Anyone who has tasted the curry noodles in Ipoh knows that it’s different from the preparations available in the Klang Valley. Ipoh’s curry noodles solely present a distinct flavour and taste that can’t be replicated elsewhere, i.e. unless the hawker originates from Ipoh. Curry noodles, with a seriously kaw (thick) curry soup base, headline the menu of Star Curry Ipoh, a quaint café across the road from the mighty popular Restoran Xin Quan Fang (新泉芳咖喱面 or mataliew kali meen).
Star Curry or Star on Fire Curry Mee (星星之火咖喱面) is a non-Halal café that opened its doors for business in July 2023. While walk-in diners usually occupy the ground floor, there is a mezzanine level that can accommodate small groups for private functions.
As the café opens from 8.30am until 3.30pm daily (except Mondays), the menu caters to breakfast, brunch and lunch. Therefore, there are plenty of noodle choices such as bihun, yellow mee, kuey teow, and lai fun, with add-on options of prawns, roast pork, cockles, fishballs, and meatballs, among others. The superstar for this noodle category would be the chef-recommended Giant Prawn Noodles priced at RM38.
Besides the aforementioned soupy noodles, there are also fried Singaporean-style delights: wok-fried Hokkien mee, braised pork fried bihun, and bak chor mee.
Then there are rice and porridge selections. You wouldn’t go wrong with any of the items available but don’t miss the Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng Berempah. While the rice is aromatic by itself, adding sambal and the mixed spices derived from the whole-thigh fried chicken just elevates its taste to a greater level of oomph.
For diners who prefer a lighter meal of toast or snacks, there is an extensive range of bread, sandwiches, croissants, roti, pau & siew mai, curry puffs, and eggs. Rightfully so, for such a menu, you’re not wrong to expect everyday beverages to wash them down with. Think white coffee, kopi-O, teh, teh-O, Milo, and Chinese tea, just to list a few.
A delicious meal at Star Curry in Ipoh isn’t just an opportunity to taste most of Ipoh’s popular “hawker fare” under one roof but also to indulge in the ambience of “old but clean Ipoh” with family or friends. The bonus? There is no service charge or tax imposed, so we get to maximise our Ringgit.
Note: Star Curry is also available on GrabFood, for your convenience.
Video: 星星之火咖喱面 StarCurry
Add: 163, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Business hours: 8am – 3.30pm daily (closed on Mondays)
GPS Coordinates: https://maps.app.goo.gl/9BHxSbqneqqYP9Hd9