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07 Apr 2024 - 6 min read

Discovering the Best White Coffee Spots in Ipoh

Ipoh White Coffee is a famous coffee in Ipoh that has a long history. Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Perak was a major tin-mining state during British colonial times, many British mining companies set up in Ipoh, making it an important city in Malaya. The Hainanese (migrated people from China to Malaya) often socialize and do business with Westerners and have to familiarize themselves to Western’s coffee that are strong and bitter. Not long after that, they started to experience and changing how the western coffee tasted by slowly adjusting it to fit their own preferences. They used a special slow-roasting technique with margarine to create a unique aroma and flavor. Then, they are also mixing different types of coffee beans, specially roasted Arabica, Robusta, and Liberica brewed by using a traditional recipe handed down through generations to create Asian-flavored taste. This traditional white coffee, which is actually a rich caramel brown, became a hit in Ipoh, where it's still enjoyed today. In 1937, Wong Poh Chew and his brother Wong Poh Ting opened "Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong," one of the oldest Hainanese coffee shops in Ipoh, serving quality beverages and local treats. Their dedication to making the perfect cup of coffee led to the creation of Ipoh White Coffee, which has become an iconic beverage loved by many. Today, Ipoh is recognized as one of the top coffee towns, thanks to its famous white coffee.

Must-Visit White Coffee Cafes in Ipoh

1. GreatWall Café

Location: 3, Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8.00 AM–5.00 PM (Thursday to Tuesday); Closed on Wednesday

Price Range: $$

The second branch of GreatWall Kopitiam is located in Ipoh Old Town. This coffee offers a cozy open-air environment with aesthetic interior. With up to 10 different types of roasted coffee beans freshly ground and brewed upon order, the café provides a delightful coffee experience at reasonable prices. While the food menu is limited, it's still a great spot to enjoy a cup of white coffee.

2. Kedai Kopi Nam Heong

Location: 2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 6.30 AM – 4.30 PM (Wednesday to Sunday); Closed on Monday & Tuesday

Price Range: $$

Kedai Kopi Nam Heong is known for its strong white coffee and its delicious freshly baked egg tarts. The strong white coffee and egg tarts are perfect pairings and worth to try. Besides its tasty coffee and dishes, Kedai Kopi Nam Heong also offers cozy and traditional atmosphere that are very comfortable for you to have coffee time here with your friends or families.

Kedai Kopi Nam Heong has many branches around Malaysia. But the original café is located in Jalan Bandar Timah. The prices for white coffee here is a little higher than typical white coffee in Ipoh, so you may need to prepare extra money here.

3. Sin Yoon Loong

Location: 15A, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 6.30 AM–2.30 PM (Daily)

Price Range: $$

Sin Yoon Loong has been established for over 80 years and known for its aromatic and smooth white coffee. Besides coffee, you can also enjoy the food pairings for coffee like soft-boiled eggs, roast pork, and other traditional Malaysian food. If you like to enjoy the white coffee at home, you can also purchase pre-packaged white coffee.

The decoration of this café shop is classic and there is no air-conditioner inside. The parking area is also limited because this place always busy. For your convenience, please avoid bringing your private cars.

4. Chang Jiang White Coffee

Location: 7, Jalan Windsor, 30250 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8.00 AM–6.00 PM (Daily)

Price Range: $$

Chang Jiang White Coffee is a popular breakfast spot in Ipoh. Many tourists come here on weekends or during holiday. In this place, you can sip white coffee together with kaya toast as a pairing. Or you can also order other delicious dishes like chicken feet noodle, miced meat noodle, and other Chinese food. The coffee beans used here are special and come from several sources such as Robusta (Indonesia), Liberica (Klang), and Arabica (Vietnam). It makes the white coffee brew has strong, rich, and buttery taste with roasted aroma. Moreover, you can also purchase their 3-in-1 white coffee sachets to enjoy at home.

