If you are visiting Ipoh with family or friends, don’t miss the opportunity to try some Chinese restaurants as well. That way, you can try a lot of different dishes!
A Chinese restaurant is a suitable venue for a reunion with friends or family. Or even for a birthday celebration. Many of these restaurants sell alcohol and seafood too.
Don’t worry, there are halal options too.
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1. Sun Marpoh Restaurant
Locals are very well-acquainted with this restaurant! Not surprising as it’s been around for more than 30 years.
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 too. Like their sweet and sour pork, marmite chicken, salted egg prawn, steamed Tilapia fish or Thai-style squid!
Or their infamous sambal petai! Ingredients are fresh and the dishes well executed. Prices are fair too!
We find that their seasoning is just right and while a little bit cramped, the dining environment is clean and comfortable. Read more about our experience at Sun Marpoh Restaurant.
- Location: 67-69, Jalan Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm and again from 5.30pm to 10pm
- Contact: +605-545 5127
2. Pusing Public Restaurant
You can’t go wrong with Pusing Public Restaurant! 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
Portions are big and dishes are flavorful. Pusing Public Restaurant is also one of those restaurants where wedding dinners are commonly held.
No worries on seats and car park availability here! But it can get quite packed during weekends, so be sure to head over early.
The last time we were here was for a relative’s 90th birthday. The appetizer platter (lang pun) was good and so was the fish – it was fresh and well fried.
There was a prawn dish that we enjoyed as well. As the prawns were also fresh and succulent.
On the other hand, the pork ribs dish (pai kuat wong) was too sweet.
- Location: 59, 61, 57, 63 & 65, Jalan Veerasamy, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 12pm to 2:30pm and again from 6pm to 9:30pm
- Contact: +605-253 3428
3. Restoran Sam Poh (三宝饭店)
Highly recommended by locals and non-locals alike, everyone who has dined at Restoran Sam Poh has nothing but good things to say.
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!
These are great with some beer on the side.
Part of the restaurant is air-conditioned, and the menu has photos and lists the main ingredients in English. Prices are affordable as well.
You’ll want to come early before the dinner crowd pours in! Or give them a call to make a reservation as this restaurant doesn’t have much seating.
See what we ordered at Sam Poh Restaurant.
PS: Not the prettiest restaurant to dine in.
- Location: No. 17, Persiaran Bandar Baru Tambun 16, Taman Desa Tambun Indah, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 5pm to 9:30pm (Closed on Mondays)
- Contact: +6016-551 6869
4. Tuck Kee Restaurant (德記酒家)
At the intersection of Jalan King and Jalan Queen, Tuck Kee Restaurant has been around for many years.
Well-known for their scrumptious roasted meats, there is often a long queue at their take-away counter. Especially during the weekends.
You do not want to miss out on their roasted pork belly, BBQ pork (char siew) and smoked duck! Give the Chinese barbeque sausage (siew cheong) a try too – they’re tender and perfectly roasted.
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!
If you are not sure what to order, you can trust the “captain” to serve you their best dishes of the day.
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.
PS: Don’t confuse this restaurant with the Ipoh Tuck Kee Restaurant (specializes in fried noodles)
- Location: 1-3, Jalan King, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm again from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
- Contact: +605-241 9071
5. Sun Lee How Fook
Sun Lee How Fook is a pink building along Jalan Kampar (former name of the road) and opposite The Store.
Renamed Sun Lee How Fook in 1986 and relocated to its current address in 2002, this restaurant is the place to go for wedding dinners or any big celebrations.
Because they have the space to fit 100 tables inside along with a stage! It’s a comfortable and clean environment that is family-friendly and wheelchair-friendly.
There are private rooms available for booking too.
Their crispy pork and fried sang mee is a must-try!
PS: They’re not shy about using MSG in their dishes though.
Note: There is an underground car park that you can access from the side of the building.
- First Branch Location: 96, Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Taman Gopeng, 30250 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11:45am to 2:30pm and again from 5:45pm to 10:30pm
- Contact: +605-253 3268
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6. Restoran Makanan Laut Crab House
What can you expect at this popular restaurant at Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh? For starters, the pricing is high, and the food and service is good but not exceptional.
So why do you still have to make reservations on weekends for this place then?
It is their ambiance that makes this restaurant a go-to for those wishing to entertain guests. The dining environment is spacious, bright, and decorated – the décor includes display cases of dried shark fins.
