Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.


Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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Ayam Masak Merah

main dish | Fusion, Malay, Thai
Ayam Masak Merah, Ayam-masak-merah
Malay dish with tomato-based sauce, literally means red cooked Chicken
also known as:
Ayam Merah

Masak Merah is one the types of Thai-influenced Malay cookings usually available on the dinner menu in Malaysia. It is prepared after you order the dish contrary to the buffet-style Mixed Rice (Nasi Campur) dishes that are usually offered for lunch in the Malay kitchen.

chicken, tomato sauce, veggies (baby corn, onion, kailan, cauliflower etc.)

What's good?
fresh vegetable and good quality chicken

What's not good?
too sweet

Where to find?
Malay restaurants and some Indian Mamak restaurants (with Malay or Thai cooks)

Ayam Masak Merah, Ayam-masak-merah

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fast prepared dish based on soy sauce and chili sauce with chicken and veggies

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Mamak Stalls / Restaurants

Mamak stalls are restaurants in Malaysia run by Muslim Indians.
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