Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Claypot Rice @ Restaurant Gafan, Cheras

Back to street food after all the scrumptious food we had. I wanted to blog about BKT we had yesterday in Yin Xin Gie at SS4, Petaling Jaya but it was by far the worst I have ever had. It's the herbal and clearer soup type which just didn't taste like the real thing at all. I guess people think differently as the shop was quite packed with people.

I had this some time back, it's claypot drunken chicken rice (RM6) where they had sloshed on Chinese rice wine which gives the rice a wonderful aroma. This place in Cheras specialises in different varieties of claypot rice which is similar to Busy Corner in Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya. Here you can get ten types that range from the drunken chicken, bean curd sauce chicken, mutton, fish and black pepper beef rice.

It makes a change from the usual claypot chicken rice with salted fish but the rice needs to be a bit more crispy at the bottom which is what I like. It's also hard to tell this place sells claypot rice as they cook it at the back kitchen hence you don't get to see the cooking in action unlike most of the other places.

A must have when you eat claypot rice is the steamed soups they serve with it. This is my standard order as I love old cucumber soup. It's always been my favourite since I was a kid and the best part is the scooping out of the flesh from the old cucumber. As these are steamed versus the home made ones which are boiled, the old cucumber is not so tender. The soup is always full of ingredients i.e. red dates, dried oysters, dried octopus, chicken pieces and chicken legs to give it a great flavour.

Restoran Gafan
No. 40, Jalan Cerdas
Taman Connaught
Cheras, KL

Tel No: 03 - 9101 4024

(Opened for lunch and dinner. This is just off the Cheras Highway and is located at the row of shophouses in front of the pasar malam stretch.)

*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.

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flymeng said...

Big BBQ feast and now claypot rice. You are a lucky gal. I had claypot rice at food centre square nearby Giant Supermarket in PJ. It was very good. I love the dark soy sauce flavored rice with Lap Cheong. The food centre was on a tiny hill. I forgot the section. My mom used to make Loh Wong Kua Tong. It was very good soup.

Jackson said...

wow......is that red onion on top of the claypot chicken rice?

Praveen R. said...

ooh kewl..its near my place..gtg check it out

boo_licious said...

flymeng - wonder where the place is. Sometimes when I want to eat rice, will eat claypot chicken rice as I love the crunchy bits.

jackson - yes! Adds a crunch to the rice.

praveen - Do u stay at the hses behind? There's quite a lot of food around the place.

Unknown said...

i didnt really enjoy this place when i tried it a couple of years back. never went back again. much prefer Busy Corner in DJ.

Collecting Moments said...

Same here, but I was there when it was almost closing time (3pm) so I have to telan everything very fast (maybe that is why i didnt enjoy my meal) and my lotus root soup wasnt flavaful enuf.

boo_licious said...

lanatir - I think it's becoz of the not so crispy rice. It makes a change from the usual stuff though and Busy Corner does not have the rice wine chicken.

Honey Star - you poor thing! Sounds like a very stressful lunch with you eating so fast.

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