7 most popular Vegetarian-friendly Restaurants in Ipoh
Updated: Mar 6
Ipoh can be described as one of the more unique cities in West Malaysia. Its rich historical timeline has given rise to many museums and landmarks that depict ways of life from days long gone. From Kellie's Castle (an unfinished mansion built by a Scottish planter) to Han Chin Pet Soo (a museum about Ipoh's tin mining history), there are so many places that can be found here.
It’s known as a laid-back destination with serene landscapes, cave exploration and great food gems for hungry folks looking for a bite to eat. Speaking of food, if you happen to be in the area and have certain dietary requirements, you might be surprised to know that Ipoh is home to an assortment of vegetarian-friendly eateries.
If you aren’t that interested in meat, or if you want to find a good spot for a healthy dose of greens while in Ipoh, here are a few popular restaurants that you should take note of.
Loving Hut Ipoh
Featuring chic interiors, a stylish ambiance and great service, the Loving Hut is an appropriately named restaurant. Its chefs prepare meals with exquisite care. The menu is made up primarily of rice, noodles and vegetable-based dishes including vegan-prepped burgers and nuggets.
Loving Hut’s Ipoh branch is actually part of a larger international chain of vegan restaurants managed by Supreme Master Ching Hai (which is also why this little café can offer comprehensive vegan fare). Western and Chinese style options are available for patrons who prefer either one, and light snacks are available too.
Shanshen Vegetarian Food Restaurant
Occupying one of the little lots along the row at Selasar Rokam, Shanshen is a reputable local vegetarian haunt known for serving up some pretty incredible non-meat dishes. A range of items can be chosen off their menus and a great assortment of affordable yet scrumptious meals can be expected at every mealtime throughout the day.
Noodle soup dishes (including laksa, curry and Jawa), and economy fried noodles are available in the morning at breakfast time, while vegetable economy rice dishes, potato curry and Zhu Chao are big hits during lunch and dinner.
Krishna Bhawan Restaurant
It’s no secret that some of the best sources for vegetarian delights are Indian food restaurants. Krishna Bhawan is a cozy spot located in Ipoh Old Town within walking distance of the railway station, the Birch Memorial Clock Tower and Masjid Negara. There are generally two types of servings available here; you can opt for fixed-price meals that can be ordered as single items or consider having buffet-style Indian food.
The sheer variety of dishes is what most regulars drop by for, all of which are just as flavorful as the next. North Indian bread, Parathas and fried specialties like mushroom masala and Mutter Paneer that come served with delectable gravies can all be found here. Dosai, a South Indian pancake can also be ordered, and it is as delicious as it sounds.
Fung Lai Vegetarian
Found in the heart of Ipoh’s new town, this vegetarian food spot is renowned for its Chinese style delicacies. Dishes including vegetable choices and mock meat from a self-service style buffet layout can be found here.
Customers are expected to pick whatever they want before being charged by the quantity. A visit to this restaurant should cost an average of RM10 per head, but do phone the establishment in advance because their opening hours tend to be rather short.
Sin Meng Kee Vegetarian
Yet another vegetarian-friendly economy rice spot, Sin Meng Kee offers a pleasant dining experience filled with good food, good service and good prices. It’s a family-owned restaurant, so expect a warm atmosphere and incredible dishes, featuring more than 30 sides ranging from vegetable selections and tofu to mock meat.
Thin Hei Vegetarian Restaurant
Situated among a row of quiet shops in Jalan Dass nearby the river, this ambient Chinese vegetarian restaurant leaves its doors open from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm. It may not be located at the liveliest spot of the city, but the Thin Hei Vegetarian Restaurant has gradually grown in popularity over the years.
An influx of regular and new customers, eagerly anticipate the dishes that this eatery’s extensive menu offers, including tasty mock meat. It’s a Chinese Buddhist Restaurant, so no alcohol is served
Vegan Delights Café
It’s evident that Vegan Delights Café focuses heavily on a health-conscious approach to their meal preparation. Located on Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun, you’ll probably find that this spot is one of the more aesthetic vegetarian eateries, featuring a modern interior with wooden chairs and tables, dark floor tiles and warm coloured pendant lighting throughout. There are actually several things that make Vegan Delights pretty unique.
For one, it boasts an incredible menu that combines both Western and Asian vegan dishes (including carbonara spaghetti and the mushroom burger), as well as a selection of desserts and healthy drinks.
Secondly, most of the working staff members are either deaf or mute. Don’t underestimate them though, because the food here is considered to be among the best, and the service is exceptionally fast.
It’s amazing that Ipoh is diverse enough to cater to different kinds of eaters, and these vegetarian food spots stand as proof of that. If you’re spending the night in Ipoh, food shouldn’t be the only thing on your mind.
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