The capital of Perak, Ipoh was once a main city of tin mining. But at these day, it is perhaps best known for its foods which gains reputation throughout Malaysia. Imagine to the extent that often people from Kuala Lumpur drive about 2 hours to Ipoh just to have their meals then walk around to tackle more foods and even take out before returning on the same day. Even if you are not familiar with the town, you can get a virtual guidance base on the huge amount of information online. The easiest is to follow your instinct as when you see a place is crowded then it is sure to have good food.
Although generally some of the best foods offer in Ipoh are not local originated but they are nothing less in goodness and often with some twists that make them Ipoh signature dish such as Ipoh Assam Laksa which differ from Penang Assam Laksa; Ipoh Sar Hor Fun; curry pork skin Chee Cheong Fun; beef brisket noodles and much more. Bet that your mouth is watering already. Look out for local specialties include Salted Chicken – a unique must try dish where whole chicken is wrapped in grease paper and baked in wok filled with salt; Ipoh most famous Bean Sprouts Chicken – blanched local bean sprouts and chicken meat dress in soy sauce and sesame oil; they are so light and refreshing that it create no burden when you need to gobble more food.
You should have already heard of that of enormous popularity Ipoh white coffee. Take a sip of the original thing and you know the aroma, taste and texture is definitely way above the commercially-packed sachets that export elsewhere. You could get the best breakfast combo by pairing it with local Yau Zha Gwai – a type of chinese traditional crueller, eaten plain or spread with kaya. Ipoh famous egg tart and caramel custard are among the options too. These custard at its specialty shop could easily sold out by noon on weekends. There is also a street in Ipoh every sweet tooth would not want to miss. It is of full row of hawker stalls selling varieties of tong sui or dessert. There is also excellent Malay and Indian food despite Ipoh’s food culture is steered by its majority Chinese population. Like satay, rendang, banana leaf rice and the nasi kandar served by a prominent local Mamak stall is even nicknamed nasi ganja due to it supposed charms to hook you for more.
Yes, you who want good food but too lazy to go around; you could save hassle by opt for any large hawker centre to enjoy various dish in the same time. Ipoh night market is also a good place to hunt for many local snacks or quick food. But take note it is open in different location everyday throughout the week. From curry balls, char kuay, popiah, sotong kangkung to coconut jellies and maltose coated fruit skewers. These food could be so tasty and dirt cheap in the same time that get you addicted and never have enough. After enjoying Ipoh’s food for a while, is often that some people would crack jokes like – Never give in to try out Ipoh’s food or you will be doomed as your palate will be spoiled for good.