Cafes

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PERAK -

NEW Burps & Gig­gles

93 Jalan Sul­tan Yus­suf, Ipoh (05 242 6188/www.face­book.com/ Burp­sGig­gles).

Lo­cated be­hind Thean Chun or Sekeping Kong Heng, Burps & Gig­gles is the IT spot in town for an in­sta­gram­wor­thy brunch. We sug­gest that you go ei­ther early morn­ing or late evening when the weather is more for­giv­ing as there’s a lot to ex­plore around this tiny re­fur­bished café. A lot of heart has gone into the decor, and the menu’s unique items will tempt you to go over­board with or­ders.

Wed – Mon, 8.30am–8.30pm. Closed on Tues­days. $$

NEW Es­pres­solab 105 Jalan Can­ning Es­tate, Ipoh (05 546 6648); 39 Jalan Seeni­vasagam (www.es­pres­solab.asia).

KL’s Es­pres­solab has branched out into Ipoh where it serves up aro­matic cof­fees and de­lec­ta­ble cakes. There is a small food menu but we rec­om­mend you stick to the caf­feine and baked goods – we par­tic­u­larly like their tiramisu, in­fused with Kahlua and topped with caramelised al­monds. Sun–Thu, 10am–7pm; Fri–Sat, 10am–10pm.

NEW Happy 8 Re­treat Café 46 Jalan Mar­ket, Ipoh (05 243 8388/ www.the­happy8.com.my).

This na­ture themed cafe is one of our favourite new places in Ipoh. Amidst the art­fully ar­ranged plants, tree mu­rals and wooden fur­nish­ings, it’s easy to re­lax and for­get your cares. On the menu you’ll find a mix of western and Chi­nese dishes and tasty desserts to en­joy with your cuppa. Sun–Thu, 9.30am–10pm; Fri–Sat, 9.30am–11pm. $$

NEW Jose & Deli Café First floor, French Ho­tel, 60 Jalan Dato Onn Jaa­far, Ipoh (05 241 3712/www. face­book.com/jose­and­deli).

Another new café to es­tab­lish it­self in Ipoh, Jose & Deli is ac­tu­ally lo­cated in the new French Ho­tel. Very cool; a vague mix of wood and steel dé­cor, pops of colour here and there, a mini gro­cery, some quirky items like stylish cacti and pony stat­ues. Food is hit and miss (spicy grilled chicken is one of the bet­ter op­tions), but the am­biance more than speaks for it­self. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 8am–10pm. $$$

NEW Plan b. Roast­ers 75 Jalan Pan­glima, Ipoh (05 249 8286/www.the­big­group.co/planb).

Open­ing this branch in Ipoh's old town area, Plan b. main­tains the quirky, rus­tic dé­cor they are known for in Klang Val­ley. Try their house blend, a roast­ing of In­done­sian, Brazil­ian, and Ethiopian beans, and savour a rich creamy espresso. This small café also of­fers up a menu of mostly western dishes, in­clud­ing de­li­ciously healthy break­fasts and brunches, pas­tas, sand­wiches and sal­ads. There is also a limited Asian menu with pho bo, nasi lemak, and ayam per­cik. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 9am–10pm. $$$

Side­walk Ice Cream Lounge 26 Lengkok Can­ning, Ipoh Gar­den, Ipoh (016 562 6844).

For nearly two decades, the pair be­hind the Side­walk Ice Cream Lounge has been hard at work at their shop in a quiet res­i­den­tial area of Ipoh. Their cus­tomers, some of whom have been reg­u­lars for years, love their cre­ative sun­daes and cutesy decor. It’s very dif­fer­ent from the av­er­age swanky Haa­gen Dazs or Baskin Rob­bins: in­stead it’s a sim­ple, quiet, down-toearth place that’s great for fam­i­lies. To en­sure fresh­ness, the fruits are bought fresh from the mar­ket and the choco­late sauce and but­ter­scotch are home­made. Child friendly. Free park­ing. Sat–Sun, 7.30am–11.30pm. $

NEW Some­thing’s Brew­ing 19 Jalan Medan Ipoh 1B/1, Medan Ipoh Bes­tari, Ipoh (05 541 5900/www. face­book.com/some­things­brew­ing­cafe).

