Best Ipoh Food (Must-Try) - Famous Food In Ipoh

For many, stopping at Ipoh is a must to sample some of Ipoh’s famous food and Ipoh biscuits!

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!

What else is there to do in Ipoh? Here are some interesting places in Ipoh!

Can’t eat meat? We also have recommendations for vegetarian restaurants in Ipoh!

Note: opening hours might be different due to the pandemic.

List of Ipoh Famous Food

  1. Taugeh (Beansprout) Chicken Rice
  2. Ipoh White Coffee
  3. Hakka Mee
  4. Gai Se Hor Fun
  5. Caramel Egg Custard
  6. Curry Mee
  7. Dimsum
  8. Tau Fu Fa
  9. Kaya Puff @ Sin Eng Heong
  10. Peanut Candy @ Sin Weng Fai
  11. Wantan Mee
  12. Cendol
  13. Assam Laksa
  14. Tambun Pomelo
  15. Snow Beer
  16. Salted Chicken by Aun Kheng Lim
  17. Chee Cheong Fun
  18. Yong Tau Foo
  19. Popiah
  20. Restoran New Hollywood
  21. Tong Sui Kai
  22. Medan Selera Stadium Perak
  23. Restoran Tuck Kee
  24. Claypot Chicken Rice @K10
  25. Nasi Ganja

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)!

Ipoh is famous for Tauge ayam (beansprout chicken) or Nga Choi Kai
Ipoh is famous for Tauge ayam (beansprout chicken) or Nga Choi Kai.

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:

Touristy options:

1.1. Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant

Many Ipoh-rians swear by this one!

Front Of Cowan Street Ayam Tauge And Koitiau Restaurant
Front Of Cowan Street Ayam Tauge And Koitiau Restaurant – Photo by Travelswithsun

They have very limited opening hours though:

3 to 4 days of the week (not fixed)! And only in the evening, Moreover, expect a crowd (of tourists and locals alike) to quickly appear!

Food At Cowan Street Ayam Tauge And Koitiau Restaurant
Food At Cowan Street Ayam Tauge And Koitiau Restaurant – Photo by Travelswithsun

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant also serves hearty bowl of gai se hor fun with strong chicken flavor!

Read about our experience at Ipoh Cowan Street Chicken Rice Restaurant.

Address: 44, Jalan Raja Ekram, Kampung Jawa, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Wednesday – Closed
Thursday to Sunday – 6pm to 12pm

Contact: +6012-520 3322

Remark: Hor fun (flat white rice noodles) is served with the chicken instead of rice!

1.2. Lou Wong

This is the tauge chicken restaurant that features in all the food blogs on Ipoh!

Ipoh Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Restaurant
Ipoh Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Restaurant

They have indoor and outdoor seating and open during the night as well.

Note: Parking is a problem during public holiday! 

What about the taste? Pretty yummy with fat juicy beansprouts though it is just a tad oily.

Address: 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 10:30am to 12am

Contact: +605-254 4199

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!

安记芽菜鸡沙河粉 Restoran Tauge Ayam Ong Kee
安记芽菜鸡沙河粉 Restoran Tauge Ayam Ong Kee – photo credits to wooichinlim (Instagram)

But did you know that Ong Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Restaurant offers food delivery in Ipoh too? Via GrabFood!

Address: 48, Jalan Yau Tet Shin Taman Jubilee 30000, Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 10am to 12am

Contact: +605-253 1562

More options for the best taugeh chicken rice is in Ipoh.

2. Ipoh White Coffee

Another controversial topic to engage in with locals:

Coffee enthusiasts must try Ipoh white coffee at least once
Coffee enthusiasts must try Ipoh white coffee at least once.

Here are a few spots you can try a cup of this quintessential Ipoh staple:

You can usually spot locals at these places as early as 7am.

