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Hawker Food in Ipoh

Traditional Malay Food @ Medan Selera Stadium


Hawker Food

By Wern Sze Gill

A good place to sample all things Malay plus some good old fashioned ‘masakan kampung’ (village cooking), is the Medan Selera Stadium, located adjacent to the Perak Football Stadium in Ipoh Garden. The stretch of Malay and halal food stalls start from Stall No.49 right up to No.70.

Aneka Selera Perak Stadium 3

The food here ranges from breakfast selections such as nasi lemak, nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, lontong and roti canai, up to a variety of ‘nasi campur’ (rice and dishes) selections and fried noodles offered during lunch hour. The stalls selling rice dishes operate on a self serve method, where you pay the proprietor upon selecting the dishes. Prices therefore, vary depending on the dishes taken.

Below is a list of some of the stalls and the various dishes to sample:

Stall #51 Wak Nasi Lemak
A nasi lemak stall which also sells ayam bakar wrapped in pandan leaves.

Stall #54 Fuad Roti Canai
A ‘kopitiam’ themed roti canai stall that also offers nasi lemak. Dishes for the nasi lemak are on the sweet side.

Stall #58
Fried Koay Teow – RM3.50, Mee Bandung – RM5.50, Mee Lakna – RM5.50. Uses very large prawns for Mee Bandung and Lakna.

Stall #59 Sudut Selera (morning)
Nasi Kerabu – RM3.50, Nasi Dagang with gulai ikan – RM4.

Nasi Lemak – RM1.20 for pre-packed takeaway version, or RM2 and above for own ‘self-serve’ version.

Stall #60/61 Cahaya Fatehah
Nasi Campur (curry fish head, sambal and vegetables) – RM8.50.

Stall # 62/63 Sri Puteri
Nasi Campur (chicken drumstick, vegetables, gulai lamak pisang, sambal) – RM5.50
Nasi Lemak (morning) – RM2.00 (ikan bilis), RM3.20 (squid,egg and ikan bilis)
Lontong (morning) – RM3.50, charges 30 sen more for takeaway (more gravy and nasi impit).

Stall #64 Pak Tam Place
Bihun Sup Utara (with chicken) – RM3.50
Also has nice fried Koay Teow and other types of noodles – from RM4.

Woolley Food City Ipoh Garden


Hawker Food

The Woolley Food City has been around a good many years and may be one of the first ‘modern’ food courts, which is ubiquitous nowadays. The concept of having one main stall supplying drinks was unheard of before. Surprisingly, a lot of people get Woolley mixed up with Aneka Selera (Glutton’s Square) which is just next to it. Woolley operates mainly for breakfast and lunch and most stalls close by 6pm and they don’t have fixed days for closing. With more than 15 stalls there’s something for everyone.

Woolley Food City

Things to try:

  • Sabah Pandan Rice sells rice and curry from RM4 onwards and on weekends they have pandan and wong keong (yellow kunyit) rice.
  • Ban Mee at RM4 and there is also Hor Hee
  • For fusion fare try the Fried Udon with prawns & Italian herbs (RM6.50) at Everfresh Fried Rice. There is also the Broccoli Salad with mayonnaise dressing at RM7.90
  • Tick Ke Prawn Mee Curry Mee – RM5.50 also has Prawn Mee at RM4
  • Bak Kut Tea (Teh) – RM9
  • If you like the sweet taste of lap cheong in Claypot Rice – RM5.80
  • Penang Banana Leaf Fried Koay Tiao with prawns, cockles and egg sells at RM4

Others include: Economy Rice with more than 30 varieties and Teochew Porridge, Beef Noodles and Chicken Soup Noodles, Saba Bento, Chee Cheong Fun, Rojak/Sotong Kangkong, Fong Kitchen, Pork Noodles, Happy Delicious Salted Chicken, and the Food Network selling pau and salted egg custard.


Tong Sui Kai Night Stalls


Hawker Food

By Wern Sze Gill

Tong Sui Kai

Tong Sui Kai Night Stalls
Row of street stalls next to Sam Tet School
Jalan Gereja, Off Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Ipoh.

Known popularly as “Tong Sui Kai” (desserts street) in Ipoh, this row of about 50 night stalls sell not only desserts, but a variety of hawker foods to meet everyone’s gastronomical preference. You can choose to sit close to your favourite stalls, although in general, most stalls will bring their dishes to you wherever you may be seated along the row. Tong Sui Kai is a fabulous one-stop dinner or supper destination especially if you are looking for variety, and some good old fashion tong sui to finish off your meal.

Here are some popular stalls:

Stall No. 18 Porridge stall with choice of mix pork innards (chee chap chuk), frog legs, fish or chicken. RM3.80 and above.

