• Raymond Lim

Ipoh Food Guide 2020 - 19 Best Food In Ipoh (Famous Food List)

Updated: Apr 10


Sampling Ipoh food is one of the things to do in Ipoh that you must never skip! Many restaurants and food stalls in Ipoh have been around for generations!

There’s more to Ipoh’s food scene than just the popular Ipoh white coffee! In 2016, Lonely Planet even listed Ipoh as one of the top destinations in Asia!

Time to put those diet plans aside and go for a food trip in Ipoh!

Best Ipoh Food

There’s usually more than one place that you can get a certain dish. We’ve listed them in order of the most popular, with alternatives below!

1. Gai Se Hor Fun

A comforting bowl of shredded chicken and silky flat-rice noodles! The fragrance is a result of the chicken broth boiled with prawn heads and shells!

Gai Se Hor Fun With Meatball Add-ons From Restoran Moon De Moon - Credits to chriskhoo1988 (Instagram)

At Moon De Moon, you can have add-ons like fish balls, beancurd, and meat too! Do expect a little bit of wait during peak hours and on weekends!

Moon De Moon

Address: 148, Hala Wah Keong, Taman Mirindi, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 1pm

Closed on: Monday and Tuesday

Contact: +6012-516 0485

Restoran Thean Chun

Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 8am to 4:30pm

Sunday: 8am to 12pm

Contact: +605-255 3076

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant

Address: 44, Jalan Raja Ekram, Kampung Jawa, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Thursday to Sunday: 6pm to 10pm

Closed On: Monday to Wednesday

Contact: +6012-520 3322

2. Tauge Chicken Rice

Tauge Chicken Rice is also known as nga choi kai in the local Cantonese dialect!

The tender, juicy chicken, comes with a plate of crunchy bean sprouts in soy sauce. Choose either rice or hor fun to go with it!

Tauge Chicken Rice At Restoran Cowan Street Ayam Taugeh - Credits to eatsleeptaberu (Instagram)

Cowan Street has a stellar reputation among Ipoh-rians for its tauge chicken rice. Note that they only serve hor fun here! And they have a tendency to open whenever they fancy!

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant

Address: 44, Jalan Raja Ekram, Kampung Jawa, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Thursday to Sunday: 6pm to 10pm

Closed On: Monday to Wednesday

Contact: +6012-520 3322

Ong Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Restaurant

Address: 48, Jalan Yau Tet Shin Taman Jubilee 30000, Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 10:30am to 2am

Contact: +605-253 1562

Lou Wong

Address: 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 10:30am to 12am

Contact: +605-254 4199

3. Salted Chicken

Never leave Ipoh without a bag of salted chicken in your hands! The chicken is wrapped with Chinese herbs and baked in salt!

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken From Ipoh - Credits to a.dog.and.i (Instagram)

Aun Kheng Lim specializes in selling salted chicken in Ipoh with takeaway as the only option. You can buy frozen ones to keep and steam when needed too!

Aun Kheng Lim

Address: 24, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm

Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Contact: +605-254 2998

4. Chee Cheong Fun

This humble plate of rice noodle rolls with pork or prawn meat usually comes with options of mushroom, sweet, or chili sauce!

You can also request for fried onions, green chilies, and onion oils. Or go all-in!

Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun - Credits to rob3rt001 (Instagram)

After the original owner’s passing, Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun has made a comeback. The stall is now run by the late owner’s son without compromising taste and quality!

Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun

Address: 5, Lorong Cecil Rae, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 11am

Contact: +6012-609 8412

Pasir Pinji Chee Cheong Fun

Address: 1456, Jalan Pasir Pinji 5, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 12:30pm to 4pm

Closed on: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays

Contact: +605-255 6951

5. Ipoh White Coffee

Brewed from a concoction of condensed milk and palm-oil margarine roasted coffee beans:

Ipoh White Coffee By Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee Shop - Credits to paulynzz (Instagram)

This 19th-century recipe results in a charred aroma and a thick consistency.

Lonely Planet has featured Sin Yoon Loong as the founder of this iconic drink! Breakfast-goers are drawn to their toasts and caramel custards too!

