1. Restaurant Lou Wong Tauge Ayam KueTiau
Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau has to be the most famous of all Ipoh’s restaurants, bar none. Ask any outsiders, foreigners, or even the locals themselves on where to have dinner (or supper, commonly) if you’re down in Ipoh for one night only, the chances are most would mutter the name; Lou Wong Nga Choy Kai (“Nga Choy Kai” means Tauge Ayam, or Bean Sprouts Chicken). For your information, Lou Wong opens for lunch and dinner now, until the late hours of the night. The bean sprouts at Lou Wong, to some extent are really good. Crunchy, juicy and fat, the tauge (in Malay) is lightly blanched, then tossed lightly with a dash of soy sauce, and some sesame oil for that extra, inviting aroma. The garnishing of chopped scallions and red chillies lend some colours to the pale-as-snow plateful of fibres, guaranteed to have you craving for more.
Address： 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am
2. Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum
The restaurant is located at the heart of Ipoh city in an unsuspecting shop lot, the relentless wait for an empty table, or in most occasions, vacant seats to be shared with some other strangers. Yeah, the ‘Thap Toi‘ (tumpang meja/sharing tables) tradition is alive and kicking at Ming Court. The fully air-conditioned restaurant can seat quite a number of patrons. At Ming Court once comfortably seated on your chair, you’ll be swarmed by the staff carrying trays of dim sum from all directions. It was indeed an overwhelming experience, but a positive one at that for this ensures that you’ll be served instantly; cutting down waiting time. The glutinous rice with chicken, braised phoenix claws (chicken feet), stuffed eggplants, and of course, the usual hargao (prawn dimsum) and siumai (pork dimsum) are must orders. The portions are slightly smaller than those found in KL, but packed a bigger punch in flavors. The dimsum here always tasted super fresh and steamy hot too.
Address： 32,34,36,Jalan Leong Sin Nam,30300 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 1pm (Closed every Thursday)
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3. Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken
Those not in favour of sweet treats may take away or bring home one of Ipoh’s signature item, the salted chicken or “Yim Kook Kai” in Cantonese. Starting its business 21 years ago, Aun Kheng Lim has somehow set a standard for other proprietors of salted chicken outlets. But still manages to stand the test of time, judging by its popularity, and rapidly sold-off chickens especially on weekends and public holidays. Thus, booking in advance may help considerably here. A whole chicken at only RM17, they use free-range chicken, wrapped in paper, then baked with rock salt to produce that specific aroma and flavour. The herbs used are not overpowering, hence those not accustomed to herbal dishes may enjoy the salted chicken with no qualms. The tender flesh practically falls off the bones, and no cutleries is required. Bare hands tearing at the delicious chicken is the way to go. Though the chicken is meant to be shared, the portion ain’t big enough to feed a whole family of four, for instance. Two to a chick would do the trick. And reheating the chicken is possible, but preferably eats them fresh, to gain the most out of the experience.
Address： 24, Jalan Theatre, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm / Till sold out
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4. Big Tree Foot Roadside Hawker
A popular spot for quick, cheap and satisfying lunch among the locals, tourists and even the blue collars, this stall coined as “Dai Shu Geok” literally translated as Big Tree Foot, is located behind Tuck Kee Restaurant in Pasir Pinji of Ipoh. You pick the yong tau foo of your choice at the counter, hand them over to the staff in charge and choose your noodles – kuay teow soup (RM2.70) or asam laksa (RM2.70). For RM0.50 per piece, the yong tau foo pieces were well stuffed and of a reasonable size. The fish paste used in the making of the Yong Liew screams homemade, and the pieces are not miniature in size either. They’re stuffed to the brim, ensuring bang for your bucks.
Address： 652, Jalan King, Pasir Pinji, 31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Opening Hours: 8.30am — 5.30pm
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5. Sitiawan Red Wine Noodle
Chinese population in Perak is largely Foo Chow (hock chew) and the Foo chow red glutinous mee sua and chicken are famous specialties there. Foochow peoples especially like to cook this Ang Jiu Mee Sua(Red Wine Noodle) during confinement time (after delivered baby). And every Foochow grandmother also knows how to make this red rice wine at home. When it comes to Foochow cuisine, Ang Jiu Mee Sua is surely a dish that immediately comes to mind for many of us. The chicken which has been stewed briefly in a rich and aromatic broth made from the lees residual leftovers from the fermentation process of red yeast rice in wine-making. Heavily perfumed by the sweet alcoholic scent of red yeast rice wine as well as deep heady aromas of black sesame oil, this is comfort food at its best.
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6. Teluk Intan Liew Kee Chee Cheong Fun
Liew Kee is the king of Chee Cheong Fun which operates from a single storey house from the old quarters of the town. The good thing about Liew Kee’s is that they make their Chee Cheong Fun fresh! But they operate in the evenings only. Liew Kee’s ingredients includes short slices of turnips, chopped up salted radish, deep-fried shallots, finely chopped deep-fried dried prawns; topped with a sprinkling of spring onions. The Chee Cheong Fun is served with slices of pickled green green chilli.
The kicker is the dried prawns; it has been just nicely fried, almost burnt so that it exudes out a good aroma and taste.
Address： Jalan Hill, Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 7.00am (Closed every Sunday)
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7. Bidor Pun Chun Duck Drumstick Noodle
With the tender flesh almost falling off the bones; the duck drumstick was infused with an aromatic herbal scent from the soup; and served in the similar traditional manner of an aluminium container. Their duck noodles remain as one of the best, you get a whole drumstick that has been sufficiently marinated and roasted/fried, served with egg noodles (wantan mee-type), vegetables and lots of herbs in the soup, providing an aromatic, calming concoction of herbal goodness. Finish the soup with ease of mind, as no MSG is added. You can opt for the dry version, though the soup version is highly recommended.
Address： 38-40, Jalan Besar, 35500, Bidor, Perak.
Opening Hours: 5am – 10pm
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8. Funny Mountain Tau Fu Fah
This family-run business has been on-going for the past 60 years++. The texture of Funny Mountain’s tau fu fah is extremely soft – so soft that it literally melts in your mouth effortlessly. It almost felt like drinking instead of eating. One thing that piqued our interest is the drive-thru service that they provide. Yes, there is a drive-thru soya bean milk and tau fu fah but it is in a rather informal way. You just need to park your car in front or near the shop. Either you wait for their workers to go to you to take order or you can just call the workers or wave to them. You can either dine in your car or take-away. The workers will settle everything for you. It is an innovative way to attract customers although some customers might feel that it caused the road jam.
Address：49，Jln Theatre,30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Opening Hours: 10.30am – Till sold out
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9. Kedai Makanan Nam Heong (OLD TOWN WHITE COFFEE)
Old Town is always a pride of Ipoh people with the origination of White Coffee, a visit to Nam Heong kopitiam is a must for coffee-lovers, especially with its claimed Old Town white coffee status. Since it’s only a single shop lot, the tables and seats are limited. Therefore, it can be really crowded at times. But it doesn’t take long before you get a table and start feasting on the local “street” food. They have Chinese pastries, some dim sum and a few food stalls.
Address：2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 3000 Ipoh, Perak.
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 4.00pm
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10. Tai Beng Seng
This restaurant is special as it serves Tung Bo Nyuk (Pork Belly in Claypot), their signature dish that has been boil stewed for 2-3 hours. You need to make sure you have made booking before you can have it there. Apart from that, they do serve other traditional dishes which are worth to try!
Address：39, Tingkat Bawah, Persiaran Batu Karang ,Taman Kolej Perdana, Kampar, Perak.
Opening Hours: 3pm – 8pm
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