There are so many good Ipoh Restaurants in Ipoh, Malaysia and a short weekend stay here is simply not enough time to explore all the good Ipoh food here. From the famous Chicken Rice with Tauge / “Nga Choi Kai” Ipoh Restaurants located along Jalan Yau Tet Shin to the Ipoh White Coffee Kopitiams at Ipoh Old Town along Jalan Bandar Timah, this humble and friendly Ipoh town still has a lot to offer.
Yong Tau Foo – Choong Kee Ipoh Restaurant (Famous Yong Tau Foo), Big Tree Foot (Dai Shu Geok)
This is the famous yong tau foo in Ipoh, Malaysia. The popularity of this yong tau foo stall is evident based on the number of people queuing and crowding this humble Ipoh restaurant when we arrived at about 9.00am last weekend.
Choong Kee operates similar to a factory chain. You choose your ingredients and then surrender your basket to them. Specify what accompanying noodles you would like and give them your table number. They would then have them prepared, cooked and served it at your table.
Choong Kee Ipoh Famous Yong Tau Foo Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot)
Address: 652, Jalan King, Pasir Pinji, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel : 012-5071482
Opening Times: 08:30AM—05:30PM (everyday except Wednesdays)
Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah – Yong Suan Ipoh Restaurant
We came across this nasi kandar eatery a few times during our short stay in Ipoh, Malaysia last weekend. And almost every time we went passed, we noticed a long queue right in front of this Ipoh Restaurant.
Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah is known for its ‘nasi ganja’ but there is no ‘ganja’ involved. It was termed in this manner because the nasi kandar is so good that it is addictive. The nasi kandar at this Ipoh restaurant is quite good but do not compare this with the nasi kandars in Penang. The curry kuah here is more watered down compared to the Penang nasi kandars – which is quite good if you don’t want your meal to be too heavy.
Don’t be put off by the long queue as the wait is not long. Those of you who are dining here, just take a seat and wait to be served. The queue is for those who are ordering taking aways only.
Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah
Yong Suan Restoran,
2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, 30250 Ipoh.
Business Hours: 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. daily
Curry Mee – Xin Quan Fang Restaurant
Located not too far away from nasi kandar ayam merah, you can find Xin Quan Fang Restaurant’s Hainanese curry mee. They are also known for their roast pork, char siew and stewed pork. The waiting times can be quite long here.
You’ll need to queue for your table and queue to order. To have a meal here, you must be patient. As soon as there is an empty table, they will allow the earlier ones to the table first. You will be served according to when you arrive and there is no need to flag them down to take your orders. Just sit back and relax. They will serve you eventually.
Xin Quan Fang Restaurant
174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Business Hours: Daily 0730-1200 (until finish)
GPS Coordinates: 4.5931, 101.0843
Egg Tart – Hong Kee Confectionery
Hong Kee’s egg tart is one of the best egg tarts in Ipoh town. We were informed that they wake up at about 3.00am to prepare and bake their pastries. Everything is fresh and nothing overnight as they are sold out every single day.
If you are interested to try Hong Kee’s egg tarts, it is recommended that you come early to avoid disappointments. Their stall is located at Weng Seng Kopitiam along Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar.
Hong Kee Egg Tart
Address: 14, Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar, 30300, Ipoh, Perak
Shaved Ice Desserts – Ipoh Tong Sui Kai
If you are looking to have some desserts after dinner, head over to tong sui kai where you can find a variety of desserts. From the common shaved ice desserts to the traditional desserts, you name it, they have it.
There are also a variety of noodles stalls, seafood stalls and snacks such as cockles and rojak too. When you are here, make sure you choose the stall first before choosing your table. There is an unspoken rule here that you must and can only order from the stall from which you are seated.
Tong Sui Kai (Dessert Street)
Address: Jalan Sultan Ekram, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Opening Times: 5.00pm until 1.00am
Caramel Custard & Chee Cheung Fun – Restoran Thean Chun
Thean Chun is known for its caramel custard and chee cheung fun. You can hardly see this type of food in KL. So, if you are in Ipoh, go try the caramel custard and chee cheung fun.
Pork satay are also available here. If you walk along the side of the restaurant, you would be able to see a man barbecuing the pork satay. It is amazing how he can barbecue his satay there with a throng of people walking pass that area.The shop is quite crowded in the afternoon. If possible, go earlier to avoid disappointment.
Restoran Thean Chun
Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-255 3076
Wan Tan Mee – Medan Selera Stadium
The char siew wan tan mee at the Medan Selera Stadium is quite popular among the locals here. They serve the traditional Ipoh-style wan tan mee – the slightly starchy with thick sauce type. Other than noodles, they also serve dumplings / sui kaw.
We also tried the char kway teow and though it was slightly charred, the smoky taste of the char kway teow is quite good. It would have been better if they remove the char kway teow from the heat a bit earlier.
Medan Selera Stadium
Address: Gerai 36, Medan Selera Stadium, Jalan Ghazali, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
White Coffee – Sun Yuan Foong Old Town Ipoh
This is one of the most visited kopitiam in Ipoh and they are known for their white coffee. The white coffee at Sun Yuan Foong Old Town is thicker compared to their rival, Nam Heong.
Toast bread with kaya and butter was good. Burgers are also their specialty here. But since we had been walking around trying the good foods in Ipoh, we decided to stick only with this kaya and butter toast bread.
Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Foong
Address: 17, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
White Coffee and Egg Tarts – Kedai Makanan Nam Heong
I find the taste of the white coffee in Nam Heong quite familiar. That is because I’m a fan of old town white coffee. Based on the signboard and also the posters stuck around this restaurant, I think its save to say that they carry the old town white coffee brand.
Their egg tarts are a major hit here. But when I compare this to Hong Kee Confectionery’s, the latter is better.
Kedai Makanan Nam Heong (Old Town White Coffee)
Address: 2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 017-527 5265
Opening Times: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No. 1 Dessert
Tai Soo is located along the busy road of Jalan Raja Musa Aziz. But this does not stop people from coming here for a bowl of ice kacang or soya bean milk or tau fu fah. You may customise your ice kacang or pick the recommended ones. If you like soya bean milk, I would recommend you to pack a few bottles home. They are creamy and delicious.
Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No. 1 Dessert
Address: 24, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, 30000 Ipoh
Business hours: 10.30am – 6pm, usually closed on Wednesdays
Cendol – Deen CT Cendol Ipoh
Just a short walk from Tai Soo, there is a cendol stall called Deen CT Cendol Ipoh. There are only 3 toppings – pulut (P), jagung (J) / corn and kacang (K) / red beans. This is a nice good old dessert to quench your thirst after walking around under the hot sun.
Deen CT Cendol Ipoh
Address: 24, Jalan Mustapha Al Bakri, Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: +60 16-535 0351
Chicken Rice and Beans Sprout- Restoran Tauge Ayam Onn Kee
Onn Kee chicken rice and Lou Wong chicken rice are located next to each other. Some say Onn Kee’s is better. Some say Lou Wong’s is better. For me, I think both are equally good even though they are selling the same thing.
The chicken rice in Ipoh is definitely better than the ones in KL. If only the ones in KL can cook such nice chicken rice.
Restoran Tauge Ayam Onn Kee
Address: No. 48, 51 & 53 Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 012-556 6669
Dim Sum – Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum is where the locals go to for dim sum. We were there at about 6.00am and there were already people waiting in the cars for Ming Court to be opened. The moment this place is open, people start pouring in and the table and seats in the restaurant was quickly filled up.
The service here is fast and the ladies serving the dim sum are friendly too. Dim sum is good as well. To avoid disappointment, it is highly recommended that you come early. Seriously early.
Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
Address: 32,34,36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel: 05-255 7134
Opening Times: 06:00 – 12:45 (opens everyday except Thursdays)
Swiss Rolls – JJ Rolls
You can spot JJ Rolls very easily from afar thanks to their cute mascots. They are known for their swiss rolls which comes in a variety of flavours.
You could choose one flavour or a mixed of flavour. The most popular flavour here is the durian roll. It was sold out just moments it was placed in the shop.
The middle is filled with flavoured jelly and cream. The rolls are recommended to be taken while its cold. It is spongy and delicious.
Address: 127 Jln Bharu (off Jln Kampar), Ipoh, Perak
Tel: 6016-5515796 / 6016-5595796
Opening Times: 08:00am – 08:00pm
Fook Kee’s Fried Noodles – Restaurant Yu Yee, Ipoh
This is a classic example that if you put your heart and soul into what you are doing, you can be very successful. This ordinary economy noodle restaurant doesn’t have very much to offer but simple everyday fried noodle that you can find anywhere else in Malaysia. This hidden gem is very popular among the locals based on the number of locals that came here and their willingness to wait for at least 45 minutes before their noodles is served.
The fried noodles here is good and each plate is cooked individually using the special prawn with ikan bilis broth. There’s limited broth cooked everyday and once the broth is finished, they would not serve anymore as the owner intends to keep and maintain the standards of his noodles. If you intend to have a meal here, you should come early and expect to wait for about 45 minutes before your noodle is served.
Fook Kee Noodles – Restoran Yu Yee
Address: 221, Lebuh 3, Kg Simee, 31400, Ipoh, Perak
Opening Times: 1.00pm until 5.00pm (or until the broth runs out)
Dim Sum – Restoran Foh San Sdn. Bhd.
Jalan Leong Sin Nam is the place to go to for dim sum. There are a few dim sum restaurants here and one of them is Foh San. There are many who would tell you that their rival, Ming Court is better. But I personally feel that everything depends on each individual’s personal preference. In fact, if you must make comparisons, I think that any normal dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong beats the dim sums in Malaysia anytime.
Good competition is healthy competition. With competition, restaurant owners will strive better to better serve their customers. So, whether Foh San or Ming Court, both are good in its own way.
Restoran Foh San Sdn. Bhd. (Retail)
Address: 51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Tel: (605) 254 0308
Fax: (605) 253 5432
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 2.30pm (everyday except Tuesdays)
White Coffee & Dry Curry Noodles – Nam Chau Coffee Shop
Nam Chau Coffee Shop is known for its white coffee and dry curry noodles. Unlike the normal KL dry curry noodle whereby the noodles are mixed with soy sauce and black sauce served with a bowl of curry kuah, Nam Chau’s version of dry curry noodles are noodles mixed with thicker curry kuah. The combination of savoury, spicy, sourish and sweetish taste is simply divine to a curry lover like me.
They also serve typical kopitiam stuffs like toasted bread and half-boiled eggs.
Nam Chau Coffee Shop
Address: 54, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Opening Times: 7.00am until 3.00pm (everyday except Saturdays)
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