Bean sprouts chicken, white coffee, hakka mee, ipoh laksa, chicken rice, satay, rojak, curry mee, cuttlefish, dim sum, rendang and others. Ipoh is best known for its hawker fare and some of which are hard to find anywhere else. People here usually drive around for eat, walking is really impossible. Here is a guide on top 10 local food in Ipoh.
1. Ipoh Laksa
Laksa served in Ipoh is very similar to Penang style assam laksa, differing only in the garnishes used.It is a popular dish in Perak and everybody love it.You can find it easily there because almost every restaurant has this dish on their menu.
2. Bean Sprouts Chicken
Also known as nga choy kai or tauge ayam, this is arguably Ipoh’s most well-known dish. It contains of chicken meat, assorted chicken innards, and locally grown bean sprouts blanched in water dressed with soy sauce and sesame oil.
3. Chee Cheong Fun
An in demand breakfast item, this consists of great pieces of flat rice noodles rolled up and provide with sweet or spicy sauce. Unlike the chee cheong fun in kuala lumpur, chee cheong fun in Ipoh is served with minced pork and mushroom sauce, preserved green chilli, a trickle of deep-fried shallots and sesame seeds. Some eateries even supply chee cheong fun with a curried gravy.
4. Chicken Rice
Chicken rice presented in a clay pot, traditionally cooked with charcoal. Typical additions include salted fish and lap cheong. Bercham, a suburb in Ipoh is popular for clay pot chicken rice.
5. Curry Mee
A bowl of narrow yellow noodles assorted with bihun in a spicy curry soup boost with coconut milk, and topped with tofu puffs, prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, long beans, cockles and mint leaves, with sambal served on the side.
6. Dim Sum
A Cantonese specialty widely enjoyed in Ipoh. Several famous Ipoh dim sum restaurants are located at Jalan Leong Sin Nam.It is very popular food among Chinese and tourist.When you visit Ipoh,you need to taste the tasteful and nice dim sum.
7. Hakka Mee
A easy dish of noodles topped with a grind pork gravy. It is based on an older receipt called dabumian (chinese : 大埔面); the name indicates its place of origin as dabu county, the center of Hakka culture in mainland china.
8. Ipoh For Fun
Singaporeans call it “Ipoh hor fun,” Ipohians prefer to call it “kai see hor fun” . Locals eat at Tricycle Chicken & Prawn Kuey Teow @ Thean Chun Coffee Shop (73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh; breakfast and early lunch; RM5.50). The secret here is the broth, so saccharine with a thousand prawns. An unexpected nice match between the chicken shreds and the sweet broth.
Perak has its own form of rendang, the most common being rendang tok. Rendang tok uses a liberal quantity of dried milled spices and unlike many other rendang varieties found in Malaysia, it is much drier in comparison, with the gravy being greatly lessened from prolonged simmering until all that’s left is only a thick layer that coats and adheres onto each slice of meat. Rendang tok can be found in some eateries and restaurants in Ipoh, and is usually cooked with beef.
10. Kaya Toast
Toast spread with butter and kaya, a sugary spread made from a base of coconut milk, eggs and sugar. Kaya toast (or roti bakar in malay) is a well-liked breakfast staple and afternoon tea snack.