Got to leave Ipoh soon? Don’t know what to buy in Ipoh? Stop by any of these places first and pick up the best Ipoh biscuits and souvenirs!
Ipoh biscuits are worth trying too!
Here you go, a list of Ipoh Biscuits and Souvenirs:
- Ipoh White Coffee
- Egg Tarts
- Kaya Puffs
- Meat Floss Biscuits
- Hiong Peah
- Peanut Candy
- Tambun Pomelo
- Salted Chicken (Aun Kheng Lim)
- Kong Heng Square
- The Lifeshop Atalier
- 22 Hale Street Gift Shop
11 Top Things To Buy Back From Ipoh
1. Ipoh White Coffee
Ipoh white coffee is what Ipoh is known for after all. And this is undoubtedly one of the best Ipoh souvenirs to take back home!
I know you’re thinking about the 3-in-1 packets that are now all over Malaysia, neighboring countries and even overseas in Chinese marts!
But we’re talking about the white (and black) coffee sold at this coffee wholesaler:
1.1. Yee Hoi Coffee Bean
They have been selling roasted white (pure) coffee beans for many years.
Their selection includes robust and Arabica beans, whole or ground on the spot!
Have a fresh cup here! And take some back for later!
If you want a 3-in-1 alternative, then get their fine instant coffee powder.
1.2. Chang Jiang White Coffee
Chang Jiang White Coffee (长江国际有限公司) has seen tremendous growth over the past few years.
It used to be that you could only get their 3-in-1 or 2-in-1 coffee blends from their Ipoh cafe over at Jalan Windsor.
But don’t fret if you do not have enough time to pop into their cafe (although you should!):
You can get these boxes in Ipoh souvenir shops and even at the airport!
Now on to the best Ipoh biscuits!
2. Egg Tarts
If you’re allergic or vegan, you can move on further down this list!
There are two types of egg tarts that you can find in Ipoh – they taste similar enough though the Portuguese-style egg tarts are a little sweeter with a hint of milk.
We’re referring to the Chinese-style egg tarts in this list though:
These scrumptious treats comprise of two parts – the flaky pastry house.
And the smooth jelly-like egg custard pudding in the middle that typically has a light taste.
Here are a few places in Ipoh that do them exceptionally well:
- Choy Kee (http://bit.ly/Choy-Kee-Egg-Tart)
- Sun Yuan Fong (http://bit.ly/Sun-Yuan-Fong)
- Hong Kee Confectionery (鸿记饼家) (http://bit.ly/HK-Confectionery)
3. Ipoh Kaya Puffs
Try the Ipoh version of this quintessential pastry which is a nationwide favorite snack!
Places to get kaya puffs in Ipoh:
3.1. Sin Eng Heong
Hailed as one of the best places to go for kaya puffs and other pastry goodness, Sin Eng Heong has been around Ipoh since 1961.
So Sin Eng Heong has been in business for over 50 years!
There is constantly a queue at their shop which is located in the center of town.
But while many people don’t seem to mind queuing up for the delightful kaya puffs, you can also place an order the day before!
Don’t worry if you can’t get a taste the moment you buy them, the kaya puffs are still crispy even after several hours.
3.2. QunKee Biscuits or 权记饼家 or Khuen Kee
Established in 1975, QunKee is well known for their kaya puff and egg tarts too. Located in Kampung Simee, they also sell other traditional Chinese biscuits.
QunKee’s kaya puffs are amazing when you eat them fresh, but they lose their crispiness after a few hours. They are also slightly smaller than the kaya puffs from Sin Eng Heong.
Note: The kaya puffs at QunKee are a good alternative if you cannot get your hands on the ones from Sin Eng Heong!
4. Meat Floss Biscuits
Have some meat floss biscuits with lotus paste!
If you want to try some with pandan paste instead, head over to the Guan Heong Biscuit Shop!
Ching Han Guan’s meat floss biscuits have lotus paste and salted egg yolk!
4.1. Guan Heong Biscuit Shop
With a history of over 100 years, Guan Heong is renowned for their high-quality original and traditional pastries.
Despite such a long history, they keep up with the times and have adapted their famous meat floss pastries to suit modern tastes.
They offer special biscuit flavors such as meat floss with pandan paste as well as meat floss with salted egg. Buy them from Shopee (MY) if you don’t have time to visit the physical store.
4.2. Ching Han Guan Biscuit Shop (钟汉元饼铺)
First opening their shops more than seven decades ago, the recipes for their famous Teochew pastries were passed down from generation to generation starting from the owner’s great grandfather.
But what propelled Ching Han Guan to fame was their signature meat floss with lotus paste biscuit! You definitely need to make a detour here when you’re in Ipoh!
5. Heong Peah Ipoh
My personal favorite!
The original filling is a sticky maltose paste but these days:
You can even find kosong (empty) ones, and some with black sesame filling or durian filling!
And there are a couple of places in Ipoh that bake hiong piah, heong peah or beh teh saw or “Fragrant biscuits” the old fashioned way:
With coconut husk as the fuel!
