This particular no name shop is popular among Petaling Jaya residents especially those who patron the wet market across the road from it. During daylight hours, what's famous is the Char Kuey Teow stall manned by a couple. The restaurant also houses a chee cheong fun and noodles stall. What I like about this particular char kuey teow is it's not too oily and dry. I personally hate my noodles to be wet and dripping with oil. Usually, I order my plate of kuey teow with raw cockles on top. Heap the piping hot noodles on top of the cockles or be like me, bury them deep within the brown charred folds of the rice noodles so they'll cook.
When night falls, the claypot chicken rice stall takes over. We visited this particular place after Precious Pea blogged about it one night. Like all traditional claypot chicken rice places, you're greeted by a row of claypots cooking over charcoal fire in the front. Place your order and the old uncle will start scooping the rice and the ingredients to cook. It's a game of juggle and open which claypot lid to see which rice is fully cooked.
Our claypot chicken rice finally arrived at our table laden with lots of soy marinated chicken, slices of "lap cheong" or chinese sausage and a bit of "ham yue" or salted fish in a tiny saucer. Add the salted fish and mix everything together. Although they were generous with the chicken pieces, I felt the rice grains were too broken up. It would have tasted better if the rice was of a higher grade.
We all wanted to try the soup cooked within the coconut shell that Precious Pea had blogged about. Unfortunately they had sold out of the soup hence we settled for the tomato and tofu soup. I didn't get to drink this so no comments on this bowl.
I had the herbal chicken soup which was steamed with lots of Chinese medicine to give it flavour. Tastewise, it was pretty delicate and complemented the dry claypot chicken rice well.
We had to have vegetables - steamed and drizzled with lots of oyster sauce and garlic oil. It was pretty tasty with the fried garlic bits and the oil. Next time when you're in this neighbourhood, drop by either day or night to sample the food here.
No. 90A, Jalan Othman
Petaling Jaya Old Town
(Non Halal. Opposite the Pasar Besar Jalan Othman and next to an optician shop. Closed on Wednesdays.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
Tagged with: Malaysian Food + Char Kuey Teow + Claypot Chicken Rice