Stall No. 20Bakuteh Ipoh-style. Nice, strong herbal flavour to the soup. RM8.50.

Stall No. 21 –  A popular Tong Sui stall selling ice kacang with ice cream, nyonya kuih and a variety of dessert soups with options of sweet potato, sago, black bean, red bean, black sesame dessert and bubur cha cha.

Stall No. 25Kway Teow Mee stall selling kway teow soup noodles and authentic claypot noodles. RM4 and above.

Stall No. 32Fried Kway Teow and other noodles.  RM5 for a plate with egg, cockles and prawns.

Stall No. 40Chee Cheong Fun. Curry or mushroom sauce options with a variety of liew or yeong tau foo to choose from.  RM3 and above.

Stall No. 41 – Another popular Tong Sui stall.  Must-try dessert is their extra large mixed fruit and ice-cream served on shaved ice with rose syrup and milk. RM5 per bowl.

Stall No. 42 Pangkor Curry Noodles stall.  Curry noodles with long beans, large sized cockles, pork meat and skin. RM4.70 per bowl.

Stall No. 44Wonton Noodle stall.  Uses pork lardons in the preparation of the noodles. RM3/ RM3.70 (with char siew).

Stall No. 47 – Famous sisters’ Beef Noodles.  Well known for their springy beef balls and smooth kway teow noodles served in a tasty light broth.

Stalls No. 50-53 – A group of Malay stalls selling pasembor rojak, mee goreng, nasi lemak and drinks.  Situated nearest to the main road, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah.

GP Food Court (First Garden)


Hawker Food

Gone are the days when food stalls were stationed under huge rain or cherry trees (except for dai shu keok) and along back lanes of shops. We now have modern covered food courts like Golden Point (GP) that opened in late 2009 and operates from 6am to midnight everyday. On the upper level is Frank Fitness Centre; it is apt that after a good workout one can come down and have a scrumptious meal.

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There is a multitude of Chinese fare like: Penang Fried Kuey Teow, Singapore Fried Noodles, Hock Kee Bak Kut Teh, Western food, Fish Head Noodles, Curry Fish Head, (Pik Lan) Seafood Fried Rice, Claypot Chicken Rice, Pan Mee, Prawn Mee, Chee Cheong Fun, Sizzling Lo Shi Fun or Yee Mee from Sweet Heart and of course, the signature Pau Langkap. Try the ‘lemak’ Curry Mee – RM4.20 and delicious Rojak – RM4, all from the same stall, the al dente Heng Kee Wonton Mee Bercham – RM4. ‘Something Special’ has homemade noodles either with plain sauce or curry (for a change try the wild boar curry) – RM4-4.50. Suntei Sushi has a wide variety of sushi.

Mee Goreng, Mee Rebus, Roti Canai, etc. will satisfy those craving Indian food. Su Nasi Kandar serves spicy and flavourful rice and curry dishes from RM4.80 for rice, chicken curry, vegetables & poppadom; fish cutlets are RM1.50 and there is also chicken varuval (dry), mutton and different vegetables.

Some stalls open at night from 7pm onwards include Pinang Lobak, Satay, BBQ Fish, Popiah, etc. Pizza buffs can have thin-crust Chicken Supreme Pizza at Elro’s Deli Pizza Australiana; RM13.80 for regular and RM19.80 for large.

There is also a good selection of fruit juices and desserts available and a must-try is Wan Tou Long (yellow jelly) – RM2.30. The Fresh Fruit stall sells sengkuang, mango, guava, etc. from RM1 to RM2.

GP First Garden has not less than 35 food stalls and has something for everyone.

GP Food Court (First Garden)
Jalan Ng Song Teik, First Garden.
Opens from 6am to midnight everyday


Pusat Makanan Paloh


Hawker Food

By Wern Sze Gill

Pusat Makanan Paloh
(next to Giant hypermarket)
Jalan Bercham Bistari 2, Bercham, 31400 Ipoh.
Offers free wifi with any drink order.
Opens daily, 8am-11pm.

Pusat Makanan PalohFood courts are a popular lunch and dinner stop for locals and tourists alike. A fairly new and clean one offering a variety of quality local dishes at affordable prices is the big, airy, and not too over-crowded Pusat Makanan Paloh, located just next to the Giant hypermarket in Bercham.

Most dishes are priced between RM4 to RM5, and they are generous in their ingredients and serving sizes.

