Yummy Yam Rice @ Tien Chuan, KlangMarch 18, 2010 | 5,432 views
This was first posted sometime back in 2008, yet still I find myself periodically going back for the same yummy yam rice in Taman Chi Liung in Klang. A corner coffee shop by the name of Restoran Tien Chuan, this outlet has been serving their patented brand of yam rice for more than 20 years.
Of course, one may argue that to travel all the way down to Klang, and NOT having Bak Kut Teh (BKT) for breakfast is pure sin. Yeah, but once again (remember the post on Klang Food Centre’s pau for breakfast?) continuous BKT assaults not only can gain you some spare tyres, but I tend to feel lethargic throughout the day after such a darn heavy breakfast.
Okay okay …. just some silly excuses I know. Yam Rice NOT rice meh?!!!!! 😉
At Tien Chuan, you know you’re in for some good grubs as the shop is perpetually packed on mornings, especially on the weekends. The Yam Rice is unlike the version commonly found up north in Penang. Tien Chuan’s version is cooked with larger cubes of yam, and served with a side of boiled dried prawns, slices of pork, half a boiled egg, and garnished with lots of fried shallots. The slightly pungent ‘sambal’ makes great condiment to the already tasty ensemble.
The Nasi Lemak stall parked at the front of the shop screams for attention, especially when the whiffs of aromatic coconut milk reach one’s nose. Operated by a fairly affable Malay woman, you can have your plate of Nasi Lemak with her intepretations of sambal sotong (spicy cuttlefish), curry chicken, sambal kerang (cockles) and even curry mutton. But her serving of Nasi Lemak Biasa (normal) with generous dollop of sambal on the side, with crunchy anchovies and peanuts always got the job done for me. Oh and she gives a WHOLE boiled egg, not half nor measly quarters.
The Prawn Mee is also served by the same stall that sells yam rice, albeit none too memorable. Especially when your palate’s been pampered with Penang’s best. But I’ll skip the Chee Cheong Fun (steamed rolled rice noodles) served with Yong Tau Foo, for I can’t stomach the diluted sweet bean sauce (tim cheong), and the horrendous pieces of beancurd sheets (foo chook).
The Wantan Mee did not fare any better either. So I’ll recommend for you to stick to the yam rice, and maybe a plate of steamed bread with kaya/butter, and down them with a cup of thick, traditional coffee.
Classically ….. charming.
YAM RICE @ RESTORAN TIEN CHUAN
22, Lorong Menalu,
Taman Chi Liung,
Opens from 7.30am until 1.30pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Tien Chuan @ Taman Chi Liung, Klang. This corner coffee shop is very near to Taman Chi Liung’s morning market.