Famous Food In Taiping

If you’re heading over to Taiping, it’s only fair to try out some of the delicious food and restaurants you can find in the city.

From authentic Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisine, this quaint little town has a lot to bring to the table.

Read on as we list out the 17 most notable food in Taiping, so you’ll know just what to eat while you’re here! In addition to the best Taiping cafes.

1. Ansari Famous Cendol

You can find most cendol places at roadside stalls, but Ansari’s is a proper shop lot and has been around for three generations.

A Queue For Ansari Famous Cendol
A Queue For Ansari Famous Cendol – Photo by Travelswithsun

The is usually a queue at this shop. Our personal experience however, is that there is better cendol in Penang and Ipoh.

As this cendol lacks the fragrance of Gula Melaka (they use white sugar), although it is creamy and there’s the option of adding pulut to it for more texture. The cendol jellies are plump and tasty.

And the fact that they have space for diners to sit down and enjoy their cendol is a bonus. Besides two sinks for patrons to use. Moreover, service is speedy and the cendol is affordable.

Bowls Of Cendol At Ansari Famous Cendol
Bowls Of Cendol At Ansari Famous Cendol – Photo by Travelswithsun

Apart from desserts, there are also local delicacies such as pasembor or pulut udang too after or before relishing your bowl of cendol.

2. Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang

Pisang goreng (fried banana fritters) is a popular Malaysian tea-time snack;

At Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang, the fried bananas are simply marvellous – Crispy on the outside and sweet and gooey on the inside!

Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang
Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang – Photo by Travelswithsun

The battered skin of the fried bananas tend to separate from the bananas though. This could be because the bananas are very large.

Apart from fried bananas, the stall also serves fried cempedak and spring rolls, with yam lovers enjoying the kuih bakul here immensely.

At Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang
At Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang – Photo by Travelswithsun

It is however, not a restaurant and more of a takeaway place. Do come here if you’re in the neighborhood to try out some tasty (if slightly unhealthy) pisang goreng!

Freshly Made Goreng Pisang At Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang
Freshly Made Goreng Pisang At Taiping Famous PSL Goreng Pisang – Photo by Travelswithsun

3. Roti Bakar Abang Fadzil House

While basically toasted bread, the roti bakar at Abang Fadzil House takes it up a notch.

Toasted over coals fires, the roti bakar here has a distinct smoky taste.

Poached Eggs On Toast (Roti Bakar) And Nasi Lemak At Roti Bakar Abang Fadzil House
Poached Eggs On Toast (Roti Bakar) And Nasi Lemak At Roti Bakar Abang Fadzil House – Photo credits to makeysokmoo (Instagram)

Accompanied with poached eggs it makes for a hearty breakfast to go alongside your hot beverage of choice.

While roti bakar is the main pull here, feel free to try out their other offerings to further complete your meal, such as nasi lemak or their noodle dishes.

4. LA Burger Kukus Taiping

Situated within the old Taiping Railway Station Building, LA Burger Kukus Taiping serves up juicy burgers with a variety of drinks to go with them.

Exterior Of LA Burger Kukus, Taiping
Exterior Of LA Burger Kukus, Taiping – Photo credits to projekmakantravel (Instagram)

Interestingly, they also serve giant burgers for special occasions.

The menu on offer here is mainly Western, consisting of steamed and grilled burgers (beef, chicken, and lamb), pasta, sandwiches, and hotdogs.

Tower Burger With Cheese At LA Burger Kukus Taiping
Tower Burger With Cheese At LA Burger Kukus Taiping – Photo credits to laburgertaiping (Instagram)

With delicious food, fast service, large portions, and some surprisingly delectable drinks, this burger joint certainly has the food to match its old-school aesthetic!

5. Aulong Kaya Kok @ Chok Kee Confectionary 后廊祝记咖椰角

Within Taiping is another small village known as Aulong, home to the historical Chok Kee Kaya Puff/ Kaya Kok pastry.

Freshly Baked Kaya Kok At Chok Kee Confectionary, Taiping
Freshly Baked Kaya Kok At Chok Kee Confectionary, Taiping – Photo credits to foodventura17 (Instagram)

This handmade sweet confectionery by Chok Kee Confectionery has been around since 1947, and still delights customers to this day.

Their kaya puff is known for its crispy texture and the silky taste of kaya (coconut milk-based gooey concoction) filling that is a nostalgic snack for many Taiping-ites and Malaysians in general.

6. MJ’s Cuisine 明記

MJ’s Cuisine is a family-style restaurant that has been around since Sept 2013.

Interior Of MJ’s Cuisine At Taiping
Interior Of MJ’s Cuisine At Taiping – Photo credits to mjsctpg (Instagram)

MJ’s has been serving customers with traditional western and eastern fusion food and exclusive coffee, placing a premium on quality food and equally dependable service.

Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank At MJ's Cuisine, Taiping
Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank At MJ’s Cuisine, Taiping – Photo credits to mjsctpg (Instagram)

They have an extensive menu from appetizers, soups, salads, and mains, and the varied fusion cuisine means it’s a great catch-all if you can’t decide what to eat!

