Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Rudy's Hainanese Chicken Rice & Poridge Stall @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Rudy's Chicken Rice & Porridge Stall has been around for many years now in Tanjung Malim. I have been his loyal customer for 35 years and that is a very long time indeed. In my opinion, as far as Steamed Chicken and Porridge goes, there's no one in town that could come anywhere close to Rudy's and this, I am willing to take anyone's challenge and will stand firm with my decision. Being a very fussy person, if I have been a loyal customer for almost four decades, that in itself should give you an indication as to how good his preparation is and ask any local, they would surely back me up. 

Rudy's Stall Beside The Old Rex Cinema

Just Opposite This Celcom Store

A Simple Set Up

A Few Tables
Those days, he used to be in front of the Pork Market that was then opposite Restaurant Sin Hong Hin along Jalan Douglas. Of course, that Pork Market is no more, Restaurant Sin Hong Hin is no more and even Jalan Douglas had been renamed to something else these days and in the late 90's, after the demolition of those structures, he had moved to this present location which is along Jalan Loke Yew. This new stall is right beside the old and dilapidated Rex Cinema. Parking is much easier here. If you come along Jalan Loke Yew, once you sight the Celcom store on your left, try to find a parking bay. This stall is located on your right. One would have to walk in for about 30 meters to get to this stall. It is not easily visible from the street as there are another row of stalls facing the road and this, is right behind them. The place is just a simple no frills stall. Limited number of tables as the customer turnover is very quick. You don't get people sitting for long hours at Chicken Rice stalls and therefore this set up is more than enough for him. Besides Chicken Rice, his Porridge too is very famous and prices are quite reasonable. Of course, they have been steadily going up over the years but still very much acceptable. Rudy starts business at 11 am daily and this goes on till around 6 pm. Best to come before 5 pm as his Chicken sells quite fast. He does not have the roasted variety and specialises solely in Steamed Chicken. Good that he only does what he is good at as there are many other places that are famous for their roasted variety instead. Since he had made his name with this, best he stick with it. 

Chinese Tea Ice @ RM 0.50

Rudy At Work
I was here late today and the place was not too crowded. I arrived at 4 pm and that gave me a comfortable seating. He is assisted by his wife and another helper. Besides doing this business, he also runs a gym come evenings. Rudy has always been a bodybuilding fan and is a bodybuilder himself. I used to admire him in his younger years. Well coming back to my meal this afternoon, I decided to go for his Chicken Rice instead of Porridge. Just a preference and no specific reason. Perhaps, my next trip here, I would go for his porridge and share that too with all of you. His drinks are limited to Chinese Tea and Herbal Tea and I went for the previous and this was priced at RM 0.50 per glass. After having registered my order, he was back at his station.

My Chicken Rice Set @ RM 6.00
This Chicken Rice set comes with a plate of Rice, a plate of Steamed Chicken and a bowl of clear soup. 

White Rice
If I had come earlier, then I would have been able to enjoy his Yellow Butter and Ginger Rice but unfortunately, at this hour it had all been sold out and I had to settle for this plain rice. That was fine with me as I really love his Steamed Chicken and that taste would compensate this. Nevertheless, if you come early, then you'd surely be able to enjoy that too.

Clear Soup
The Clear Soup was tasty and is generally boiled along with some spices and those waste parts of Chicken. If you would like to have a second helping, he always obliges and provides them complimentary. Do note that he does not add MSG in his soup. I would rate his soup at 9/10 .

Steamed Chicken
If one was to order the standard Chicken Rice, that would have been just RM 4 something and the chicken would be above the rice. As I just love his preparation, I always order more in a single plate and at times, have even ordered for up to RM 10.00 of chicken and finished it all by myself. His Steamed Chicken is just so tasty that I am yet to see one in Kuala Lumpur that comes anywhere close to this. Tender and juicy pieces and they are lip smacking good. Even the ones in Ipoh aren't as good as this. Served with some soy sauce at the base along with some garnishing, this is indeed a treat for any Steamed Chicken lover. For me, this rates nothing less than 10/10 . 

Chili & Ginger 
This is another one of my favourites here and how can I have my Chicken Rice without this. This is his own preparation and he adds almost equal amounts of chili and ginger into this and it is a taste to remember. Very different to the ones that you get out there. In a single sitting, I can literally finish half the bottle and this is exactly what happened this evening. I would rate this at 9.8/10 .

For RM 6.00, this was simply a divine meal for me. Over the years, the taste has not been compromised even a bit. One that I highly recommend and from my writing, I am sure one would be able to gauge how much I love the food here. Absolutely fantastic! The next time around, I shall do an entry on his Porridge instead. 

Address: Along Jalan Loke Yew (beside the old Rex Cinema),
               35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1830 Daily

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