While most cafés have a good va­ri­ety of cof­fee, Some­thing’s Brew­ing has a cor­nu­copia of tea with a cu­ri­ous mix of or­ganic in­gre­di­ents such as roasted dan­de­lion roots, hibis­cus flow­ers, co­coa nibs, co­conut flakes, and vanilla beans. Teas are served thought­fully in dou­blein­su­lated cups to en­sure com­fort. Sun–Thu, 12noon–11pm; Fri–Sat, 12noon–12mid­night. $$

NEW Tammy’s Kitchen 7 Hala Ban­dar Baru Tam­bun 18, Desa Tam­bun In­dah, Ipoh (017 487 3728).

Lady of the house is Tammy, who bakes won­der­ful quiches and whips up an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of lo­cal and western dishes. It’s prac­ti­cally a fam­ily run af­fair so have a bit of pa­tience with the slow ser­vice when it gets crowded. Other than that, we love their home­style cook­ing; sim­ple, flavour­ful, and whole­some. Highly rec­om­mended. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Wed – Sun, 12noon–7.30pm. $$

NEW Van­ity Haus Café 8 Jalan Kelil­ing, Can­ning Gar­den, Ipoh (05 541 2047).

This eclec­tic Euro­pean café is run by a Dutch fam­ily, serv­ing homey dishes and desserts. Try the deca­dent brownie, im­mersed in milk and topped with lightly browned marsh­mal­lows and crisp thin al­mond sliv­ers. It’s part café, part spa salon, so you can have af­ter­noon tea and get pam­pered at the same place, killing two birds with one stone.

Daily, 12noon–10.30pm. $$

Cheap eats Hawker

Ca­sual Mar­ket

Taip­ing Ca­sual Mar­ket, Jalan Pang­gung Wayang, Taip­ing.

At this buzzing and crowded food court, you can find almost ev­ery­thing from chicken rice and wan tan mee to curry mee. The wan tan mee is es­pe­cially good, drenched in soy sauce and topped with slices of sticky-sweet bar­beque pork. Also hugely popular are the home­made Ny­onya kueh such as the kueh ta­lam, kueh ke­tayap, kueh koci and pu­lut pang­gang.

Daily, 8am–10pm. $

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau 44 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh (012 520 3322).

Come evening time, plenty of lo­cals head to Cowan Street for the ayam tauge or bean sprout chicken. No­to­ri­ous for clos­ing with­out no­tice, you’ll just have to try your luck and keep your fin­gers crossed that the

restau­rant is open.

Wed–Sun, 7pm–12mid­night. $

Kedai Kopi Kong Heng 74 Jalan Ban­dar Timah, Ipoh (012 227 2745).

While there are cheaper al­ter­na­tives, if you’re a tourist, this is prob­a­bly the best one-stop place to sam­ple a va­ri­ety of fa­mous Ipoh fare. Lo­cated in the old street town of Ipoh, this place is not hard to find. If you're stay­ing at Sekeping Kong Heng, take a walk to this cof­fee shop on the ground floor for dishes like sar hor fun, chee cheong fun, Ipoh white cof­fee and pork sa­tay, which is a rare feast in Malaysia. The sar hor fun – served in clear soup with prawns and shred­ded chicken – is slip­pery smooth and glides down ef­fort­lessly. Also popular is the popiah, wrapped with a gen­er­ous filling of turnips, crunchy fried small prawns and vegetables. Child friendly. Thu–Tue, 8.30am till late lunch. $

NEW Kedai Herbal Gui Ling Tong 68 Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh (05 253 1652).

