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Kim Poh Claypot Chicken Rice

>> Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Overall comment: Pretty tasty claypot chicken rice, but I personally feel that it lacks fragrance & "umph". I'll elaborate in my post below. The veggie is almost a no-no as it was kinda old & doesn't look very fresh.
Halal: No

It's one of those random work days where we drove slightly further for lunch. Good food is usually an excellent cure for Monday blues ;) We were privileged to have JS introducing this place in Segambut to us. She said it's a good place for claypot chicken rice, so we had to try it out to see if what she said is indeed true! Hahaha...

This coffeeshop has been around for quite some time (I found out from their website that they're around since 1979!! Yes, they HAVE a website!) & it sells only charcoal-cooked claypot chicken rice - nothing else. In the earlier days, this business was managed by the present chef's father. Now, the son took over & I reckon some things have "changed".

"Chef" at work
It's a classic charcoal-cooked claypot rice! :D

The coffeeshop
Most of their patrons are working adults from surrounding areas.

Ingredients for the claypot chicken rice
The 1st thing that I noticed was that the chicken pieces weren't marinated with dark soya sauce, which I felt was an essential part of claypot chicken rice. The 2nd thing that I realized was that the chicken pieces also didn't have/really lacks 2 ingredients in the marinade i.e. sesame seed oil & Chinese cooking wine ("Fa Thiu Xiu Heng Zhao"). That's why I personally feel that the claypot chicken rice lacks that fragrance & "umph".

My BEST shot for this meal!!
I really love this shot...makes my little Lumix feel like a DSLR :P These chilli aren't as spicy as the "cili padi", but they're certainly more fragrant & goes well with the claypot chicken rice.

Ice Herbal Tea (around RM1.50/glass)

Claypot Chicken Rice (RM7.00 for small/RM14.00 for large)
Tadaa! The salted fish is placed on a separate small plate, but I personally enjoy having it in the claypot chicken rice! It's almost like a must, lest it'll just have 1-dimension/level of taste. I find that probably this particular day's rice is slightly too wet/lumpy, unlike the really good claypot chicken rice where the rice is "grainy"/al dante/moist yet have some bite...? I don't know how it should be described. Heh. It could also do with a tablespoon more of dark soya sauce to give every grain of rice a nice "tan"! :D

Mix it, mix it...
Mix all the ingredients together with the rice - chicken, Chinese waxed pork sausages/"lap cheong", salted fish, ginger, spring onions, & rice

Every grain of rice must be covered with dark soya sauce
This one didn't have enough to cover...not sure if it's that particular day or the standard has dropped.

"Choy Sum" with Oyster Sauce
I don't know why & how food operators can serve old/yellowish-looking vegetables to their customers. Sigh. We were all quite disappointed with this, but we still finished it up. They just chopped the veggie into 2 (Cantonese speaking, it's very "chou"/rough) & served it without erm, arranging it nicely? Hahaha...I know this is just a coffeeshop & they may not care about presentation, but hey, it does help to at least chop it into 3 since the veggie is quite long/big.

Double-Boiled Herbal Soup with "Black Chicken" (RM6.00/pot)
I didn't have this, but JS didn't complain/give any feedbacks about the soup, so I gather that it's acceptable ;)

Map to Kim Poh Claypot Chicken Rice

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You'll have to try it for yourself to judge if this claypot chicken rice is according to your preference :) I won't mind going there again to give it a 2nd chance as it's actually not that bad.

Kim Poh Claypot Chicken Rice
7, Jalan Persiaran Segambut Utara
Taman Industri Segambut
51200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+6016) 216 9332/ (+603) 6258 3167
Business hours: 11:30a.m. - 3:30p.m. for lunch, 6:00p.m. - 9:30p.m. for dinner
URL: http://www.kimpoh.com.my/home
Email: yewmingtan@gmail.com
GPS: N03 10.977' N101 40.66'

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Environment: * * 1/2
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1st experience could have been better,


Christopher September 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM  

Hmm just a thought on the veges.. While i think they should serve good veges (not yellow ones).. chopping into three is just a personal preference.. some may prefer it long.. some vege dishes actually serve it without chopping. simple blanch.. garlic.. oyster sauce and booom....

PerutBesi September 29, 2012 at 1:49 AM  

@Christopher: Yeah man...at least throw away those yellow parts before serving la...sigh...and actually, not all veggies are "suitable" to be served long. I know what u mean :P Some Hong Kong Choy Sum are served whole & it's nice - cos it's YOUNG & CRUNCHY!! These are OOOOLLLLDDD...how to eat when it's SO long?? :(

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