Mee Goreng Mamak or in proper English, Fried Noodle Mamak Style originated from the Indian Muslim community in Malaysia. As it contains prawns, fish cakes, fried beancurd, tomatoes, eggs, and spices; a filling spice-laden meal for any time of day makes it one of the most commonly loved hawker fare! Cathay’s version comes with the whole plethora of Mamak goodness; a healthy dose of bean sprouts, chopped scallions, fritters, dried beancurd, and potatoes all cooked to moistilicious (is there is such a word) perfection intertwined with yellow noodles and lots of egg – scrumptious!

Let’s Waze this hidden gem!

Located along Jalan Yang Kalsom, sharing a space with Restoran dan Rumah Tumpangan Beauty Baru, it’s 5 minutes away from M Boutique Hotel, Ipoh by car. According to the Stall Helper, Ms. Nur Amirad Lilly, Cathay Mee Stall has operated for 68 years since 1958 by the late uncle of the 3rd generation owner, Mr. Ali Sahir Bin Mohammad Ibrahim. The stall opens daily except Sunday from 12.30 pm and closes around 7.00 pm or earlier as sometimes the food may finish sooner than expected (especially the Cathay Mee Goreng), so be warned, best get there before 6.00 pm!

Finest Mee Goreng in town

What makes Cathay Mee Stall the best mee goreng and pasembur (rojak) in Ipoh town? We are in collusion that it is because it’s that super tasty ladleful rich sauce dolloped all over in at the end of the whole frying process, adding a beautifully complex nutty flavour which is counter balanced with the tangy squeeze of lime juice ….. bringing the Mee Goreng to a whole new level of appetising bliss!

On diet? Don’t panic.

Not a big fan of Mee Goreng? Try out their Pasembur or Mee Rebus too! If one wanted something lighter and less sinful, we recommend the Pasembur! Mamak style salad with lots of beans sprouts, turnip, shredded cucumber, tossed together with crunchy fritters, one whole boiled egg sliced into quarters, and potatoes …. beats the western version of Potato Salad anytime! Their pasembur sauce may look deep spicy red, but the is just nice with a touch of sweetness a little sambal-like taste. 

Beat the queue

Lunch hour is a disaster on Yang Kalsom Road, and therefore, a few of us went in around 11.30 am but reached there by 12.00 pm as it was very difficult to find a parking space. Be ready to wait for at least 15 minutes to 30 minutes after you place the order for Mee Goreng with Ms. Amirad, on the peak timing, the waiting time could go up to an hour. Instead of waiting for this 30 minutes queue, it is very much advisable to call them to pre-order at 016 544 3237.

Old age, believe us, is a good thing

What about the price? It is rather cheap as they are ranging from only RM5.50 per plate for Mee Goreng and Pasembur. For the 7 of us, we have only spent about RM52.60 which including the 2 packets of mee goreng for our dear papa who couldn’t make it for lunch with us. Ratings? 10 out of 10, no doubt!

No. 97, Jalan Yang Kalsom, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Phone No
016-544 3237 (Mr. Ali Sahir)
Operation Hour
Opens daily from 12.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Closed on Sunday

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