What is the hype behind the best Ipoh tau fu fa? Stop for a bowl when you are in Ipoh and find out!
Since it can be served chilled, this makes it a treat on a hot day in Ipoh too!
Here’s where you can get your hands on Ipoh famous tau fu fa!
- Concubine Lane Tau Fu Fa
- Fujiwara Tofa Shop Ipoh
- Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd
- Big Mom Beancurd Ipoh
- Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert
- Woong Kee Bean Curd Bercham Ipoh
- Lou Yau Kei Tau Fu Fa
What Is Tau Fu Fa?
Tau fu fa or tau foo fah is made of soybean curd. The taste is bland on its own.
Because it doesn’t have much taste of its own, classic tau fu fa is often served in a bowl with sugar syrup.
Although there are now dozens of ways to serve it!
You can find this common Chinese dessert anywhere in Malaysia. But Ipoh tau fu fa is known for being exceptionally silky!
That’s why we have included it in our list of best Ipoh food too!
7 Best Ipoh Tau Fu Fah
Not in any particular order, these places all serve tau fu fa to the high standards that the locals are used to!
If you’re interested in trying a certain flavor or topping, we have listed what each shop offers!
Plain tau fu fa with sugar syrup should cost less than RM2 a bowl. With that in mind, assume that the shops only accept cash!
1. Concubine Lane Tau Fu Fa (鼎丰潮州豆腐花)
No doubt that this tau fu fa shop enjoys a constant stream of visitors going down Concubine Lane!
Especially on the weekends when you can definitely expect a queue:
Even though the tau fu fa itself is nothing to shout about, it’s the charming setting of the small shop with its old-school traditional vibes that reels visitors to come in for a bowl!
Complete with traditional low wooden stools and tables!
- Sea bird nest (with gingko)
- White sugar (clear) and ginger
- Teow chew tau fu fa (brown palm sugar with black sesame seeds on top)
2. Fujiwara Tofa Shop (Ipoh) 怡保藤原豆腐花店
There are hardly any places that offer freshly made smooth tau fu fa at night. For that reason, you can try Fujiwara Tofa Shop! Which is air conditioned too.
However, if you’re a fan of the manga series, Initial-D (where the term Tokyo drift is from) or just cars in general, you will be impressed by the AE86 (hachiroku) in front that is still in running condition!
Along with other display cars inside and outside the shop (e.g., Ryosuke’s RX7 FC and Keisuke’s FD)!
The pork-free venue serves up other local snacks like ang ku kuih and kuih talam besides some dishes (e.g., laksa, curry rice, nasi lemak etc) too.
As expected, this novelty cafe has prices to match too.
3. Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd
Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd has firmly established itself as the place to get Ipoh famous tau fu fa! In fact, their recipe goes all the way back to 1952.
It’s not just that long line of people that want to try their classic rendition of smooth (and overpriced) tau fu fa:
There are cars that will slow down in front of the shop so that they can give their takeaway orders to the staff too!
Taste-wise, both the tau fu fa and soy milk are quite sweet.
4. Big Mom Beancurd Ipoh (靓妈豆花)
Compared to its competitor further along the road (Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd):
Big Mom Beancurd Ipoh (靓妈豆花) offers its customers a lot more when it comes to how they serve tau fu fa.
They have a comfortable dining space, friendly staff, and many available flavors and toppings to dress their Ipoh tau fu fa!
Besides this, there is kuih and fresh soy bean milk of various flavors (Like purple sweet potato soy milk) for sale too!
You will likely find yourself back here the next time you come back to Ipoh!
Syrup Flavors (Weekends have more):
- Chrysanthemum with peach jelly
- Red beans
- Barley and gingko
- Crushed peanut with sesame and sugar
- Tang yuan (sweet glutinous rice balls)
5. Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert
Their tau fu fa may not be as silky as the rest:
But of tau fu fah shops in Ipoh, only this one has other local desserts like ice kacang and cendol (with condensed milk) available for order!
The coffee shop can be a bit stuffy in the afternoons (I.e., no air conditioning and limited seating) but a cold dessert will soon fix that!
- Red beans
- Gula Melaka
6. Woong Kee Bean Curd Bercham Ipoh
This extended road side stall shares the roof of its neighbor, 7-Eleven to provide a sheltered seating area for customers to sample their soft and silky tau fu fa.
There are those that swear that this tau fu fa is better than the one served at Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd!
Get a bottle (RM3) of their black soy bean milk to try too!
Flavors To Try:
- Peanut, sesame and brown sugar
- Brown sugar
- Clear (white sugar)
- Chrysanthemum sugar
- Gula Melaka
- Red beans
- Glutinous rice balls
7. Lou Yau Kei Tau Fu Fa
There’s no shop sign or obvious land mark to mark the location of Lou Yau Kei Tau Fu Fa, a humble roadside food truck. However, it’s just across from Woong Kee Bean Curd Bercham Ipoh! Coincidence?
And because it’s all the way in Bercham, you should only look for it if you happen to be passing through the area.
This mildly sweet tau fu fa is extremely smooth. Almost more liquid than solid!
Experience the wonder of Ipoh tau fu fa at any of these highly frequented shops and stalls!
Some offer drive-through service. While others take the liberty to jazz up this otherwise simple dessert that Ipoh is famous for!
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