Coconut husk method:
5.1. 189 Heong Peng (189香饼) / Yat Pat Gao Enterprise
5.2. Seng Kee Food Trading (成记香饼) / 177 Heong Peah
5.3. Keong Kee Heong Peng (强记碳烧香饼) / 362 Heong Peah
Or course, if you want some that can be accepted at the airport:
5.4. Yee Hup Hiong Peah
Individually wrapped, many flavors available.
However, you can find these anywhere in Malaysia and other south-east Asian countries now!
But the ones in Ipoh are baked on the same day!
Moving on from best Ipoh biscuits, here are some items you can take back with you!
6. Peanut Candy
The sweet and salty crunchy peanut brittle is a humble Chinese traditional treat that is prominent in Chinese New Year.
But it’s swelling popularity means you can buy it in Ipoh all year round.
Ipoh peanut candy shops like Sin Weng Fai and Ming Yue Confectionary normally have an endless stream of customers. In general, if you don’t see a queue, they didn’t make any yet.
Most shops sell the snack fresh for ~RM8-9 per 300g packet.
Sin Weng Fai (Skip the queues and buy from Shopee (MY)):
Ming Yue Confectionery:
7. Tambun Pomelo
Ipoh is particularly famous for these citrus fruits (especially in the Tambun area) because water from the surrounding limestone hills gives the soil plenty of nutrients that pomelos like!
The main season is during CNY and there are 2 varieties:
The red sort which are on the bitter and sour side. Or pinkish white – these can be bitter or sweet.
Where to buy pomelo:
7.1. Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park
7.2. Gerai Buah Ah Sai or Ah Sai Fruits Trading
8. Ipoh Salted Chicken (Aun Kheng Lim)
While there are a few salt-baked chicken shops in Ipoh now:
The most prominent is Aun Kheng Lim – in business of selling Yim Kok Kai or salted herbal chicken since 1987!
They run their business in a very efficient manner:
With the chicken (and all the herbal juicy goodness!) all wrapped and ready to go in the bright red boxes, the steady stream of customers need only order, pay and take their respective box!
You can also take them vacuum-packed if you prefer at no extra cost!
9. Kong Heng Square
It’s good fun to browse through the colorful stores here. You might pick up a local handicraft to bring home!
Stores generally start to close around 4 to 5pm.
- Bits & Bobs
- Ipoh Craft Nerds
- Why Not Elephants
And plenty of other stores!
10. The Lifeshop Atalier
If you want to get something cozy to dress up your home, you can check out this beautiful shop!
They sell fake plants, lights, pillow cases, crockery and more!
You can also buy their stuff at the gift shop in M Boutique!
Speaking of M Boutique, here’s a list of Ipoh boutique hotels if you’re thinking about staying longer…
11. 22 Hale Street Gift Shop
Get a souvenir and support a cause!
The unique handmade items sold at this quaint gift shop (next to Dong Cafe) are made by members of a disable folks home.
They have a very impressive gallery of Ipoh antiques and other keepsakes upstairs!
Bonus: The PWW Shop
The PWW Shop takes in and sells preloved items in good condition. Whatever they cannot sell is given to the homeless.
PWW (Perak Women for Women Society) is a non-profit NGO that aims to help women in crisis. The shop is just one of their projects!
On occasion, they have these gorgeous hand-painted enamel tiffin carriers!
Each one is a unique design painted by the women at their shelter which serves as refuge for women who face domestic violence in their own homes.
- 2-tier at RM190
- 3-tier at RM230
- 4-tier at RM260
Another handicraft you can find here are the woven bags by the Penan tribes in Miri!
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How to get to Ipoh from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Penang:
1. Singapore To Ipoh
There are several ways to get to Ipoh from Singapore – any of which takes 7 to 10 hours.
Therefore, unless you have many days to spare to break down the journey across Peninsula Malaysia:
You might want to take a flight instead! Which only takes an hour, in comparison!
Most people choose to drive to Ipoh if they have their own car.
But it gets pretty congested with any approaching public holiday or long weekend.
The 2.5-hour drive can easily be more than 4 hours then!
Another option is to take the ETS train to Ipoh Railway Station or a bus to Ipoh AmanJaya.
While there are frequent trips daily, you will have to book in advance most of the time!
- Driving to Penang to Ipoh takes ~2 hours.
- From Penang, you can also take the ETS train from Butterworth right to Ipoh Railway Station.
- The last option is to take a bus to Ipoh. Buses typically stop at Ipoh AmanJaya.
4. How To Get Around Ipoh If You Don’t Own A Car:
- Use the city public bus – While affordable, this is usually not a convenient or reliable method
- Hail a taxi or Grab around town
- Hire a rented car – It’s RM150+ per day for a standard 5-seater car. You do not want to be driving on a public holiday! It’s hard to find parking in Ipoh Old Town.
- Book a private tour– Get your money’s worth with transport as well as a personal guide!
The provided itinerary can be customized and you can choose a 1-day or multiple day tour.
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Don’t know what to get for your loved ones back home? Or maybe you just want to remember a good time in Ipoh?
At Ipoh, you can buy an assortment of crispy pastries with delicious fillings, salted chicken, pomelo and handicrafts if you know where to look for them!
Ipoh biscuits snacks are always welcome souvenirs from Malaysia.
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