One of the benefits of staying overnight in Ipoh is that you get to try the best Ipoh Chinese restaurants for dinner! With many ethnic Chinese living in Ipoh, you can easily find some of the best Chinese food here!
A Chinese restaurant is a suitable venue for a reunion with friends or family. Or even for a birthday celebration!
Don’t worry, there are halal options too! And Chinese restaurants that specialize in seafood!
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Best Chinese Food In Ipoh
Other than local kopitiams and hawker centers, delicious Chinese food is all around Ipoh!
In fact, almost every area in Ipoh has at least one Chinese restaurant! Many are open for lunch too!
1. Royal China Ipoh
Royal China Restaurant Ipoh or Royal China Grand Ballroom Ipoh is one of Ipoh’s more famous Chinese restaurants. Weddings are often held here with 8-course meals!
Their dim sum like their duck chee cheong fun is worth trying!
2. Tuck Kee Restaurant (德記酒家)
It can get a little cramped in the family-friendly air-conditioned restaurant but the taste and proportion of the Cantonese-style dishes (Especially the ones with meat) are worth it!
Make a reservation before you go to ensure yourself a table! It’s usually full even though they have two floors!
Remark: You can park across the restaurant for a fee of RM3.
3. Sun Lee How Fook
Sun Lee How Fook is a pink building along Jalan Kampar (former name of the road) and opposite The Store.
It’s a comfortable and clean environment that is family-friendly and wheelchair-friendly. There are private rooms available for booking too. Try their crispy pork and fried sang mee.
Not many parking slots available at the front of the building but there is an underground car park that you can access from the side of the building.
4. Restoran Sam Poh (三宝饭店)
Portions are small so you can try many of their tasty dishes like kam heong pork, kangkung fried with belacan, assam curry squid (sotong in Malay) and salted egg squid for reasonable prices!
The restaurant is air-conditioned and the menu has photos and lists the main ingredients in English! Order some beer on the side!
You’ll want to come early before the diner crowd pours in!
5. Restaurant Kok Thai – Tasek
Popular for wedding dinners, finding parking close to Kok Thai can be a hassle.
The food (of generous portions) however, will make you forget that! You’ll need to at least know how to speak some Chinese to make ordering easier. They do have sets available too!
Their service is good and pricing is affordable.
Best Chinese Seafood Restaurants In Ipoh
For a city that is not that close to the sea:
There are still a great deal of Chinese seafood restaurants to satisfy anyone craving a delicious and fresh seafood feast!
6. Thong Lok Seafood Restaurant At Tanjung Tualang
Though technically not in Ipoh:
You’ll understand why people drive all the way to this small village once you get a glimpse of their huge freshwater prawns! Grab some friends so you can try more dishes!
Weekends see bigger crowds and it’s not uncommon for them to run out of certain dishes like the kong jing prawn! Another thing to note is that they don’t accept credit cards!
7. Mun Choong Restaurant (中和园民众酒楼)
This is one of the oldest established fine dining restaurants in Ipoh.
Expect fresh and tasty high-quality seafood dishes like baked crab or fried Tanjung Tualang prawns, attentive service and prompt serving times. You might even want to order a second round of rice!
Parking is limited. Reservations are recommended for dinner times.
8. Menglembu Chinese Restaurant: East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Menglembu
Chefs take liberties with the creative food presentation at Menglembu Chinese Restaurant. You don’t have to wait long to try the delicious food either!
And if you’re not sure what to order, just ask for recommendations from the captain!
Reasonable prices means the restaurant tends to be crowded on weekends!
9. Sun Marpoh Restaurant
Locals are very well-acquainted with this Chinese restaurant!
Make a reservation if you want to try their tasty food on a weekend! They can keep up with a crowd so you won’t have to wait long for your order to come!
It’s a safe bet that you’ll like most of their dishes like their sweet and sour pork, marmite chicken, salted egg prawn, steamed Tilapia fish or Thai-style squid!
Or their infamous sambal petai! Prices are good too!
10. Restaurant Pusing Public
You can’t go wrong with Restaurant Pusing Public! Doesn’t matter if it’s for lunch, dinner or a special occasion! Locals have been singing its praises for years!
They have an impressive menu and equally excellent service.
Menu items to try include:
- Baked crab
- Tanjung Tualang big headed prawns
- Omelette with crab meat
- Char siew
No worries on seat and car park availability here!
Halal Chinese Food In Ipoh
You don’t have to miss out on Chinese food as there are more than a couple of halal Chinese restaurants in Ipoh!
11. Restoran Hj. Sharin Low Grand
You might have seen this restaurant before in some other part of Malaysia but this is the only branch in Ipoh!
Partake in roast duck and seafood dishes like their steamed fish or sinful salted egg crab and buttered prawns! Or other dishes prepared in Southern-Chinese style!
On weekends, it can take 15-20 minutes for the food so it’s best not to come on a totally empty stomach!
12. Restoran Chinese Muslim Abdullah Meru
Customers appreciate the big portions of yummy food at Restoran Chinese Muslim Abdullah in Meru!
For the quality of food and sizeable portions, the price is considerably low. You can choose local dishes like laksa and nasi lemak from the ala carte menu too.
13. Restoran Caterbest
The owners of Restoran Caterbest are a husband and wife team working for as long back as 2010. Where the Chinese-Muslim husband is the chef!
Service is reliable and with such affordable prices, this is as good as it gets for genuine Chinese cooking that is halal!
- Claypot tofu
- Curry fish head
- Lemon chicken
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If you don’t happen to have a car with you, you can always call a Grab or taxi from your hotel. Or walk over if you happen to be close to an Ipoh Chinese restaurant.
Aside from that, you can include transport to one of these Chinese restaurants in Ipoh as part of your free and easy Ipoh itinerary with RayTheTour private tour service!
The tour doesn’t include the cost of your meals but it does cover the expertise and local insight of our Ipoh-born tour guides!
As well as pick up and drop off service anywhere in Ipoh!
As with any decision concerning food in Ipoh, it’s a tough choice with almost too many Ipoh Chinese restaurants to choose from!
To narrow down the options, this list covers the local favorites and longer-serving establishments!
Including a few halal Chinese restaurants so you can enjoy an authentic Chinese meal together with your Muslim friends!