There are plenty of reasons that make Ipoh such a great place to visit. Other than sightseeing and tasting some of their local specialities (e.g. white coffee, salt-baked chicken), they are also renowned for their traditional Chinese pastries and snacks such as peanut candy and heong peng (fragrant biscuits). That said, check out these Top 10 Confectioneries & Bakeries in Ipoh below!
1) Happiness Confectionery (美心饼家)
Happiness Confectionery specialises in making traditional Chinese snacks and pastries like Shat Kek Ma (honeycomb biscuits), Puffed Rice Krispies and Crispy Chicken Biscuits. Then, there’s their signature Peanut Candy, which is traditionally handmade in-store. This includes everything from roasting the shelled raw peanuts in an oven to mixing all the essential ingredients, cutting the peanut candy into rectangle shapes and packing them into plastic bags. Available in either salted or sweet varieties, you can buy them from the store or online.
2) Qunkee Biscuit & Bakery
Old but gold, with Qunkee Biscuit & Bakery’s shop history going way back to 1975. Their longevity in the business lies in Qunkee’s handmade approach of making all their traditional Chinese pastries. Their two signature pastries include kaya puffs and egg tarts. But you can also find other local favourites like flossy chicken crisps, wife biscuits and assorted wedding biscuits. The latter is available in red bean, dauyong (mung bean paste) and a mix of both flavours.
3) Guan Heong Biscuit Shop
For over 100 years, Guan Heong Biscuit Shop’s signature tau sar pheah (green bean paste biscuit) has stood the test of time. Their secret? Freshly-baked pastry using only high-quality ingredients. For starters, try their Salted Tau Sar Pheah — an all-time classic that combines the savoury punch of salted green bean and fried premium onion. They have other signature pastries as well, namely Meat Floss Biscuit (pandan lotus paste with meat floss) and Hawaiian Biscuit (a fusion combination of lotus paste, butter and Western Macadamia nuts).
4) Sin Weng Fai Peanut Candy Shop
Peanut Biscuits, Kaya Puffs and Wedding Cakes — the three bestsellers that defined Sin Weng Fai, which has been making traditional Chinese pastries for over 50 years. Using recipes that have been passed down for generations, each of their pastries is freshly handmade with the right and best ingredients possible. Other than the aforementioned bestsellers, Sin Weng Fai also sell heong peng (fragrant biscuits) and Salted Egg & Meat Floss with Lotus Paste Biscuits.
5) Ming Yue Confectionery
If you love mooncakes, Ming Yue Confectionery is undoubtedly among the go-to confectioneries during the Mid-Autumn Festival every year. Their mooncakes are baked fresh and affordably-priced compared to the ones regularly available from commercial brands. Let’s not forget about their signature Peanut Candy, which often sells like hotcakes. Crunchy and with the right amount of sweetness, Ming Yue Confectionery’s freshly-made peanut candies are only available in limited quantities per day. So, it’s best to be there early to avoid disappointment.
6) Ching Han Guan Biscuit Shop
With over 70 years of history since its establishment in 1949, many customers can’t get enough of Ching Han Guan’s signature handmade Meat Floss Lotus Paste biscuits. A favourite among locals and tourists alike, their biscuits are all baked fresh using only high-quality ingredients. They have four flavours available in the store including Original, Pandan, Egg Yolk and Barbecue. You can also find other classic Chinese pastries and snacks like Melting Peanut Candy, Sesame Soft Candy, Shrimp Rolls and Egg Cookies.
7) 189 Heong Peng
At 189 Heong Peng, they preserve their tradition in broiling their signature heong peng (fragrant biscuits) by using the burning coconut husk-in-the-wells method. The result? Flaky crust with savoury-sweet maltose and fried shallots on the inside. The kind of flavour and texture that brings back the memories of the good old days.
8) Sin Joo Heong Confectionery
Originated from Teluk Intan, Sin Joo Heong Confectionery has a branch located in Medan Ipoh Bistari, Ipoh. Popularly known for their “Tiger Head Mark”, they specialise in traditional heong peng (fragrant biscuits) that has over 50 years of history. Expect crispy crust on the outside, with maltose filling that isn’t too sweet and overwhelming.
9) SIN ENG HOE
Since 1961, Sin Eng Hoe has maintained its tradition of making their famous kaya puffs and heong peng the old-fashioned way. Take their kaya puffs, for instance; both dough and kaya filling is still done manually by hands even until today. Some of the other Chinese pastries and snacks you can find at Sin Eng Hoe include wedding biscuits, peanut candy, cow ear biscuits and sesame balls.
10) Yee Thye Cake House & Confectionery Sdn. Bhd.
Here’s a place where you can find varieties of old-school biscuits and confectioneries under one roof. This includes the likes of coconut candy (original/peanut flavours), biskut telinga (ear lobe biscuits), kacang tumbuk (peanut candy) and rice crackers. If that’s not enough, Yee Thye also sells charbroiled heong peng (available in different flavours such as green tea, white coffee and almond) and kaya puffs.
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.