The Claypot Chicken Rice that Never Was …August 23, 2010 | 5,263 views
In the spirit of writing stuff as soon as I remember to, I am penning this article down for the benefit of claypot chicken rice lovers here in Ipoh. Now if that sounds noble enough … then good. For I am not exactly a fan of the aforementioned classic Chinese rice dish where the rice would be cooked in a claypot (usually with enough layers of hardened crust left on purpose – for the charred aroma, of course) over charcoal-fuelled fire fanned by persistent cooks. Then the necessary ingredients like marinated chicken, waxed sausages and bits of salted fish to be added just before the cooking process is complete.
This ‘SMALL’ portion for only RM5.50/USD1.70. No, never a typo. And you’re not hallucinating either.
I do admit that GOOD claypot chicken rice is hard to come by nowadays. More often than not we get either mediocre quality of marinated (or lack thereof) chicken, the omission of salted fish, or worst of all ….. the rice being cooked to the wrong consistency. Nobody likes mushy/overcooked rice, or hardened uncooked grains fit for pecking by a bird or ironically in this case; a chicken.
So where exactly did K10; possibly Ipoh’s most famous brand of claypot chicken rice gone wrong?
While anticipating for your pot of rice to arrive, you can either count some sheep and steal forty winks, or munch/suck on some gelatinous delights; the Braised Chicken Feet (RM3/RM4/RM5)
K10 in Bercham recently underwent a facelift. A major one at that; we almost could not recognize the restaurant now. No faint resemblance to its pale, shadowy self. Aside from the exact same location, that is. You can read about the old review HERE, back in 2008.
Surprisingly, the restaurant was packed on a Monday night. Yes, it was drizzling slightly … the perfect excuse for a warming serving of claypot chicken rice. Or any other glutton getaways for that matter. I bet the other steamboat restaurants in Ipoh were doing brisk business as well ……
The crowd’s building up and never relented even at the end of our meal.
So they offer claypot chicken rice at TWO sizes; RM10.00/USD3 for the BIG portion and RM5.50/USD1.70 for the SMALL portion. You can also opt for a serving of Curry Fish Head, Braised Chicken Feet or/and blanched greens as side dishes.
I was not apprehensive when the suggestion to eat at K10 arose. That was because although the outlet in Medan Ipoh Baru failed miserably, this one in Bercham fared so much better …… and even got me hooked back then.
But that was BACK THEN. This time around, they changed all the claypots to the spanking new ones with polished surface. And you guess it right; the layers of crust did not form at the bottom of the pots; hence you get something like the picture below :
Ahem, I want the OLD pots back. Please?
Yeah. Much like white rice cooked, then stirred in with some sauces, then poured into the pot to be served. No smoky aroma from the charcoal fire, nor the earthy flavour of the overused pots.
True, the hygiene factor might be the determining factor here; whereby the wear and tear (more like burnt and drooled?!) would have definitely taken their tolls on the older claypots. Hence the eventual need to change the pots; before a lawsuit/summon arrives at their door, or something.
But cheap as the meal might be, I still crave for that same old flavour ……… I can only keep my hopes up. Anyone wanna share their hidden gems tucked in the nooks and corners of Ipoh?
K10 CLAYPOT CHICKEN RICE
576, Lorong Bercham 4,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 6012-518 1116
Business hours : 5.30pm – 11.00pm.
Closed on Thursdays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to K10 Claypot Chicken Rice Restaurant