mee in town!
It’s only open in the morning!
3.2. Restoran Cathay
Hainanese chicken chop and other staple fried noodles like mee hoon can be ordered here!
Note: The Hakka noodles sell out around 9am!
If you want Hakka mee for dinner:
3.3. Pusat Makanan MXII (美食啤酒屋)
This eatery is opposite Majestic Condominum.
3.4. Kedai Makanan Dan Minuman Sri Mahkota
Be prepared to wait for a table and the food!
Go early to avoid the crowd that comes in the moment the place is open!
Fish balls are made fresh every day and the yong tau foo selection and beef noodle soup are pretty good too!
4. Chicken Ho Fun (Gai Se Hor Fun)
A bowl of chicken and prawn shell soup topped with prawn oil. Typically filled with pieces of shredded chicken, a few prawns and hor fun noodles.
With some chopped scallion as garnish!
4.1. Restoran Thean Chun
My personal favorite is the one from Thean Chun:
The queue is quite terrible on public holidays and weekends though!
There is great pork & chicken satay here too!
For dessert, make sure you order the caramel custard!
4.2. Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant
Second appearance in this post:
Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant also serves hearty bowl of gai se hor fun with strong chicken flavor!
Come early if you want more soup!
4.3. Loke Wooi Kee Cafe (乐会居茶室)
Unlike the first two places, it’s easier to get a table (and parking) over here:
The gai se hor fun here is delicious too!
It can be quite stuffy in the restaurant so you can opt for the nostalgic ice cream float!
4.4. Restoran Pulau Sembilan
An airy establishment with lots of good food like mee jawa, fresh seafood, nasi lemak and gai se hor fun!
The broth for the gai se hor fun is very tasty and the only shame is that they’re not very generous with it!
Come early before 10am or it usually sells out by 11am!
4.5. Moon De Moon
Here’s another bustling restaurant famous for its curry mee and flavorful and sweet gai se hor fun – queues and a long waiting time are unavoidable!
Both can sell out by 11am!
5. Caramel Egg Custard
A sweet dessert of jelly-like texture that is can be found in kopitiams and hawker centers around Ipoh.
5.1. Restoran Thean Chun
Happens to be home to Ipoh’s must-try gai se hor fun!
5.2. Sin Yoon Loong
Have your breakfast here if you can! There’s good Ipoh white coffee here~
6. Curry Mee
Quite self-explanatory. These are noodles eaten with tasty curry sauce. You can have them in soup or dry form.
6.1. Yee Fatt Dry Curry Noodles
The fabulous dry curry noodles here are worth the trouble of parking! Crowds are present at both breakfast and lunch!
You can try the soup version of the curry noodles here as well!
6.2. Restoran Xin Quan Fang
Packed in the mornings with people who want a taste of the curry noodles. And potent curry sauce (less coconut milk) for breakfast!
With ingredients (either on the side or on top) like shrimps, braised pork, char siew, poached chicken, etc!
Slow service is normal here and there’s not much else to eat here besides the curry noodles, unfortunately!
6.3. Restaurant Moon De Moon
Your first reason to come here might be the gai se hor fun, but this restaurant is just as popular for its curry mee!
Some patience is required if you want to dine here due to long waiting times!
See more places to find Ipoh curry mee.
7. Dim Sum
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to where to have best dim sum in Ipoh!
Many of these open early in the morning and so you have less to choose from if you come around lunchtime:
Foh San and Ming Court are the most well-known and they’re actually across from each other!
But there is a tonne of other worthy dim sum restaurants in Ipoh!
7.1. Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
Go as early as you can to avoid the long queues during public holidays and weekends. You may even have to share a table with strangers.
Don’t know what to order? Try the siew mai, chee cheong fun, porridge, and loh mai kai for a start!
7.2. Restaurant Foh San
There some mixed opinions concerning this dim sum restaurant.
On the whole, expect average dim sum but a very comfortable and spacious environment!
8. Tau Fu Fa
Another dessert you can try in Ipoh:
With a block of silky tau fu (tofu or beancurd) sitting in either white or brown sugar syrup.
You can eat it cold or warm.
Which is more delicious than it sounds! Some creative variations feature mango, ginger or even durian!
8.1. Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd
That ridiculously long line of customers will have you wondering if the tau fu fa here is extraordinary!
While the tofu is incredibly smooth, it’s quite a small serving and the syrup water is limited to cane sugar. A classic flavor, to be sure.
