Bak Kut Teh is another foodie favourite not indigenous to Ipoh. Even if Ipoh’s version does not match the famous Klang Bak Kut Teh, it comes pretty close (according to our ‘food-tasting experts’ at Ipoh Echo). Just enough (hours of) simmering in a broth of herbs and spices, makes the pork meat and offal, succulent, flavourful and absolutely tender. This ‘meat bone tea’ is usually eaten with plain rice and an optional side dish of yau char kwai (crullers – for dipping into the soup), garnished with coriander or spring onions, and accompanied with chili padi and chopped garlic soaked in soy sauce. Drinking steaming cups of Chinese tea with this meal is of the popular belief that it counters or dissolves the amount of fat consumed and pretty much eases a guilty conscience.
Soon Lee Bak Kut Teh
(7.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m.; Monday closed)
Restoran Lee Soon, 1 Jalan Temenggong, Rose Garden, 31650 Ipoh, Tel.: 019-5577896. It has the authentic bak kut teh flavour. They also have sweet-sour braised trotters, ribs and others, starting from RM8/serving; rice is RM1 extra.
Loong Kee Bak Kut Teh
(11.00 a.m.-9.30 p.m.; Tuesday closed)
Wooley Food Centre, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh; Tel.: 016-5475707/016-5423748. For those who like Chinese mushrooms, its addition in the soup adds just enough flavour but is not overpowering – RM8 with rice.
Restoran Kwan Heong Bak Kut Teh
(8.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m.-10.00 p.m.)
90 Jalan Raja Dihilir, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Tel.: 012-6727595. This relatively new shop hails from Klang, serves an array of choice starting from RM8; order from a menu.
Tong Chew Bak Kut Teh
(8.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m.; Monday closed)
24-1 Jalan Chung Thye Phin, 30250 Ipoh; Tel.: 012-4584786/016-5008324. For a treat, try the yam rice which is available every Tuesday and Friday – RM1.50/bowl; also has mun ju keok (braised trotters) and a variety of other dishes. Prices start from RM7.80.
At night from 6.00-9.30 p.m., another operator, Sun Tong Chew Bak Kut Teh, sells from the same premises; Tel.: 012-5163232/012-5156838.