2.1. Sin Yoon Loong

Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong At Ipoh Old Town
Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong At Ipoh Old Town – Photo by Travelswithsun

They have good Dan Chi (soft-boiled eggs on toast) too! That’s about it besides Ipoh-average wantan mee and chee cheong fun.

Address: 15a, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 6am to 5:30pm (They close earlier on Sundays at 1pm!)

Contact: +605-241 4601

2.2. Nam Heong White Coffee

Nam Heong White Coffee Shop At Ipoh Old Town
Nam Heong White Coffee Shop At Ipoh Old Town – Photo by Travelswithsun

Try their egg tarts and Muah Chee while you are there!

Egg Tart And Dim Sum At Ipoh Nam Heong White Coffee
Egg Tart And Dim Sum At Ipoh Nam Heong White Coffee – Photo by Travelswithsun

Want to see what else is worth trying at Nam Heong White Coffee Shop?

Address: 2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 6am to 5pm

Contact: +6012-588 8766

More options for Ipoh white coffee.

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.

Delicious Hakka mee can be found around Ipoh
Delicious Hakka mee can be found around 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!

Hakka Mee At Paris Restaurant, Ipoh
Hakka Mee At Paris Restaurant, Ipoh – Photo by Travelswithsun

It’s only open in the morning!

Address: 190, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 11:30am

3.2. Restoran Cathay

Hakka Mee at Restoran Cathay
Hakka Mee at Restoran Cathay – Photo by Travelswithsun

Hainanese chicken chop and other staple fried noodles like mee hoon can be ordered here!

Address: A17, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 7:30am to 4pm (Closed on Friday & Saturday)

Contact: +605-241 9414

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 although I have not come across any terrible gai se hor fun in Ipoh. The good ones will have a more notable prawn flavor.

Ipoh Thean Chun Coffee Shop
Ipoh Thean Chun Coffee Shop – Photo by Travelswithsun

Note: Many gai se hor fun stalls in Ipoh get their noodles from the same supplier so the texture is more or less the same from stall to stall

But beware, the queue is quite terrible on public holidays and weekends though!

Typical Dishes To Order At Ipoh Thean Chun Coffee Shop
Typical Dishes To Order At Ipoh Thean Chun Coffee Shop

There is great pork & chicken satay here too and for dessert, make sure you order the caramel custard!

See what else is worth ordering at Ipoh Thean Chun Restaurant.

Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Contact: +605-255 3076

4.2. 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!

Kai Se Hor Fan At Loke Wooi Kee Café
Kai Se Hor Fan At Loke Wooi Kee Café – Photo by Travelswithsun

It can be quite stuffy in the restaurant so you can opt for the nostalgic ice cream float!

Address: 26, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakry, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +605-254 0217

Remark: Beef soup, apam balik (大块面) and hor hee is good too!

4.3. Restoran Pulau Sembilan

An airy establishment with lots of good food like mee jawa, fresh seafood, nasi lemak and gai se hor fun!

Restoran Pulau Sembilan gai se hor fun
Restoran Pulau Sembilan gai se hor fun – photo credits to triciafoodie (Instagram)

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!

Address: 2, Jalan Bunga Raya 5, Taman Boon Bak, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 6am to 4pm

Contact: +6016-563 5618

4.4. Moon De Moon

Restaurant Moon De Moon at Ipoh
Restaurant Moon De Moon at Ipoh – Photo by Travelswithsun

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!

Gai Se Hor Fun at Restaurant Moon De Moon
Gai Se Hor Fun at Restaurant Moon De Moon – Photo by Travelswithsun

Your first reason to come to Moon De Moon might be the gai se hor fun, but this restaurant is just as popular for its curry mee!

Dry Curry Noodles at Restaurant Moon De Moon
Dry Curry Noodles at Restaurant Moon De Moon – Photo by Travelswithsun

Again, some patience is required if you want to dine here due to long waiting times!