The remarkable thing is their efficient drive-through service!
Don’t worry if you can’t get a taste of this one! There’s plenty other places to try tau fu fa in Ipoh!
8.2. Woong Kee Bean Curd Bercham Ipoh
This roadside stall has been around for 30 years! The father has since passed the business to his son.
The tau fu fa here is smooth with aromatic ginger syrup to go with it! Besides tau fu fa, they sell fresh black soya bean milk as well.
8.3. Big Mom Beancurd
If you like your tou fu fa served hot, this is a good place to get it!
Get the toufu with or without toppings. Try the chrysanthemum sugar flavor for something unusual.
The queue is worth it for super smooth tou fu fa!
8.4. Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert
There’s usually a long queue here too and you may find their brown sugar tou fu fa has already sold out!
But no worries, they have other heat-quenching Malaysian desserts like cendol with jagung (corn)!
8.5. Concubine Lane Tau Fu Fa
You can get tau fu fa in an assortment of different flavors here in concubine lane Ipoh!
The tau fu fa here is not exceptional but the old-school setting is very quaint when it’s not crowded!
8.6. Tau Fu Fah @ Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1
Possibly the cheapest tau fu fa on this list!
The tau fu fa here has a slight ginger flavor and fragrance!
9. Wanton Mee
This is another Chinese noodle dish (also spelled as Wantan Mee) which is served in soup or dry form in Ipoh.
The dry version has black sauce and strips of char siew (pork slices).With a bowl of anchovy soup on the side that contains wantan dumplings and choy sum (green leafy vegetable).
For the soup version, the noodles just go into the soup (no black sauce). And there will not be any char siew.
The wantan dumplings may have pork or prawn as the filling. Some places deep fry the wantan dumplings.
Here’s where you can have some authentic wantan mee:
9.1. Cheong Kee Wan Tan Mee (文冬祥记云吞面)
The corner-house-turned shop has an interesting twist to its wantan mee:
Other than black sauce with homemade chewy egg noodles, there are beansprouts!
You don’t get char siew with this version either.
Go early and escape the dinner crowd!
9.2. Min Chee Wan Tan Mee (明珠雲吞麵) (No.36) @ Medan Selera Stadium
The father and son pair have been serving their loyal customers for many years!
Come here for authentic and spingy wantan mee! Order 1.5 serving.
At midday, it might feel pretty stuffy:
Thankfully, there’s the neighboring stall that serves ice kacang and other refreshing cold drinks!
9.3. Restoran YIN (燕姐雲吞麵屋)
Touted as one of the best wantan mee in Ipoh because of their homemade egg noodles and dumplings! Especially the sui kau!
A bonus? The restaurant has air-conditioning!
Cendol is a cold dessert best enjoyed in the heat of the day.
A mixture of brown sugar syrup and coconut milk (or evaporated milk) is poured over shaved ice in a bowl. Topped with green worm-like jellies and red beans.
The very best cendol use fresh coconut milk and gula melaka (palm sugar) instead of regular brown sugar.
10.1. Cendol Wawasan
There’s often a line (up to 30 minutes) at this roadside stall under the hot sun for a hefty bowl of this creamy cendol!
Generous helpings of coconut milk, gula malacca, cendol and the huge, soft red beans!
10.2. Deen CT Corner Cendol
Deen CT Corner Cendol is a tiny shop lot that specializes in cendol!
You can choose different toppings like corn (jagung in Malay) or have glutinous rice added to your bowl (ask for cendol pulut)!
Sit on one of the stools or stand and enjoy your bowl!
10.3. Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert
A variety of different local desserts can be found here including ice kacang, ABC ice cream and tau foo fa.
They have a good jagung cendol (cendol with corn) here!
10.4. Cendol Abang Kacak
Another successful roadside stall that sells authentic cendol is this one – they also serve cendol durian!
They have their own shop lot now! Conveniently next to the most famous nasi ganja restaurant in Ipoh! Which you can order from too, while you wait for your cendol!
PS: Abang Kacak means handsome brother in Malay. You will understand why if you see the muscular man who usually attends the stall.
11. Assam Laksa
Assam Laksa is a famous Penang street food. Ipoh’s version of Assam Laksa is quite different.
Try it for yourself at:
11.1. Dai Shu Geok “Big Tree Foot”
A go-to place for very inexpensive yong tau foo, the other reason is their savory laksa!
