The best chicken rice in Ipoh, Malaysia

In Malaysia, sometime recently, living a TRAVELIFE, I had a very nice hawker food-style chicken rice in the city of Ipoh, on my way back to Kuala Lumpur to catch the flight back to Manila.

Ipoh is a lovely old city that’s the capital of the province of Perak in the center of Malaysia, about two hours from Kuala Lumpur. It has a beautiful downtown area that has received UNESCO World Heritage status. Its wealth was built on the tin mining industry, and everywhere you will see vestiges of Malaysia’s colonial heritage.

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I went all this way to stay at a low-key but very lovely hot springs resort with great deluxe facilities. So very under the radar and private, but quite beautiful, actually. I went there just to get away from it all, but perhaps I’ll write about it sometime for Travelife Magazine.

I’m a softie for luxury hot springs resorts, anywhere in the world.


Anyway, on the way from the resort back to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, we decided that we wanted to stop by Ipoh’s downtown and have a chicken rice lunch since Ipoh is famous for a special kind of chicken rice.

The chicken rice in Ipoh is actually served with bean sprouts and a rice noodle soup instead of rice. It’s called Nga Choi Gai. I can’t imagine not eating chicken rice without the rice, though, so I had to order additional rice.

We asked our driver: “Where is the best chicken rice place in Ipoh?” Just our luck, he was a local.

He took us to Lou Wong’s, which is a very casual restaurant right in Ipoh that’s widely acknowledged to serve the best chicken rice in Ipoh.

So we ordered our chicken rice with bean sprouts and then we had to finish it all in about 20 minutes, as KLIA was still a long drive away.

And after our delicious lunch, it was back in the car to speed to the airport for another flight and just another day in our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.