Ipoh’s famous chicken rice – otherwise known as Ipoh taugeh chicken rice, should be on every foodie’s list of Ipoh food to try!
Many vendors have made it their specialty as the business is lucrative. This healthy competition means that the standard of chicken rice in Ipoh stays high!
Don’t know where to begin? We have 9 places where you can find the best chicken rice in Ipoh! Lou Wong and Ong Kee are not the only ones who serve this iconic Ipoh staple!
Table Of Contents:
- Lou Wong Chicken Rice
- Onn Kee Chicken Rice
- Buntong Chicken Rice
- Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant
- Restaurant Sam Ma Chicken Rice
- Yoon Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken
- Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong
- Restaurant Huat Chicken
- Liao Fan Hawker Chan Ipoh Branch
9 Best Chicken Rice In Ipoh
While some shops serve rice to accompany their delicious chicken, others serve hor fun (rice noodles) instead. Or both!
Try both versions while you’re in Ipoh! There are restaurants open from morning till midnight!
1. Lou Wong Chicken Rice Ipoh
It’s easy to want to make a beeline straight for this well-known establishment in Ipoh New Town:
Lou Wong’s chicken may be a little oily but that’s normal.
Together with crunchy bean sprouts, chicken rice or horfun, the simple seasoning and fresh garnish is enough to bring out the succulent taste of the chicken!
Price-wise, it can cost ~RM10 for a single portion. The restaurant has seating outside on the street.
2. Ong Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Restaurant / Onn Kee Chicken Rice Ipoh
Lou Wong’s main rival is almost directly across from them with a similar open-air dining experience! Service is speedy but prices can be high.
Their homemade sauce comes off a little saltier than Lou Wong’s while the chicken, silky smooth hor fun and plump sprouts are just as delightful!
Some swear by the chicken rice here instead of Lou Wong’s!
Oh, and they do have pork meatballs that are worth trying!
Note: You can ask for kampung chicken if you want a slightly tougher texture.
3. Restaurant Ayam Tauke (文冬口芽菜鸡) / Buntong chicken rice
Most tourists have yet to hear of this place and their tender and juicy chickens! The restaurant is actually in a house in a residential neighborhood.
There are just about 20 tables altogether – some inside and others outside.
They make a unique chili sauce to go with their chicken – thicker than those you would find in other Ipoh chicken rice restaurants. Both rice and hor fun are available.
As well as pork bolls and of course, the quintessential taugeh (bean sprouts)!
4. Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant
Equally famous for their nga choy kai and their notorious penchant for irregular opening hours:
Locals don’t mind queuing up for the Ipoh chicken rice by Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant! And they will start queuing before it opens!
The chicken rice is consistently good, albeit a little salty. Many consider this the best chicken rice in Ipoh!
Their hor fun stands out from other places due to a thick broth that combines the taste of chicken and prawn!
For those who enjoy this delicacy, chicken innards are exceptionally tasty here!
Note: The price can come up to just under RM30 for 2 pax, excluding drinks.
5. Restaurant Sam Ma Chicken Rice
Still the new kid on the block:
Restaurant Sam Ma opened in ~2016 in Ipoh Garden South.
Customers can buy just quarter chicken or half chicken instead of a whole chicken too! The house chili sauce is the cherry on top for the meal!
And you can upgrade to kampung chicken for an additional ~RM4! Prices are still reasonable especially when compared to the more established chicken rice restaurants in Old Town.
They’re also very generous with the cucumber slices! With a lovely helping of blended ginger paste on the side. Which you don’t get at other chicken rice shops by the way.
You can order the following side dishes to go with your meal:
- Bean sprouts
- Braised chicken feet
- Meat balls in soup
6. Yoon Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken (润记)
Only open for dinner:
Another place you can get savory Ipoh chicken rice (and hor fun) from is none other than at Ipoh Stadium!
We personally like the rice version better since the hor fun broth is not very satisfactory (I.e., missing out on prawn heads).
Which is great because there’s a lot of other must-try Ipoh food here like wanton mee, fish head noodles, rojak, kuay teow, etc! The neighboring stall serves delicious fried tofu!
Best of all, it’s not very accessible to tourists who don’t have their own car! So the price is still relatively affordable.
7. Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong
Just when you think we’ve run out of chicken rice shops to write about:
Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong is another deserving contender on this list because:
It’s often crowded during lunch time as it’s not open for breakfast or dinner.
Along with their poached chicken, roasted chicken and char siew is for sale too. All are equally yummy so be sure to bring a buddy with you!
Their meat mains pair well with their “oil rice” and the following side dishes:
- Bean sprouts
- Chap geok – this is a Chinese vegetable dish that involves dried chili and vinegar – a sour and spicy combination that few restaurants serve!
Although, if you really want the best chicken rice in Ipoh, then this one is pretty ordinary. Especially after a 30-40 minute wait outside!
It’s often crowded during lunch time as it’s not open for breakfast or dinner. Service can be slow so don’t stop here if you’re already hungry!
Read more: 9 Famous Salted Chicken In Ipoh
8. Restaurant Huat Chicken (滑鸡皇) Temporarily Closed
Compared to the other Ipoh chicken rice shops, this restaurant seems like a fancy place – Marble top tables, decorative paintings and air-conditioning! Open for dinner too!
As with many other chicken rice restaurants, most of the side dishes will use their same blend of soy sauce and garnish that was present in the main dish, the poached chicken.
However, you can get other side dishes here besides bean sprouts:
- Chicken feet
- Fish ball
- Fried pork belly
9. Liao Fan Hawker Chan Ipoh Branch
The style of cooking and taste of this Michelin chicken rice in Ipoh is a little different from the other chicken rice shops in this list but:
Liao Fan Hawker Chan Ipoh Branch is none other than the first Malaysian outlet by the Ipoh-born Michelin star chef who found success in Singapore!
Despite the pictures, it’s not roast chicken that they serve here in the clean and comfortable restaurant. But rather, the chicken is stewed in soy sauce!
While you’re here, you ought to try their char siew too! Or fish ball curry noodles!
The common verdict among locals is that the food is pricey. And the chicken rice has been tuned to Singaporean taste buds – sweeter than what you would normally find in Ipoh.
But it’s still worth checking out if it’s not a peak business day for them!
Read more: 15 Best Western Restaurants In Ipoh
BONUS: IPOH Hainan Chicken Rice (Halal)
This halal certified restaurant with an old-school kopitiam ambiance offers Muslim visitors a chance to try Ipoh chicken rice!
Aside from poached/ steamed chicken, they have other renditions like roast chicken and Siamese chicken (sweet and sour). The white coffee they serve is not bad.
There are dishes to accompany the chicken too but these tend to sell out around lunch time.
End your meal with some fried ice cream as dessert!
Note that service is often slow. Perhaps, go elsewhere if your stomach is already rumbling or if you see a lot of people at the restaurant.
Getting To These Ipoh Chicken Rice Restaurants
To make things more convenient, you can include a stop to a chicken rice restaurant in a flexible Ipoh tour itinerary with RayTheTour, a private tour service.
During your tour, you can ask your local experienced guide which Ipoh chicken rice restaurant is their go-to!
Going for Ipoh chicken rice means having to join the locals at their favorites chicken rice haunts. Luckily, there’s many to choose from!
Most of these restaurants prepare the chicken in more or less the same way.
But some places offer additional delicacies like chicken feet, innards, fishball soup or the like. Others have a different take on their chili sauce!
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