5 Must-Have Dishes When Popping By Taiping

Sleepy little town of Taiping has a few culinary tricks up its sleeve.

If you’ve been following our coverage of Taiping closely, you’d know that the small Perak town deserves your undue attention. Rich in history and natural wonders, the former colonial settlement is now a haven for retirees, who flock there for its balance of tranquillity and infrastructure. Nonetheless, if you’re a tourist or just headed there for a long-delayed social call to your relatives’, be sure to hit up these Taiping specialities that locals know and love.

Char Kway Teow with Fish Balls

Larut Matang Food Court Taiping

Char Kway Teow Fish Balls Larut Matang Taiping

Sold in the legendary Larut Matang Food Court of Taiping, the town’s dining institution which has withstood the test of time and boot cut jeans, this char kway teow at stall number 78 draws visitors like a magnet for its fresh juicy fish balls and oily wet texture of the flat noodles. Oilier than its cousins from Penang, Taiping’s own version of kway teow also features fresh char siew. Be warned, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but nonetheless is a source of pride for Taipingites.

Char Kway Teow Fish Balls Larut Matang Taiping

Goreng Koayteow
Stall No. 78,
Larut Matang Food Court,
34000 Taiping, Perak.

Popiah Basah

Another iconic Taiping dish that shares the same roof as the aforementioned char kuey teow is the popiah basah. There are many stalls selling these soft spring rolls (just like the CKT) but only one of them is the real deal. Jaffan Popiah Taiping of stall number 1 make their popiah basah with a secret ingredient – scrambled fried tofu. How is that even possible to make you ask? Uncle Omar who mans the shop is more than happy to clear your doubt.

Larut Matang Jaffan Popiah Taiping

Larut Matang Jaffan Popiah Taiping

Jaffan Popiah Taiping
Stall No 1,
Larut Matang Food Court,
34000 Taiping, Perak.

Yong Tau Foo

Unlike the more famous Chinese counterpart of the dish, the ‘yong tau foo’ that Taiping is famous for is of the Malay variety. Head to Pusat Penjaja Taiping, or also known as Bomba Food Court due to its proximity to Taiping’s fire station, and you will find a long row of ‘yong tau foo’ vendors each claiming to be the original vendor. Nobody knows how so many YTF stalls came to be under one roof but each one of them make their own mark with distinct taste in their sauces. Also try the sotong kangkung, which, in case you haven’t guessed, features brined squid on a copious amount of water spinach lathered with a thick nutty sauce. Yum.

Taiping Hawker Centre Bomba Yong Tau Foo

Taiping Hawker Centre Bomba Yong Tau Foo

Taiping Hawker Centre Bomba Yong Tau Foo

Taiping Hawker Centre
Jalan Tupai,
34000 Taiping, Perak.

Cendol

A trip to Taiping is not complete without digging your spoon into an ice cold bowl of cendol. This crowd favourite even boasts a big role in igniting a small silent row in town. Choose between forerunner Ansari Famous Cendol and younger contender Bismillah Cendol for a bowl (or more) of coconut milk goodness, palm sugar syrup, green jelly, kidney beans and grilled glutinous rice – yes, grilled.

Ansari Bismillah Cendol Taiping

Ansari Bismillah Cendol Taiping

Ansari Famous Cendol
92, Jalan Barrack,
34000 Taiping,
Perak.

Bismillah Cendol
233, Jalan Barrack,
34000 Taiping,
Perak.

Mee Udang

The Mee Udang in the Kuala Sepetang part of Taiping is renowned for using freshly caught prawns in the delicacy. Although it is a bit of a drive from downtown Taiping, locals and tourists alike make the pilgrimage whenever possible to get a taste of the decadent broth and the big meaty prawn. As you should too.

Mee Udang Mak Jah Kuala Sepetang Taiping

Mee Udang Mak Jah Kuala Sepetang Taiping

Restoran Mee Udang Mak Jah
Kampung Menteri,
34650 Kuala Sepetang,
Perak.

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