Wondering what to eat in Ipoh? Here is kenwooi.com’s exclusive Ipoh Food Guide for you! ;)
– High Tea (Ipoh style yo!)
– Snacks / Takeaway
– Attractions (Bonus!)
Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum
Address: Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5969, 101.0863
Perfect place to have a fulfilling breakfast! Wide variety of choices, but heavy crowd – so better be early!
Xin Quan Fang / “Ma Ta Liu” Curry Mee
Address: Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5931, 101.0843
The curry noodles at Xin Quan Fang is a MUST TRY! Known for its signature magic curry sauce, it pairs well with succulent meat slices ranging from steamed chicken, prawns, signature char siew (BBQ pork) and siu yok (roast pork). This is an ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE!
Nam Heong Coffee Shop
Address: Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5931, 101.0771
Known as the origins of the famous Old Town White Coffee, Nam Heong Coffee Shop is a hot spot for those looking for local Chinese delicacies and the famous Ipoh white coffee! Parking can be a pain though.
Big Tree Foot (Dai Shu Geok)
Address: Jalan King, Pasir Pinji
GPS: 4.5822, 101.0861
If you’ve missed out on Xin Quan Fang in the morning, Big Tree Foot at Pasir Pinji can be an alternative. Known for its curry noodles and especially its wide variety of fried fritters (also known as yong tau foo) – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant
Address: Jalan Verasamy, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5986, 101.0828
For a higher-end alternative, Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant is my family’s all-time favourite restaurant to dine at on special occasions. The Chinese cuisine are just wonderful, but it comes with a wonderful price too. ;)
HIGH TEA (IPOH STYLE)
Pasir Pinji Chee Cheong Fun
Address: Jalan Pasir Pinji 5, Pasir Pinji
GPS: 4.5787, 101.0842
Price: RM2.30 small, RM3.20 big
Imagine a spring-like texture steamed rice noodles match-made with a mixture of sauces garnished generously with shallots. This is possibly the best chee cheong fun you’ll ever find in Ipoh Pasir Pinji Chee Cheong Fun. Drop by from 1pm to 4pm (or until sold out) on weekdays only (except Wednesdays).
Yong Suan Nasi Ganja & Custard Caramel
Address: Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5927, 101.0847
Price (Nasi Ganja): RM5.60 minimum per plate (inclusive of GST)
Price (Custard Caramel): RM2.95 per bowl (inclusive of GST)
It’s simple but you gotta love this nasi ganja’s rich aromatic mix of curry gravy. The portion may be small but it’s just right for a quick tummy fill-up before dinner. The custard caramel, on the other hand, is by far the smoothest in texture and its sweetness made to perfection.
Cowan Street Ayam Tauge
Address: Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5975, 101.0858
Yes, there are Lou Wong and Ong Kee, which are prominently more famous. But personally I prefer Cowan Street because it tastes much better and has lesser crowd. However, you’ll only have kueh teow to accompany the chicken and bean sprout dishes.
Tong Sui Kai (Dessert Street)
Address: Jalan Sultan Ekram
GPS: 4.5948, 101.0873
If you fancy some desserts or a late dinner / supper, Tong Sui Kai is the best place to be. It’s an open-air food court with a variety of food (especially desserts) to choose from.
Indulgence Restaurant & Living
Address: Jalan Raja Di Hilir
GPS: 4.5937, 101.0936
The western version of Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant has to be Indulgence Restaurant & Living. It’s more of a higher-end concept with interesting western food. Suitable for a date night in Ipoh. ;)
SNACKS / TAKEAWAYS
Sin Eng Heong Kaya Puff
Address: Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri (Jalan Clare), Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5948, 101.0848
Price: RM1.00 per piece (inclusive of GST)
Known for Ipoh’s famous kaya puff, Sin Eng Heong is a must visit place – but it’s better to be early as the queue can go up to an hour or more! There are other pastries too, but they’re not their best seller.
Ipoh Funny Mountain Soya Bean & Tau Fu Fah
Address: Jalan Theatre, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.5949, 101.0844
Price: RM1.20 per cup/bowl (inclusive of GST)
Another spot to have a quick snack is Funny Mountain where you can either queue or join a non-existent “drive thru” lane.
Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken
Address: Jalan Theatre, Ipoh Town
GPS: 4.59463, 101.0834
Price: RM19.00 per box (inclusive of GST)
Don’t say you’ve been to Ipoh without purchasing salted chicken. The main place to get it is none other than Aun Kheng Lim.
Ming Yue Confectionery Peanut Butter Candy
Address: Jalan Peh Kee Koh, Pasir Pinji
GPS: 4.5824, 101.0871
Price: RM2.50 for 100g (excluding GST)
Located close by Big Tree Foot, you can purchase Ipoh’s well-known peanut butter candy at Ming Yue Confectionery. The queue may be long, but there are other pastries available too.
Here’s a map with the exact location of what you can eat in Ipoh. They have been colour-coded according to meal types. You can also get the Ipoh Food Guide by kenwooi.com on Google Maps.
Ipoh Wall Art Murals – Check out the wall murals by Ernest Zacharevic. They are located around Ipoh town.
Temple Caves – Ipoh is known for its temple caves such as Kek Look Tong, Sam Poh Tong and Ling Sen Tong. Visit them to catch a glimpse away from the bustling life of Ipoh.
Kellie’s Castle – If you’re up for an abandoned castle adventure, stop by Baju Gajah. It’s about 30 minutes drive out of town.
– Ipoh Wall Art Murals: Click above link for all locations
– Kek Look Tong: 4.5583, 101.1290
– Sam Poh Tong & Ling Sen Tong: 4.5643, 101.1149
– Kellie’s Castle: 4.4752, 101.0876
Now that you know what to eat in Ipoh… great! To ensure that you have a mighty fine Ipoh trip, please be reminded to purchase parking coupons to avoid being fined. You can get them at several places around town.
Parking coupons should be used from Mondays to Saturdays (8am to 6pm, except on Public Holidays).