Ipoh is Malaysia’s third most populous city and one of the most popular destinations for a short, simple and fun weekend getaway today. Also known as the gateway to Cameron Highlands, this city is slowly climbing the ladders of travel bucket lists from travellers all over the world.
Ipoh has faced a massive transformation over the past few years—in the past, many of us would never have thought of visiting Ipoh for a holiday trip or even a short getaway from the rush of our fast-paced lifestyles. However, Ipoh’s rapid transition has managed to land the city on Lonely Planet’s list of Top 10 Asian Destinations To Visit in 2016.
If you are looking to stop by Ipoh for just a day, here are some suggestions on where you can eat and have fun at.
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If you are only going to eat one thing when in Ipoh, let it be the Ipoh Hor Fun.
A simple Google search will prove that there are many local stalls and restaurants here in Singapore selling their own renditions of Ipoh Hor Fun, but it is safe to say that nothing comes close to the original.
The Chinese population in Ipoh is mostly of Cantonese and Hakka descent, which heavily influences the cuisine and the flavours you will find there. There are many dishes unique to the Malaysian state, but the Ipoh Hor Fun Is The One Dish You Need To Eat When In Ipoh.
Mention the words “Malaysia” and “Food” in the same sentence, and people usually think of Penang, or perhaps Kuala Lumpur. Well, the next time you are visiting Malaysia and driving from KL to Penang, why not make a stop at Ipoh? This quiet town has, surprisingly, much to offer, especially in terms of food. At practically every turn and junction, you will find quaint coffee shops that are crowded throughout the day. The local dishes offered at these places are quite generic, but having tried several places during my stay, I can vouch for the overall high standard of food at cheap prices throughout Ipoh.
Amongst the numerous dishes we tried, the following is a list of the 5 best eats in Ipoh.