Sin Yoon Loong

Address: 15a, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 6am to 5:30pm

Sunday: 6am to 1pm

Contact: +605-241 4601

Chang Jiang White Coffee

Address: 7 Jalan Windsor, 30250 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm

6. Tau Fu Fah

Tau fu fah is Cantonese for this soft and warm soya beancurd dessert. It typically comes with a sugary ginger syrup. But there are other flavors like chrysanthemum, jasmine, and rose too!

Funny Mountain Soya Bean & Tau Fu Fah In Ipoh - Credits to twenty9gram (Instagram)

Add toppings like red bean, glutinous rice balls, and grass jelly as you wish!

Although Funny Mountain is most renowned for tau fu fah, there are other good alternatives a short walk away!

Places to eat Tau Fu Fah:


  • Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd

  • Concubine Lane Tau Fu Fa

  • Woong Kee Bean Curd Bercham Ipoh

  • Big Mom Beancurd

  • Tai Soo Ipoh Famous No.1 Dessert

7. Hakka Mee

Paris Restaurant has a long history of serving the best chewy Hakka noodles in Ipoh! The dish consists of flat wheat noodles with flavorful minced pork.

Together with a bowl of soup with fish balls and meatballs! Extra fish balls or other yong tau foo are normally available upon request.

Note: Be there early as they will close once everything is sold out!

Paris Restaurant

Address: 190, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 11:30am

Restoran Cathay

Address: A17, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Sunday to Friday: 7:30am to 8pm

Closed on: Saturday

Contact: +605-241 9414

Pusat Makanan MXII (美食啤酒屋)

Address: 9, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azhar, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 6pm to 12am

8. Cendol

What better way to beat the heat than to eat a bowl of shaved ice? Cendol Wawasan does not stinge on its creamy coconut milk, gula melaka and fresh soft red beans!

Order the glutinous rice option Cendol Pulut for the extra kick! There are other flavors like sweet corn, Nata De Coco too!

Note: Bring an umbrella as you might need to queue under the hot sun!

Cendol Wawasan

Address: Taman Tasek Indra, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 1pm to 4pm

Deen CT Corner Cendol

Address: 21 B, Jalan Musthara Al Bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Saturday to Thursday: 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Closed on: Fridays

Contact: +6016-535 0351

Cendol Abang Kacak

Address: 8, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm

Contact: +6018-665 4487

9. Dimsum

Chooi Yue Dim Sum is a bustling restaurant that is notable for its fresh dim sum. 2 must-try dim sums are their salted egg custard steamed bun and prawn dumplings!

Dim Sum Spread At Chooi Yue Dim Sum In Ipoh - Credits to jordantaliente (Instagram)

Other than that, there is a huge assortment of dim sum to choose from!

Note: Be prepared to stand and wait for a table or share one with others as it is almost always crowded!

Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum

Address: 2, 4 & 6, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 12, Taman Ipoh Selatan, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Friday to Wednesday: 7am to 2pm

Closed on: Thursday

Contact: +6016-534 5965

Canning Dim Sum (Pork-Free)

Address: 1, Lebuh Cecil Rae, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Friday to Wednesday: 7am to 2:30pm

Closed on: Thursday

Contact: +6016-268 0535

10. Wantan Mee

Min Chee Wan Tan Mee is the place to go for Ipoh’s most authentic dry wan tan mee. Indulge in the springy noodles topped with slices of char siew and a bowl of soup with tasty pork dumplings!

Note: The portion runs small. And it’s common that the char siew is sold out by lunch time!

Min Chee Wan Tan Mee (明珠雲吞麵) (No.36) @ Medan Selera Stadium

Address: Ipoh Town Lot 36, Medan Selera Stadium, Jalan Ghazali Jawi, Ipoh Garden

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Monday: 7am to 4:30pm

Closed on: Tuesday

Cheong Kee Wan Tan Mee

Address: 542, Jalan Sekolah, Buntong, Ipoh, 30100, Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 6pm to 11:30pm

Closed on: Sunday

Contact: +605-255 0786

Restoran YIN (燕姐雲吞麵屋)

Adress: 15-19, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 8am to 3pm

Contact: +6012-507 0751

11. Caramel Egg Custard

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this smooth, sweet, and creamy goodness that melts instantly in your mouth! This dessert can be found in many kopitiams in Ipoh!

