I’m afraid McCutie’s feeling a little neglected these days. Complains of how I’m not giving McC much mention in my recent posts is much of a sore point. Perhaps after two consecutive entries about Fatboybakes, McC should get some loving too on this blog. So, I’ve decided while McC’s playing dress up at the company’s annual dinner and dance tonight, I’m going to write about something close to the ??’s (pronounced ‘Gai Wong‘; English translation ‘Chicken King‘) heart. If you do not know already, McC’s a huge fan of chicken dishes hence the nick.
??: So, what’s for lunch?
Me: Chicken Rice! (without any hesitation)
??: Don’t bluff-lah. Let’s have what you want to eat instead. *Secretly wants Chicken Rice*
Me: No, no. I WANT Chicken Rice. So let’s go for some. It’s after all my favourite.
??: No, it’s not! Since when?
Me: Since I met you.
After an entire morning of costume hunting around the vicinity of Kota Damansara, it was finally time for lunch. And as always while around the area, we’ll head over to McC’s favourite eatery, Tasty Chicken Rice, when the hunger pangs strike.
I know what you’re thinking. Like you, I’m always skeptical when a restaurant uses such bold adjectives in their name. “It better be damn tasty!” was the thought running through my head the very first time McC brought me here about a year back. Gotta admit that the ‘Malaysian Hainanese Chicken Rice Open Competition 2007 – Champion‘ award certification on the wall was much a relieve and it did help to assure me of what to expect.
To my surprise this rather ordinary looking shop serves very good chicken rice. The steamed chicken is tender and juicy with the layer of glistening soft white skin still intact. The chicken is so tasty that it needs very little soy sauce or garnishing to enhance it. Something not many sellers can say for their’s. Another noteworthy thing about the place is the wonderful chili sauce and ginger garlic pesto they serve together. It’s wonderfully pounded fresh, fragrant and thick. Not watery or vinegary like the ones we’re used to.
OK arguably, it’s not very hard to go wrong with Hainanese Chicken Rice. Not like it’s rocket science. At least for me. I know the ?? would beg to differ. But, how bad can a plate of rice cooked in chicken lard, garlic and ginger served with chopped chicken be right? And if it was really terribly, one can opt for more soy sauce or drowned the plate with the accompanying chili sauce. Eat, pay and leave. Easy right? Or so I thought. The self-proclaimed Chicken King is not easily pleased. After all Chicken Rice is officially the King’s royal comfort food. So quality’s gotta be sky high for the King’s endorsement. Gotta say that I’m beginning to be quite particular about the dish too nowadays.
Back to Tasty, this family-runned restaurant serves not only steamed chicken. Their menu consist of Roasted Chicken, Honey Chai Siew (your eyes are not decieving you, they spell it liddat!), Bean Sprouts, Taiping Kway Teow Soup, Spicy & Sour Vegetables, Stewed Chicken Feets and Meatballs. So far, we’ve only managed to try the beansprouts and char siew only, so I won’t comment about the rest, but the Spicy & Sour Vegetable seems to be a popular order here. The Honey Chai Siew is nice, but does not leave much to desire for. It doesn’t have any layer of fats or any of that sticky melt-in-your-mouth properties that many craves for.
Both McCutie and I recommends that you try this place for a quick, fast and affordable meal. An order of half-chicken, generous portion of beansprout, small char siew, 2 rice and 2 drinks will set you back by RM30.
Since there’s not much blogs out there with any information about this place, I’ll leave you with the address below.
Business Hours: Mon – Fri | Lunch – 9.00am to 3.30pm and Dinner – 5.00pm to 8.30pm. Sat – Sun | 9.00am to 3.30pm. Lunch Only.