Taiping, a town in Perak, is home to many tourist’s attractions, such as Lake Garden, Maxwell Hill, and Perak Museum. While the local delicacies in Taiping may not be as famous as Ipoh, there are many food places worth visiting.
Hence, in this article, we will be exploring the delicious local food in Taiping. In this small town, the authenticity and tastes of the local delicacies will never disappoint. We guarantee that a one-day food hunt in Taiping will satisfy your taste buds and tummy.
1. Restoran Kakak
If you enjoy noodles in clear soup, this restaurant is the best place to visit. Known for serving shredded chicken noodles, Restoran Kakak attracts new and returning customers every day. Each bowl of noodles comes with a rich chicken broth, springy hor fun noodles, and a generous amount of shredded chicken.
There is also a variety of sides and toppings to enjoy with your noodles. Some examples are pork balls, fish balls, and dumplings. The signature drink of this restaurant, Jia Jia, is also worth mentioning. It has coffee mixed with barley juice and comes in hot (Jia Jia Re) or cold (Jia Jia Ping).
Address: No.111, Jalan Pasar, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Opening Hours: 5.30am-1pm, closed on Mondays
2. Kok Beng Chicken Rice
We can’t find a better lunch spot than Kok Beng Chicken Rice. According to a chicken rice battle organized by Guang Ming Daily Newspaper in 2007, this restaurant is known to sell the top 10 best Hainanese chicken rice in Malaysia.
You can choose to have your fragrant rice with poached chicken, char siew (BBQ pork), roasted chicken, or a combination of the three. Each plate of chicken rice comes with a bowl of flavourful soup and some homemade chilli paste.
Address: No. 38, Jalan Kota, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Opening Hours: 9.30am-2pm daily
3. Nasi Lemak Warung Muhibbah
No food hunt is complete without a plate of fragrant and spicy nasi lemak. Nasi Lemak Warung Muhhibbah sells delicious nasi lemak at reasonable prices. A basic plate of nasi lemak has a generous amount of Santan rice, fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumbers, and sambal.
Besides ordering the basic nasi lemak, you can add on some side dishes to your rice. There is a variety of sides to choose from, such as fried chicken, sambal chicken, beef, and cuttlefish sambal. You can also pre-order your rice and pick up from the stall.
Address: Nasi Lemak Warung Muhibbah, Taman Tupai Mas, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Opening hours: 6.30am – 12pm
Contact: 017-560 6406
4. Bismillah Cendol
Quench your thirst after an exhausting food hunt under the sun! Bismillah Cendol serves one of the best desserts in Taiping. Operating since 1993, the owners insist on using fresh and quality ingredients in every bowl of frosty cendol.
Each cendol is topped with a large portion of palm sugar syrup, coconut milk, and rice flour jelly. You also get to add on a variety of toppings! We highly recommend topping your cendol with some fragrant glutinous rice. It makes a dessert like none other!
Address: Bismillah Cendol, Lot 233, Jalan Barrack, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Opening hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm
5. Lian Thong Restaurant
One of the oldest coffee shop restaurants in Taiping is none other than Lian Thong Restaurant. This restaurant offers a wide selection of noodle dishes, rice dishes, beverages, and fried delicacies.
A must-have in this restaurant is the Taufu Pop. It has bean curds stuffed with seasoned, minced meat and deep-fried until crispy and fragrant. Kerabu rice is also a dish worth trying. It consists of onions, prawn crackers, fried rice, and either fish or chicken. Noodle lovers can opt for Yee Mee and Jawa noodles.
Address: No.5, Jalan Kota, 34000 Taiping, Perak
Opening Hours: 8.30am-2pm, closed on Sundays
This sums up all the must-haves during your one-day food hunt in Taiping. If you enjoy reading this article, discover more local delicacies through LokaTaste and more!