Monday, May 17, 2010

Chee Chap Chuk (Porridge) @ Medan Selerajaya, Petaling Jaya


comfort food for the soul

Life has been very busy lately that I must admit the food reviews have almost grinded to a halt since meals are hasty ones - eaten on the flash, in the car or just old familiar stuff. While life has been busy, I've had a string of cool stuff happening such as meeting the sweet, very down-to-earth and a little kooky Laura Calder (I admit I was never a fan since I don't seem to ever have time to watch AFC) who made me a big fan of her show, attending the first ever Palm Oil Shorties organised by Fried Chillies - an insight into palm oil and its benefits told through different lens, and whipping up loads of ice cream throughout the weekend - apricot frozen yoghurt, vanilla bean ice cream, mango sorbet and my old favourite, matcha white chocolate ice cream. It has been exhausting but worth it, since the freezer is now chockfull of ice cream!

simple poached chicken

I reckon if we could dictate life and our meals...it should be simple fare that warms the tummy and enlightens the soul. Somehow befitting that simple term is this humble little foodcourt stall - a place I caught wind of from a good pal and fellow foodie, Debbie who had heard it from her butcher. Don't you love how foodies always share these secret places whenever they meet up?

Run by a lady and her Indonesian workers, it can be a little difficult to spot that they're serving porridge but ask around and people will point the way to you. A smaller foodcourt compared to the large Medan Selera next to the market, this particular stall caters for the evening crowd and opens from 4.30pm onwards. You can order a selection of porridge - chee chap (mixed pork intestines and etc), fish slices, chicken and etc. The porridge is smooth and quite watery, almost borderline Teochew porridge texture I reckon. Studded with bits and pieces of pork intestines, stomach, pig's blood cubes and etc, it's a satisfying meal that the tummy is thankful for. One gripe is the lack of crunch from the fried pork intestines that ends up being soaked by the porridge. You can also order poached smooth textured chicken topped with shreds of ginger and chopped spring onions. While the porridge seem to lack much taste, if you mix the soy sauce from the chicken, it gives it the flavour it is missing.

Incidentally, expect a lack of blog posts for this week as I'll be away. Hopefully I do return with great topics to blog about.

Porridge Stall
Stall No. 21
Medan Selera Jaya
Petaling Jaya Old Town

(Non Halal. Open from 4.30-10pm. To get here, from the Gasing roundabout, if you drive down Jalan Othman towards the Market and Medan Selera, this is the turning on the left just before the shophouses on the lefthand side. This stall is the last one of the row and seem to be popular for takeaways. For more pictures, see the Flickr set.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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19 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Perfect for a cold rainy day (and we've been getting those alternating with insane heat lately).

J said...

Mmmmm. Love porridge - wonderful comfort food on rainy days. :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I think I know this place. My dad likes eating here. But yes, definitely comfort food on rainy days.

Ann said...

I love porridge! Also, love that you spent the weekend making ice cream...I crave it all the time!

thule a.k.a leo said...

I want to come to this place for the longest time but the plan has been put on hold ever since the arrival of Sher Ryn!!
Apparently there's a stall that has been featured in Axian's show which serves Hakka dishes.. especially the abacus dish (subject to the availability of good grade yam)

Yi May, Alexis said...

Ehmagod my fav place! nicest to eat when raining! I love adding pepper and soy sauce to the chicken!

UnkaLeong said...

Ahhh..porridge. With spare parts some more :D Calls out to the teochew in me ;)

isaac said...

finally someone did blog on this place!

glad to see this place online!

Julian Si said...

My favourite is in Penang ... but I will certainly give this a try next time.

Pity I didn't get a chance to try Setapak Hokkien Mee on my recent trip back, but was a little busy with the ... Little One :-)

Cheers dear Masak2 !

CUMI & CIKI said...

yay! welcome back darling boo ;)

pang said...

i juz love.... congee, any time of d day! When i'm within d vicinity, tis
place is a must (after 5pm). If it is in the morning, d (Fei Poh)porridge stall in Jln Othman, medan selera pasar. MMMMMmmmmmm!

vialentino said...

been many years i did not go to medan selera....since i move to puchong....used to my hangout makan place where my family brought me when i am small...

din know they got sell a nice porridge there...worth a try for me if i am going there...nice recommendation!

Simon Seow said...

Reminds me that it's been quite a while that I haven't had chu chap chuk. I miss the one that my uncle brought me to eat at the back alley behind Pak Peng Buidling when I was still a in primary school. It's damn old school, the stall using gas lantern for light.

韋于倫成 said...

一個人就像一個分數,他的實際才能是分子,他對自己的評價是分母。分母越大,則分數的價值越小。..................................................

Wellcome to Penelusur Hidup said...

Wuih...mantap benar... lanjutkan terus artikelnya mbak.

anw said...

the porridge is delicious.

Lannae said...

Ah, comfort food of my youth too! Congee porridge and poached soy sauce chicken are both smooth and soothing. Ah, looks so good. I could use a little right now.

thenomadGourmand said...

Ahhh.. Unka is happy im sure. Hope he does drag me here!

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