Was recently on the Perak Wonderfood #RoadToSUKMA” trip with Tourism Perak and Gaya Travel, which was just so thrilling and exciting as it involved our Malaysian’s best past time… looking for the best food in the area… and boy did we find quite a few… here they are….
Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah
First there was the Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah, Sungkai…
If you are heading to Sungkai to enjoy the hot springs, or anywhere else further North, you should stop by the Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah… just exit to the Sungkai toll and turn right, and you can easily find the Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah which will be on your left (just about 2 mins from the toll plaza).
It is very famous during lunch hours and can be pretty crowded on weekends and public holidays because of the food they serve.
Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah serves up an interesting range of Malaysian traditional dishes like ulam kampung, kerabu pucuk paku, ikan masin(salted fish), grilled fish, chicken, lamb…
One of their unique and top selling dishes would be the Ayam Bunian (grilled chicken) -“Bunian” means fey or ‘fairy’, some kind of mythological magical person and according to the owner, the recipe came from someone who got lost in the woods and had close encounter with the fairy folks.. but tweaked to suit the tastebuds of Malaysians…
Then there is also the the Kambing Salai Buluh Perindu… which also sound pretty “magical” but well, the taste is also pretty magical so I guess the name is fitting.. lol
The highlight here woukd be the rice of course… the rice is painstakingly wrapped up with a special leaf and placed inside a bamboo before it is cooked. Try it carefully and you will notice a very nice aroma emitting from the rice.
There is also the Nasi Panggang which is also wrapped in the same kind of leaf but comes with some chicken floss on it.. giving it extra flavours..
These nasi only cost RM2.10 each…
There are really so much you have to check out from grilled fish with sambal, ‘ayam serabut’ , gulai kawah kambing with banana shoots, grilled prawns, a vast range of kerabu and some of the traditional cooked vegetables (ulam-ulam).
All of the dishes are pretty tasty and well cooked.
Opening hours- 10.30am to 6pm, closed on Fridays
Address- Kampung Buloh Telor, 35600 Sungkai
Goreng goreng is a rustic-themed restaurant where guests can dine on some scrumptious Malay and Western cuisines…
They do serve up some pretty good fried noodles and pasta as well as western dishes…
Opening Hours- 12pm to 12am
Address- 27, Jln Meru Utama A1, Ipoh
Big Bowl Ramen
Then, there is the Big Bowl Ramen, which is located pretty close to the famous Concubine Lane and man… it is really a humongous bowl!
You can order enough to feed anywhere from two to six people… and yes, who can resist these huge bowls of piping hot ramen… or udon???
Heaped with udon or miso ramen, the giant bowls are half filled with chicken, fish balls, crab sticks, sweet corn, bonito, tofu, hard-boiled eggs (dependong on what you order)— and piping hot steaming soup or gravy.
An equally big pair of chopsticks comes that big bowl and you can use these to dish all that steaming goodness out to your friends and family. I for one simply adored the miso ramen
Psst… you also have to check out their colourful snow ice like the passionfruit snow ice or strawberry snow ice (RM10.90 each), coconut pudding and caramel custard….
Opening hours – 9am – 6pm
Address – 26, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh
For a wide range of yummy food that ranges from local Malay dishes to Western Selections head over to Miker Food….
If you’re a fan of tom yum, try the special Tom Yam Nyor that’s packed with seafood and served in a coconut. The water from the coconut itself is used in making the tom yum, giving it the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
The grill chicken or meats are also pretty yummy and appetizing if you are a meaty lover…
Do make some room for the handmade, stone oven pizza from the Chik Pizza stall there.. It is really yummy… it is served the authentic Italian style way, crunchy, thin crust with generous toppings and gooey cheese, we had some of their their Crazee Meat that comes with pepperoni and meatballs… and it was sheer perfection….
Opening hours – Dinner from 6:00pm – 11:30pm.
Chik Pizza is open from 5:00pm onwards.
Address – Jalan Padang, 30020 Ipoh, Perak
Mi Udang Mak Jah
It is just before reaching the sleepy coastal town of Kuala Sepetang (formerly known as Port Weld) you will see the Mi Udang Mak Jah sign board on your left and the warong is just immediately after this sign.
Mi Udang Mak Jah serves uo some of the best tasting prawn noodles with savoury and sweet soupy gravy with the freshest prawns.. the prawns are just so succulent and sweet… It comes highly recommended…
Opening Hours- 12pm – 10pm except Wednesdays
Address – Kg. Menteri, Kuala Sepetang, Taiping
Station FMS @ Taiping Lake Garden
Station FMS @ Taiping Lake Garden is an interesting food court with an assortment of food you can choose from…
We had some Char Koay Teow- Chinese Style but fried by a Malay, some deep fried mushroom fritters as well as one of those colourful ice blended drink which was a mite too sweet for me…. but the food there was pretty satisfying and yummy…
Opening Hours – 11am to 1am
Address – Jalan Pekeliling, 34000 Taiping
Beauty and the Beast
We were over at Beauty and the Beast Cafe at Bandar Agacia, which is a small cluster of colourful Disney themed shoplots and for a short momebt you might be thinking you are somewhere else outside Malaysia or in some Disney movie….
The name of the shops are also based on Disney movies for example, Beauty and the Beast, Cafe Alice, Maleficent and etc.
Anyway we had some yummy Milo ais kepal there… which are basically shave ice rolled into a ball and covered with Milo syrup and comes served with some crushed nuts on top.. my verdict?? Yummy!!! Now I see how Milo ais kepal can get viral…hahahah
Opening Hours -11am to 12pm except Sundays
Address – Beauty and the Beast Cafe, No.55-G, Disney Avenue, Bandar Agacia, 31910 Kampar