Why not have both?
By the way, the portion for the laksa is quite large.
11.2. 巴占路边 Penang Laksa
Open even at late lunch hours, this is outdoor dining so prepare for the heat!
They serve Penang-style laksa here!
11.3. Restoran Eatime 三轮车叻沙
Laksa (with lai fun noodles, prawn paste and mackerel fish stock) is the highlight at this family-run business!
You can also find the following dishes:
- curry mee
- pork raddish soup
- yong tau foo
11.4. Laksa Leaf Cafe
You can get different versions of laksa in this house-turned-cafe:
- Fried-dry laksa – this is highly unusual. Try it for yourself!
- Nyonya laksa
- Assam laksa
Pair the laksa with their cendol! For want of something else, they have nasi lemak too.
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12. Tambun Pomelo
This citrus fruit is seasonal and there are two varieties – the red (bitter/ sour) or white (bitter/ sweet).
The main season is during CNY. They are related and look similar to a grapefruit so if you’re allergic, you might want to skip these!
Ipoh is famous for them (especially in the Tambun area) because water from the surrounding limestone hills gives the soil plenty of nutrients that pomelos like!
Frequent rain also makes them really juicy!
You can tour a plantation and buy pomelos at Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park
13. Snow Beer
What is snow beer? This is actually a way of serving beer.
The glasses are chilled in a freezer. And this makes the beer appear to taste less bitter and the texture of the foam is smoother but still frothy.
13.1. Kafe Yoon Wah (元华饮食阁雪花啤酒)
Order snacks or dishes (like braised octopus and pork intestines) to go with your beer here close to Concubine Lane!
Seating is at the sidewalk in the open air.
Prices are high in this touristy part of town.
13.2. Fei Bo Snow Beer
Similar to the above establishment but in another nightlife area of Ipoh – Ipoh Garden East!
Tasty Chinese-style dishes are on the menu here as well. They have salt baked chicken and this fascinating curry bread combo!
You can sit inside or outside (by the road) to enjoy your nice cool glass of beer!
They’ll change your glass for you if you ask!
14. Salted Chicken by Aun Kheng Lim
This is a convenient dish for Ipoh visitors to take home to eat for dinner later.
The chicken is baked after being marinated with goji berries, salt, rice wine, ginger and other Chinese herbs.
You can typically choose the original or herbal flavor (for a stronger taste!).
See 8 other places to find Ipoh salt baked chicken.
15. Chee Cheong Fun
There are quite a lot of different ways to serve this dish:
The flat white noodles are often served with soy sauce, chopped char siew (pork) or prawn meat sprinkled with deep fried onions. This is known as Hong Kong style.
Most dim sum places serve Hong Kong style chee cheong fun.
But most of the notable stalls in Ipoh serve this dish local style:
With curry sauce, mushroom sauce or plum sauce.
15.1. Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun
30 years old and counting, this family-run business has many sauces to go with their deliciously thick chee cheong fun:
- Sweet red sauce
- Hot chili sauce
- Savory mushroom sauce
You can have toppings like curry pig skin and fishcake too!
15.2. Pasir Pinji Chee Cheong Fun
Located in an inconspicuous village area:
Regular chee cheong fun enhanced with green chili, dried shrimps, fried shallots, a dash of oil and soy sauce!
Usually sold out by 2pm!
You have to be early to get the fast-selling smooth chee cheong fun with a tasty sauce here!
They can also serve it with curry pig skin, dried prawns and crispy beancurd bits!
16. Yong Tau Foo
This is not just one dish – Rather, these are an assortment of different combinations of meat paste stuffed into tofu or vegetables like okra or eggplant.
They are of Hakka origin and may be prepared either by steaming or by deep frying in oil.
Yong Tau Foo is typically presented in a self-serve manner at a hawker store. So customers just grab a bowl and pick out which ones they want and how many.
The last step in the “assembly line” would be the noodles – which type do you want?
And how do you want your noodles? In soup or with some black sauce (aka the dry version)?
You pay the vendor and you’re all set to enjoy your customized meal!
16.1. Restaurant Moon De Moon
By now, Moon De Moon doesn’t need any more introductions:
Their curry mee and gai se hor fun pulls crowds daily!
The cherry on top is their yong tau foo!
16.2. Dai Shu Geok “Big Tree Foot”
Besides their laksa, there is their wonderful assortment of sinful yong tau foo!
