Nasi Kandar In Ipoh

Yes, there’s more than one great place to get nasi kandar in Ipoh!

Each of these restaurants has their own way of preparing fried chicken and various curry. Some even have their own in-house nasi lemak!

So without further ado, here are 9 of best spots for nasi kandar in Ipoh to try out along with the recommended dishes from each restaurant.

Best Nasi Kandar In Ipoh

1. Nasi Kandar Tayub

A great lunch spot, Nasi Kandar Tayub is only open till 4pm and there will usually be a long queue so unless you have time on your hands to wait around, head on earlier!

The reason for the queue is the consistently good taste of the food and this nasi kandar restaurant is much loved by locals who are regulars for decades!

Helping Of Nasi Kandar At Nasi Kandar Tayub, Ipoh
Helping Of Nasi Kandar At Nasi Kandar Tayub, Ipoh – Photo credits to amzarhj.hussinbasri (Instagram)

We recommend the ayam goreng rempah (spiced fried chicken)! Though you might really like they way they mix curries too!

However, prices at Nasi Kandar Tayub are quite high and you will find that the chicken pieces are relatively small.

2. Nasi Kandar Pekan Lama

Humble Exterior of Nasi Kandar Pekan Lama At Ipoh
Humble Exterior of Nasi Kandar Pekan Lama At Ipoh – Photo credits to anizmanan (Instagram)

Another long-standing nasi kandar restaurant in Ipoh is Nasi Kandar Pekan Lama.

The restaurant is in an area with many other restaurants so while there are plenty of parking spaces available, they can fill up quickly when the lunch crowd comes.

Moreover, there is limited seating so if you’re planning to dine in, expect to wait a while.

Plates Of Nasi Kandar At Nasi Kandar Pekan Lama, Ipoh
Plates Of Nasi Kandar At Nasi Kandar Pekan Lama, Ipoh – Photo credits to anizmanan (Instagram)

Alternatively, you could always opt for takeaway. With the consideration that the food often finishes by 2pm.

While you’re here, do try their sambal kelapa, mango curry, ayam rendang as well as their mixed curry of generous portions!

Their prices are cheap hence the constant crowd. And it helps that it tastes like curried heaven as well!

3. Restoran Nasi Kandar Bharkat

A popular spot for many students at the nearby colleges, Restoran Nasi Kanda Bharkat serves affordable and delicious food.

Furthermore, their service is fast, staff is friendly and the portions are generous! We recommend that you try out their ayam madu (honeyed chicken) as well as their roti canai.

Various Dishes At Restoran Nasi Kandar Bharkat, Ipoh
Various Dishes At Restoran Nasi Kandar Bharkat, Ipoh – Photo credits to Restoran Nasi Kandar Bharkat (Facebook)

Top that with a generous pour of fish curry, lamb curry or minced beef for a satisfying meal!

Though keep in mind that because of its location, this nasi kandar restaurant is exceptionally busy with the working crowd during lunchtime (I.e., parking spots are almost always scarce during lunch).

4. Yop Pa Nasi Kandar Beringin

Having taken over a Tom Yam restaurant, Yop Pa Nasi Kandar Beringin has an entirely different menu with nasi kandar but also some noodle dishes.

To start off, it’s obvious that prices are on the higher side but on the other hand, they do have a large seating area and an equally large variety of dishes – including fish head curry.

Close Up Of Nasi Kandar At Yop Pa Nasi Kandar Beringin
Close Up Of Nasi Kandar At Yop Pa Nasi Kandar Beringin – Photo credits to nasikandarberinginyoppa (Instagram)

However, the star dishes here are the fried chicken and lamb curry. Another wonderful thing to note is that their curries are thick!

If you prefer noodles, try out their prawn noodles which, by the way, features 5 to 6 huge palm-sized prawns! Alternatively, we also recommend the beef bihun soup.

5. Gerai Makanan Dan Minuman Rahamath

In the middle of the busy Ipoh town, you will find this unassuming stall strategically next to a mosque.

Thus, the parking situation is difficult at any time of the day as its also near offices, food courts and popular cafes! So you might want to take public transport or have someone drop you off here.

Tempting Full Plate Of Nasi Kandar At Gerai Makanan Dan Minuman Rahamath
Tempting Full Plate Of Nasi Kandar At Gerai Makanan Dan Minuman Rahamath – Photo credits to Zulaikha Mohideen (Facebook)

Many locals know about Gerai Makanan dan Minuman Rahamath and is often packed during lunch Be prepared to queue and don’t get here too late as food sells out fast.

