Sunday, April 30, 2017

YummY! - Good Chicken Chop @ Yat Lai Kuala Kangsar

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Good Chicken Chop @ Yat Lai Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia - April 2017
We were up in Kuala Kangsar for a cycling event and had arrived a day earlier to explore the town. Well, explore also means looking for good food in Kuala Kangsar and we ended up at Yat Lai for some very good chicken chop done ala colonial style.


Yat Lai is a Hanainese Coffe-shop set in the older quarters of the town, in Hainanese it is called Yut Loy . It's located at the old section which is seeing much redevelopment; many of the older buildings have been torn down. Amidst all this Yat Lai stand proud with it's original facade of a top arch with tall timber windows maintained, bringing back memories of old times for old timers like me.


Indoors, it has not have changed much - other a new coat of paint and new floor tiles, round marble tables with timber chair still sit below a timber-beaded square asbestos ceiling. That's what make Yut Loy so special, one can sit there sipping a cup of Hanainese coffee and slowly sink into the slow pace of the town.


The kitchen is spick and speck clean, just like the rest of Kuala Kangsar town. Going around the town, I found that I like it very much, the old buildings, the warm and friendly people and above all it is a very clean town, I did not even notice a piece of paper rubbish lying around!
For those who have not visited the place, go there and you will love it.


Okay, let's get back to the food. We ordered the Chicken Chop, it came full of brown sauce and topped with slices of onions, tomatoes, green peas and potato chips. This is a colonial style Chicken Chop and I think the chips have been included to cater for younger tastes. I love the green peas which are of medium size and have that soft, powdery melt in the mouth consistency. I shall ask for more peas the next time 😀.


I must say that the Chicken Chop was very nicely done, crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. I slowly cut small pieces to let it soak in the superb brown sauce before savouring them.


We also had toasted bread which came with butter and kaya (egg jam). This was toasted old-school style over a charcoal fire. They also have Egg on Toast, and I have been told not to miss their Fried Bihun.


Above is Yat Lai's Food & Drinks Menu.
They are also renown for their paus, unfortunately it was sold out when we were there.


On the walls of the shop were many old photos, including some that showed the Big Kuala Kangsar Flood of 1967.


This was quite a severe flood, immersing the whole town with at least three feet deep in water. (... click here to see a YouTube presentation of the flood).


While up in Kuala Kangsar, do tour the town. It's a very clean and friendly place with a very nice river-side recreation park; and nearby is the beautiful and renown Ubudiah Mosque.


Further ahead is the Istana Kenangan, an attractive yellow timber building that was the former palace. It has a combo of Malay architecture with timber slats roof  (very European, the slats). Now it houses the Perak Royal Museum.
(... click here to see a YouTube presentation of colonial Kuala Kangsar)


YUT LOY (YAT LAI) RESTAURANT
51, Jalan Kangsar, Kuala Kangsar, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 5-776 6369
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yut-Loy-Restaurant/
Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm (Closed on Sundays)
GPS: 4.77006, 100.94157
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

YummY! - Laksa Sarang Burong @ Kuala Kangsar

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Laksa Sarang Burong @ Kuala Kangsar
Kampung Kota Lama Kiri, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia - April 2017
There's this unique and good food in Kuala Kangsar that's making some news lately. It's called Laksa Sarang Burung. It's a Northern style Malay Laksa with a twist; an omelet fried to look like a bird's nest in put on top!


What's even more interesting is that the stall selling this, Warung Telaga, is set in a kampong called Kampung Kota Lama Kiri (the Kiri meaning left as it is on the left side of the Sungai Perak. There is a large shed to sit in and enjoy the food.


But many opt to sit out in the open below shady trees (it's quite cooling actually); and after the meal, just lie down and relax on the hammoks provided while having a good view of the nearby green padi fields.


The Laksa is one of the Norhtern Malay style, which is les spicy hot. But that does not mean that is has less spices, in fact those spice flavour up the dish and enhance the fishy tasting soup. The dish is served with the usual sliced cucumber, a bit of cut Chinese lettuce and some cuts of red chilli (for those who want more oomph!). The noodles themselves are shorter lengths and less bitey. The fried bird's nest egg sit pronouncely on half the plate atop all of these.
The fishy soup is somewhat on the dilute side (as compared to the Penang Laksa), but still tasty and just filled with adequate fish.


A close look at the egg showed that they are porous, somewhat honeycombed. I think they use the same cup for making roti jala to fry this egg. One can eat the egg crispy and crunchy bit itself; or dip it into the soup and like a sponge it absorbs in the flavour for a half crunchy bite.


While up in Kuala Kangsar, do tour the town. It's a very clean and friendly place with a very nice river-side recreation park; and nearby is the beautiful and renown Ubudiah Mosque.


Further ahead is the Istana Kenangan, an attractive yellow timber building that was the former palace. It has a combo of Malay architecture with timber slats roof  (very European, the slats). Now it houses the Perak Royal Museum.
(... click here to see a YouTube presentation of colonial Kuala Kangsar)

Here's Warung Telaga Food Menu; their pricing is very out-of-city reasonable. The Laksa Sarang Burong cost only MYR3-50. There are other combinations, i.e. laksa with boiled eggs or fried eggs or with fish cakes.


Warung Telaga's Drinks Menu. Not sure what the Joss O stands for, will have to try that the next time!

WARONG TELAGA KOTA LAMA KIRI 
Batu 30, Kampung Kuala Chempias, Kampung Kota Lama Kiri, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia,
Mobile: +6012-5934771
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Warung-Telaga-Kuala-Kangsar
Hours: 3:00 pm to 8:00pm (Closed on Thursdays & Fridays)
GPS: 4.78623, 100.94203



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