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A Foodie’s Guide to Perak’s Best Eats 

Perak isn't just a top vacation spot in Malaysia—it's also a favorite destination for foodie travelers, including many from Singapore! With its rich cultural heritage, Perak boasts a diverse culinary scene influenced by authentic Chinese, Malay, Indian, and even Singaporean flavors. If you're eager to tantalize your taste buds, Perak is the place to be.

Discover Perak's most delectable local cuisines and the top eateries serving them up. Join us as we explore the culinary delights of Perak and uncover hidden gastronomic gems waiting to be savored!

  1. Salted chicken 

Ipoh is renowned for its delectable cuisine, and salt-baked chicken is a must-try delicacy. This mouthwatering dish features whole chickens wrapped in paper and encased in layers of rock salt. Pre-marinated with a tantalizing blend of aromatic herbs and spices, each bite promises an explosion of flavors.

In Ipoh, numerous shops offer their own rendition of salt-baked chicken, each cooked to perfection. Some top picks include:

  • Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken 

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Address: 24, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday)

  • Ipoh Kheng Lim Salted Chicken 

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Address: 309, Jalan Gunung Rapat, Taman Ipoh Jaya, 31350 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 10:30-17:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  • Canton Salted Chicken 

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Address: 431, Jalan Bercham, Taman Desa Kencana, 31400 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 09:30-14:30 (Monday-Sunday)

  1. Local coffee 

Craving a bold and aromatic cup of coffee? Look no further than Ipoh, where the iconic Ipoh White Coffee reigns supreme. Delight your senses with its perfectly blended richness and aroma, served with a creamy finish from the ideal amount of steaming hot milk. 

Ipoh is home to several renowned coffee shops known for their exceptional white coffee, including:

  • Oldtown White Coffee Ipoh Padang 

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Address: 3, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 30000 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 09:00-23:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  • Chang Jiang White Coffee 

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Address: 7, Jalan Windsor, 30250 Ipoh, Perak  

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  • Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong

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Address: 15A, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak  

Opening Hours: 06:30-14:30 (Monday-Sunday)

  1. Nasi Ganja 

When it comes to lunch in Ipoh, one of the most tantalizing options is Nasi Ganja. Similar to Nasi Kandar, this dish features a mixture of spicy curries generously poured over rice, accompanied by your choice of protein, be it fish or chicken. A serving of vegetables completes the balanced meal, ensuring a satisfying culinary experience.

True to its name, Nasi Ganja is undeniably addictive in the best possible way. You can find this mouthwatering dish at local food shops throughout Ipoh. Be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds, as these establishments often fill up quickly with eager locals and tourists eager to savor this famous local specialty.

Check out some of the top restaurants in Ipoh where you can enjoy the most delicious Nasi Ganja:

  • Nasi Ganja Ipoh 

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Address: 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh Town, 30250 Ipoh, Perak  

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  • Restoran Nasi Vanggey 

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Address: 1, Persiaran Greentown 5, Green Town Business Centre, 30450 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 24 Hours 

  • Restoran Nasi Kandar Pekan Lama 

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Address: 125, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening Hours: 10:30-15:00 (Monday-Thursday 24 hours (Friday), closed on Saturday and Sunday 

  1. Laksa Pangkor 

Experience the comforting warmth and explosive flavors of Laksa Pangkor, a culinary delight infused with the perfect blend of tangy and spicy spices. Often served with fresh seafood sourced directly from nearby fishing villages, this dish is a true taste sensation. 

Here are some restaurants in Pulau Pangkor where you can savor a satisfying bowl of Laksa Pangkor:

  • Laksa D’Kelapa 

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Address: Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Perak 

Opening Hours: 14:30-23:00 (Saturday-Thursday, closed on Sunday)

  • Laksa Mee Pangkor Karavan

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Address: Block N 6 Tingkat Atas Fasa 1C3, Jalan Iskandar Shah, 32040 Seri Manjung, Perak

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 (Monday-Friday) 08:00-12:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

  • Pangkor Laksa 

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Address: 113, Sungai Pinang Besar, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Perak 

Opening Hours: 07:30-16:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  1. Mee Udang 

Indulge in the tantalizing blend of sweet and spicy flavors with Perak's renowned prawn noodles, served piping hot with succulent jumbo prawns stealing the spotlight. Whether you prefer them in a steaming broth, stir-fried, or drenched in curry, this dish is an absolute must-try. Don't miss out on this delectable delicacy! 

