As the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, Perak is filled with a myriad of interesting attractions that are well distributed throughout the state. Travellers tend to repeat their visit to Perak due to the state’s diversity in tourism products that offers travellers the chance to enjoy various experiences, making the whole state an exciting place to visit.
In conjunction with the ‘Perak Wonderfood’ programme organised by Tourism Perak, in collaboration with Gaya Travel Magazine, a group of 25 media and social media influencers have embarked on a journey to explore three popular districts of the state: Ipoh, Kampar and Taiping. Read on to find out some of the best places to eat that travellers can visit in this Silver State.
Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah, Sungkai
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This is the restaurant that will satisfy one’s craving for authentic traditional Malay cuisine. Offering almost 50 different types of dishes on weekdays and additional 50 on weekends, Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah has been a hit among locals including celebrities and VIPs. Among the popular dishes here are of course bamboo rice (steamed rice wrapped in kalatia leaf and bamboo), free-range chicken dishes including ayam kampung bunian that is inspired from an age-old Indonesian recipe, over 15 types of kerabu (salad), and daging gulai kawah batang pisang (beef and banana stem curry cooked in large wok). It is also worth noting that the beef used in the cooking is smoked for over 15 hours in a special smoke room – diners are sure to fall in love with the smokiness and tenderness of the meat from the very first bite! The restaurant is located near Sungkai toll exit and is open every day except Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Big Bowl Ramen, Ipoh
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Big Bowl Ramen is a small café located at the quaint Ipoh Old Town that goes big on serving, literally. There are four delicious flavours of ramen available here: curry; Japanese miso; Signature Assam Laksa; and Japanese udon, all served in ultra-huge ceramic Chinese bowls enough to nourish two to six persons per serving. The prices range from RM35.90 to RM75.90 each.
Goreng-goreng Café & Barber, Ipoh
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Started with only a food truck in 2016, the business has now grown into a full-fledged cafe that serves delightful Malay and Western fare such as fish head curry, fried flat noodle with seafood, fried rice with tenderloin beef and pastas, with the addition of a barber shop right next to it. Since its opening, the café has received many notable figures including His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah and our very own Hollywood sensation, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Michelle Yeoh. Also, Goreng-goreng Café provides live band performances on weekend nights to keep guests entertained.
Miker Food, Ipoh
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A popular hangout spot among locals especially at night, Miker Food boasts a wide range of menu from handmade stone oven pizza, otak-otak (grilled fish cake) to gourmet burgers and Malaysian delights such as fried rice with spicy beef lung, and sweet and sour barramundi. Besides, Thai food lovers should taste the establishment’s signature Tom Yam Nyor, which uses coconut water in its cooking and served inside an actual coconut! The café sits next to Ipoh Field and opens every day except Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Beauty & The Beast University Square, Kampar
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Behind colourful walls of the newly developed township by AgaciaLand, sit a number of Disney-themed shops selling various products such as food, crafts, accessories and clothes. One in particular is Beauty & The Beast Café, which serves light snacks and flavoured shaved ice, perfect for braving the hot weather while taking favourite #OOTD shots in this fairy-tale-themed town.
Mee Udang Mak Jah, Kuala Sepetang
No visit to Kuala Sepetang is complete without trying the signature dish of the area: mee udang or prawn noodles. It is said that the prawns from the waters of Kuala Sepetang are fresher and firmer, and do not exude fishy smell when cooked in broth. Mak Jah’s mee udang stall has been a hit among locals and travellers alike since 2009, due to her generous portions and reasonable prices. Each bowl of mee udang costs around RM9 to RM15 depending on the size. The stall opens every day except on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FMS Station, Taiping
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Operating as a food court serving an array of Malaysian and Western delicacies, FMS Station often becomes a quick stop for those visiting the nearby Taiping Lake to fuel their empty stomachs. Popular snacks include the cheesy banana fritters, the chocolate fondue and beef nachos. The operational hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. every day except Wednesdays.