Friday, 2 January 2015

Restoran E & L @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

This entry is about a famous dish from my hometown, Tanjung Malim which is located in the state of Perak. This little town is located about 64 Kilometers away north of Kuala Lumpur. This dish is a novelty dish of my hometown. This Hainanese Chicken Chop recipe belongs to the Eng family who previously used to manage the Rest House for more than 6 decades. However, after the recent amendments to the local council law which requires a Bumiputra to run the rest house, they have been told to leave and now they operate from his late brother in laws shop here. Restaurant E & L also has been around for more than 40 years. At its inception, it used to be a watering hole among the local police officers but today after Mr. Loo's demise, it had been taken over by Mr. Eng who is the brother in law of Mr. Loo. Do note that this is a Halal restaurant. This Hainanese Chicken Chop had once been a favourite dish to three of the late Sultan's of Perak, whereby the last one was Sultan Azlan Shah. 

Restaurant E & L in Tanjung Malim

The Restaurant

Waiting For The Tables To Be Set Up

Full House Today

Can Drinks @ RM 1.80 each

Chinese Tea @ RM 0.50 per Glass

Fresh Orange @ RM 2.00 per Glass

Mrs. Eng Preparing The Dishes

Chicken Grilled Over Charcoal Amber
Luckily the tradition continues. As we are old timers here, all we need to do is to call in a few hours before hand and inform what time we would be coming and the number of pax. It is a very basic restaurant, the deco still being the same from the yesteryears...but the food has been ever consistent and is simply delicious. Besides the Hainanese Chicken Chop, their Hainanese Chicken Rice too is extremely famous and is another must try item here.

The Cutlery

Toasted Bread
This set here, as with other Hainanese Chicken Chops, comes with toast and some salted butter. A lovely combination which goes extremely well with the leftover onion sauce.

Hainanese Chicken Chop @ RM 10.00

My Uncle and Dad

Brother and Mom

Char-Grilled Chicken

Fried Russet Potato's

Green Peas

Delicious Onion Sauce
The Hainanese Chicken Chop here is different to the others we find in Kuala Lumpur. Those in Kuala Lumpur are deep fried whereas this, is char-grilled to perfection and has the lovely onion sauce and green pees as toppings and Lea & Perrins Sauce at the base. Here the Chicken Chop prices have not increased much over the years. When I was in school which is some 30 years back, it used to cost around RM 6 per plate and today it cost a mere RM 10.00 per plate. This dish is heavenly and we get a lot of people coming from afar just to have this Chicken Chop and I would definitely be optimistic that you too would be impressed by the taste. Definitely a recipe that you would not see elsewhere. I would rate this preparation at 10/10 .

I do hope many of you out there would be able to try this delicious dish from Tanjung Malim soon. To find this restaurant is easy. Just drive on Jalan Besar, which is the main street of Tanjung Malim until you reach a Hindu Temple. From this Hindu Temple, you would be able to see the famous Yik Mun Pau shop. This restaurant is at the other end of the same row of shops. Since the Aunty has aged now, they may just close the restaurant for the day if she is not feeling too well and therefore it is best to call before coming, especially if you are coming from a distance.

Address: No. 5, Jalan Slim Lama, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1600 Daily

Telephone: +605 4596 367

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