Here are a few restaurants in Perak where you can savor some of the finest prawn noodles in town: 

  • Warung Mee Udang & Western Food Sungai Tuntung, Pantai Remis 

Address: No.67, Simpang Tiga, Sungai Tuntong, 34900 Pantai Remis, Perak

Opening Hours: 14:00-21:00 (Wednesday-Monday, closed on Tuesday)

  • Restoran Mee Udang Mak Jah 

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Address: Kampung Menteri, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Perak 

Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  • Salleh Stall Mee Udang Port Weld 

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Address: Malaysia, Jalan Trump, Kampung Kuala Sepetang, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Perak 

Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00 (Saturday-Thursday, closed on Friday)

  1. Bubur Perak 

Looking for something lighter but equally satisfying? Make a visit to Warung Bubur Perak Titi Gantung and treat yourself to a bowl of sweet or savory porridge. With a menu boasting over 12 varieties of freshly prepared porridge, there's something to please every palate. 

Favorites like Bubur Kacang Hijau, Bubur Cha Cha, Bubur Lambuk, and Bubur Anak Lebah are sure to delight. And at around RM 4 per bowl, it's budget-friendly enough to sample multiple flavors in one sitting.

  • Warung Bubur Perak Titi Gantung

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Address: Titi Gantung, 32600 Bota, Perak 

Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  1. Bamboo Rice 

Discover the culinary gem of Tanjung Malim—bamboo rice. This flavorful rice dish is cooked inside a bamboo tube, infusing it with aromatic goodness. Served alongside a variety of side dishes that perfectly complement the rice, it's a symphony of flavors waiting to be savored. Whether paired with spicy curries, fresh vegetables, or chicken and fish dishes, bamboo rice is a delightful culinary experience. 

Here are a few restaurants in Tanjung Malim renowned for serving up the best bamboo rice in town:

  • Nasi Bamboo Motivasi 

Address: Kampung Buloh Telor, 35600 Sungkai, Perak, Malaysia, 35600 Sungkai

Opening Hours: 10:30-18:00 (Saturday-Thursday, closed Friday) 

  • Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah Sungkai 

(Source: TripAdvisor

Address: Jalan Besar Sungkai - Slim River, Kampung Buloh Telor, 35600 Sungkai, Perak 

Opening Hours: 10:30-18:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  1. Pau 

While exploring Tanjung Malim, don't miss the chance to indulge in the irresistible steamed buns at Yik Mun Pau. Established in 1926, this iconic eatery is renowned for its pillowy soft pau, filled with a variety of sweet and savory delights. 

Sink your teeth into spicy beef or chicken pau for a flavorful kick, or satisfy your sweet tooth with kaya or red bean-filled options. Yik Mun Pau promises a culinary experience you won't soon forget.

  • Yik Mun Pau 

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Address: 6043, Persiaran Slim Permai 8, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak

Opening Hours: 08:30-20:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  1. Tau Fu Fah 

No trip to Perak is complete without savoring tau fu fah, the beloved soybean curd pudding. This velvety delight features soft silken tofu, typically infused with rich brown sugar syrup, creating a delectable treat. Whether enjoyed cold or warm, it's the perfect dessert to end any meal on a high note!

For the best tau fu fah experience, be sure to explore popular spots in Ipoh and Kampar including: 

  • Funny Mountain 

Address: 50, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 10:30-19:30 (Monday-Sunday)

  • Ding Feng Tau Fu Fah 

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Address: 2287, Jalan Hala Timah 1, Taman Kolej Perdana, 31900 Kampar, Perak

Opening Hours: 10:00-16:30 (Monday-Friday), 09:30-16:30 (Saturday and Sunday)

  • Big Mom Beancurd 

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Address: 22 & 24, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30250 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 12:00-18:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  1. Taugeh (Beansprout) Chicken 

When in Perak, don't miss out on trying bean sprout chicken, a famous dish also known as nga choy kai in Cantonese, particularly in Ipoh. This flavorful dish features tender chicken served with a generous portion of plump, crunchy, lightly-blanched bean sprouts, giving it its distinctive name. For the ultimate experience, pair it with steamed rice or flat rice noodles.

These are the must-try dishes to savor during your visit to Perak, offering a delightful taste of the region's culinary treasures: 

  • Buntong Bean Sprout Chicken Restaurant 

(Source: FoodAdvisor)

Address: 849, Jalan Guntong, Guntong, 30100 Ipoh, Perak

Opening Hours: 17:00-21:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday)

  • Restoran Cowan Street Ayam Taugeh & Koitiau 


Address: 44, Jalan Raja Ekram, Kampung Jawa, 31350 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 18:00-00:00 (Thursday-Sunday), 18:00-22:00 (Sunday), closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

  • Taugeh Ayam New Kheong Kee 

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Address: 6, selasar rokam 38, Taman Ipoh Jaya, 31350 Ipoh, Perak 

Opening Hours: 12:00-21:00 (Wednesday-Monday), 12:00-17:00 (Tuesday)

Tell us your foodie adventures in Perak! 

Hey foodies! If you've ventured into the delectable food scene of Perak and have stories to share, we're all ears. Whether it's about the juiciest Salt-Baked Chicken or the most mouthwatering Laksa Pangkor, your food adventures can ignite the taste buds of fellow enthusiasts. 

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