Did you know?
On public holidays, people will even make the journey from Singapore to Ipoh just to try the best food in Ipoh? Not that that’s a problem with the daily flights available!
There are even busloads of Chinese tourists that come for the food too!
Besides food, you might be wondering:
What else is there to do in Ipoh? Here are some interesting places in Ipoh!
If you’re looking for vegetarian restaurants in Ipoh, we’ve got you covered!
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.
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. But be warned, it might lead to a debate.
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:
Dinner time for only 4 days of the week!
Expect a crowd to quickly appear once the shop opens!
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? I think the food is not amazing but pretty yummy and a tad oily.
1.3. Ong Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Restaurant
Their nga choy kai (steam chicken and bean sprouts) is on the saltier side but they use free range chickens!
If you want to more options:
1.4. Restaurant Sam Ma
Almost always crowded because of its affordable and delicious chicken rice served with a refreshing ginger paste!
1.5. Yoon Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken
Stall number 23 at Ipoh Stadium has a reputation for its juicy chicken!
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)
On the pricey side but the chicken and beansprouts are good! Some people love it while others think it’s just a little over average.
1.7. Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong
Prepare for slow service here but 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)
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Another controversial topic as far as locals are concerned:
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!
2.2. Nam Heong White Coffee
Try their egg tarts and Muah Chee while you are there!
More options for Ipoh white coffee.
This simple noodle dish made with soy sauce and topped with succulent minced pork (and sometimes, beansprouts) can be found 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!
A bowl of chicken soup topped with prawn oil and typically filled with pieces of shredded chicken, a few prawns and hor fun noodles. With some chopped scallion as garnish!
Places to try Gai Se Hor Fun:
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!
Great pork & chicken satay to be had 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!
Only open for dinner though!
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. 滑鸡皇 Restaurant Huat Chicken
Not the best but they do have a more pleasant environment and chicken rice here too!
4.5. 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!
4.6. Moon De Moon
Here’s another bustling restaurant famous for its curry mee and gai se hor fun – queues and a long waiting time are unavoidable!
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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~
Quite self-explanatory. These are noodles eaten with tasty curry sauce. You can have them in soup or dry form.
Here are some places to try curry mee:
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 times!
Soup version of the curry noodles and the Ipoh white coffee here are worth a try too!
6.2. Chuan Fatt Curry Mee Shop
Get fried pork or fried chicken with your curry mee at this venue!
The pinch of Assam lends a unique taste to this particular curry mee!
6.3. Restoran Xin Quan Fang
Packed in the mornings due to people wanting to have the curry noodles with strong curry sauce (less coconut milk) for breakfast!
Slow service is normal here and there’s not much else to eat here besides the curry noodles, unfortunately!
6.4. 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!
6.5. Yat Yat Seng Restaurant
The signature dish of this restaurant frequented by locals, is their dry curry mee:
Which is a must-try if you happen to be in the area!
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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 lunch time:
Foh San and Ming Court are the most well-known and they’re actually opposite from each other!
But there are a tonne of other worthy dim sum restaurants in Ipoh!
7.1. Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sumchicken
Go as early as you can to avoid the long queues during public holidays and weekends.
7.2. Restaurant Foh San
There some mixed opinions concerning this dim sum restaurant.
On the whole, expect average dim sum but a nice environment!
Another dessert you can try in Ipoh, this one features 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 versions 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 worth it!
While the tofu is incredibly smooth, it’s quite a small serving and the syrup water is limited to cane sugar.
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 an aromatic ginger syrup to go with it!
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.
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 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!
If you want to play it safe, you can get the plain one which is great on its own!
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!
This is another Chinese noodle dish (also spelled as Wantan Mee) which is served in soup or dry form in Ipoh.
The dry version features black sauce and strips of char siew (pork slices).
With a soup that usually has wantan dumplings and choy sum (green leafy vegetable) in it.
For the soup version, the noodles just go into the soup (no black sauce is used). Usually without any char siew.
I like to take this option if I’m wearing white 😉
The wantan dumplings can either be filled with pork or prawn filling. Oh, and 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 black sauce with chewy egg noodles!
Ingredients include beansprouts! Which is uncommon for the typical wantan mee you find elsewhere.
You don’t get char siew with this version either.
Only open at night!
9.2. Min Chee Wan Tan Mee (明珠雲吞麵) (No.36) @ Medan Selera Stadium
The son and father pair have been serving their loyal customers for many years!
Come here for authentic wantan mee!
At midday, it might fee 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 with homemade egg noodles and dumplings!
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 which is 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.
Here are some popular stalls where you can get a bowl of satisfying cendol:
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 stall that sells authentic cendol is this one – they also serve cendol durian!
PS: Abang Kacak means handsome brother in Malay. You will understand why if you see the muscular man who usually attends the stall.
Assam Laksa is a famous Penang street food. Ipoh’s version of Assam Laksa is quite different compared to Penang’s.
Try it for yourself at:
11.1. Dai Shu Geok “Big Tree Foot”
A go-to place for yong tau foo and 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
- yong tau foo
11.4. Laksa Leaf Cafe
You can get different versions of laksa here:
- Fried-dry laksa – this is highly unusual. Try it for yourself!
- Nyonya laksa
- Assam laksa
Pair the laksa with their cendol!
Other dishes worth trying is their nasi lemak.
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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
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.
Have a couple of beers with friends at these popular hangouts:
13.1. Kafe Yoon Wah (元华饮食阁雪花啤酒)
Order snacks or dishes 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.
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!
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.
There are quite a lot of different ways to serve this dish – with soy sauce, plum sauce or mushroom sauce.
The flat white noodles are often served with chopped char siu (pork) or prawn meat sprinkled with deep fried onions.
Most dimsum places serve this dish but here are some notable stalls in Ipoh:
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
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!
You have to be early to get the fast-selling smooth chee cheong fun with a tasty sauce here!
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.
It’s quite hard to explain actually! But 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!
If you want to try some, head over to Moon De Moon.
16.1. Restaurant Moon De Moon
By now, Moon De Moon doesn’t need any more introduction:
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’s two ways that popiah can be served with a side dish or chili sauce and may be steamed or deep-fried!
What is popiah?
This is something like the Vietnamese spring roll and ingredients have a combination of these ingredients:
- small shrimp
- sweet sauce or Hoisin sauce
Here are two places you can try a good dish of popiah in Ipoh:
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!
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You can already see a crowd at this restaurant in the morning (~9.30am). That’s how popular it is!
Why? Cheap and lots of variety of tasty food (Mostly Chinese) 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
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
- 威威雲吞麵44 for the curry noodles & wan ton mee
- Cheong Kee beef noodles
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)
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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 high 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
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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The first edition of this Ipoh Food Guide details multiple recommendations (from a local’s perspective) of where to find 15 of the best Ipoh food!
Like gai se hor fun, wantan mee, chee cheong fun, Ipoh white coffee and more!
Including a page just for vegetarians!
There’s a handy key so you know which eatery is open for lunch or dinner, which is halal and their respective distance from Ipoh Old Town.
This guide is most suited for those with their own transport. And are already familiar with the food culture in Malaysia!
If you don’t have your own transport, we’d still recommend going with local tour service, RayTheTour instead!
20% of proceeds from sales of this guide will go to various local charities in Ipoh (Noah’s Ark for strays, Ipoh World for Ipoh heritage, Perak Women For Women Society, TT5 Tin Dredge, etc).
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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 where to find the the best Ipoh food could have been much longer but we will leave it here as it is for now.
Tip: We usually list the most touristy places first followed by the local “hidden” spots!
Do let us know in the comments below if we missed something out!