Down the road from Kampar, towards KL is Tapah. In Tapah main town the mosque is on the left just over the river bridge and the restaurant is next to the mosque.
This restaurant serves one of the largest selections of Malay food I have seen, and that includes many in KL too. The food is still hot if you arrive about 12 noon, and al a carte is available which includes grilled fish of many varieties and satay.
I have not come across such a comprehensive array of Malay food on the West coast, there may be, but I haven't seen it. This place has more than its nearest comparative just outside of Lumut, and is cleaner too.
My wife and I eat there on a regular basis and the bill has not exceeded RM 15 for the two of us for lunch - everything in!
Favorite Dish: Ikan Bakar - the many varieties of grill fish. Freshly grilled on a charcoal grill it is simply wonderfull.
Chapati Corner is an authentic North Indian Muslim restaurant situated on the main Tapah to Kampar road on the corner of the road to Chenderiang - hence Chapati Corner.
Favorite Dish: The Chapatis are soft and simply the best around, the rest of the food is a mix of Indian and local but it is the chapatis that this place is famed for
Prema's South Indian restaurant is about two years old and has grown with the new town of Bandar Baru.
The restaurant serves mainly South Indian food this includes various types of Dosa, Vadai, Appam, and Idiappam. Also Puri and a range of curries etc.
It is one of the few restaurants which serve Lassi, both plain and Mango lassi.
It is a Banana leaf restaurant which also has payassam on Fridays.
Local fried mee and nasi lumak are also served.
What is so important is that the restaurant is CLEAN and HALAL
It is quite simply the best to be found in the area
Favorite Dish: Pal Appam
This is rare enough to find outside of KL and even in KL difficult to find.
Prema makes a very tasty Pal Appam - basically a fermented pancake which is dry fried in a small wok. The center stays soft but cooked and should have the characteristic fermented 'risen' look, while the outside is a crispy lace, this is served with milk (pal) and sugar. Though the best places serve it with thick sweetened coconut milk.
When you visit Kampar, cray pot chicken rice is one of its well known speciality. It is pieces of chicken cook with rice and other ingredient in a cray pot over charocal fire. The flavour draws out your appetitie, the taste make you eat non stop and price make you want to come back for more.
Like many small towns all over Malaysia, these are the places one can find excellent cooked food at low price and great taste. The service is sincere and friendly. That does not mean the place is not fullhouse, so plan your visit timing thoughtfully. Have it 20 minutes before the peak dinner hour.
Never worry about 'No Chickens' in Kampar, if you need chickens, Kamparese have plenty to offer. I took this photo in the town center of Kampar, not that big, I can drive many rounds in this town without getting lost, hopefully when the next time you come here, you can enjoy and have some chickens.
Now when you come to Kampar, there are some roadside food peddlers or vendors selling some local foods and coconut juices, I did not eat here but I stopped by here to buy a bottle of mineral water RM1.70 each and taken this photo for some VT tip rating funs.