Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Rudy's Hainanese Chicken Rice & Porridge 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.  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

A Simple Set Up

Rudy Busy Preparing The Dishes
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. 

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 and surprisingly, his son was also around helping him this evening. 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. A few weeks back, I was here for his Chicken Rice. Having missed his Rice Porridge, I decided to go for that. This of course comes with a plate of his famous Steamed Chicken and I also added some Char Siew for my meal today.

Plain Rice Porridge @ RM 1.00

Topped With Some Rice Crackers
Rudy's Rice Porridge is the best in Tanjung Malim. Over the years, there may have been some who have tried to copy his recipe but none have excelled. Simply love his preparation and I would rate this at 9.5/10 .

Steamed Chicken and Char Siew @ RM 5.00

Steamed Chicken and Char Siew @ RM 5.00
One can opt to go for either one of this but I was in the mood for both. For the price, the portion was decent.

Char Siew
Despite being the best for his Steamed Chicken, Rice Porridge and Steamed Chicken Rice, his Char Siew is not that great in all honesty. There are much better places in town that are very famous for this. I believe that he uses gas stove to make these and they are not chargrilled. Well, no single person can be a jack of all trades. He surely excels in his area of expertise but this surely isn't his forte. I would rate this at 7/10. Tasty but not great! 

Steamed Chicken
Rudy's 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 .

Ground Chili & Ginger
This is another one of my favourites here and how can I have my Steamed Chicken 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!

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

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1830 Daily

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