7 Food to Try in Perak
Other than being blessed with scenic places and history, Perak is also known for its food. Here are the top 7 foods you should try sampling when you visit this state.
CHICKEN RICE AND BEAN SPROUTS
If you haven’t heard of it yet, Perak produces one of the best bean sprouts in Malaysia. The bean sprouts are often thick and have a crunch to them. While the star is usually the chicken rice; in Perak, the bean sprouts steal the show.
Dim sum is a traditional Chinese meal consisting of small plates of dumplings and other snack dishes that are usually served with tea. The dim sum is usually filled with minced pork, chicken or prawns, and are steamed on bamboo baskets. You’ll also be served oyster and chilli sauce on the side to dip your dim sum in.
Kaya puffs are a type of traditional Chinese pastry made with lard or shortening. They are made with two different doughs: an oil dough and a water dough. The flakiness of the puffs is achieved by laminating both doughs together.
CHEE CHEONG FUN
Believe it or not, This dish is famous in Perak. Ipoh’s chee cheong fun is more akin to Hong Kong style, with sauces and condiments drenched on top. Sweet sauce, onion oil, fried shallots, chilli paste, and sesame seeds are a few of the ingredients. The silky smooth and thin chee cheong fun has to be the highlight.
NASI KANDAR AYAM MERAH
This nasi kandar stall is tucked away in Yong Suan coffee shop and frequently visited by locals and travellers. One of the highlights is the wide variety of dishes available at relatively low prices. Ask for “kuah campur banjir” for an extra kick; their gravy is what sets them apart from the competition. It’s truly addictive, and it’s unquestionably one of the best things to eat in Ipoh.
TAU FU FA
This sweet dessert is made from soya beans and is typically served with a clear sweet syrup or sugar syrup infused with pandan. It can also be served with palm syrup (gula Melaka) as an alternative. It is usually Malaysian’s go to-dessert on a hot day to cool off.
This large citrus fruit with smooth, pale yellow skin belongs to the grapefruit family. The fruit can grow up to 30 cm in length. Pomelo has a slightly bitter flavour, but it is sweeter than grapefruit. Pomelo is also referred to as Chinese grapefruit. When the skin of the pomelo turns yellow, it is ripe and ready to eat. The flesh is firm and juicy, with a tart, slightly bitter taste that is sweeter than that of a grapefruit.