Address: 148, Hala Wah Keong, Taman Mirindi, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7:30am to 1pm (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Contact: +6012-516 0485

5. Caramel Egg Custard

A sweet dessert of jelly-like texture that is can be found in kopitiams and hawker centers around Ipoh:

  1. Restoran Thean Chun
  2. Sin Yoon Loong
Caramel egg custard can be ordered from some food courts and restaurants around Ipoh
Caramel egg custard can be ordered from some food courts and restaurants around Ipoh.

6. Curry Mee

Quite self-explanatory. These are noodles eaten with tasty curry sauce. You can have them in soup or dry form.

Famous Ipoh Curry Mee
Delicious curry mee at Ipoh

6.1. Yee Fatt Dry Curry Noodles

The fabulous dry curry noodles here are worth the trouble of parking! And thus, crowds are present at both breakfast and lunch.

You can try the soup version of the curry noodles here as well.

Address: 39, Jalan Kampar, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 7:30am to 3pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +605-242 1043

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!

PS: Some would say that the lady boss is rude and stingy with portions. The prices here are considered high for Ipoh standards

Address: 174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 7:30am to 12pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +6016-531 4193

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!

There are a great many dimsum shops in Ipoh including halal ones - see a list of Best Ipoh Food on www.travelswithsun.com
There are a great many dimsum shops in Ipoh including halal ones.

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!

Another popular dim sum restaurant in Ipoh is Chooi Yue Dim Sum 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!

Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum – photo credits to itravelforeat (Instagram)

Address: 36, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 6am to 1:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 6am–2pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Contact: +605-255 7134

Remark: Small portions; fresh ingredients

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!

Dining Environment At Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant In Ipoh
Dining Environment At Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant In Ipoh

See our opinion of Foh San Restaurant In Ipoh.

Address: 51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 2:30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +605-254 0308

7.3. Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum Ipoh

If there’s heavy congestion in Ipoh Garden South in the daytime, you can bet that Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum Ipoh is open for business.

Assorted Dim Sum At Chooi Yue Dimsum Restaurant
Assorted Dim Sum At Chooi Yue Dimsum Restaurant

Even if you hope to beat the crowds by coming just when they open, many of the dishes aren’t ready until 8am.

When the crowd does arrive, the wait for an available table (via a number queuing system) can take more than an hour.

However, the dim sum delicious and affordable. It’s also not often that you see a dim sum restaurant with white coffee!

See what else should you know about Chooi Yue Dim Sum Restaurant.

Address: 2, 4 & 6, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 12, Taman Ipoh Selatan, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am–1pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Contact: +60165345965

See other worthy dim sum restaurants in Ipoh!

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.

Tau fu fa consists of tofu and sugar water and can be served in a number of ways in Ipoh
Tau Fu Fa consists of tofu and sugar water and can be served in a number of ways in Ipoh.

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!

Funny Mountain Soya Bean & Tau Fu Fah
Funny Mountain Soya Bean & Tau Fu Fah – photo credits to wandereatss (Instagram)

Don’t worry if you can’t get a taste of this one!

Address: 50, Jalan Mustapa Al-bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 10:30am to 7:30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +6012-516 1607

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.

Woong Kee Tau Fu Fa
Woong Kee Tau Fu Fa – photo credits to silviaheng (Instagram)

PS: They have a branch in Ipoh new town too. And the tau fu fa just as wonderful.

Address: 291, Jalan Bercham, Taman Desa Kencana, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 11:30am–6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +6012-517 7452

8.3. Big Mom Beancurd

Big Mom Beancurd 靓妈豆花店
Big Mom Beancurd 靓妈豆花店 – photo credits to cheryltyy (Instagram)

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.

Big Mom Beancurd 靓妈豆花店
Big Mom Beancurd 靓妈豆花店 – photo credits to joeycafe (Instagram)

The queue is worth it for super smooth tou fu fa!

Address: 24, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30250 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 12pm to 6pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Contact: +6016-533 3210

8.4. Concubine Lane Tau Fu Fa

You can get tau fu fa in an assortment of different flavors here in concubine lane Ipoh!