This small dessert shop is lo­cated right op­po­site Lou Wong and Onn Kee chicken rice. Their crème caramel is pur­port­edly one of the best in Ipoh, with ex­cep­tion­ally smooth and creamy egg pud­ding drenched in caramel syrup. Try the orig­i­nal ver­sion, or go bold with flavours like matcha, sweet corn and tiramisu with al­co­hol. They also serve boiled sweet hasma, snow fun­gus, and home­made gui ling gao (herbal jelly-like dessert) with a side of honey.

Pork-free. Daily, 11am–9pm. $

Lou Wong 49 Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh (05 254 4199/012 501 8384).

Crowds in search of chicken and bean sprouts pack Lou Wong to the rafters ev­ery day. Ipoh bean sprouts are said to be plumper than usual, and the steamed chicken here is the per­fect tex­ture, though it’s a lit­tle on the oily side. The chicken usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies rice noo­dles or boiled rice as the main. Also popular are their beef balls in clear broth.

Daily, 10.30am–2.30am. $

Ho­tel Panorama Cof­fee House 61-79 Jalan Kota, Taip­ing (05 808 4111/www.panora­mataip­ing.com).

A popular hang­out spot over milk­shakes for teenagers and for fam­i­lies in for a quick lunch, the out­let serves good fried rice dishes. For those look­ing for a kick, go for the nasi goreng bela­can. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. $

Restoran Onn Kee 48, 51, 53, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh (05 253 1562/012 556 6669).

Just across the road from Lou Wong is another haven for chicken and bean sprouts. The jury is still out on which one is the best but then it’s a mat­ter of per­sonal taste.

Daily, 1.30pm–3am. $

Taip­ing Hawker Cen­tre Jalan Tu­pai, next to Taip­ing fire sta­tion, Taip­ing.

Also known as Cir­cus Ground, this food court is lo­cated right next to the only fire sta­tion in town and is full of fam­i­lies ev­ery week­end. Ev­ery fam­ily has their favourite stall, but we sug­gest the roti canai, chee cheong fun or the chicken noo­dle soup. Only the roti canai stall is ha­lal. A popular dessert stall here is the soya milk and tau foo fah served with gula Me­laka.

Child friendly. Daily, 5pm till late. $

NEW Tong Sui Kai Jalan Sul­tan Ekram (op­po­site SRJKC Sam Tet), off Jalan Sul­tan Idris Shah, Ipoh.

Also known as Ipoh’s Dessert Street, Tong Sui Kai houses around 50 hawker stalls un­der one roof, promis­ing a wide se­lec­tion of hot and cold desserts. No sin­gle drinks stall stands out, but lo­cals will point you to stall 21, 27 and 41. High­lights in­clude their ex­tra large bowl of shaved ice topped with rose syrup, con­densed milk, ice cream and a gen­er­ous amount of mixed fruits. Or try other desserts like ABC with ice cream, lin chi kang, and a va­ri­ety of dessert soups such as black bean, red bean, sago, sweet potato and bubur cha cha.

Pork-free. Tue–Sun, 5pm–12mid­night. $

Xin Quan Fang 174 Jalan Sul­tan Iskan­dar Shah, Ipoh (016 521 4193).

Lo­cals know this cof­fee shop as the po­lice sta­tion curry mee, due to the prox­im­ity of the po­lice sta­tion. Cops aside, Xin Quan Fang serves ar­guably the best curry mee in Ipoh – noo­dles swimming in a pi­quant, fra­grant broth that’s brim­ming with spices. Come as early as pos­si­ble to avoid the queues of peo­ple all there to sam­ple the noo­dles.

Daily, 7.30am–1pm. $

Ko­pi­tiam Funny Moun­tain 49 Jalan The­atre, Ipoh (012 516 1607).

It could be the quirky name that’s caused the roar­ing suc­cess of this stall, but we’re more in­clined to be­lieve it’s the soya bean milk and tau foo fah. It’s fan­tas­ti­cally smooth, which is prob­a­bly why there’s usu­ally a long line of peo­ple queu­ing up for their Funny Moun­tain fix. If you’re in a hurry, make use of Funny Moun­tain’s drive-thru ser­vice and your or­der will be de­liv­ered to your car.

