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  • Writer's pictureMs Yeoh

Malaysia Eats - Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang and Melaka

It's no secret that Malaysia is a haven for food lovers. Whilst on a recent holiday back home, I embarked on a food indulging road trip with two good friends of mine from...

Kuala Lumpur -> Ipoh -> Penang - Ipoh -> Melaka - Kuala Lumpur

On this little road trip, I put on 3kg of holiday weight. If you are ever making a trip to Malaysia, do check these food joints out. I would gladly revisit these places over and over again *drools*

Here are a few of my recommendations:-


Pak Tam's Nasi Lemak

Address: somewhere off Jalan Kampung Pandan, Desa Pandan

I know nasi lemak is a staple in Malaysia BUT this place does it so well and for a very reasonable price. I had the usual nasi lemak topped with fried egg, sambal kerang and sambal sotong; it only cost me less than AUD$2.00!


Funny Mountain Tau Foo Fah

Address: 49 Jalan Theatre, Ipoh

For only RM$1.00, why wouldn't you stop for a quick dessert of silky smooth tau foo fah? On weekends, be prepare to queue up or if you are too lazy to get out of your cars, they also have a drive-thru.

*note: the portions are quite small.

Restoran New Hollywood

Address: 38 Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, Canning Garden, Ipoh

This place was so good, we came back twice! Some might think that half-boiled eggs are nothing to be raved about but I beg to differ especially when they are cooked to perfection and placed on top of buttered toast.

The dish is called "roti telur goyang" a.k.a perfectly cooked half-boiled eggs on toast. For those of you who understand Bahasa, I really think they could have come up with a more "appropriate" name but none the less, it made me chuckle. If you are not into eggs, they do serve a variety of other foods. I do highly recommend trying the chee cheong fun or the char kuay teow.

Thean Chun

Address: 7 Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh Do not let this kopitiam fool you! Inside this unassuming coffee shop, you will find amazingly smooth caramel custards. On our way back from Penang, we actually tried to come here again for their caramel custards BUT they are closed on Thursdays! So, if you plan to visit Thean Chun, make sure you do not go on a Thursday or else, you will be disappointed.


Fatty Boy Chicken Rice

Address: located along Jalan Burma (right next to Tune Hotel)

Some say that this place is touristy, we say this chicken rice place is worth eating at. We didn't just eat here once but twice! The chicken here is done really well; very succulent, moist and juicy. Their char siu is exceptionally tasty, I think it was also one of the reasons why we went back a second time.

Maria's Wan Tan Mee

Address: located along Jalan Burma (right next to Tune Hotel - the other side of Fatty Boy)

The wan tan mee and prawn noodles here is suprisingly good. If you stay at Tune Hotel in Penang, you get good food on both sides of the hotel within walking distance.


Ban Lee Siang Sate Celup

Address: 45E Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Melaka

Melaka is one of the cities in Malaysia that I always love visiting; the culture, the heritage and the amazingly good food that I can get my hands on.

What is satay celup? It's similar to eating steamboat/hot pot but on sticks and the pot of goodness that you dip the sticks in is satay sauce.

Duck Noodles @ SS Food and Beverage Station

Address: located on Jalan Pengkalan Rama (off Jalan Tun Sri Lanang)

Want a late night snack in Melaka? Look not further than SS Food and Beverage Station for their duck noodles. It's a very simple dish but done well. If you want dessert, the ice kachang here will end the night on a good note.

Huang Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant

Address: BB-376 Taman Melaka Baru, Batu Berendam, Melaka

You can't come to Melaka and not have chicken rice balls. To be honest, I am not sure if I am more excited about the chicken or the rice balls but either way, it's a comforting dish to have in Melaka! This is one of the cheaper places in Melaka to enjoy this specialty, it taste great and its not crowded with tourist like some of its competitors.

Longkang Si Ham @ Kerang Rebus Lwei

Address: Jalan Bunga Raya, Melaka (an alley besides Madam King's Shopping Centre)

Restoran Tong Sheng

Address: 378 Jalan Taman Melaka Raya 6, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka

What so special about this restaurant? OMG the cheese prawn bee hoon! I never thought an Asian dish like this could work but it taste so good. The cheese sauce was delicious, I kept going back for more.

Klebang Original Coconut Shake

Address: Jalan Klebang Besar, Melaka (next to Caltex Petrol Station)

My dear friend, Shereen kept raving about this place and I just didn't understand what all the fuss was about. I mean it's just a coconut shake, how good can it be? When the coconut shake special arrived at our table, I was a bit skeptical at first but when I had my first taste, there was no turning back.  This shake is amazing, it's so simple but taste so refreshingly good! They blend the coconut flesh and coconut water together with some ice cubes and then top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Whenever I am in Melaka, this is definitely somewhere I will always make a pit stop to.

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