8 Best Food in Tanjung Malim to Try On a Day Trip

Located about an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, Tanjung Malim makes a great choice for a short family trip. No matter what cuisine you’re after, the sleepy town has something to offer every taste bud.  Check out these famous places to eat in Tg. Malim that you shouldn’t miss.

Tanjung Malim Chinese Food

1. Thye Fah Coffee Shop

Head to Thye Fah if you’re looking for a good breakfast in Tanjung Malim. You can feel the love of the town here as their signature kopi peng is served with a huge chunk of heart-shaped ice!

We definitely enjoyed the super kaw kopi along with roti bakar and yong tau foo. The food here may be average but the beverages warrant a trip down.

📍 3, Jalan Besar, Taman Bandar, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak
7am – 12pm

2. Tee Chea Lai

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The old, handwritten signboard at Tee Chea Lai tells us they have stood the test of time. The humble eatery is the go-to place for yong tau foo among the locals. The yong tau foo is made fresh daily and uses the finest ingredients, resulting in amazing taste and texture. With the option to have the dishes paired with curry, Tee Chea Lai is also frequented by Indians.

📍 3, Jalan Besar, Taman Bandar, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, Jalan Kampung Baru Slim River, Kampung Baru, 35800 Slim River, Perak
18am – 8pm

3. Leong Kei Spicy Mee Hon

Spicy food lovers should definitely try out the spicy mee hoon at Leong Kei, especially if you’re looking for a dinner/supper spot. 

We can’t get enough of their unique pepper soup cooked over charcoal fire, which is one of the most popular dishes here. True to the shop’s name in Mandarin, 刺激 (pronounced ci ji), each sip of the peppery soup injects excitement and intensity.

Leong Kei is also known for other noodle dishes such as Hokkien char mee and their silky moonlight kuey teow. Perhaps due to their traditional charcoal cooking method, each dish comes packed with wok hei and fragrance from the lard cracklings. 

📍 Beside Jalan Kilang Papan off Jalan Besar Hulu Bernam, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak
6pm – 10pm, closed on Monday

4. Sun Kee Salted Chicken

Though not exactly located within Tg. Malim, we would recommend passionate and adventurous foodies to visit Sun Kee at Sungkai.  

A trip here will reward you with a taste of their famous salt-baked chicken that comes with tender, well-marinated meat. Each bite oozes with juiciness and aromatic essences. Be sure to call and place your order if you’re planning to visit!

📍 C45, Kampong Baru, 35600 Sungkai, Perak D.Rifzuan Malaysia, Sungkai, Perak
8am – 8pm
☎️ 012-582 1844

Tanjung Malim Seafood Restaurant

5. Garden Seafood (halal)

To satisfy your crab and lobster cravings, Garden Seafood is the place to go. Dining here is a slightly fancier affair than the other eateries on this list. However, considering the fresh seafood dishes served with a substantial amount of meat, we think it’s well worth the money.

📍 No. 7, 8 & 9A, Jalan Wangsa Utama, Taman Wangsa, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak
11:30am – 10:30pm

6. Restoran Choy Kee Sungkai

Choy Kee is another restaurant in Sungkai for foodies who wish to explore beyond Tg. Malim. The restaurant mainly serves seafood dishes cooked in Teochew style. 

Their pork knuckles, which are one of their must-eats, are tender and pack a punch of herbal flavours. We also highly recommend Choy Kee’s homemade signature tofu that’s crispy on the outside and incredibly soft on the inside.

📍 No. 1, Jln Sungkai Perdana 1, Taman Sungkai Perdana, 35600 Sungkai, Perak
11am – 8pm

Must-Try Halal Food

7. Yik Mun Pau

Nothing screams the perfect breakfast in Tanjung Malim like roti bakar, pau and a cup of Hainanese coffee at Yik Mun. They have been offering delicious, savoury paus since 1926, which explains the nostalgic vibes of the kopitiam!

A few of the crowd favourites are the kaya, chicken curry, and beef curry pau. It was truly a joy to see customers of all races enjoying their meals at this halal-certified eatery.

📍 6043, Persiaran Slim Permai 8, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak
8:30am – 8pm

8. Nasi Bamboo Sungai Klah

Foodies in Malaysia are truly blessed as we always get to try a diverse range of cuisines. When in Tanjung Malim, be sure to try the nasi bamboo, or better known as lemang, at Sungai Klah. 

The aroma of the glutinous rice tickled our taste buds immediately after we removed the bamboo and banana leaves. The aroma of the rice was enhanced by the various side dishes, with our favourite being the grilled lamb.

📍 Kampung Buloh Telor, 35600 Sungkai, Perak
10:30am – 6pm, closed on Friday

Calvin Tiew
A Malaysian foodie who's proud of our local hawker culture. Always on the hunt for the best char kuay teow and nasi lemak.