Smooth Caramel Custard At Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee Shop, Ipoh - Credits to anniesia84 (Instagram)

Pair the caramel egg custard with a cup of white coffee and a plate of chee cheong fun at Restaurant Thean Chun! As usual, long wait times are inevitable at this busy restaurant!

Restoran Thean Chun

Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 8am to 4:30pm

Sunday: 8am to 12pm

Contact: +605-255 3076

Sin Yoon Loong

Address: 15a, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 6am to 5:30pm

Sunday: 6am to 1pm

Contact: +605-241 4601

12. Snow Beer

Snow beer is beer served in a frozen glass. When the beer touches the glass, the foam takes on a shaved ice texture!

Fei Bo Snow Beer Ipoh Garden East (肥波雪花啤东区) - Credits to wjs86 (Instagram)

Drop by roadside Kafe Yoon Wah to get a sip! Order some deep-fried snacks or Chinese-style dishes to go with your beer!

Kafe Yoon Wah

Address: 7, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday: 3:30pm to 12am

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm to 2pm and 3:30pm to 12am

Saturday: 12pm to 2pm and 3:30pm to 2:30am

Sunday: 3:30pm to 2:30am

Contact: +605-253 9980

Fei Bo Snow Beer

Address: 8, Jalan Medan Ipoh 3, Taman Ipoh Timur, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 5:45pm to 1:15am

Contact: +605-545 5727

13. Curry Mee

Yee Fatt’s Dry Curry Noodles attracts customers to their restaurant with their thick and sapid curry noodles. The noodles are flooded and well-coated by the gravy!

Yee Fatt Dry Curry Mee, Ipoh - Credits to catchingtravels.blogspot.com and catchingtravels (Instagram)

Other than their much sought-after dry curry noodles, they also serve a soup version, glutinous rice, and hard-boiled eggs!

Yee Fatt Dry Curry Noodles

Address: 39, Jalan Kampar, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Tuesday To Sunday: 7:30am to 3pm

Closed on: Monday

Contact: +605-242 1043

Chuan Fatt Curry Mee Shop

Address: 294, Jalan Pasir Puteh, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7:30am to 2:30pm

Moon De Moon

Address: 148, Hala Wah Keong, Taman Mirindi, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 1pm

Closed on: Monday and Tuesday

Contact: +6012-516 0485

Restoran Xin Quan Fang

Address: 174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7:30am to 1pm

Contact: +6016-542 1999

14. Assam Laksa

Assam laksa at Dai Shu Geok is most certainly a crowd-pleaser! Customers get a good run for their money as it is just as good as eating laksa in Penang!

Laksa At Dai Shu Geok Big Tree Foot - Ipoh Food To Try - Credits to quinnzann (Instagram)

The minty broth of the laksa comes with a hint of spiciness. That goes especially well with the yong tau foo by another famed stall in the same shop!


Dai Shu Geok “Big Tree Foot”

Address: Jalan King, Off Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650, Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Contact: +6012-524 5408

巴占路边 Penang Laksa

Address: 82, Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1, Taman Desa Kenchana, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

15. Popiah

Popiah is a quintessential Malaysian street food that comes either steamed or fried! They can be sweet and savory depending on the ingredients.

Popiah At Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng (怡保光興茶室) - Credits to fpyap (Instagram)

Garnish of fried shallots, crushed peanuts, and fried shrimps with omelet strips completes popiah!

Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng 怡保光興茶室

Address: 75, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 9am to 4:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +6012-593 1303

Restoran Kam Wan Aneka Selera

Address: Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 5:30pm to 11:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

16. Nasi Ganja

Nasi Ganja (Indian name for marijuana) is as addictive as it sounds! It comes with different choices of spiced meat and salted egg drenched in mild curry.

Popular Nasi Ganja Kedai Kopi Yong Suan In Ipoh - Credits to eejatahmad (Instagram)

Their fried chicken and ayam masak merah are the bomb! Don’t miss out on their caramel egg custard too while you wait!

Note: There is usually a never-ending queue for takeaway customers! Dine-in customers won’t have to wait too long, though!

