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.
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)
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).
Ramli Mee Rebus Restaurant is an iconic restaurant in Ipoh. Mee rebus is a Malay noodle dish made of yellow egg noodles with a spicy-sweet potato based gravy. It is garnished with a hard boiled egg, green chillies, fried shallots and spring onion. Apart from mee rebus the restaurant also serves other dishes including western food such as beef steak and chicken chop. But the favourite is of course the mee rebus.
Favorite Dish: Mee rebus or boiled noodles served in a thick and spicy potato based gravy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
While Ipoh known for its white coffee, Taiping is famous for its Do Re Mi drink, is a balanced mixture of coffee, tea and barley water. When the three drinks are combined, you have Do Re Mi which is aromatic, rich in coffee and uniquely different!
NOTE: Taiping is about 86km north of Ipoh. On the North-South Highway, exit at the Changkat Jering interchange to Simpang and Taiping.
Favorite Dish: Its specialities is of course the Do Re Mi drink, coffee and tea.
Tanjung Tualang has always been famous for its freshwater fish and prawns. There are a number of restaurants along the same row of shophouses. Almost all restaurants there line up their corridors with large aquariums of vibrant freshwater prawns to attract customers.
Tanjung Tualang is a small town about 80km south of Ipoh. It is off the main trunk road.
Favorite Dish: Seafood specialities include steamed pak sook kong (a catfish); fried, steamed or baked udang galah; freshwater crab cooked sweet and sour; fried bean curd; si mew (sweet potato leaves) fried with belacan or garlic.
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.
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.