Ding Feng Teow Chew Tau Fu Fa - 頂豐潮州豆腐花
Ding Feng Teow Chew Tau Fu Fa – 頂豐潮州豆腐花 – photo credits to pennythian (Instagram)

The tau fu fa here is not exceptional but the old-school setting is very quaint when it’s not crowded!

Address: 8, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 9am–5:30pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +6016-464 5208

There are more places to try tau fu fa in Ipoh!

9. Kaya Puff @ Sin Eng Heong

The frustrating queue for Sin Eng Heong kaya puffs is just as famous as the kaya puffs themselves. However, you might be able to skip most of the crowds by arriving at the shop at 9am.

Sin Eng Heong
Sin Eng Heong – photo credits to andreltt (Instagram)

Either way, you might still have to queue for at least 45 minutes (even on weekdays). 2 hours is not unheard of as people in the queue may also be buying for their friends.

Note: Always ask if they’ve sold out as they won’t tell you until you’ve reached your turn

And if you’re not here for the kaya puffs, you can still buy other pastries without having to join the queue.

But is the wait for the kaya puffs worth it? Yes, the freshly baked kaya puffs are exceptionally flaky and the kaya (coconut custard) is fragrant.

Address: 64, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 9:30am–7pm

Contact: +6052439659

10. Peanut Candy @ Sin Weng Fai

Because of how popular the peanut brittle/ peanut candy at Sin Weng Fai is, each customer can only get 5 packets (RM10/packet).

Shopfront of Sin Weng Fai Peanut Candy at Ipoh
Shopfront of Sin Weng Fai Peanut Candy at Ipoh – Photo by Travelswithsun

The insane queue can take 45 minutes to 1.5 hours including the time it takes for the staff to pack the freshly baked peanut candy.

PS: If you don’t see the infamous crowd that snakes outside the shop, the peanut candy isn’t ready yet! They only come out past 10am.

What’s so good about this peanut candy? It is crunchy but not hard, and tasty but not overly sweet.

Note: If you’re not picky, there are other places to buy fresh peanut candy in Ipoh so if you don’t have the time to queue for these, don’t beat yourself up!

Address: 69 & 69A, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 9am–10pm

Contact: +6052431211

Read more on other ipoh biscuits and souvenirs that you can bring back home.

11. 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).

Ipoh Wantan Mee
Wantan Mee at Ipoh.

For the soup version, the noodles just go into the soup (no black sauce). And there will often 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:

11.1. 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!

Wan Tan Mee At Cheong Kee Wan Tan Mee In Buntong, Ipoh
Wan Tan Mee At Cheong Kee Wan Tan Mee In Buntong, Ipoh

You don’t get char siew with this version either.

Go early and escape the dinner crowd! Read more about Ipoh Cheong Kee Wan Tan Mee.

Address: 542, Jalan Sekolah, Buntong, Ipoh, 30100, Ipoh, Perak, 30100

Opening hours: 4pm to 10:30pm (Closed on Sundays)

Contact: +6012-5953938

Remark: Portion sizes run small. Only open at night

11.2. 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. Lately, their opening hours have been very random so don’t be too disappointed if you find that they are closed on the day you go!

Min Chee Wantan Mee at Medan Selera Stadium
Min Chee Wantan Mee (#36) at Medan Selera Stadium – Photo by Travelswithsun

Come here for authentic and spingy wantan mee! Order 1.5 serving if you’re a big eater as portions run small. It’s normal to get 6 to 8 pieces of char siew per plate.

One And Half Portion Of Min Chee Wan Tan Mee At Ipoh Medan Selera Stadium
One And Half Portion Of Min Chee Wan Tan Mee At Ipoh Medan Selera Stadium – Photo by Travelswithsun

At midday, it might feel pretty stuffy:

Thankfully, there’s the neighboring stall that serves ice kacang and other refreshing cold drinks!

