Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

Beef noodles may not be classic must-try Ipoh food. But Buntong Beef Noodles is a great option if you are staying in Ipoh New Town. And want something other than chicken rice.

The ordering system here is unusual so you might want to read about it before making your visit.

See what else you can order at Buntong Beef Noodles too.

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About Buntong Beef Noodles

Buntong Beef Noodles has run for several decades (~40 years) at this point.

It is open for lunch and dinner. Despite the no-frills setting, this corner lot is very busy during dinner on weekends. The peak time is 7pm.

Exterior Of Ipoh Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre
Exterior Of Ipoh Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

If you don’t want beef noodles, you can get a mix of noodles without the beef soup. Both versions come in dry or soup form.

They have a selection of yong tau fu and beef innards that you can add to your noodles.

Getting Queue Numbers At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre
Getting Queue Numbers At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

The ordering system requires you to find a table first. Then, stand in queue to take a number at the back of the restaurant. Bring the number back to your table and wait.

Queuing System At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre
Queuing System At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

Staff will approach your table with reference to your number. They take your orders then. Payment is when all the food and drinks come.

Note: If you can read Chinese, there is a signboard at the front of where the staff prepare food. It states all the available yong tau fu and their prices.

They require separate payments for drinks, like other local eateries in Ipoh.

Ease Of Parking At Buntong Beef Noodles

There are many parking lots around Buntong Beef Noodles. If you don’t mind walking a bit, you should be able to get a spot quickly.

To be on the safe side, go early if you want to have the beef noodles on the weekend and public holidays.

We reached Buntong Beef Noodles before 6:30pm on a Sunday and got a spot right in front of the restaurant.

Ambiance At Buntong Beef Noodles

Buntong Beef Noodles looks old from the outside and inside.

Dining Environment At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre
Dining Environment At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

There is nothing Instagrammable about this place. It is quite untidy with some food and tissues on the floor. There are many tables and chairs (these fill up fast on weekends).

Since there is no air conditioning here, it can be warm during noon. Evenings are still cool (especially after some rain) as they have several fans in the restaurant.

Clearly, people just come for the food.

PS: If you have very high hygiene standards, you might want to skip this place.

Service At Buntong Beef Noodles

Even with many staff members and a brisk pace, serving times are slow during peak hours. This is because Buntong Beef Noodles accepts food deliveries too.

There seems to be one head waitress who manages the operation.

She has astounding memory when it comes to orders. We ordered a lot of liew (add ons) and different variations of noodles. She did not get them wrong and did not need us to repeat our order either.

We got our drinks fast. But food takes 15 to 20 minutes after placing orders. During peak hours, expect the wait to be longer (30 minutes).

Food At Buntong Beef Noodles

Typical Order At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre
Typical Order At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

This is what we ordered at Buntong Beef Noodles:

  • 2 bowls of beef noodles (soup)
  • 1 bowl of plain noodles (soup)
  • 3 pieces of sar got (fried jicama)
  • Several pieces of fried beancurd
  • 2 pieces of stuff eggplant
  • 1 extra bowl of beef innards
  • 2 glasses of iced soy milk with beancurd (fu zhuk yi mai)
  • 2 glasses of plain water
Beef Noodles At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre
Beef Noodles At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

The food was tasty (They use some MSG in the soup so don’t drink all). And the yong tau fu is good too. None of them are oily. Yet they are crispy.

Yong Tau Foo At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre
Yong Tau Foo At Buntong Beef Noodles, Jalan Theatre

Sar got here is different from elsewhere. It has more flour and meat than jicama.

Pricing At Buntong Beef Noodles

The total came up to RM40 excluding drinks. Which is fair to us. Do note that the portions for the noodles are small here if you are a big eater.

For small eaters, the portions are fine, and you might even be able to share a bowl with another small eater.

  • Address: 75, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Opening Hours: 12pm–10pm (Closed on Sundays)

Conclusion

We like the food at Buntong Beef Noodles. If you don’t mind the unattractive dining environment and slow service, you can get a tasty and reasonably priced meal here.

If you can help it, don’t come here after 1:30pm for lunch. Most of the food will be unavailable. Try to avoid coming here after 6:30pm too. As you will have to wait much longer for a table and the food.

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