Some notable dishes include:

  • Curry Mee (RM4.50); tasty light broth, not the heavy type of curry.
  • Tai Look Mee (RM4.50) – Sufficient ‘wok hei’ (smoky taste) and generous ingredients, served with their very good homemade sambal belacan
  • Pan Mee (RM4); offers also the chilli pan mee version at RM4.50
  • Nasi Lemak with rendang ayam (RM3.50), or with sambal squid or prawn (RM4, delicious)
  • Their ‘Tai Chow’ stall which is well-known for their various claypot meat and seafood dishes, and fish head curry, also serves quality one-dish meals with rice priced from RM4.50.
  • Other stalls: Economy rice, Prawn Mee, Wan Ton Mee, Chop rice, Thai food, Western, and Japanese.

Angsana Ipoh (Greentown) Mall


Basement Food Court, Jalan Hospital (formerly Ashby Rd)

(GPS N 04° 36.166′ E 101° 5.681′)

Angsana Ipoh Mall, Greentown MallIt is now called Angsana Ipoh Mall but everyone knows it as Greentown Mall. It houses UO Superstore, Nagoya Textiles, Guardian, numerous other shops and a good number of mobile kiosks. Knowing Ipohites’ propensity for ignoring name changes of any sort, it will be some time before this new name is adopted. Its food court has a wide range of appetising local fare; from chicken rice, laksa, curry mee, western, various rice & noodles, tom yam, teh tarik, yong tau foo, ice kacang and fresh fruits.

Angsana Ipoh Mall, Greentown Mall Angsana Ipoh Mall, Greentown MallMust try:

  • Kashmiri Briyani (stall #19) is popular for their Tandoori Chicken and various curries. There are also ten different types of Naan (made fresh), like kashmiri, Keema, butter, vegetable, etc. and also poori. Tandoori chicken from RM5 per portion.
  • Kamisah Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang (stall #16) specialises in Nasi Kandar with a choice of mutton, chicken or other curries and cooked vegetables like brinjals, cabbage and others. Good mutton curry.
  • Juhas Enterprise Catering – Selera Kampung (stall #13) serves Nasi Ulam from 10am to 4pm and Nasi Lemak from 3pm to 8pm. Their sambal belacan is excellent.
  • Lin Chee Kang (stall #7) has more than 20 varieties of ice desserts and several types of Ice Kacang. Fans of gula Melaka (palm sugar) and santan (coconut milk) can opt for that instead of milk and sugar syrup – RM3 onwards with your choice of fillings (10 sen extra for takeaway).


Loke Wooi Kee Cafe


For the benefit of our outstation friends who come to Ipoh for the sole purpose of having a good meal, instead of focusing on a particular hawker food, Ipoh Echo will be featuring a particular place to eat.

Curry Mee
Curry Mee

Since time immemorial, most of us remember the corner coffee shop across the road from Kamdar – Loke Wooi Kee. Most of us will also remember having a meal there after marketing or shopping. It was a treat for kids to have caramel custard and a 7 Up float. Except for some renovation, not much has changed. For visitors who are in the neighbourhood, here’s some of Ipoh’s iconic food (minus the satay) all under one roof.

  • Chicken Rice, RM3.00
  • Curry Mee, RM3.90
  • Rojak, RM4.50 and RM5.50 with prawn cracker
  • Penang Fried Koay Teow, RM4.00
  • Popiah, RM3.80
  • Chicken Soup Koay Teow, RM3.80
  • Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun, RM3.20
  • Hor Hee, RM3.80
  • Dai Kao Meen (big apom balik), RM0.80
  • Caramel custard, RM2.30 (a good size serving)
Loke Wooi Kee Cafe
Loke Wooi Kee Cafe

There may be an increase in the prices for Chinese New Year.

Loke Wooi Kee Cafe
6 & 28 Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri (formerly Clare St.) – New Town at the corner of Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri and Jalan Raja Musa Aziz (GPS 4.595202,101.083735)


Pisang Goreng


Ipoh hawker food - banana frittersPisang Goreng (Goreng Pisang) or deep-fried banana fritters, whichever way you say it, is one of Malaysia’s favourite tea-time snacks. Usually sold at roadside stalls, there are mainly two kinds of batter – Chinese or Malay. Chinese batter is crispy whilst Malay batter makes a crunchier texture. Some customers even ask for extra bits of crunchy fried batter. While both are best eaten hot, the Chinese batter tends to get soggy faster as it cools. A much sought-after banana (but not easily available) the ‘king of bananas’, pisang raja, makes ideal banana fritters. Other popular and easily available bananas are pisang awak, pisang abu, pisang nangka, etc. Whatever banana is used, the keys to a good Pisang Goreng are a ripe banana, a crisp batter and that it must be eaten just fried or while still warm.

