Beggars can’t be choosers…

I did mention in some of my earlier posts something that I used to enjoy in Kuching in the mid-70’s – chicken rice served with steamed chicken, char siew (barbecued pork) and siew yoke (roast pork) on top and curry gravy poured all over it. I don’t know if that Ang Lee Restaurant at Carpenter Street is still there, probably not and if it is, I don’t know if this specialty of theirs is still available or not.

A friend of mine opened a stall somewhere around 3rd Mile in Kuching and he had this variation…

Chicken rice with curry gravy
*Friend’s photo on Facebook*

…of what I had been craving for all this while but I don’t think he is still running the business anymore. I did hear that there is a place at Sekama that seems very popular for this but I have never tried it so I am in no position to say if theirs is any good or not.

I wonder what cuisine that is, which Chinese dialect it belongs to and for all I know, there isn’t any place here serving that. I did think of coming out with my own once but there was a last minute change of plans.

Well, it so happened that we dropped by that same place for brunch last Sunday morning and the ladies were not interested in having anything from the chicken rice stall.

My missus had the mee mamak

Chopsticks mee mamak

…from the chu char place at the back with a special request for it to be extra spicy and she said it was good.

My girl ordered their wat tan hor

Chopsticks wat tan hor

…which I thought had a very nice wok hei fragrance – I could smell it when it was served! She did not seem to enjoy it very much though and she did say that it paled in comparison to the one we had here.

Left to my own devices, I ordered this plate of chicken rice with steamed chicken, drumstick and a bit of char siew and I could not resist adding one lor nui (stewed egg) as well…

Chopsticks my plate of chicken rice and all the rest

…and I also asked for their curry gravy…

Chopsticks chicken curry

…but what I was served in the end had two pieces of chicken in it, RM9.00 altogether.

The curry was not bad, kind of sweet and not quite like the curry I am more familiar with. I would probably be quite right if I were to say that if you go for the curry at one of those Chinese chap fan (mixed/economy rice) here, it would taste something like this one.

I poured the curry gravy over everything in my plate…

Chopsticks curry over chicken rice

…and ate.

Boy!!! That was good and it sure brought back pleasant memories of the good ol’ days when I used to enjoy that so much at that restaurant in Kuching. After all, as they say, beggars can’t be choosers but frankly, I sure wouldn’t mind going back for this again sometime…soon.

CHOPSTICKS CHICKEN & RICE (2.312434, 111.845917) is located in the Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada area of shops, facing the church along Lorong Taman Seduan 8, off Jalan Gambir.