Koh Samui Restaurant
83 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh; 28 Lebuh Medan Ipoh, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, Ipoh Garden East (05 255 6608).
If you fancy sweet, sour and spicy food, Koh Samui is the place to go to for authentic Thai fare. Order the tomyam with seafood, pineapple fried rice, deep fried squid with sweet and sour sauce, Thai green curry chicken, and pandan chicken. Fried ice cream is available for dessert. Halal. Daily, 11.30am–3pm; 6.30pm– 10.30pm. $$
Restoran Yum Yum 5 Persiaran Greenhill, Greentown Area, Ipoh (05 253 7686/www. facebook.com/restaurant.yumyum).
Designed to look positively Thai, the restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine. Among their tofu dishes, the fried tofu topped with plum sauce is considered their signature dish. Another specialty is the sambal prawn with petai. Dishes are very reasonably priced. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Thu–Tue, 11.30am–3pm; 5.30pm–10pm. $$
Maria’s Steak Café 60 Persiaran Greentown 1, Greentown Business Centre, Ipoh (05 242 4133).
For the past decade, family-run Maria’s has been keeping Ipoh residents with a penchant for pies very happy. Their chicken and beef pies ooze with gooey goodness, and the rest of their Western menu is equally as excellent. It’s warm and cosy; a friendly little place with no pretentions whatsoever. Meat fanatics will be able to satisfy their carnivorous leanings as they offer a good selection of steaks and sausages or fish and chips for a lighter meal. Pork-free. Mon–Fri & Sun, 3.30pm– 11.30pm; Sat, 3.30pm–12midnight. $$$
Vegetarian NEW Fu Tien Vegetarian Restaurant 34 Jalan Medan 1B, Medan Ipoh Bestari, Ipoh (05 549 9098).
Located opposite the Tesco hypermarket, Fu Tien is a fusion restaurant, serving both Chinese and Japanese food to its patrons. But their specialty lies in their vegetarian sushi, with spotlights on the Golden Dragon, a futomaki made with carrots and vegetable tempura, topped with fresh pieces of mango. Other notable dishes are their signature salad, seaweed salad, lotus root with marmite sauce, and Hainanese ‘chicken’ rice. Tue–Sun, 11.30am–2.45pm; 6pm– 9.45pm. $
Yishen Vegetarian Restaurant 19-21 Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Medan Ipoh Baru, Ipoh (05 546 6013/www. yishensu.com).
Vegans rejoice. This is the place to visit for traditional Chinese veggie food. The meat substitutes that consist mainly of soy products are surprisingly ‘meaty’. Among their specialties are ‘mutton’ curry, crispy ‘salted fish’, and the kung pow ‘chicken’ and ‘snails’. The bean curd is especially tasty as well, along with their buttered ‘prawns’. They serve white rice and there is brown rice for healthy foodies. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9.30am–3pm; 5.30pm–10pm. $$$
Maria's Steak Café