A few recommendations:

  • Stall at the car park in Greentown Nova (next to KWSP) facing Jalan Greentown
    Pisang nangka and pisang abu pisang nangka nice and ripe
    Opens from 11am; closed Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Stall at corner of Lengkok Canning and Jalan Canning Estate (near 7-Eleven), Ipoh Garden
    Lovely pisang abu best eaten just fried.
    Opens from 2.30pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Stall at Laluan Perajurit 1 (off Jalan Perajurit), Ipoh Garden East
    Pisang awak and pisang abu.
    Opens from 1pm everyday except Friday.
  • Stall at Bulatan Cherry (Off Maxwell Road/Jalan Tun Abdul Razak) opposite Maxwell Corner Mini Pasar
    Pisang abu – the batter stays crispy longer.
    Opens everyday in the afternoon from 2pm.
  • Stall at Lorong Taman 11, Taman Pertama
    Pisang abu. Opens everyday from 2pm.


Nasi Biryani Ayam (Chicken Biryani Rice)


By Wern Sze Gill

Ipoh hawker foodNasi biryani is a traditional Indian Malaysian rice-based dish with a signature reddish-orange color and a strong, spiced flavour. This meal-in-one begins with washed uncooked rice fried gently in ghee or vegetable oil, together with a selection of spices and herbs such as cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, pandan leaves, ginger, saffron and garlic.

This is then steamed in a stock made from chicken or mutton bones, together with portions of chicken or mutton. The result is a fragrant meal of spiced rice and meat, served with curry gravy. The dish is sometimes accompanied by a plain salad of sliced cucumber, tomato, onion and green chili. You can also opt for a side order of raita (cucumber and yoghurt salad), fruit or vegetable pickles, and papadum (fried lentil crackers).

There are many Indian Muslim restaurants serving biryani in Ipoh, but the authentic ones are those which are cooked with chicken and a variety of spices in them. Places to try the authentic biryani in Ipoh:

Ipoh Padang Curry House
93 Jalan Raja Ekram (Cowan Street)
Opens daily from 5:30am – 8.30pm
RM7 per plate. Served plain without curry gravy or veges unless requested. Very tasty and flavourful even on its own.

My Nasi Kandar @ Mydin Meru Raya, Ipoh
(opposite passport/IC office, Ministry of Home Affairs building)
Jalan Jelapang – Meru
Open 23 hours (closed between 4-5am)
RM10 per plate.  Served with cucumber salad and curry gravy over chicken.

Nasi Kandar AK
6c-6e Jalan Labrooy
Opens daily 6.30am – 11pm
RM7.50 per plate. Served with cucumber salad and curry gravy over a whole chicken thigh.

Restoran M Salim
75 Jalan Bahru, Off Jalan Tokong
Kompleks Silveritage Galleria, Medan Gopeng
20 Jalan Yang Kalsom
Opens daily from 6.30am – 12.30am.
RM7.30 per plate. Served with cucumber salad with curry gravy over chicken.

Restoran Nasi Vanggey
5A Lebuh 1, Greentown Business Centre
Opens 24 hours daily
RM6.00 per plate.  Served with cucumber salad, half a salted egg and gravy over chicken.

Laksa Asam (Halal)


Ipoh hawker foodWe are looking again at Laksa Asam (or Asam Laksa) but the halal kind, in other words, Malay laksa. When compared with Penang laksa, the gravy of Malay laksa is not as thick and comes with a slice of hard-boiled egg. You won’t see bits and pieces of fish floating around because the fish is ground so fine in the gravy, making it a little watery. Mint leaves or Vietnamese mint (daun kesum) may be used as a garnish with sliced onions, red chillies and torch ginger flower (bunga kantan). We were hard-pressed to find very many exceptional stalls (readers are encouraged to recommend any).

D’Polo Cafe Lan’s Catering
Jalan Brash (across from the Polo Ground)
Gravy is mildly spicy but flavourful and comes with half a hard-boiled egg, garnished with mint leaves. Squeeze lime juice for extra tartness. The sweetness can be adjusted by adding the thick prawn paste that comes separate – RM4. Opens from 4.30pm till 2.30am everyday.

Laksa Ampang Ipoh
Stall under a big tree on Persiaran Wira Jaya Barat 32 (Off Jalan Raja Musa Mahadi between 2 Esso stations)
A very popular stall with the local residents – RM2.50
From 2.30pm to 7pm, Sundays closed; also sells cucur udang and pisang goreng.

MBI Terrace Stall No. 4
Greentown Business Centre
Comes with fried fritters (yeong liu), the reddish gravy is a little spicy – RM 3.50
Opens from 7pm-1am everyday (if weather permits).