Daily, 10.30am–5pm. $

Sin Yoon Loong 15A Jalan Ban­dar Timah, Ipoh (05 241 4601/www.my­cofe.com.my).

Swish cafes serv­ing Ipoh white cof­fee – the cof­fee beans are roasted with palm oil mar­garine and no sugar – and Hainanese kaya toast at hiked-up prices abound across the coun­try, but noth­ing beats the orig­i­nal. Sin Yoon Loong’s white cof­fee and toast are bet­ter than that of any new­fan­gled fran­chise. Oth­ers have cap­i­talised on this white cof­fee boom and started pro­duc­ing sa­chets of 3-in-1 white cof­fee, but this is the real deal, and shouldn’t be cast aside in favour of mass-pro­duced, com­mer­cial mon­strosi­ties. Other dishes to try are the Hakka dry noo­dles, siew yoke (roast pork) and char siew.

Daily, 6am–5pm. $

Sun Yuan Foong 17, Jalan Ban­dar Timah, Ipoh (019 759 3600).

Dubbed as the birth­place of the renowned Ipoh White Cof­fee, this quaint and homely cof­fee shop serves ir­re­sistible white cof­fee and eggs on toast as well as scrump­tious chee

cheong fun. There are pas­tries like egg tarts and siu pau sold out­side the cof­fee shop for you to have some­thing to munch on while you sip a cup of the thick, rich and creamy cof­fee.

Daily, 7am–5pm. $

Ma­mak

NEW An­sari Cen­dol 92 Jalan Bar­rack (Off Jalan Chung Thye Phin), Taip­ing (012 562 9440).

The old faded sign­board pro­claims ‘Restau­rant An­sari Fa­mous Cen­dol’, and this is just a few steps away from the famed Bis­mil­lah Cen­dol. Malaysians are blessed for them to have such stiff com­pe­ti­tion. An­sari’s sell­ing point is the gen­er­ous help­ings of cen­dol. Those squig­gly green jel­lies are poured to the brim, so for those who are al­ways com­plain­ing about other stalls’ measly por­tions, An­sari’s the one you’ve al­ways dreamed of.

Daily, 10am–7pm. $

Bis­mil­lah cen­dol 233 Jalan Bar­rack, Taip­ing.

The dessert stall, lo­cated less than five min­utes away from the sim­i­larly named ma­mak on foot, serves un­beat­able cen­dol. Ex­cel­lent for a mid morn­ing snack (if you can find it).

Ha­lal. Daily, 10.30am–6pm. $

Chi­nese Aun Kheng Lim 24 Jalan The­atre, Ipoh (05 254 2998/ www.aunkhengli­mayam­garam.com).

The store has stood the test of time (21 years) in a swarm of re­cently opened salted chicken shops. At RM16 per bird, the chicken is not big as they use only free range chicken, which is per­fectly suited for two per­sons to share. Herbs such as dong guai and gei zhi are com­bined with salt crys­tals to bake this unique Ipoh del­i­cacy. We sug­gest that you book in ad­vance, es­pe­cially if you plan to visit on a week­end or a pub­lic hol­i­day.

Daily, 10am–6pm. $$

Blos­som Chi­nese Restau­rant Swiss-Gar­den Golf Re­sort & Spa Da­mai Laut, Jalan Da­mai Laut, Off Jalan Teluk Se­nan­gin, Lu­mut (05 684 3333/www.swiss­gar­den.com).

Over­look­ing the sea, Blos­som can sate your ap­petite for Chi­nese cui­sine. Open for din­ner only, this old restau­rant com­plete with wooden fur­ni­ture and bam­boo blinds, serves a de­lec­ta­ble va­ri­ety of Chi­nese dishes. Daily, 12noon–2.30pm; 6.30pm– 10.30pm. $$

Great Miner Chi­nese Cui­sine Kinta River­front Ho­tel & Suites, Jalan Lim Bo Seng, Ipoh (05 245 8888/ www.kin­tariver­front.com.my/din­ing/ great­miner).

