The Charm of Ipoh Old Town: Kedai Kopi Ah Chow

Continuing from our first stop, we made our next stop at Kedai Kopi Ah Chow (literally translated as Ah Chow coffee shop), which is located at the row of shops behind Hong Hin. A mere walking distance, anyone could just hop over to Nam Heong (where the Old Town White Coffee idea were born), Sin Yoon Loong, Sun Yuan Foong, Hoong Tho for a quick coffee dose. The Motormouth needs his caffeine fix, or else he would be limping back to the car while screaming that his head hurts and unable to walk in a straight line.


Ipoh Old Town has come a long way to what we see today. Still remember how my parents would bring us siblings to Sin Yoon Loong for breakfast on Sunday morning before dropping us over to the old uncle barber at Pasar Jalan Patrick (Patrick Street Wet Market) for haircut. We were merely in primary school then.


Back to Ah Chow; tables were mostly occupied when we arrived, therefore we had to share ours with a guy and his daughter. And his daughter would pose whenever we points our cameras. Couldn’t resist to post this up. πŸ™‚


One can trust the avid coffee drinker such as Motormouth as where to look for a good ol’ cup of coffee or teh tarik (pulled-milk tea). Ah Chow serves a potent concoction of my favourite Ipoh beverage – the sweetness and bitter note were on spot and perfectly balanced. I’m not die-hard coffee fan but if I could choose, I would only go for Ipoh’s white coffee (not the instant Ipoh white coffee, though!).



Their soft-boiled eggs on toast are one of the better ones (I had toasts with cold soft-boiled eggs before, the horror!) as those folks at Ah Chow will only prepare them upon ordering and not in big batches as the fast-food chain would do. Crisp, buttery toasts paired heavenly with the runny yolks. A few dashes of pepper and soy sauce elevate the experience to higher note. The toasts with butter and their home-made pandan (screwpine leaves), egg and coconut jam (pandan kaya) was another good choice if you don’t fancy soft-boiled egg.

Other than those mentioned above, Motormouth claimed that their HK chee cheong fun, curry noodles and roasted pork were not too bad as well.


Came across this sundry shop across the street. Look at those clogs and biscuit tins! Nostalgia…

Kedai Kopi Ah Chow
31, Jalan Bandar Timah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.

Business Hour: Opens from early morning (6am) till late noon, around 1pm-2pm.


6 thoughts on “The Charm of Ipoh Old Town: Kedai Kopi Ah Chow

  1. For so many years I stayed in IPOH, i didnt know the shop name is Ah Chow.. just like that.. Ah Chow.. hahaha… i used to call it the corner shop behind hakka mee… πŸ™‚

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