Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Restoran Yik Mun Tg. Malim Pau @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

As part of my Hainanese Chicken Chop series, here is the second entry from Tanjung Malim, Another one that is worth visiting. Restoran Yik Mun Tanjung Malim is one of those restaurants where I have been dining for more than 30 years, since it belongs to my classmate. I have blogged about this restaurant before and that was on it's Pau's but there is another item here that is worth trying which not many know of, and that is their Hainanese Chicken Chop.

The Restaurant Located Along Jalan Slim Lama

Interior Of The Restaurant
For those who do not know how to get to this restaurant, once you exit the Tanjung Malim toll plaza, keep going straight until you reach the traffic lights. Here, you would need to turn left. Keep going till you see a large Hindu Temple on your left and at this point, if you look right, you would be able to see this restaurant. Those days all the staffs were Chinese, locals from the town but today all the staffs are Indonesians, except for the chef who is a Pakistani boy from Tanjung Malim. This boy was my junior in school. Seeing me today after a number of years, he personally came up to our table to greet me and eventually he was the one who took the orders. So nice of him to still remember me. 

Their Menu

Their Menu
The menu was very good, all their items had a photo of the dish to giver better idea of the dish. Except that they were pricey. Well, this place has been elevated as a tourist destination on Malaysian Travel Maps and as such, it's not surprising that they charge premium prices. 

Hainanese White Coffee @ RM 3.20
The Hainanese coffee was served in a restaurant branded mug which is a recent improvisation here. Previously they used to serve it in the old school Hainanese coffee shop cups. The coffee was definitely good, bold & sweet and was up to the mark. They must have reduced the price of this. In 2014, this was priced at RM 3.50 and now it's down 30 cents. I guess someone must have complained. Anyway, I would rate this at 9/10 .

Hainanese Chicken Chop @ RM 17.00
The Hainanese Chicken Chop here is prepared according to the authentic style except that instead of fried potato, they had provided some mashed potato's and also replaced the toast bread with a small piece of Man Tau Bun. This in 2014, was priced at RM 16.00 and now, it's RM 17.00 . Pricey yes, but I won't complain. As it does taste pretty good. If you look at the various Hainanese Chicken Chop preparations in town, they are all varied and none are alike. Hence, it would be impossible to compare apple to apple both in terms of taste and price.

Fried Chicken Topped With Peas and Onions in Tomato Gravy

Thick and Delicious Tomato Gravy
The Chicken was wonderfully prepared. This came with a different kind of batter and cannot be compared to the one shown on Monday. Even taste wise, it's very different. A decent portion, surely one that is larger than the one shown on Monday and was topped with a delicious batter of peas and onions in tomato gravy.The preparation was excellent and I loved it very much. Mildly sweet, mildly sour and mildly spicy, a perfect blend it was.  It is very rare to see the authentic Hainanese Chicken Chop served up to this level of taste. 

The Mashed Potato  was served in a small aluminium foil like plate. The preparation was definitely perfect. A small slice of the Man Tau Bun was provided in replacement of the tradition toast and butter. The Man Tau Bun was soft, sweet and creamy. Both were very good in fact. 

Overall, this is for sure a very satisfying dish. For me, I would rate this at 9.5/10 . I definitely would not compare them to their neighbours E&L as that is another unique family owned recipe, both excellent in their own class. As for this dish, definitely would be coming back for more and would bravely recommend it to all. For the price paid, one would return satisfied.

Address: Lot 6043, Jalan Slim Lama, 35900 Tanjung Malim,
                Perak, Malaysia.

Telephone: +605 4596 380

Opening Hours: 0900 - 2200 Daily

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