There’s a lot of good Ipoh food to try, including salted chicken. While not the best if you are watching your blood pressure, it’s great for sharing with the family!
This is a whole chicken marinated in rice wine with an assortment of Chinese herbs and ginger. To keep the flavor in, the chicken is wrapped in paper before it is baked with a whole lot of salt!
Most shops sell their ayam garam or yim kok kai as takeaways. You can bring some salt baked chicken from Ipoh back home if you get the freeze-dried version!
Table of contents:
- Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken
- Ipoh Kheng Lim Salted Chicken
- Ayam Garam See Heong
- Happiness Authentic Salted Chicken
- Feng Weng Salted Chicken
- Canton Salted Chicken
- Happy Delicious Salted Chicken
- Wan Li Xiang Salted Chicken And Salted Duck
- Chef Uni Ipoh Ayam Garam (Halal)
Famous Salted Chicken In Ipoh
Here are 9 places you can get Ipoh salted chicken from. We have arranged them in order of the most well-known to the least well-known amongst tourists!
Unfortunately, most salted chicken shops do not have halal certificates though shops like Aun Kheng Lim may abide by the rules using non-halal ingredients and keeping their equipment pork-free.
For a certified halal option, see the last option in this list!
1. Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken (Main Branch)
Aside from their delicious free-range chicken, you’ll be impressed with their drive-through service and overall efficiency to churn out so many in a day!
All are nicely packed for their customers in their iconic bright red boxes and plastic bags.
There is usually a queue but you won’t have to wait very long!
They have another branch along Tasek road – this one was their very first branch:
2. Ipoh Kheng Lim Salted Chicken
Ipoh Kheng Lim Salted Chicken is in Gunung Rapat which means you don’t have to drive into Ipoh New Town to get salted chicken in Ipoh!
If you buy the frozen chickens, you can keep them for up to a month!
Preparing them for consumption is easy! Just steam for 5 minutes at medium heat with the wrapper on or reheat in the microwave without the wrapper!
3. Ayam Garam See Heong
2 minutes’ walk from the more popular Ayam Garam Aun Kheng Lim:
Ayam Garam See Heong’s flavorful salted chicken can keep up with the competition.
They sell vacuum packed chicken too as well as other local food that make good Ipoh souvenirs!
They have another branch at Menglembu, Perak.
4. Happiness Authentic Salted Chicken (囍洋洋盐焗鸡)
Happiness Authentic Salted Chicken enjoys a strategic location just opposite Lou Wong Restoran Tauge Ayam.
They take up 4 shop lots for all the packaged goods (mostly food) that they sell! Including salted chicken! You can buy Ipoh pastries, pomelo and salt-baked chicken all under the same roof!
5. Feng Weng Salted Chicken (Kedai Makanan & Minuman Sin Tat Seng)
This main branch of this renown salted chicken shop is just across from Ipoh Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd! They used to go by the name, Ayam Garam Tat Seng.
Aside from the yummy chicken, you can get roast or smoked duck here. And some pork dishes! Their salt-baked chicken is full of flavor but salty so it goes great with porridge!
You can find the same chicken (packed in a yellow or dual-colored brown and white box) for sale at another branch under the same shop name close by:
It is walking distance from Octagon Apartments:
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6. Canton Salted Chicken (广东盐焗鸡)
Canton Salted Chicken is 2 minutes’ drive from Bercham’s renown Cendol Wawasan:
The chicken is well prepared but stocks are limited. So it’s best to make a pre-order first!
7. Happy Delicious Salted Chicken (福禄寿盐焗鸡)
Starting out from a humble stall at Kafe Zun Seng Fatt, Jalan Bandar Timah:
Happy Delicious Salted Chicken now has its own shop lot on Jalan Theatre in striking red!
Their signature eight treasure salt-baked chicken sells for RM22.
Smoked duck is available too. And if you can’t finish a half or whole chicken/duck, you can order individual drumsticks!
This salted chicken sits right with those that prefer a stronger herbal flavor.
They have another branch opposite Restaurant Tuck Kee.
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8. Wan Li Xiang Salted Chicken and Salted Duck
For a well-balanced herbal taste that isn’t too salty or strong, you can try the eight treasure salt-baked chicken by Wan Li Xiang –their signature dish. The herbal flavor is mild compared to other stores.
But they have a few other variations besides the original – Ginseng or black pepper.
And if you feel like having salted duck instead of chicken, they have both!
9. Chef Uni Ipoh Ayam Garam (Halal)
You can pick up frozen salted chicken that is halal from the convenience store at the Petronas petrol station on Jalan Raha Dihilir.
They use kampung chicken. Chef Uni runs a halal catering service in Ipoh.
Getting Around Ipoh
Unless your hotel in Ipoh happens to be walking distance to one of these salted chicken stores:
You can go for a private tour with RayTheTour and include a stop to buy the salt-baked chicken as part of a free and easy Ipoh itinerary!
And while you are on a tour with RayTheTour, you can ask our Ipoh-born tour guides which store is their favorite and why!
You can find shops selling Ipoh salted chicken all over Ipoh New Town and residential areas like Gunung Rapat and Bercham too!
Taste-wise, it depends whether you like a strong or mild herbal flavor. Or something in between! Most of these shops offer duck meat instead of chicken too.
And if you want halal salt-baked chicken, there is one place in Ipoh where you can buy some!