Smoked Duck Aglio Olio At MJ’s Cuisine
Smoked Duck Aglio Olio At MJ’s Cuisine – Photo credits to mjsctpg (Instagram)

7. Khim Heong Foodstuffs

This confectionery is the oldest biscuit factory in the northern Malaysia; once made for emperors in the Tang Dynasty, they’re now available for everyone to savor!

An Assortment Of Traditional Biscuits At Khim Heong Foodstuffs
An Assortment Of Traditional Biscuits At Khim Heong Foodstuffs – Photo credits to Khim Heong Foodstuffs (Facebook)

The star product here is the heong peah, which translates to fragrant biscuits. Molass-filled dough are baked in a traditional clay oven where the biscuits are stuck to the wall over a coconut husk fire.

There are also ‘biscuit-making classes’ in the morning, where visitors can learn to make tau-sar-peah (mung beans biscuits).

8. Cheeky Summer

With a memorable name, Cheeky Summer offers up its services as a smoothie and juice bar, the first of its kind in Taiping.

Exterior Of Cheeky Summer At Taiping
Exterior Of Cheeky Summer At Taiping – Photo credits to christynlee (Instagram)

Their juices are cold-pressed with no added sugar, which is perfect if you happen to be watching your calorie intake.

Fresh Juice At Cheeky Summer
Fresh Juice At Cheeky Summer – Photo credits to summercheeky (Instagram)

Their food menu includes light pizzas, salads, and much more, such as their ‘Alligator Lay Eggs’, which is simply poached eggs on smashed avocado.

So if you’re looking for a quick bite or a guilt-free meal, Cheeky Summer is the place to be.

9. Mr. BBQ

Don’t be fooled by the name thinking that this is a BBQ restaurant, as it’s actually popular among the locals for its Chinese seafood!

Curry Prawn In Bread At Mr BBQ Restaurant Taiping
Curry Prawn In Bread At Mr BBQ Restaurant Taiping – Photo credits to jk_sin78 (Instagram)

The food is mainly local Chinese fare such as red wine noodles, Cantonese noodles, sweet and sour pork, and much more.

And while you can’t go wrong with any seafood dishes or the tom yum soup here, the chili ikan bakar is the most sought-after of the bunch. Though you may want to try the intriguing curry prawns in bread too!

Ikan Bakar At Mr BBQ Restaurant Taiping
Ikan Bakar At Mr BBQ Restaurant Taiping – Photo credits to Gayatthiri Jaganathan

With a great ambiance, Mr. BBQ restaurant stands out among others in Taiping. But just be sure to make a reservation as it’s always packed!

10. Kedai Ais Kacang Merah Raex

A typical Chinese Kopitiam (coffee shop) known for its signature ice-blended red bean with milk drink – A thick and frothy concoction, doubling up as a dessert.

This place is a favorite haunt for both locals and visitors, serving hawker delights such as lok look (a simplified version of steamboat) and popiah (Spring rolls).

Lok Lok Stall At Kedai Ais Kacang Merah Raex
Lok Lok Stall At Kedai Ais Kacang Merah Raex – Photo credits to jcl_ee (Instagram)

Best of all, it’s all at an affordable price, making it a great pit stop if you’re hungry!

11. Lian Thong Restaurant

A small family-run business that serves local homemade cuisine. So if you are in the mood for some comfort food, Lian Thong is the place.

Of note are the fried koay teow, curry noodles, and the ever-popular half-boiled eggs on toast.

Half-boiled Eggs On Toast At Lian Thong Restaurant, Taiping
Half-boiled Eggs On Toast At Lian Thong Restaurant, Taiping – Photo credits to jaslynkhor_0209 (Instagram)

Other dishes that might surprise first-time patrons are the kerabu chicken rice, fried tofu pop, bomb mee, and many more unique dishes.

Note: Employees are senior citizens, so patience and sensitivity are requested.

12. Hua Soon Firework Char Koay Teow

While you’re not going to watch fireworks while having a mouthful of yummy char koay teow, it’s a delicious experience nonetheless.

Stall Of Hua Soon Firework Char Koay Teow At Taiping
Stall Of Hua Soon Firework Char Koay Teow At Taiping – Photo credits to shin717 (Instagram)

Fun fact: The fireworks are embers that come from a manual pulley fan when the owner stokes the fire.

Although you can find char koay teow basically anywhere in Taiping or Malaysia, the ones here are served on a green leaf from a kam yuit or simpoh air plant.

Char Koay Teow At Hua Soon Firework Char Koay Teow, Taiping
Char Koay Teow At Hua Soon Firework Char Koay Teow, Taiping – Photo credits to shin717 (Instagram)

Moreover, with 50 years of experience making this dish, the cook Ah Soon stir-fries with such speed that his hands and the ladle become blurry.

To uphold the quality of the dish, he only fries for two or three plates at one go, with his sons assisting in the serving and takeaway process.

The char koay teow here is slightly wet, accompanied by cockles, eggs, and bean sprouts served on a kam yuit leaf.

13. Nasi Kandar Beratur 786 Taiping

This nasi kandar outlet is not your usual kopitiam in terms of the furnishing, being brightly lit with tasteful decor and wooden flooring.

