Are you making a trip to Ipoh and looking for gift shops to buy souvenirs? Ipoh is famous for its traditional Chinese confectioneries so a trip to one of these shops is a must!
There are just so many local traditional delicacies to grab from Ipoh, not limiting to Kaya Puff (a.k.a. Kaya Kok locally), Soft Candy, Peanut Candy, Sesame Cookies, Sah Keh Ma, and the list goes on!
To make your life easier, we are compiling a list of popular traditional Chinese confectionery shops here and most of them are with decades of history (老字号饼店).
Do take note that each of them specialize in their own confectioneries so it depends on what you like! Best to avoid the peak hours of weekends or public holidays.
If you are looking at places other than Ipoh, check out another installment on 10 popular traditional Chinese confectionery shops in Klang Valley, Johor, Penang, and more.
Lam Fong 南方饼家
Strategically located at a prominent corner lot facing both Ipoh’s famous bean sprout chicken restaurants (老黄 and 安记芽菜鸡), it is a perfect spot for tourists to grab their famed pastries like Kaya Puff (加央角) as souvenirs.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Lamfongbiscuits/
Location: No. 52, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Ching Han Guan 鍾漢元
Founded in Ipoh in 1949, CHG started by making popular traditional Teochew wedding pastries such as Soft Candy, Peanut Candy, Lard Biscuits, etc. Over the years, Cantonese and Western biscuits such as ‘Tau Sah Piah’, Egg Cookies, and Cashew Nut Cookies have been added to their offerings.
Location: 145 Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Guan Heong 源香饼舗
Guan Heong is the first biscuit shop in Ipoh town since 1918 and awarded with Top 50 World Street Food Award 2017 with its Meat Floss Biscuit. Guan Heong created the hype for Hawaiian biscuits, which introduced the combination of Eastern and Western flavours in the recipe.
Location: 160, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Master Looi 雷师傅饼家
Founded in 1960, being through this half of century, Master Looi manage to master high-level manufacturing confectionery skills. Their signature products include Wife’s Biscuit (老婆饼), Chicken Biscuit (鸡仔饼), Sesame Cookies (芝麻饼), and Walnut Cookies (合桃酥).
Location: 29, Jalan Hoover, Pasir Puteh, 31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Over 30 years of experience in making traditional Chinese pastries, specializing in making Sat Keh Ma (萨奇马), Peanut Candy (花生糖), Sesame Stick (芝麻通), etc.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/32happiness/
Location: 32 , Jalan Tokong 31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Sin Eng Heong 新荣香
Founded in 1961, Sin Eng Heong is one of the oldest biscuit shops in Ipoh. Many would consider a visit to Ipoh incomplete without dropping by Sin Eng Heong to get a box of their legendary Kaya Puff. This staple snack is also more fondly known as Kaya Kok by the locals.
Location: 64, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Lum Kei 龍祺餅家
Started in 1946 as a small family business, Lum Kei gained popularity in the 70s for its wedding cakes in Ipoh. Today, Lum Kei is still standing strong with more selections of Chinese pastries.
Location: 12A, Hala Menglembu Timur 10, Kawasan Perindustrian Ringan, Menglembu Timur, 31450 Menglembu, Perak.
Qunkee Biscuit & Bakery is known in Kg. Simee for their handmade Kaya Puff and Egg Tart, also their nostalgic childhood favorites such as Wedding Biscuit & Nam Yu Biscuit.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/QunkeeBiscuit/
Location: 164, Lebuh 3, Simee, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Sin Weng Fai 新荣辉花生糖饼家
Sin Weng Fai’s founder has been making its signature Peanut Candy and Kaya Puffs for more than 50 years. Their storefront was opened in 2016 and has since been swamped by locals and tourists.
Location: 69 & 69A, 71 & 71A, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Ming Yue 明裕食品
Similar to Sin Weng Fai, Ming Yue is also famed for its Peanut Candy which is freshly made every day, therefore limited quantities are available. Their mooncake is also famous for those who live in Ipoh.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mingyueconfectionery
Location: 50, Jalan Peh Kee Koh, Taman Kampar, 31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Which one is your favourite? Did we miss out on any? Leave a comment below and let us know!