Nasi Ganja Kedai Kopi Yong Suan

Address: 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Sunday to Friday: 9:30am to 6pm

Saturday: 9:30am to 5pm

Contact: +605-254 4314

17. Yong Tau Foo

Yong tau foo is not just a single dish. Rather, it is a variety of meat and fish paste stuffed into an array of different vegetables (like eggplant and bittergourd) and tofu.

Deep Fried Yong Tau Foo At Big Tree Foot (兵如港大树脚) - Credits to jayteoh78 (Instagram)

These deep-fried or steamed dumplings go nicely with dry noodles or with soup.

Many locals swear by the yong tau foo at Dai Shu Geok’s anchor stall. Their specialty, yam bean fritters, sar kok liew, is not to be missed!

Dai Shu Geok “Big Tree Foot”

Address: Jalan King, Off Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650, Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Contact: +6012-524 5408

Moon De Moon

Address: 148, Hala Wah Keong, Taman Mirindi, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 1pm

Closed on: Monday and Tuesday

Contact: +6012-516 0485

18. Fish Head Noodles

Fai Kee has media appearances for the quality food they have been serving for years.

Their fish head noodles in particular, with its delicious tomato and salted vegetables soup base and fresh fried fish!

Fai Kee Fresh Fried Fish Noodles At Medan Selera Stadium

While you’re there, give their hot porridge a try! And get a cup of the acclaimed soya bean milk from the neighboring stall too!

Fai Kee Noodles ((No.43)@ Medan Selera Stadium

Address: Ipoh Town Lot 36, Medan Selera Stadium, Jalan Ghazali Jawi, Ipoh Garden

Opening hours:

Friday to Wednesday: 7:30am to 4pm

Closed on: Thursday

Contact: +6012-457 9645

Restoran Hui Ji (fish head noodle) 輝記小食館(鱼头米)

Address: 26, Jalan Seenivasagam, 30450 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 7am to 10pm

Contact: +605-241 2968

19. Tambun Pomelo

Ipoh’s pomelos are especially juicy thanks to the mineral deposits of the limestone hills! You can tell a pomelo is ripe by how heavy it is. Some yellowing is good but the skin must not look dry!

GoChin Pomelo Plantation In Ipoh - Credits to julianong84 (Instagram)

Buy pomelos near the plantations in Tambun and Ampang! These are usually bigger and cheaper than those closer to town!

A few places where you can buy them:

Shops: Ah Sai Fruits Trading

Orchards:


  • Tambun Pomelo GoChin Agro Farm (打扪高晶柚子园)

  • Tambun Pomelo Orchard (打扪柚子园)

How To Get Around Ipoh

By Bus

Taking myBas in Ipoh is the cheapest way of getting around Ipoh. The Medan Kidd Bus Station is walking distance away from Ipoh Railway Station!

MyBus fare starts approximately at RM1.40 and goes up based on how far you travel. The service starts at 6am and finishes at 8pm with a myBas making a stop every 20-30mins.

However, if you are taking an inter-city bus to Ipoh, it will likely stop at the Aman Jaya Bus Station further away from town! (20 minutes’ drive)

By Hop On Hop Off Shuttle

Hop On Hop Off shuttle bus offers unlimited rides for tourists to 13 Ipoh attractions. It operates on weekends only and runs from 8:30am to 9pm.

By Taxi Or Grab

Taxis are usually found along the road at most Ipoh attractions. Or at the shopping malls.

Grab is gaining popularity in Ipoh but you might still find yourself waiting for the app to find you a driver.

By Tour Service

If you need transportation to go on an Ipoh food trip, let private tour service RayTheTour

bring you around!

Reasons To Choose RayTheTour:


  • We’ll pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation before and after the tour!

  • Enjoy the ride in our air-conditioned MPVs and vans

  • You can customize the itinerary to suit your needs!

  • Our friendly local guides are fluent in Chinese or English

Conclusion

There is much to discover when it comes to gastronomy in Ipoh. Other than the iconic white coffee, there’s also the tau fu fah and various noodles! The possibilities are endless!

Most of the Ipoh food listed above are dishes you can eat for breakfast! Which we recommend you to do since there’s almost always a queue and long wait times during lunch!


Read more: How to get from Singapore to Ipoh


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