Ipoh White Coffee
White coffee is a popular coffee drink which originated from Ipoh. It is traditionally taste, very aromatic, frothy and tastier than the normal coffee. The secret is the coffee beans are roasted with palm-oil margarine and the resulting coffee is served with condensed milk. The white coffee was first introduced in the 1900s by Chinese migrants who came to work in the local tin mines. You can a find the traditionally taste white coffee drinks at Chinese restaurants in the old town area.
Ipoh most famous fruit is pamelo, a large juicy citrus fruit. The best and juiciest pamelos are reputed to be from Tambun, a small town located east of Ipoh, where there are endless stretches of pamelos farms. The fruit is quite similar with grapefruit as they originate from the same citrus family and the main difference is pamelo is not as bitter as the grapefruit. There are stretches of stalls selling pomelos along Jalan Raja Nazrin Shah (Jalan Gopeng) adjacent to Sam Po Tong temple.
Rendang Tok is a traditional Malay delicacy, prepared by the Malay community during festive season. Rendang is made from beef, slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices for several hours until almost dry, leaving the meat coated in the spicy condiments. This delicacy is very famous among the locals in Perak as well as in the country.
Salted Chicken is one of the most famous Chinese delicacies in Ipoh as well as in the country. The chicken is filled with traditional Chinese herbs, wrapped in grease proof paper and then baked in a custom-made wok filled with rock salt. You can find the salted chicken at Aun Kheng Lim outlet in the city centre.
Ipoh’s Bean Sprouts
Ipoh is famous for its juicy bean sprouts or “taugeh” which is used in many of its local cuisines such as the famous Ipoh bean sprouts chicken. As the bean sprout consists of 70% water, Ipoh’s natural alkaline-rich, limestone water source is known to produce the best and juiciest kind of bean sprouts. The best bean sprouts are from Buntong, a small township 5km from the city centre.
“Kacang Putih” (Indian Spiced snacks and nuts)
The term “kacang putih” is used by most Malaysian to refer to variety of Indian spiced snacks and nuts. A small township located west of Ipoh, Buntong is home to country’s most quaint kacang putih village, aptly named Kampung Kacang Putih. Here, large cluster of families manufacture their own secretly guarded recipe of kacang putih within the compound of their home. It is no surprise then that most of Ipoh’s and country’s freshest and most delicious types of kacang putih come from Buntong.
Ipoh Fragrant Biscuit
The most famous biscuits in Ipoh and these traditional biscuits feature a sweet paste within its flaky skin. It was traditionally hand-made but now it is mass produced to cater for large demand. These biscuits are easily available at biscuits and confectionery stores in the city centre.
Perak is well known to produce the finest pottery in the country, ranging from a traditional hand- made to a mass produced. Ipoh is the centre of the clay-based industries and it produces the finest range of potteries that are made for an export. You can find a wide variety of potteries and clay based souvenirs, handcrafts and decorative ornaments available in stores along Jalan Kuala Kangsar.
A long time ago, during the Tin Rush 1880s, many people from China left their homeland to seek fortunes elsewhere in the world. They ventured into all corners of the world and some landed in Malaya, where they made their home in Menglembu, Perak. Their main activity is mining tin. As this grew, so did the other economic pursuits, one of which is growing groundnuts. The people of Menglembu soon learned to love the groundnuts for its unique flavour and crunchiness. Before long, the term ‘Menglembu Groundnuts’ became a household name.
Now this, ‘Menglembu Groundnuts’ becomes one of the famous foods in Ipoh. There is a lot brand of the groundnut factory built in Kinta District area. Just like Ngan Yin, Pagoda, Pemancing, Shandong and so on. It will become more popular during Chinese New Year.