Great Miner’s most or­dered dishes are its lamb with sig­na­ture sauce, wok­fried fresh mush­rooms with spe­cial sauce and its bird’s nest with crab meat. Great Miner has to be lauded for mak­ing the con­stant, con­scious ef­fort for self-im­prove­ment; it re­cently in­tro­duced an af­ford­able lunch set and is work­ing on a kids' menu for the fu­ture.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 11.30am–2.30pm; 6.30pm–10.30pm. $$

Green­town Noo­dle House 58 Per­siaran Green­hill, Green­town (Kam­pung Jawa), Ipoh (05 241 5145).

Sit­u­ated at the Ex­cel­sior Ho­tel round­about, this out­let has out­shined the oth­ers with its ex­cel­lence. The man­ners by which they pre­pare their se­lec­tion of noo­dles and rice are ex­ten­sive, and prices are rea­son­able. From sweet and sour to spicy pep­per, from rice and noo­dles to con­gee, you can sat­isfy your taste buds for less than RM5. High­lights in­clude va­ri­ety to choose from. Pork ribs, hou si fatt choy (vegetables in oys­ter sauce), deep fried but­ter prawns, and kaya puffs are some of the high­lights on the menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am– 3pm, 6pm–10pm. $$$

Hae­way­tian Restau­rant (Oversea Restau­rant) 57-65 Jalan Seeni­vasagam, Ipoh (05 253 8005/05 253 1970).

Also known as Oversea Restau­rant, Hae­way­tian is part of a chain of restau­rants in Malaysia that serves sump­tu­ous ban­quet style Chi­nese food. We sug­gest that you start with the scrump­tious four sea­sons ap­pe­tiser which con­sists of four dif­fer­ent small dishes and the de­lights of the sea soup that con­tains a mix­ture of seafood, in­clud­ing scal­lops, crab meat and shrimps in chicken, pork and fish­broth. Other spe­cial­i­ties in­clude the Pek­ing duck, stir-fried veni­son with broc­coli, but­tered prawns, and for dessert, wa­ter ch­est­nut jelly with des­ic­cated co­conut. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon– 2.30pm; 6pm–11pm. $$$

Kong Gu Kai @ TSG 11 Jalan Bi­jeh Timah, Ipoh (05 242 3777).

Kong Gu Kai, an am­bi­tious Chi­nese restau­rant, re­volves around a bud­ding con­cept based on the kind of af­ford­able, com­fort­able Hong Kong-styled cafés that have gained pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years. It dif­fers, how­ever, with the food and drinks it of­fers. Like many of the other places around its area, it serves Snow Beer, a Chi­nese beer that has sold the most (de­spite its un­pop­u­lar­ity out­side of Main­land China) of all beers in the world in pre­vi­ous years. Child friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 10am–2am. $

Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum 32, 34 & 36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Ipoh

(05 255 7134). A hotspot for dim sum, this shop is reg­u­larly jam-packed with cus­tomers so we sug­gest that you go early. Try the char siu pau, yam cakes, wu kok, fish balls and an as­sort­ment of prawn and fish paste dumplings. For dessert they of­fer the sweet­ened and un­de­ni­ably healthy sesame and lo­tus seed soup. Credit cards ac­cepted. Fri–Wed, 6am–12noon. $$

Pun Chun Chicken Bis­cuits & Restau­rant 38 & 40, Jalan Be­sar, Bidor (05 434 1554/www.punchun.com.my).

Dubbed one of the most fa­mous places to eat in Bidor, this hum­ble restau­rant at­tracts large num­bers of peo­ple so be pre­pared to wait by a ta­ble to get seated. Spe­cial­i­ties in­clude the duck soup and the dry noo­dles topped with char siew and wan­tans as a side dish.

Child friendly. Daily, 5am–9.30pm. $

Pur­ple Cane Tea Restau­rant 2 Jalan Dato Tah­wil Azar (Os­borne Street), Ipoh (05 253 3090/www. pur­ple­cane.my).