Address: Ipoh Town Lot 36, Medan Selera Stadium, Jalan Ghazali Jawi, Ipoh Garden

Opening hours: 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

Remark: Char siew sells out by lunch time!

11.3. 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!

Restoran YIN 燕姐雲吞麵屋
Restoran YIN 燕姐雲吞麵屋 – photo credits to yoongwhei (Instagram)

A bonus? The restaurant has air-conditioning!

Address: 15-19, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 8am to 4pm

Contact: +6012-507 0751

12. Cendol

Cendol is a cold dessert best enjoyed in the heat of the day.

Cendol is common Malaysian dessert with shaved ice, sugar, red beans, green jellies and coconut milk
Cendol – A common Malaysian dessert with shaved ice, sugar, red beans, green jellies and coconut milk.

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.

12.1. 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!

Cendol Wawasan Bercham Ipoh
Cendol Wawasan Bercham Ipoh – photo credits to theaceofwallaboy (Instagram)

One bowl has generous helpings of coconut milk, gula malacca, cendol and the huge, soft red beans!

Address: Petron, Jalan Bercham, Taman Tasek Indra, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 1pm to 4pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Remark: Stall not open on rainy days!

12.2. Deen CT Corner Cendol

Deen CT Corner Cendol is a tiny shop lot that specializes in cendol!

Deen CT Corner Cendol Stall
Deen CT Corner Cendol Stall – Photo by Travelswithsun

You can choose different toppings like corn (jagung in Malay) or have glutinous rice added to your bowl (ask for cendol pulut)!

Close Up Of Cendol With Added Kacang (Red Beans) At Deen CT Corner Cendol
Close Up Of Cendol With Added Kacang (Red Beans) At Deen CT Corner Cendol – Photo by Travelswithsun

Sit on one of the stools or stand and enjoy your bowl!

Address: 21 B, Jalan Musthara Al Bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 11:30am  to 6:30pm (Closed on Fridays)

Contact: +6016-535 0351

Remarks: Parking is limited. You usually have to park further up the street.

12.3. 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.

Ice Kacang Special from Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert
Ice Kacang Special from Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert – photo credits to lildreamsoffood (Instagram)

They have a good jagung cendol (cendol with corn) here!

Address: 24, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakry, Ipoh Town, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 10:30am to 6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +6012-5077881

Remarks: The desserts might be too sweet so you can ask for less sugar during the order (say kurang manis); There are limited tables and seats.

12.4. 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 which is conveniently next to the most famous nasi ganja restaurant in Ipoh! Which you can order from too, while you wait for your cendol!

Cendol from Cendol Abang Kacak
Cendol from Cendol Abang Kacak – photo credits to shelbybisou (Instagram)

PS: Abang Kacak means handsome brother in Malay. You will understand why if you see the muscular man who usually attends the stall.

Address: 8, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 9am to 8pm

Contact: +6018-665 4487

13. Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa is a famous Penang street food. Ipoh’s version of Assam Laksa is quite different.

Note: You may find bean sprouts in your Assam Laksa at Ipoh! 

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!

Laksa & Yong Liu At Choong Kee Restaurant (Dai Shu Geok)
Laksa & Yong Liu At Choong Kee Restaurant (Dai Shu Geok) – Photo by Travelswithsun

Why not have both?

By the way, the portion for the laksa is quite large.

Address: Jalan King, Off Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 31650 Ipoh

Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Contact: +6012-524 5408

13.2. 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!

巴占路边槟城叻沙 Penang Laksa stall at Bercham
巴占路边槟城叻沙 Penang Laksa stall at Bercham – photo credits to stew.lq (Instagram)

Address: 82, Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1, Taman Desa Kenchana, 31400 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening Hours: 12pm to 6pm (Closed on Mondays)

13.3. 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!