Interior Of Nasi Kandar Beratur 786 At Taiping
Interior Of Nasi Kandar Beratur 786 At Taiping – Photo credits to nasikandarberatur786 (Instagram)

Its primary focus is Indian cuisine, with a variety of chicken, mutton, beef, and seafood curries and fried dishes available, alongside servings of rice, Indian bread, and tandoori.

Curry Mutton At Nasi Kandar Beratur 786 Taiping
Curry Mutton At Nasi Kandar Beratur 786 Taiping – Photo credits to nasikandarberatur786 (Instagram)

Apart from that, western dishes such as chicken chop and lamb chop are served here too, so there’s something for everyone here.

14. Larut Matang Hawker Center

Larut Matang Hawker Center is one of the most popular food places in Taiping if you’re looking to be spoilt for choice.

There are over a hundred stalls under one roof, serving food from all the melting pot cuisines known throughout Malaysia. The hawker center is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner too.

Typical Hawker Dining Experience At Larut Matang Hawker Center
Typical Hawker Dining Experience At Larut Matang Hawker Center – Photo credits to art_culture_tourism (Instagram)

With plenty of Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisine eateries around, so try them to see what suits you best!

Of particular note is stall number, 63 (open from 8.30am to 5.30pm) which serves a reputable koey teow goreng (fried kuay teow):

Besides their impressive braising and wok frying techniques, this kuay teow here has a delicious smoky flavor which lifts the dish to another level.

15. Pusat Penjaja Taiping

Pusat Penjaja is a hawker center behind the fire station, which locals call The Circus Ground.

Malay-style Yong Tau Fu And Other Food At Pusat Penjaja Taiping
Malay-style Yong Tau Fu And Other Food At Pusat Penjaja Taiping – Photo credits to soitsok (Instagram)

Like other hawker centers in Malaysia, you can find a variety of food to suit your palate. Though we would like to bring your attention to the stall running the Malay-style yong tau fu:

It’s slightly different from the Chinese version of this dish. Their rendition is essentially sotong kangkong (boiled cuttlefish with blanched water spinach) smothered with a salty-sweet dressing and sprinkled with crushed peanuts.

It’s an interesting twist on a familiar dish, and well worth a try if you’re around.

There’s also plenty of other basic hawker fare here, with fried noodles, roti canai, and much more!

16. Yat Sun Taiping

The Yat Sun restaurant in Taiping is a Muslim-friendly eatery complete with nostalgic marble top tables and mosaic tiles lining the wall.

Hainanese Chicken Chop And Fried Mee At Yut Sun Restaurant, Taiping
Hainanese Chicken Chop And Fried Mee At Yut Sun Restaurant, Taiping – Photo credits to karipapberpusing (Instagram)

It’s a relaxing place to have a meal with its pre-war colonial charm.  There are actually 2 branches in Taiping – and both along Jalan Pasar just a minute’s walk apart.

The main branch is at the corner at the intersection between Jalan Lim Tee Hooi and Jalan Pasar while the second is on the opposite of the road, at the intersection between Jalan Ong Saik and Jalan Pasar.

As expected from a typical Hainanese restaurant/coffee shop, Yut Sun serves a variety of Hainanese delights, as well as broader Chinese cuisine.

They have chicken chop, beef steak, and fish & chips, and a variation of roti sayur (literally translated as bread with vegetables) that are worth trying.

Note: The chicken chop at the second Taiping branch has french fries while the main branch serves the dish with potato wedges.

17. Tai Chien

This old-school kopitiam at the corner where Jalan Pasar and Jalan Lim Tee Hooi meet (diagonally opposite of the main branch of Yat Sun has some of the best curry mee in town.

Char Kway Teow At Kedai Makanan Tai Chien
Char Kway Teow At Kedai Makanan Tai Chien – Photo credits to wendyfullworld_ (Instagram)

But they also have nasi lemak and other commendable local noodle dishes like wan tan mee, lor mee, and char kway teow. And it’s a great idea to order a side of popiah to go with your noodles!

Popiah And Wan Tan Mee At Kedai Makanan Tai Chien, Taiping
Popiah And Wan Tan Mee At Kedai Makanan Tai Chien, Taiping – Photo credits to chun_hean82 (Instagram)

However, a unique dish available here is the orange chicken rice, where you can opt for curry or orange sauce.

Another Taiping specialty here is hor ga sai (“tiger bites lion”, a Hokkien way of implying “mixed things”), where local coffee is mixed with milo, lending it a similar taste to a mocha – except with traditional-style coffee and the absence of milk.

Hor Ga Sai At Kedai Makanan Tai Chien
Hor Ga Sai At Kedai Makanan Tai Chien – Photo credits to chun_hean82 (Instagram)

You’ll see a lot locals having their breakfast here since there’s a wide variety of good food for affordable prices!

Conclusion

There’s plenty of great food in Taiping if you know where to look, from delicious crowd favorites to unique dishes such as the kam yuit char koay teow or orange chicken rice!

You can find great and inexpensive noodles, curries, snacks, desserts, and western food in Taiping with a local twist too.

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