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Friday, May 13, 2016

Top 5 Vegetarian Eateries in Ipoh

The beautiful scenery of Ipoh, Malaysia
Out of all the places I visited in Malaysia, I may have to rank Ipoh as the most enjoyable.  The people are incredibly friendly, the scenery is absolutely beautiful and (very importantly for me) it does have some pretty excellent vegetarian eateries.

When visiting Ipoh, one thing you have to take note of is that everywhere is very spread out.  This, coupled with the fact that the public transport infrastructure is dire, makes things quite difficult (in terms of getting around) without your own car.  Similarly with the eateries below, they are quite spread out over Ipoh, so if you want to visit them all, then it would be best if you have your own car.

Without further delay, here is the list of the FIVE best vegetarian eateries that I visited in Ipoh, Malaysia:-

5th Fu Tien Vegetarian Restaurant
Fu Tien Special Fish (RM10.00) - I wouldn't say 'special', but certainly decent.
Fu Tien is a restaurant with a very good reputation in Ipoh.  In fact, prior to visiting Ipoh, this was the eatery that most people were suggesting I visit.  Overall, this is certainly a decent eatery, but frankly didn't live up to the hype of being the 'best in town'.  

The ambiance of this eatery is a very traditional Chinese style, it is a small humble little restaurant with a medium sized menu.  The dish that stood out the most to me was the Fu Tien Special Fish (pictured).

Full Review
HERE
 
Ipoh Veg Score
6/10
Fu Tien Vegetarian
Location: 34 Jalan Medan 1B, Medan Ipoh Bistari,Perak Darul Ridzuan
Contact: 05-549 9098
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am-2.45pm & 6.00pm-9.45pm.  Monday Closed. 


4th Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe
The delicious Veggie Roll (RM9.90)

Although most people know Secret Recipe, what you might not know is that in Malaysia they are known for something entirely different.  In addition to selling cakes, Secret Recipe also have a franchise of 13 vegetarian restaurants, all of which go by the name 'Beyond Veggie'.  From what I was told, the husband and wife owner of Secret Recipe are both Buddhist vegetarians, and therefore opened these restaurants to promote vegetarianism.

In addition to Ipoh, they have other outlets in KSL City Mall (JB), AEON Mall (Kulaijaya), Sunway Pyramid, 1 Utama, The Curve Shopping Mall, Oasis Square (Ara Damansara), Sunway Giza, Taipan USJ 10, Mid Valley Megamal, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Publika and Tropicana City Mall.  They also recently made a failed attempt to break into the Singapore market at Bukit Timah Rd, which has subsequently closed down.

Beyond Veggie has a large menu of a variety of cuisines.  I particularly enjoy their fruit teas and salads.

Full Review
HERE
 
Ipoh Veg Score
7/10

Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe
Location: No.18, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 6, Taman Ipoh Selatan, Perak Darul Ridzuan
Contact: 05-546 8298
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00am-10.00pm


3rd Happy Ice Valley
The best vegetarian Curry Mee (RM6.00) that I tried in Malaysia
A lot of my readers were pleading with me to try the famous Penang curry mee (when I was on the island).  The answer to this was, I did!  I ate Penang curry mee at a number of eateries and frankly I was disappointed every time.  The curry soup was often bland and flat, and thoroughly bore-inducing.  Having pretty much given up hope in the dish, I decided to give the Ipoh variant a try at Happy Ice Valley - This curry mee was incredible.  To my surprise, this curry mee managed to be full of flavour.  It was not too spicy, with perfectly cooked ingredients lurking inside.  The fresh mint leaves on top added an ideal freshness, which complimented the rich flavour of the gravy.

The highlight of this humble eatery is the curry mee, but they have several other excellent dishes at this eatery.  Out of all the eateries in Ipoh, this one exceeded my expectations the most.

Full Review
HERE
 
Ipoh Veg Score
8/10

Happy Ice Valley
Location: 31 Jalan Medah Ipoh 2, Hulu Kinta, Perak
Contact: Unknown (anyone who can provide please do so)
Opening Hours: Daily 8.00am-3.00pm 


2nd Yi Shen Su
There were a lot of excellent dishes here, but the Portuguese Fish (RM18.00) was my favourite!
For the vegetarian locals in Ipoh, arguably the most famous vegetarian restaurant in the entire town is Yi Shen Su.  Over the years, the restaurant has franchised out and now has identical outlets in Kampar, Petaling Jaya and Bandar Bukit Tinggi, but the franchise was born in Ipoh.

It is another traditional style Chinese eatery, with a wide (high end cost) menu.   I ate here a couple of times when I was in Ipoh, and I can honestly say there are many excellent dishes on this menu.  My personal favourite was the Portuguese Fish, but they also serve a phenomenal char kway teow, which I highly recommend you order.


Full Review
HERE
 
Ipoh Veg Score
9/10

Yi Shen Su
Location: No. 19-21 Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Medan Baru, Ipoh, Perak
Contact: 012-453 7246
Opening Hours: Daily 9.45am-2.45pm & 3.00pm-10.00pm 


1st Shi Fang Zai Vegetarian
One of the best dishes that I ate in Ipoh was this Bean Curd in Pumpkin Gravy (RM8.00)
For the number one spot it was a very close decision between Yi Shen Su and Shi Fang Zai, which are both excellent eateries.  I narrowly gave the top spot to Shi Fang Zai, as I felt that the overall quality of their food was just slightly better than Yi Shen Su.  Moreover, price wise this eatery is much more affordable than Yi Shen Su.

This restaurant is close by One Curve and Emas Food Court, and you can access it from the Ipoh Lumut Highway, and inside it is of a traditional Chinese decor.  If you are visiting this place, you must eat the bean curd in pumpkin gravy and the rendang mutton - Both those dishes were absolutely incredible, and I am drooling just thinking about them now.


Full Review
HERE
 
Ipoh Veg Score
9/10

Shi Fang Zai Vegetarian
Location: 6-8 Jalan Mas, Taman Mas, 30100 Falim, Perak
Contact: 016-4229 389/016-5519 389
Opening Hours: Daily 10.30am-3.00pm & 5.30pm-10.00pm

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