Laksa at 三轮车 叻沙
Laksa at 三轮车 叻沙 – photo credits to karenk00ng (Instagram)

You can also find the following dishes:

  • curry mee
  • pork raddish soup
  • yong tau foo

Address: 60, Jalan Taman Shatin, Taman Shatin, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 7:15am to 4pm

Contact: +6016-568 1299

Remarks: Laksa on the sweeter side of the spectrum

13.4. 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
Nyonya Laksa from the menu in Laksa Leaf Cafe, Ipoh
Nyonya Laksa from the menu in Laksa Leaf Cafe, Ipoh.

Pair the laksa with their cendol! For want of something else, they have nasi lemak too.

Address: 43, 41, Jalan Canning Estate, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 11am to 6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +605-549 2818

14. 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!

Tambun Pomelos in Ipoh are juicy and sweet
Tambun Pomelos in Ipoh are juicy and sweet.

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!

Tips on buying pomelos in Ipoh:

  • The main orchards are in Ampang and you can get them cheaper there than anywhere else in Ipoh
  • Choose a mid-sized pomelo with a soft and smooth bottom. The skin should have some yellow patches. You need to leave them at room temperature for a few days before they ripen.
  • Don’t buy a pomelo with wrinkly skin or dents.

You can tour a plantation and buy pomelos at Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park

Address: 158258A, Jalan Ampang Tambun, 31400, Ipoh, Perak, 31350

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Contact: +605-549 7309

15. Snow Beer

What is snow beer? This is actually a way of serving beer.

Snow Beer at Ipoh
Snow Beer at Ipoh.

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.

15.1. 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!

Kafe Yoon Wah In Ipoh Old Town
Kafe Yoon Wah In Ipoh Old Town – Photo by Travelswithsun

Seating is at the sidewalk in the open air.

Prices are high in this touristy part of town.

Address: 7, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 1pm to 12am

Contact: +605-253 9980

15.2. 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!

Fei Bo Snow Beer Ipoh Garden East 肥波雪花啤东区
Fei Bo Snow Beer Ipoh Garden East 肥波雪花啤东区 – photo credits to sososoya (Instagram)

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 too.

Address: 8, Jalan Medan Ipoh 3, Taman Ipoh Timur, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 4:30pm to 12am

Contact: +6010-5456288

16. Salted Chicken by Aun Kheng Lim

This is a convenient dish for Ipoh visitors to take home to eat for dinner later.

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken at Ipoh
Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken at Ipoh.

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!).

Main Branch:

Address: 24, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 9am to 4pm
Closed on Mondays

Contact: +605-254 2998

First Branch:

Address: 75, Laluan Tasek Perdana, Medan Tasek Perdana, 30010 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Closed on Mondays

Contact: +6012-533 4993

See 8 other places to find Ipoh salt baked chicken.

17. Chee Cheong Fun

There are quite a lot of different ways to serve this dish:

Chee Cheong Fun is one of the must-try foods in Ipoh - see the full list of must-try Ipoh food from www.travelswithsun.com
Chee Cheong Fun is one of the must-try foods in Ipoh.

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 other stalls in Ipoh serve this dish differently, with curry sauce, mushroom sauce or plum sauce.

17.1. 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:

  1. Sweet red sauce
  2. Hot chili sauce
  3. Savory mushroom sauce

You can have toppings like curry pig skin and fishcake too!

Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun
Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun – photo credits to loocheelum (Instagram)

Address: 27, Lorong Cecil Rae, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 12pm

Contact: +6016-5247623

Remark: Service is quite slow.

17.2. 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! It’s usually sold out by 2pm!

Pasir Pinji Chee Cheong Fun
Pasir Pinji Chee Cheong Fun – photo credits to wenzhee (Instagram)

Address: 1456, Jalan Pasir Pinji 5, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 10am to 3pm (Closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays)

17.3. Yik Fu Chee Cheong Fun 镒富猪肠粉

You have to be early to get the fast-selling smooth chee cheong fun with a tasty sauce here!

