Hawker stalls, kedai kopi (coffee shops) and restaurants owned by the same families for generations…homely recipes and local ingredients define Perak's cuisine. Standout dishes in and around Perak are chicken bean sprouts (Ipoh), wheat-noodle laksa (Kuala Kangsar), steamboat (Cameron Highlands) and shaved-ice dessert cendol (everywhere).

Ipoh has the best spread, followed by Taiping. Elsewhere, unearth exceptional noodles in unexceptional locations by asking a taxi driver or guesthouse owner for their favourite.