Two hours drive from KL, you’ll arrive in a classic, heritage town of Ipoh. The old buildings and a relax environment surely makes this town an ideal choice for a nice weekend getaway.
Ipoh is situated in a valley, surrounded by limestone caves and hills with a breathtaking view of remarkable beauty of mother nature. The town is home to attractive tourism destinations like Kellie’s Castle, Tempurung Cave, Gunung Lang Recreational Park as well as popular amusement park like the MAPS Perak and Sunway Lost World of Tambun.
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What’s more interesting, this town offers a wide range of food options, from popular hawkers food selections, to variety of traditional foods of Chinese, Indian and Malay. Hence, apart from its relax environment and the beautiful scenery, the food is another amazing thing you need to enjoy when you’re in Ipoh.
Experience Ipoh like a local and try these five best food places!
1. Restoran New Hollywood
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Restoran New Hollywood is a great place to get your hands on the tasty Ipoh’s Chinese hawkers food. The menus are ranging from the famous Hong Kong Chee Chong Fun to delicious Fried Kueh Tiaw and the best Cha Koi dip in homemade Kaya.
The place offers authentic Chinese hawkers food, assured to be super delicious at an affordable price. Known for being a breakfast spot among the locals, it usually a bit packed during weekends breakfast hours. All food sold at Restoran New Hollywood are pork-free.
2. Nasi Ganja
This old but gold local delicacies is not like what the name implied. Rest assured, this delicious rice does not contain any Weed or Cannabis. It is named Nasi Ganja because people somehow get addicted to the delicious taste and keep coming back for the meal.
Located at Kedai Kopi Yong Suan, the famous Nasi Ganja drives people insane with its amazing taste. The meal is basically like a plate of Nasi Campur from the Mamak Place, but the curry has a different kick that somehow makes people addicted. There’s a wide option of Lauk to choose ranging from Fried Chicken, Sotong Goreng, Fish Curry and many more.
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Thumbs Cafe has a unique restaurant setting that brings a nostalgic environment and makes a great hang out spot. The restaurant is located at a traditional Malay Kampung house with traditional and vintage decorations, allowing visitors to travel back in time and experience food like in the old times.
The cafe offers a wide range of delicacies from locals to westerns. Mee Goreng Mamak, Butter Chicken Rice, Meatballs and Lamb Chop are few to name. And not to forget, the beverage menu offers a wide variety of unique selections to choose from. Hangout, chill and enjoy the different kinds of yummy food!
4. Dimsum Cafe Greentown
A place to get Halal Dim Sum, this cafe in Greentown offers a variety selections of Dim Sum and other Chinese cuisine. With a Kopitiam setting, this cafe is a great place to eat and chill with families and friends.
Here, you can enjoy variety of Dim Sum like the Chicken Siew Mai, Fried Prawn Dumpling and Fried Beancurd Roll, or choose different kinds of meal like Claypot Chicken Rice and Chinese Fried Rice. Combine your food selection with the tempting Milk Tea or soothing Chinese Tea and for dessert, you definitely need to try the Fried Lotus Seed Ball.
Pakeeza Restaurant is famous among locals for serving the best North Indian cuisine. The food is definitely different from the usual Mamak Place, as North Indian food are originated from region like Pakistan and Punjab. Here in Ipoh, you can indulge in the rich taste of spicy and tasty curries from North India.
The menu offers wide range of Briyani Rice and Naan Breads, eaten with variety choices of mutton, chicken and veggies. The authentic rich taste of North Indian delicacies makes Pakeeza an ideal place to dine with friends and families for a feast, celebrations or just to eat!