Their bestsellers include ayam masak merah, honeyed chicken, mutton curry and the sambal kelapa. The curries are thick and savory and go well with the biryani rice!

For something crunchy, you can’t go wrong with their fried chicken which is always served hot!

6. Restoran HAJI GANY Nasi Kandar

Also at a busy main road in Ipoh town, Restoran Haji Gany Nasi Kandar is another underrated delight.

They aren’t very crowded or as well-known with a must-try craze surrounding their menu but Restoran HAJI GANY Nasi Gandar is still an equally great option for good nasi kandar but without the queues!

Assorted Dishes At Restoran HAJI GANY Nasi Kandar, Ipoh
Assorted Dishes At Restoran HAJI GANY Nasi Kandar, Ipoh – Photo credits to Restoran Haji Gany (Facebook)

The establishment is clean with comfortable spaces to dine in and it is highly convenient to get here if you happen to stay at any of the hotels nearby.

If you don’t know what to order, start with the fried chicken, sambal kelapa as well as their nasi lemak.

Note: The sambal kelapa is pretty spicy though so be warned!

Parking is difficult given the location though there is still plenty of parking spaces available but you do need to drive around a bit.

7. Restoran S. H. Saleem

Restoran SH Saleem At Ipoh
Restoran SH Saleem At Ipoh – Photo credits to S.H Saleem restaurant (Facebook)

Along Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Restoran S. H. Saleem’s main clientele are workers in the same area.

Aside from the delicious food they serve, their fast and friendly service is reliable during lunch! Plus, they have an air-conditioned section if you want to escape the heat.

Plateful Of Nasi Kandar At Restoran SH Saleem, Ipoh
Plateful Of Nasi Kandar At Restoran SH Saleem, Ipoh – Photo credits to Khaled Al (Google Maps)

Do not pass on their wonderful biryani which tastes even better when mixed with mutton curry. They serve sambal kelapa as well but it finishes fast so head on earlier.

While parking is ample, vacant slots will fill fast during lunch. Luckily, the queue for the restaurant moves along quickly too.

8. Restoran Majeedia

Restoran Majeedia opens as early as 7am and is hence, an opportunity for those who fancy nasi kandar for breakfast. Or lunch!

However, seeing that they are located at one of the busiest intersections in Ipoh old town, it is not easy to secure parking. Most likely, you will have to park at a distance and take a walk.

Fried Chicken And Nasi Kandar At Restoran Majeedia, Ipoh
Fried Chicken And Nasi Kandar At Restoran Majeedia, Ipoh – Photo credits to miss_kochee (Instagram)

And because seating is limited, you may have to takeaway the food instead of dining in during peak hours.

Must-try dishes at this nasi kandar restaurant in Ipoh is the biryani and ayam masak merah! Although you will find it hard to resist the other dishes (displayed in large pots) as you walk in.

Prices are reasonable but the lack of cleanliness may be bothersome – sometimes, the staff use their hands to pick up food. If you can’t stand stuff like this, it’s best to skip this spot altogether!

9. Restoran M. Salim

Shopfront Of Restoran M.Salim At Ipoh
Shopfront Of Restoran M.Salim At Ipoh – Photo credits to firdaus_idris2000 (Instagram)

With other restaurants for neighbors, many frequent Restoran M.Salim for either lunch or dinner as it is open from 8am till 8pm.

A must try is their kari kepala ikan (curried fish head) which is what most come for! But we also recommend their biryani and goat curry as well. The latter pairs well with their soft chapati.

Some Nasi Kandar At Restoran M.Salim, Ipoh
Some Nasi Kandar At Restoran M.Salim, Ipoh – Photo credits to emminatasha (Instagram)

While the food is great, their service could be better as their staff tend to be curt (bordering on rude) so if you value good service above all else, it might be better to settle for a takeaway.

Note: Finding parking here is fair though do expect vacant slots to fill up fast during peak times

Conclusion

And that completes our list for the top 9 places for nasi kandar in Ipoh! Don’t hesitate to add them to your long Ipoh food hunt list!

Just remember to plan your trip accordingly as nasi kandar is a favorite meal for many locals and many of these restaurants are located in busy areas!

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