There’re two ways to serve popiah. With a side dish or chili sauce. And steamed or deep-fried!
What is popiah?
This is something like the Vietnamese spring roll using a combination of these ingredients:
- small shrimp
- sweet sauce or Hoisin sauce
17.1. Aneka Selera Restoran Kam Wan (冬菇亭美食中心)
A stall called Bi Bi popiah at Aneka Selera Restoran Kam Wan is said to have the best popiah in the city!
With a long queue to prove it!
17.2. Restoran Yee Lock
You can get another excellent popiah here in the evening! Similar to the Canning Garden popiah!
18. Restoran New Hollywood (新好来活茶餐室)
You can already see a crowd at this restaurant in the morning (~9.30am). That’s how popular it is!
Why? It’s cheap with a huge variety of tasty food (mostly Chinese dishes) that is also halal!
- Telur goyang with roti bakar (or just roti goyang)
- Lamb curry mee
- Nasi lemak
- Char kuay teow
- Pan mee
- Chee cheong fun
19. Tong Sui Kai (糖水街)
A dessert street in Ipoh? Exactly.
Stalls here open in the evening and serve snacks and desserts like:
- rojak (Malaysian style salad made of different raw fruits with some sauce or seasoning on top)
- boiled cockles
- steamed buns
You can have your dinner here too since there are some noodle stalls (wanton mee is not too bad).
But more importantly, this is where you can get mixed fruits ABC ice kacang!
- Mixed fruit ABC ice kacang (Stall 27)
- 威威雲吞麵44 for the curry noodles & wan ton mee
- Cheong Kee beef noodles
- Boiled cockles
- Rojak (Stall 28)
By the way, if you don’t have time to go to this place, you can try the ABC ice cream sold at:
Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert (24, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakry, Ipoh Town, 30300 Ipoh, Perak)
20. Medan Selera Stadium Perak
Renovated in September 2018, the food court at Ipoh Stadium has a lot of popular hawker stalls:
Locals love to come here for supper! Prices are a little higher than elsewhere in Ipoh though.
- Fai Kee Noodles – Fish head noodles! (No.43)
- Min Chee Wan Tan Mee (明珠雲吞麵) – Wan tan mee! (No.36)
- Sri Asoka Corner – Banana leaf rice
- Penang Fried Kuetiau – Char kuay teow (opens at night)
- Mee Goreng & Minuman Seng Loong – Char kuay teow
21. Restoran Tuck Kee
It can be confusing because there is another restaurant with a similar name to this one! Be wary of that!
Expect to have to wait for your food or a table! As this old-school restaurant is very popular for its affordable and mouth-watering dishes!
- Wat tan hor (Cantonese-style fried noodles with silky egg sauce)
- Moonlight hor fun
- Boiled octopus
- Braised chicken feet
- Fried yee mee
- Fried bee hoon
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How To Get To All Those Delicious Food Stalls From Singapore, Kuala Lumpur Or Penang:
1. Singapore To Ipoh
- If you drive up to Ipoh, this can take 7-10 hours
- Taking the bus or train is not any quicker than driving
- The easiest way is to fly into Ipoh. About an hour’s flight.
- Of course, you can drive up to Ipoh. ~2.5 hours with no heavy traffic.
- Or you can take the ETS train to Ipoh Railway Station (6 trips daily, 2 hours 45 minutes one-way).
- Take a bus to Ipoh (Ipoh AmanJaya).
- ~2 hour drive down to Ipoh so this is a convenient option if you have your own car.
- You can also take the ETS train from Butterworth (up to 6 trips daily,~1 hours 40 minutes one-way) to Ipoh Railway Station
- Take a bus to Ipoh (Ipoh AmanJaya).
For getting around Ipoh (assuming you don’t have a car):
- City public bus – the cheapest option. Cannot get off wherever you want. The bus is not always on time!
- Taxi or Grab
- Car rental. A standard 5-seater car costs RM150+ per day (~SGD $50) to rent. You’ll also have to deal with finding parking and driving in an unfamiliar place.
- Book a private tour.
It’s actually more worth your time (and money) to hire a Ipoh private tour as this comes complete with transport and a personal guide for one day or more days.
Either customize the itinerary or just sit back and enjoy the pre-planned itinerary!
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Yes, this list on the best Ipoh food could have been much longer but we will leave it as it is for now.
Tip: We usually list the most touristy places first followed by the local “hidden” spots!