Yik Fu Chee Cheong Fun At Wira Jaya Barat Ipoh
Yik Fu Chee Cheong Fun At Wira Jaya Barat Ipoh – Photo by Travelswithsun

They can also serve it with curry pig skin, dried prawns and crispy beancurd bits!

Address: Persiaran Wira Jaya Barat 13, Taman Ampang, 31350 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 1:30pm to 4pm

Contact: +6014-343 2355

18. Yong Tau Foo @ Dai Shu Geok / Restoran Choong Kee

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.

Ipoh Yong Tau Foo
Yong Tau Foo at Ipoh.

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 – Let the seller know which type and whether you prefer 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!

Dai Shu Geok / Restoran Choong Kee has good laksa and a wonderful assortment of sinful yong tau foo!

Yong Tau Foo At Choong Kee Restaurant (Dai Shu Geok)
Yong Tau Foo At Choong Kee Restaurant (Dai Shu Geok) – Photo by Travelswithsun

Address: Jalan King, Off Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 31650 Ipoh

Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Contact: +6012-524 5408

19. Popiah

What is popiah?

This is something like the Vietnamese spring roll using a combination of these ingredients:

  • small shrimp
  • beans
  • tofu
  • shallots
  • sweet sauce or Hoisin sauce
  • turnip
  • garlic
  • beansprouts
  • peanuts

There are two ways to serve popiah. With a side dish or chili sauce. And steamed or deep-fried!

19.1. 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!

Popiah from BiBi at Aneka Selera Restoran Kam Wan
Popiah from BiBi at Aneka Selera Restoran Kam Wan – photo credits to jhui_lau(Instagram)

With a long queue to prove it!

Long Queue For Bibi's Popiah Stall At Restaurant Kam Wan Aneka Selera
Long Queue For Bibi’s Popiah Stall At Restaurant Kam Wan Aneka Selera – Photo by Travelswithsun

Address: 18, Lengkok Canning, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 5:30pm – 11:30pm

19.2. Restoran Yee Lock

You can get another excellent popiah here in the evening similar to the Canning Garden popiah!

20. 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!

Dishes at Restoran New Hollywood
Dishes at Restoran New Hollywood.

Recommended dishes:

  • Telur goyang with roti bakar (or just roti goyang)
  • Lamb curry mee
  • Nasi lemak
  • Char kuay teow
  • Pan mee
  • Chee cheong fun
  • Laksa

Tips:

  • Easier to get a table and find a parking spot around 7-7.30am
  • Coffee is on the sweet side. You might want to ask for less sugar!

Address: Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 6pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +6012-290 8887

21. 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).

Tong Sui Kai (Dessert Street) In Ipoh
Tong Sui Kai (Dessert Street) In Ipoh – Photo by Travelswithsun

But more importantly, this is where you can get mixed fruits ABC ice kacang!

Recommended dishes:

  • 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)
Mixed fruits cold and sweet ice dessert from Tong Sui Kai (Dessert Street) in Ipoh
Mixed fruits cold and sweet ice dessert from Tong Sui Kai (Dessert Street) in Ipoh.

Address: Jln Sultan Ekram, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 2pm to 12am

Remarks:

  • Expect to pay RM5 for parking
  • Not the cleanest ambiance – what can you expect since it’s close to the road?

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)

22. Fai Kee Fish Head Noodle @ 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.

Medan Selera Stadium Perak Ipoh
Medan Selera Stadium Perak – Photo by Travelswithsun

One notable stall at Ipoh Stadium is Fai Kee Fish Head Noodle @ Medan Selera Stadium Perak. Their fish head noodles sells out the fastest among their extensive menu.

In general, their portions are generous befitting the prices (RM9 to RM12 for the fish head noodles depending on the fish type and cut).

