In Ipoh – Yong Suan Coffee Shop

Whilst my trips to Ipoh are as much as to Penang, my write ups about it have been rather abysmal. Not that there is nothing to write or nothing to see or eat but somehow, I spent very little time in Ipoh compared to Penang… until recently when I stayed there at least one night. Therefore, I shall be dedicating next few posts about Ipoh… or more like the foods I ate and place I stayed.

Yong Suan Coffee Shop, Ipoh

So… let’s kick off with one of the famous stalls in Ipoh. Located along Jalan Yong Kalsom, the standalone stall in Restoran Yong Suan serves nothing but Nasi Kandar; one of the better ones if I may add. Fondly named as Nasi Ganja due to its addictiveness as claimed by the locals and tourists, the rules of engagement are simple. Displayed at the station are varieties of curries, fried dishes and vegetables. Pick what you want and feast on it while the other staff will do the maths for you. The very basic items you get are some sliced cucumbers and okras.

Patrons at Yong Suan Coffee Shop

It is said that the coffee shop is packed with loyal (and new) patrons during peak hours and getting a place is close to impossible. But as they said, it’s worth the wait for something that’s tastes good. Thankfully, during my recent visit, the coffee shop was half filled as I was there during the mid morning. The coffee shop itself was spacious and airy and like any other typical coffee shops in Ipoh, it exhibited the old rustic charm of olden days with its unintentional decors, tiled floors and walls.

Nasi Ganja at Yong Suan Coffee Shop

A plate like above will probably cost around RM5. The rice was drenched in various curries to give the known wicked aroma and flavour while the dollop of curry paste gave extra omphh to the already delicious meal. The fried chicken was alright; well-seasoned and tasty.

Dishes at Yong Suan Coffee Shop

So… does it worth the wait? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I wouldn’t mind going back again and again to try other dishes like ayam merah and sotong. Price wise, it’s slightly higher than your ordinary meal at hawker stalls in Ipoh but it’s almost the same standard as Kuala Lumpur.

Yong Suan Coffee Shop,
2, Jalan Yang Kalsom,
30250 Ipoh,

GPS Coordinates : 4.592661, 101.084669


  1. ooo, i absolutely love nasi kandar, and whenever i’m in penang, i make sure i have at least one round of nasi kandar. didn’t realize that ipoh has addictive nasi kandar too! :D

  2. Ahhhhhh!!!! My kind of food….but this nasi-kandar kind of places, very expensive – the knife very sharp…and they never cover the food. I wonder why usually, there are no flies though.

  3. Sean : I guess Penang is the popular spot for nasi kandar due to its name being used at almost everywhere in Klang Valley.

    Choi Yen : You should join the queue! :D

    suituapui : It really depends on the location of the shop, I guess. But yea, there were no flies when I was there, surprisingly. :D

  4. RM5? Wow that is cheap!

    Am doing a visit to Ipoh for work…for a change perhaps I should try this instead of the usual Ipoh Chicken rice and noodles.

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