Malaysian food, in general, is well-liked among locals and foreigners and each city has its own specialties. Most people would know about Penang Char Kway Teow and Kuala Lumpur‘s Chili Pan Mee because these are two popular tourist destinations.
Another Malaysian city that is often overlooked is Ipoh which is somewhere in between Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The capital city of Perak may be quiet but it has its own charms that are worth discovering as well—especially their local food!
Here are 10 Local Food You Have To Try When In Ipoh.
#1 BEAN CURD
We have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like to eat bean curd. This all-time favourite dessert is sweet, soft and it glides down your tongue due to its silky smooth texture.
#2 BEAN SPROUTS CHICKEN
If we have to find one dish to represent Ipoh, that would be bean sprouts chicken. A full meal would look something like this: bean sprouts, soy sauce chicken and a bowl of the famous Ipoh hor fun. The recipes are passed down through generations and the taste never gets old.
#3 CHEE CHEONG FUN
Made with thin rice noodle rolls, Ipoh’s Chee Cheong Fun is not really similar to what you see in Singapore. Served with soy sauce, sesame oil and pickled green chilies, you can choose to follow how the locals have it or drizzle some sweet sauce over for those who prefer something stronger on their taste buds.
#4 CURRY MEE
Curry Mee is no stranger to the Malaysian food scene but did you know that it differs in different cities? Yes, forget everything you know about Penang Curry Mee because Ipoh Cutty Mee is prepared with different spices.
You are likely to get roasted pork, char siew, shredded chicken slices, shrimp and bean sprouts in your bowl of curry mee—sounds amazing, doesn’t it!
#5 DIM SUM
The Chinese love having dim sum for breakfast as they get to sample many small dishes at casual dim sum eateries or posh Cantonese restaurants. Some of the dim sum dishes not to miss out are Salted Egg Yolk Pao, Lor Mai Gai, Siew Mai, Egg Tarts and more.
#6 HAKKA MEE
Hakka Mee is a dish that is loved by locals but is not really known among tourists. You get a bowl of dry noodles tossed in lard and topped off with fried minced pork, chili oil, Ipoh bean sprouts and a separate bowl of yong tau foo in soup.
#7 IPOH HOR FUN
Also known as ‘kuay teow’, Ipoh Hor Fun is usually a companion to the famous Bean Sprouts Chicken. The silky noodles are served in hot, clear broth made from boiling chicken bones and prawn shells for long hours.
#8 NASI KANDAR AYAM MERAH
Nasi Kandar is similar to economical rice in Singapore whereby diners get to choose from a tempting array of side dishes. A typical Nasi Kandar stall features many curry dishes, fried chicken, fish, vegetables and egg. The best part? It is usually very affordable to dine there!
#9 YONG TAU FOO
Those who are craving for something satisfying and comforting cannot go wrong with a piping bowl of Yong Tau Foo. Some of the items that are usually seen at Yong Tau Foo stalls are fried beancurd skin, fishballs, fish paste and so much more which you can have with savoury soup or deep-fried in oil.
#10 IPOH WHITE COFFEE
Thanks to Old Town White Coffee, everyone would know about Ipoh White Coffee even if they have not been to Ipoh. It is said that the aromatic white coffee originated from Ipoh Old Town and the beans are roasted with palm oil margarine. You can have it with or without condensed milk.