Signature dishes include their large homemade tofu blocks served with petola. And their fresh crabs from Indonesia. You can have the crabs done with salted egg or with chili.
Fish, prawns, and squid were all fresh on all occasions that we have been to this restaurant. We really like their sei dai tin wong dish as well. Roasted chicken was another dish that we liked here.
But the dish we really remember most is the steamed soon hock fish.
- Location: 19 & 21, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm and again from 5pm to 10pm
- Contact: +6012-565 7723
7. Weng Kee Seafood Restaurant
This is one of our family’s go-to restaurants when there are guests or relatives around. The food is tasty. We have tried their crispy yee mee many times and it’s consistent.
On another occasion, we’ve ordered sei dai tin wong (which was our favorite among the table), sweet and sour pork, and an unusual yam dish (can’t remember if it was with pork or chicken). As well as omelette.
All dishes were flavorful without being too sweet or salty. We do believe that this restaurant uses some MSG in their cooking though.
One other thing to note about this restaurant is that seats are limited. Sometimes, a busload of tourists will stop in front of this restaurant for lunch and all the tables will be taken.
The owner of this restaurant has a daily habit of burning incense inside the restaurant too. It used to be that you would come out smelling like food and incense, but they’ve seemed to have fixed their exhaust system.
- Location: 20, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 6, Garden South, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11:30am–3pm, 6pm–10pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
- Contact: +605-5451215
8. Mun Choong Seafood Restaurant (中和园民众酒楼)
This is one of the oldest established restaurants in Ipoh. It has been around since 1978.
Mun Choong Restaurant has grown from being a one-level restaurant to a three-storied building that can house banquets and big events with a capacity of 900 pax.
Expect fresh and tasty high-quality seafood dishes like baked crab or Tanjung Tualang prawns (Tip: order them with tails pan-fried and heads steamed), attentive service and prompt serving times.
You might even want to order a second round of rice! And unless you order expensive dishes, most of the pricing is reasonable.
Note: Parking is limited. Reservations are recommended for dinner times.
- Location: 511-517, Jalan Pasir Puteh, Taman Camay, 31650 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm and again from 5pm to 10pm
- Contact: +505-321 2815
9. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Menglembu (东海鱼翅酒家)
Chefs take liberties with the creative food presentation at this restaurant. Especially with their large food platters!
You don’t have to wait long to try the delicious food either! And they boast great service too.
Seafood such as shrimps, squid, and cuttlefish are prepared fresh and delicious. But their house specialty is steamed marinated chicken with ginger!
If you’re not sure what to order, just ask for recommendations from the captain!
Note that reasonable prices mean the restaurant tends to be crowded on weekends.
- Location: No. 1- 7, Hala Perusahaan Menglembu 7A, 31450 Menglembu, Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm and again from 6pm to 10:30pm
- Contact: +605-282 9457
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!
10. 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 following Southern-Chinese style.
You can also try their new dishes which are kong pao chicken and char siew chicken.
Along with special offers during Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Restoran Hj. Sharin Low Grand is a great choice to enjoy halal Chinese food.
But on weekends, it can take 15-20 minutes for the food so it’s best not to come on a totally empty stomach!
- Location: 16, Persiaran Greenhill, Kampung Jawa, 30450 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11am to 3:30pm and again from 5:30pm–10:30pm (Closed on Mondays)
- Contact: +605-241 2472
11. Caterbest Restaurant
The owners of Caterbest Restaurant are a husband-and-wife team who have been operating the restaurant since 1994. The Chinese-Muslim husband is the chef!
You can spot this restaurant from the main road in Bercham. It has two floors, and you can dine in comfort as the restaurant is air-conditioned.
Service is reliable and with such affordable prices, this is as good as it gets for genuine Chinese cooking that is halal!
Additionally, they have a wide variety of dishes on their ala carte menu. Diners can also choose from their course meals.
- Claypot tofu
- Curry fish head
- Lemon chicken
Catering and delivery services are available too! Check out their Instagram account to keep up to date: @restorancaterbest.
- Location: 74 & 74A, Jalan Bercham, Taman Seri Dermawan, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm and again from 6pm to 10:30pm
- Contact: +605-547 8622
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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 a Chinese restaurant.
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It’s a tough choice with almost too many Chinese restaurants in Ipoh 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!
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