Gerai Nasi Goreng Udang
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Here’s your list of Ipoh’s ‘Paling Sedap’ Local Food

Whether it’s enjoying an authentic dim sum experience or beating the heat with sweet treats, join our 3D2N foodventure as we explore 10 local Ipoh food you simply need to check off your list – all approved by a true-blue Ipoh mali native!

JSYK, we ate 5 to 6 meals a day to be able to bring you the best of Ipoh’s food. Trust us, so long as you’ve got space in your tummy, you’ll never run out of makan places here!

Breakfast @ Restoran New Hollywood

Restoran New Hollywood

Start your day right with a breakfast feast at Restoran New Hollywood. The restaurant plays host to a number of hawkers selling from char kuey teow, chee cheong fun, wantan mee, yau char kway (cakoi) and the classic roti bakar telur goyang or toast with a half-boiled egg. Verdict: Our bellies are full and happy. 🤰

Tip: Be there bright and early, or you’ll risk having to fight for tables.

Restoran New Hollywood
38, Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm daily (Closed on Mondays)

Lunch @ Kedai Kopi Yong Suan

Yong Suan

Nasi ganja!? What??! Calm down, bro and sis. NO actual drug is used in the making of Ipoh’s iconic dish. Google “Yong Suan” and 80% of the photos would be long queues, but your Ipoh culinary experience will only get its stamp of approval once you got your hands on the iconic, carb-o-licious nasi ganja, otherwise known as nasi kandar ayam merah or nasi vanggey. A real must-try!

Tip: Finish off your meal with their caramel pudding, a sweet treat to balance out your spicy nasi ganja.

Kedai Kopi Yong Suan
2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 6pm daily

Snack in between @ Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd

Funny Mountain

Ipoh can be very… very hot. So, imagine what would happen at the town’s most talked about dessert pitstop in the sweltering afternoon heat – a long queue, of course.

But, wait seminit! What if we told you, you don’t need to get out of the car? Just drive through for their refreshing soya bean milk and tau fu fah. You’re welcome.

Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd
50, Jalan Mustapa Al-bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 7.20pm daily (Closed on Tuesdays)

Tea @ Kafe Setinggan

Kafe Setinggan Laksa

You probably have had laksa at some point in your life – if you haven’t, know that we’re judging you hard – but have you had laksa telur goreng bersarang, though? It appears like your usual traditional laksa except with a nest-shaped omelette on top. Verdict: We are wonderfully surprised with how great the combo of omelette and laksa is in our mouths – they complement each other very well.

Fun Fact: Laksa telur goreng bersarang began as a small food truck before the owner opened a permanent home at Cafe Setinggan.

Kafe Setinggan
1, Jalan Margosa B/15, 31350 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm daily (Closed on Fridays)

Dinner @ Gerai Nasi Goreng Udang

Gerai Nasi Goreng Udang

The unassuming stall whips up fried rice packed with flavors like no one’s business – their fried rice is a flavorsome mix of prawns, squids and chillies lathered with a special sauce. The best thing is, they are generous with the amount of prawns and squids, so eat to your heart’s content!

Gerai Nasi Goreng Udang
24, Medan Selera SSI Corner, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang, Pusat Bandaraya, 30100 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 4pm – 12.15pm daily

Breakfast @ Mee Daud Mat Jasak

Mee Daud Mat Jasak

Mee Daud Mat Jasak’s mee kicap and curry mee hit us at the right spot. Sigh. The stall lived up to the mammoth hype – it easily climbs its way up to one of the best breakfast spots we’ve been to in a long while. Verdict: Tasty food, friendly owner.

Fun Fact: This legendary noodle stall has been around for over 30 years, born from humble beginnings as a push cart back in the 1970s.

Mee Daud Mat Jasak
1 & 2, Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 8am – 12pm and 4.30pm – 10.30pm daily

Snack in between @ Kafe Setinggan

Kafe Setinggan Pau

Make a pitstop at Kafe Setinggan for their Instagram-friendly pau, bread-like dumplings. Their pau gets a facelift from the usual fluffy, white versions to colorful pau in various unique shapes. You are spoiled with choice, for there are numerous flavors to choose from including chocolate, mushroom, corn, durian and others. Try a few because, well, one was not enough for us.

Kafe Setinggan
1, Jalan Margosa B/15, 31350 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm daily (Closed on Fridays)

Lunch @ Nasi Ayam Fuziah

Nasi Ayam Fuziah

Hungry already? Have a taste of Ipoh’s famed chicken rice at Nasi Ayam Fuziah. Their chicken rice comes with fragrant, buttery rice, roasted chicken drizzled with a secret sauce, a bowl of chicken soup and two different sauces – one the usual chilli sauce and another finely-chopped chillies with soy sauce. Here’s a tip from us: opt for thigh or drumstick because the breast portion tends to be a little dry for our liking.

Fun Fact: The recipe of the chicken rice was picked up by Mrs. Fuziah Arshad’s husband when he was working in Singapore.

Nasi Ayam Fuziah
78, Jalan Mustapha al-Bakri, Perak, 30300 Ipoh
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm (Closed on Sundays)

Tea @ Popia SS Ali

Popia SS Ali

What began as a small food cart selling popia at 10 cent each way before independence is now a famous establishment with a few branches at Perak, Selangor, Johor and Kuala Lumpur. We personally like popia basah more than the goreng version, but both are equally flavorful. Verdict: We especially like how the sauce is both spicy and sweet.

Popia SS Ali
18, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh
Opening Hours: 5pm – 9pm daily


Snack in between @ Bits & Bobs

Bits & Bobs

Those viral photos of colorful ais kepal that has been making its rounds on the Internet? Return the favor and pose with your very own ais kepal from Bits & Bobs. It’s an instant relief from the hot weather you have probably been traveling in all day.

There are so many flavors, but we went with sarsi and roselle as recommended by the boy behind the counter. Their coconut ice cream is also a great thirst quencher!

Warning: Eating ais kepal is an awkward, messy process, though.

Bits & Bobs
99, Jalan Sultan Yusof, 30000 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm (weekdays) | 10am – 5.30pm (weekends) 


Dinner @ Greentown Dimsum Cafe

Greentown Dimsum Cafe

How can we miss dim sum? Cuz, y’know, your Ipoh trip doesn’t count if you skip dim sum. There is a number of dim sum eateries around Ipoh, but Greentown Dimsum Cafe is one of the few halal establishments.

What are the must-try dishes here? We recommend fried radish cake, BBQ chicken pau and steamed beancurd roll – thank us later! 

Greentown Dimsum Cafe
10, Persiaran Greentown 4, Greentown Avenue, 30450 Ipoh.
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm daily (Closed on Tuesdays)

Ready for a food trip to Ipoh? Put on the loosest clothes you have, empty out your stomach and you’re good to go – just be sure to book your hotel stay on Traveloka!

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