5. Yee Hoi Coffee Manufacturer Ipoh

Location: C62, Pasar Besar Ipoh, Jalan Laxamana, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8.00 AM–2.00 PM; Closed on Monday

Price Range: $$

Yee Hoi has sold delicious Ipoh coffee blends for more than 60 years. They sell freshly roasted beans from roasting factory at Jelapang in daily basis. They sell both coffee beans and coffee powder that mostly sold out in few days, therefore, they never stored it for a long time. If you come here, you can request for the best coffee mixture to get the tastiest white coffee.

The coffee beans and powder are sold locsally and internationally through Shopee and Lazada. So, you can order it anytime and wherever you want.

6. Tan Cha Kee

Location: 38, Jalan Lee Swee Hoe, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 9.00 AM–4.30 PM (Thursday to Tuesday); Closed on Wednesday

Price Range: $$

Tan Cha Kee is a café shop that is located on the first floor of residential house. This café serves a smooth, rich, and aromatic white coffee. It also has a very cozy atmosphere that will make you want to stay for longer time.

Since it is located in residential house and the signage is small, it is a little bit difficult to find the café. Most people ignore this place when they pass the street. However, this is a must visit white coffee shop in Ipoh because it offers tasty white coffee like no other.

7. Kedai Kopi Ah Chow

Location: 31, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 6.30 AM–2.00 PM (Daily)

Price Range: $$

Kedai Kopi Ah Chow is famous for its ability to create liquor coffee. This is so different with other café that only serves regular coffee. Kedai Ah Chow has perfectly well-balanced coffee mix with liquor, and they make sure it is not intoxicating. The coffee liquor can be ordered with both hot and cold. For cold white coffee liquor, the texture is thick and creamy with chocolate after taste. Meanwhile, the hot one is a bit bitter and has stronger liquor flavor.

8. Xin Xiang Er Nong

Location: 66, Jalan Foo Eng Lin, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 7.00 AM–4.00 PM (Daily)

Price Range: $$

Xin Xiang Er Nong Restaurant offers creamy white coffee that has evaporated milk’s taste and a bit of sour brew. The white coffee here can be enjoyed hot or cold depending on your preference. The balance of milk and sugar is perfect, making it is different with other white coffee out there. Additionally, you can enjoy the white coffee more together with Chap Fun, Kai See Hor Fun, and Curry Mee. Those are the delicious food pairing you can find in this restaurant.

The Best Food Pairings with White Coffee

White coffee has its creamy and slightly sweet flavor that will be wonderfully paired with a variety of Malaysian snacks and dishes. These snacks and dishes offer a perfect balance of flavors and textures that enhance the experience of savoring a cup of delicious white coffee. Here are some delicious options:

1. Kaya Toast

This classic Malaysian breakfast dish consists of toasted bread spread with kaya (coconut jam) and butter. The sweet and fragrant of kaya jam will become perfect complements the smoothness of white coffee.

2. Roti Canai

Roti Canai is a flatbread served with dhal (lentil curry) or curry sauce. It is made from dough that is stretched, flipped, and cooked on a flat griddle, resulting in a thin, crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior. The savory flavors of the curry complement the rich and robust taste of coffee.

3. Curry Puffs

Curry puffs are flaky pastry pockets filled with spiced potatoes, onions, and sometimes minced meat are a popular snack in Malaysia. The savoury filling complements the creamy texture and mild sweetness of white coffee.

4. Nyonya Kuih

These bite-sized Malaysian desserts come in a variety of flavors and textures, such as coconut, pandan, and glutinous rice flour. The sweet and delicate flavors of Nyonya kuih are a delightful match for the smoothness of white coffee.

5. Banana Fritters

Slices of ripe banana coated in a crispy batter and deep-fried or usually called banana fritters are a favorite Malaysian snack. The contrast of sweet, caramelized banana with the creamy taste of white coffee is perfect combo.

6. Apam Balik

Apam Balik is a crispy pancake filled with sweet fillings such as crushed peanuts, sugar, and sweet corn. The sweetness of Apam Balik pairs nicely with the bitterness of coffee. It is made from a batter consisting of flour, sugar, eggs, and coconut milk, which is poured onto a griddle or flat pan. The batter is then cooked until it becomes crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
Those are our best white coffee spots recommendation in Ipoh.

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