Moving dual direction between Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur always had me make a detour to Kampar for a quick satisfying dinner. One of the places that I will stop over will be at Chan Siew Heng Claypot Chicken Rice located on the centre of second Kampar’s main road.
The claypot cooking is done outside of the shop and easy spotted by any one passes by. Easily his kitchen can cook about 24 claypot rice at a go. Definitely intensive skill is needed here to make sure very claypot will be executed at the same quality.
Prepping the marinated chicken is done well ahead at Chan Siew Heng. Boiling the rice in the claypot with soup is the way to cook a good delicious rice. The rice was fluffy and had a fabulous biting texture and grainy.
One thing I observed at the shop here, there are two type of chicken claypot being served. One with dark sauce and another just plain chicken steamed separately. We ordered both to try. The chicken claypot rice that came with dark soy sauce had a very distinctive fragrant smell and you can really smell the caramelisation of the soy sauce and also the burnt rice. It really can seduce you on the spot.
As for the steam chicken claypot rice it is truly distinctive in taste and aroma, a totally make over of a norm claypot chicken. I liked the lightness of the rice and the tenderness of the chicken and the sauce soaked up by the chicken. Cooking process was slightly different, marinated chicken is steamed on a small metal plate inside the claypot itself. I love this claypot and it is accompanied with fried salted fish and calamansi that make the whole rice tasted excitingly. How can one able to resist a delicious fluffy claypot rice.
We also ordered a small plate of poached ‘Choy Sam’ drenched with soy sauce.
47, Jalan Idris,
Business Hour, 1700 – 2200 (Closed on Monday)