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Old hawker stalls are gradually disappearing especially for those along the streets. Along Jalan Sultan (Chinatown), just a few steps from Watson, there is a dilapidated claypot chicken rice stall which forturnately still there. With a few table and some stools, business is on.
Look can be deceiving. The claypot rice here is delicious. It reminds me of the time when I was kid where we had similar settings in Chinatown Singapore. The rice is cooked in a claypot over charcoal fire. The uncle will move the claypot from one stove to another. The heat/fire of the stoves plays a big part to cook the rice. Only years of experience can one know the rice is cooked.
Added to the rice will be chicken, Chinese sausage, salted fish and some green veggie. Of course oil and black soy sauce are added to enhance the flavour.
I just love the chicken which is cooked to perfection. It is also very well marinated – not too salty or bland. The rice is also very well done – neither over-cooked or under-cooked.
I am not sure if I go back again next year if uncle is still there. Most stalls in KL Chinatown are now manned by foreigners. Maybe we should rename it to “Foreigntown”….