I'm not a food critique, just a food lover and shares the joy with others out there....Please do note that taste is a matter of individual opinion and can differ from one to another. All views expressed here are purely based on my taste buds and preferences......
Monday, 1 January 2018
Rudy's Hainanese Chicken Rice & Porridge @ 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 38 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 Close To The Old Rex Cinema
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. 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 Porridge instead of Chicken Rice. Just a preference and no specific reason. Perhaps, my next trip here, I would go for his Chicken Rice 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.
As mentioned earlier, Rudy's Rice Porridge is pretty tasty and during the day time, I would not look for any other place to have Rice Porridge as nothing comes close to this. My rating for his Rice Porridge shall be 9/10. 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 .
Chili & Ginger
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 . His Chili & Ginger Sauce is another one of my favourites 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 9/10 .
If you're a fan of Steamed Chicken, Rice Porridge and Chicken Rice, my vote would be for Rudy's preparation. Having taken over his parents business for almost four decades now, the taste has been consistently good and his prices are very reasonable too. If you're in Tanjung Malim, this would be another place that I would recommend visiting.
Address: Along Jalan Loke Yew (beside the old Rex Cinema),