The original outlet has been operating since 1955 at Yong Suan Coffee shop along Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh. Presently there is a branch of this famous restaurant in Greentown Ipoh with more tables and ample parking space. "Vanggey" is an Indian word meaning "come" and the famous call by the assistants to lure customers into the restaurant has earned them the name ever since.
Favorite Dish: Have your plate of rice mixed with the restaurant's specialty spicy rose chicken drumstick, mutton rendang, slices of cucumber and coconut sambal. If you want your plate of rice to be devilishly spicy ask for more mixed gravies to be poured directly on top of the rice.
This is a no-frill restaurant with a simple setup. But looking at the larger than normal lunch time crowd will by itself be a "pull factor" for people to stop by and sample the food.
The restaurant serves authentic traditional Perak Malay food. There are more than 50 dishes to choose from such as freshwater fish curry, masak lemak labu or pumpkin in coconut milk, various types of chili pastes or sambal, and salads.
Favorite Dish: Gulai Ikan Masak Tempoyak (Durian flavoured fish curry) and Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish).
The coffeshop have a whole range of stalls selling all types of hawker food... The shop is always crowded but turnover is also high, so getting a table is not a problem, after a short wait... It is opened daily from 7am to 4pm....
Favorite Dish: The favourite here is the har (prawn) mee, reputed to be the best in town... the chee cheong fun is also a must try... although it is also known for its satay, the standard has dropped a bit as the old operator has retired and the stall is now managed by new tenant... the egg custard is also popular and sold off if you are a bit late...
On our last visit to Thean Chun in October 2008, the standard of har mee has dropped dramatically with very watery soup... Will not dine there again for the har mee...
The restaurant just moved to new premises, a corner double storey building... It is non air-conditioned but is cool enough...
Favorite Dish: Chemor is famous for its "sang yee" fish... The speciality is hence "sang yee" in two preparation... ie fish fillet fried with spring onion with the head and bones as a kind of peppery soup... Both are delicious... The roast pork fried with sping onion is also good here... You should also try its homemade braised tofu with seafood...
This is one of the famous restaurants offering Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken. Due to its popularity, many tourists who arrive in bus loads & celebrities have frequented this restaurant.
Service is rather slow with medium crowd.
Favorite Dish: About RM8 per single serving of chicken, bean sprouts & Hor Fun noodles.
Once you are seated, the satay vendor will put a plate of satay in front of you. Eat it if you like it, then pay later according to the number of sticks that you have eaten. It's enticing to have the food in front of you. How can you resist it ? Trust me, you can go ahead to try one of two sticks. There is also pork innards satay.
The sauce for cuttlefish spinach tastes a little bit different from the usual as it tastes a bit curry-flavoured.
The caramel custard is smooth and not too sweet. It comes with a cup of cold water.
Favorite Dish: Caramel custard (RM2), pork satay, cuttlefish spinach, white coffee, etc.
Surprise to see rojak sold at the coffee shop.
It is very popular in Penang. The various fruits and vegetables like mangoes, air jambu, cucumber, bangkuang are cut up into bite size.
Then mixed with a special sweet sauce with chilly added and the "belacan" sauce which is a pungent shrimp paste.
"Chee Cheong Fun" literally means "Pigs intestines" in Chinese. But is actually a popular hawker fare of rice white noodles rolled up and cut into bite size pieces with plum and chilly sauce, good dose of oil and sesame seeds. The cut up noodles look like pig intestines.
There are many variation and the coffee shop selled the "famous Teluk Intan" style.
This is the shopping mall version of the typical coffee shop style food and coffee served. With higher hygiene standard, air condition environment but taste still fairly maintained and prices inflated, it is a convenient ternative to meet up with friends for a cup of Ipoh coffee or your favorite nasi lemak or curry mee.
The marble tables and porcelain coffee cups give the old world coffee shop (kopitiam) experience.
Jusco is a Japanese chain supermarket with Arena Foodcourt which is halal for Muslims.
There are a great variety of different type of Ipoh and hawker style food served here in air condition clean environment with convenient parking. It is free parking now at Kinta City where Jusco is the main tenant supermarket.
Also its location is 5 minutes on the right along Jalan Larut towards Ipoh downtown after you exit from the North South Highway (the second exit after the tunnel, the first exit is to Perak Tong Cave)
If you can get to Ipoh new town in the early morning, head for Foh San restaurant for dim sum.
It is another Ipoh institution as one of the earliest place to serve dim sum in Malaysia. The first chefs apparently went to Hong Kong to learn how to make dim sum.
Foh San is also famous for her mooncakes during the Malaysian Chinese mid-autumn festival. Foh San mooncakes are sold throughout Malaysia during this period. But if you are here during that time, why not buy a fresh box or two home.
Another established restaurant in Ipoh new town, near to Lou Wong is this steamed chicken, bean sprout and rice.
So if you are more of the Hainanese chicke rice type than noodles, this is a popular family eating place of sharing a plate of chicken with individual rice plates.
Also located at Ipoh new town, this has become a very popular steamed whole chicken dish.
With the popularity, there are no longer seating place to eat the chicken and it is a take-away or to go outlet.
Best to eat when the chicken is still hot. Delicious but still just chicken.
This is a Ipoh signature koay teow soup of rice flat noodles with fish balls.
It will not be too far stretch to say that most Ipoh Chinese sons and daughters when coming home from overseas or outstation will make it a point to eat it.
I believe it is an acquired taste. Anyway it is a delicious bowl of noodles but given one choice I will opt first for Ipoh chicken bean sprout noodles.
If you cannot wait until dinner time for Lou Wong or Ong Kee, there are plenty of other hawker stalls in coffee shops that serve Ipoh famous steam chicken bean sprout rice flat noodle soup (koay teow).
One of them is the restaurant opposite Kamdar Supermarket in downtown Ipoh. The coffee shop also have the famous "Haw Hee" koay teow noodle soup with fish meat balls.
At the coffee shop, you order the famous Ipoh white coffee.