Fai Kee Fish Head Noodles At Ipoh Stadium
Fai Kee Fish Head Noodles At Ipoh Stadium – Photo by Travelswithsun

The tomato soup base is an interesting version of fish head noodles that you can get from this stall.

Address: Gerai No43 Medan Selera Stadium, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 8am–4pm (Closed on Mondays) (Please call them to confirm before going)

Contact: +60124579645

23. Restoran Tuck Kee

It can be confusing because there is another restaurant (A standalone building housing a Chinese restaurant on Jalan Pasir Pingi ) with a similar name to this one! Be wary of that!

The Restoran Tuck Kee we are referring to is a few blocks away from Lou Wong and other snack shops in Ipoh New Town.

More on how to identify the original Tuck Kee Fried Noodles Restaurant.

Cantonese Style Noodles At Ipoh Tuck Kee Fried Noodles Restaurant
Cantonese Style Noodles At Ipoh Tuck Kee Fried Noodles Restaurant

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!

Recommended 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

Address: 61, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 1pm to 10:30pm

Contact: +6016-220 9361

Remark: Inconsistent taste

24. K10 Claypot Chicken Rice

Open for dinner with an inevitable queue (sometimes for up to an hour), K10 Claypot Chicken Rice is best enjoyed on a cool day as the dining environment is open-air.

K10 Claypot Chicken Rice
K10 Claypot Chicken Rice – Photo credits to paulynzz (Instagram)

They use salted fish in their tasty charcoal claypot chicken rice and the prices are reasonable too.

But it is their commendable side dishes that complete the meal – beansprouts, chicken feet, yong tau foo, blanched lettuce, etc.

If you see a very long queue though (many customers come to order takeaway at 6pm), we don’t think it’s worth the wait and you best go somewhere else for dinner if you’re already hungry.

Address: 504, Jalan Bercham, Kampung Bercham, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 5:30pm–11pm (Closed on Thursdays)

Contact: +60165993457

25. Nasi Ganja At Yong Suan Coffee Shop

This particular Indian-Muslim stall at Kedai Kopi Yong Suan has been luring crowds for many years and for good reason:

Corner Lot Of Yong Suan Nasi Kandar In Ipoh
Corner Lot Of Yong Suan Nasi Kandar In Ipoh

Their decadent nasi ganja platters are full of spices and incredibly savory! It’s inexpensive too at RM6 to RM8 per platter.

That said, this is a humble hawker store so you’ll be dining without frills (or cutlery if you choose, as expected with this local dish).

Nasi Kandar At Yong Suan Nasi Kandar In Ipoh
Nasi Kandar At Yong Suan Nasi Kandar In Ipoh

However, you have to be early (~9am) in the queue or you’ll miss out on the grated coconut sambal (I.e. ganja), mutton curry, and seats! Peak hours are around 12 to 1pm.

And if you are thinking of takeaway, that might ruin the texture. There is a line for those planning to take away their food instead.

Read more about Yong Suan Nasi Kandar in Ipoh.

But did you know that there are other places to get the best nasi kandar in Ipoh?

Address: 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm

Contact: +6016-5959673

With so much to try and see in Ipoh, why not stay a bit longer? Here’s a list of best hotels in Ipoh!

Further reading:

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.

2. Kuala Lumpur To Ipoh

  • 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).
Note: There is no flight from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh

3. Penang To Ipoh

  • ~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).
Note: There is no flight from Penang to Ipoh

For getting around Ipoh (assuming you don’t have a car):

  1. City public bus – the cheapest option. Cannot get off wherever you want. The bus is not always on time!
  2. Taxi or Grab
  3. 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.
  4. 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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Conclusion

Yes, this list on the best Ipoh food could have been much longer but we will leave it as it is for now. Get set to plan your bucket list of authentic local Ipoh food to try when you are in Ipoh!

And if long queues throw you off, don’t worry. There are usually many other alternatives for popular joints!

Tip: We usually list the most touristy places first followed by the local “hidden” spots!

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