Most peo­ple as­so­ciate Pur­ple Cane with their herbal tea egg and se­lec­tion of Chi­nese herbal teas. How­ever, the restau­rant also pro­vides a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment where cus­tomers can sit down and en­joy unique, healthy meals cooked in tea in­stead of oil. It tastes bet­ter than it sounds, we prom­ise. One popular dish is the sim­mered chicken box­ing in tea (cooked in ly­chee tea) and the fried noo­dles with lei cha. Also don’t miss the sweet potato balls here – they’re de­li­cious and very mor­eish!

Pork-free. Daily, 9am–10pm. $$

Restoran Makanan Laut Kok Thai 56-64 Le­buh Medan Ipoh, Ban­dar Baru Medan Ipoh, Ipoh (05 546 8407).

Chi­nese restau­rants are ev­ery­where in this pre­dom­i­nantly Chi­nese town. But Kok Thai is hugely popular among lo­cals. Dishes here come in big por­tions, with an equally abun­dant va­ri­ety to choose from. Pork ribs, hou si fatt choy, deep fried but­ter prawns, and kaya puffs are some of the high­lights on the menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am– 3pm; 6pm–10pm. $$$

Sun Mar­poh Restau­rant 67 & 69 Jalan Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Gar­den, Ipoh (05 545 5127).

Called 'twin trea­sures' in Can­tonese, this restau­rant has been in Ipoh for a num­ber of years. If you are into cheap eats and if am­bi­ence and pre­sen­ta­tion are the least of your wor­ries, this is the place for you. Go for the stir fried lala, steamed eggs (a blend of salted, cen­tury and reg­u­lar eggs) and kau yok. Daily, 11.30am–3pm; 5.30pm–10pm. $$

Thean Chun 73 Jalan Ban­dar Bi­jih Timah, Ipoh (05

255 3076). Another one-stop place for qual­ity Ipoh food, Thean Chun is almost syn­ony­mous with Ipoh it­self. Must tries in this out­let in­clude the chee cheong fun, popiah, sar hor fun with shred­ded chicken, beef balls made from ten­dons, and the sa­tay. For dessert or­der the crème cus­tard with syrup, an Ipoh favourite.

Fri–Wed, 8am–4.30pm. $

Up & Up Restau­rant Third floor, Wisma Kinta, 39-43 Jalan Yang Kal­som, Ipoh (05 241 7089/05 255 6478).

Visit this hum­ble out­let for one of the best fish head cur­ries in Ipoh. As you walk into the premises, you’ll be tempted by the fa­mil­iar and invit­ing whiff of curry and the tangy smell of tamarind be­ing cooked. While the restau­rant can eas­ily cater to 60 pa­trons at a given time, it is ad­vis­able for you to re­serve a ta­ble if you plan to ar­rive in a large group. The fish head curry is what most peo­ple or­der when they visit, and the dish comes with okra, a whole tomato and gravy that bursts with flavour. Child friendly. Mon–Sat, 12noon–9pm. $$$

Yau Kee Restau­rant 55 Jalan Idris, Kam­par (05 465 1738).

Fa­mous for their curry chicken buns, Yau Kee has been around the Ipoh area for a num­ber of years. The restau­rant is lo­cated in Kam­par, Ipoh and is just a stone’s throw away from the Clock Tower. The bread, sold at RM39 for the big one and RM22 for a small one, is soft and fluffy and blends well with the curry chicken within.

Kids’ menu. Daily, 7am–10pm. $$$$

Yee Hup 7, 9, 11 Jalan Sri Am­pang, Ta­man Ipoh Jaya, Ipoh (05 313 2328/www. yee­hup.com.my).

The Yee fam­ily has a long his­tory in mak­ing heong peng that dates back to 1981. The se­cret to the unique taste of the pas­try lies in the tra­di­tional way of bak­ing the bis­cuits in co­conut husks in a cus­tom-made oven. Yee Hup bis­cuits have be­come a popular del­i­cacy and gift item among lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 10am–9pm. $

Happy 8 Re­treat

Steamed chicken at Lou Wong

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