Ipoh is dubbed by many a food heaven. From dim sum to tofu fa, the variety of food that Ipoh offers will make you drool for more. While most people head to Ipoh for food, noodle dish is something you cannot miss. Some say it's the water of Ipoh, the noodle of Ipoh is known for its smooth and springy texture. Here are 10 Must-Try Noodle Places in Ipoh.
1) Ka Heong Pan Mee at Kedai Makanan Sun Seng Fatt (新成发茶餐室)
While many people are still not aware of this shop, Ka Heong Pan Mee is one of the best Pan Mee places in Ipoh. If you like a heartwarming sensation, then this is the place to go. Their soup which is slow-cooked with anchovies combined with springy Pan Mee won our heart. Though they also serve the dry version of Pan Mee, we reckon the one served in soup would be ideal for breakfast.
25, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
8.15am – 2pm (rest on Sunday)
2) Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant (高温街芽菜河粉)
By far the best bean sprouts chicken in town, this shop is famous for its tenderly poached chicken and smooth keow teow served delicately in a small bowl of broth. For us, it is the sauce drizzled over the chicken which makes the difference. If you think Lou Wong or Onn Kee are good, wait till you try this shop. While this shop usually opens at the night time, it is not always guaranteed so. However, it is certainly worth driving by to try your luck.
44, Jalan Raja Ekram, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3) Big Tree Foot (忠记兵如港大树头炸料粉)
The name Big Tree Foot is no stranger to many. In fact, it is one of the favourite places to go not just among the tourists but the locals too. We can understand why given its freshly made variety of Yong Tau Fu and noodle of your choice that are both mouthwatering. Our pick would be the laksa (assam laksa) to go with the fried ‘sar kok’ (or fried turnip) which will promise you a satisfying tummy.
652, Jalan King, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak,
8.30am – 5.30pm
4) Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Sri Mahkota (文冬口牛腩粉)
Also known as Buntong Beef Noodle, the top crowd drawing items of this shop are no other than the Yong Tao Fu and Beef (Noodle) Soup of course. Imagine beef balls, beef tendon and radish, immersed in a irresistibly delicious beef based broth. Simply hearty! At Buntong Beef Noodle, patience is virtue. You'll have to take a number and wait for your turn before you can order.
73 & 75, Jalan Theatre, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Operating Hours :
7am - 2pm , then 6pm - 11pm
Closed Sunday night.
5) Hakka Mee Stall at Paris Restaurant (巴黎茶室)
Known for its springiness, the Hakka Mee at the Paris Restaurant does not need to be heavily sauced to be tasty. Ideal for breakfast, the Hakka Mee is topped with minced pork and eaten together with Yong Tau Fu as the side dish. You do not need to know what to order at the Paris Restaurant. Since it is a standard order, you'll only need to tell the boss your headcount.
Ipoh Town 164 & 166, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Pusat Bandaraya, 30000, Malaysia
7.15am - 12pm daily
6) Yee Fatt Curry Mee (怡发咖喱面)
Near Methodist Girls’ School at Jalan Kampar, beckons one of the most delicious curry noodles in Ipoh named Yee Fatt Curry Mee. While Yee Fatt serves two versions of curry mee which are the soup and dry version, we highly recommend you to go for the dry version which is drizzled with curry sauce and served with curry chicken. Once you have tried, you’ll understand why it is not surprising to see queue at Yee Fatt Curry Mee especially in the morning.
39, Jln Kampar, 31650, Ipoh, Perak
7.30am - 3.00pm (Close on Monday)
7) Restoran Xin Quan Fang (新泉芳咖哩面)
If you are a fan of Curry Mee, Restoran Xin Quan Fang is another trademark you should not miss. Serving both soup and dry curry mee, people usually eat it together with ingredients such as the steamed chicken, roasted pork, prawns etc. One of the elevating factors has to be the special chili dip which is somewhat lip-smacking. You must have the patience if you decide to come here as it may take you up to 1 hour until your curry mee is served.
174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
7.30am - 1.00pm
8) Hor Hee at Kedai Makanan Loke Wooi Kee (乐会居茶室)
Hor Hee is originated from the Teochew people and it is something like fish ball noodle. More precisely, it is a noodle soup served with not just fish balls but fish cakes, fish dumplings and some fried onions too. The highlight of the Hor Hee at Kedai Makanan Loke Wooi Kee has to be its thick soup boiled to perfection with fish bones, anchovies and dried squid. While typically Hor Hee uses either Keow Teow or Cellophane noodles, this stall lets you choose from more choices such as mee hoon or yellow noodle too.
28,Jalan Mustapha al-Bakei ,30000 Ipoh
7am - 3pm
9) Gunung Rapat Fried Noodle (炭炒粉 - 昆仑喇叭炭炒粉)
Gunung Rapat Fried Noodle is dubbed one of the hidden gems of Gunung Rapat. Some of the words used by customers to describe the fried noodles of this stall are mouthwatering, nostalgic and full of ‘wok hei’. The compliments are the result of the owner’s determination to stir-fry noodles with charcoal fire. Some of the must-try for dinner at Gunung Rapat Fried Noodle are fried keow teow and fried mee hoon. While there are a few fried noodle stalls at Gunung Rapat, make sure you go to this one at the road side.
Persiaran Gunung Rapat 6, Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.
6pm onwards (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
10) Restoran Tuck Kee (德记茶餐室)
The list would not be complete without Tuck Kee which is another fried noodle specialist. Though its name is synonymous to the best ‘Wat Dan Hor’ of Ipoh, personally Tuck Kee is more than just that one dish. All their variety of fried noodles are at the level best and irresistibly yummy. Serves only at dinner time, do factor in some waiting time when you go to Tuck Kee. While you are waiting, you can also try their appetizer such as steam squid and braised chicken feet that are yummy too.
61, Yau Tet Shin, 30300, Ipoh, Perak
5pm - 3am (close every Tuesday fortnightly)