Claypot Chicken Rice @ Kedai Kopi Satu Enam Lapan 168 茶餐室, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

Whenever we see a big crowd is after certain food, our natural instinct will tell us "there must be something delicious there" and we will be pulled to make an order. This has happened numerous times and the latest encounter was at Kedai Kopi Satu Enam Enam Lapan 168 茶餐室, which we found out later that it is a popular Claypot Chicken Rice stall amongst locals. The stall still insists of using charcoal to heat up the rice, and this infused special aroma into this seemingly plain staple food of Chinese Malaysians. 

Claypot Chicken @ Kedai Kopi Satu Enam Lapan 168 茶餐室, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur



Claypot Chicken @ Kedai Kopi Satu Enam Lapan 168 茶餐室, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

When we walked pass this kedai kopi unintentionally, we were attracted by the large crowd sitting across the kedai kopi, and the impressive lining of claypots (3 lines) being fan by an uncle. 

Somehow we managed to find an empty table, and a Malay speaking foreigner approached us for ordering. He preempt us the waiting time would be about 45 minutes, which we were appalled and dully said OK. While waiting for our claypot chicken to be served, we saw some sat down and then walked away immediately after the foreign worker talked to them. Most likely they were not willing to wait that long to be served.

So the foreign worker was right. It was 45 minutes waiting time and we were served with our Claypot Chicken Rice added with salted fish (RM 14). Option to add egg is available as well. 

There was heavy seasoning of dark soy sauce as the appearance remained dark-ish after evenly stirring it. We were amazed as practically there was no rice granules that stick onto the claypot surface. The rice granules tasted a little bit like risotto - somewhere between undercooked grains and mushy rice, while juicy in the center. Seasoning was alright for us - good but not great yet. However, the best part is the tender chicken. The meat was soft and tender, and never once in life we have tasted such excellent chicken meat texture in hawker settings. 

For a single portion we ordered, it was enough to feed the hungry stomach for 2 of us. Maybe typical KL portion is like that as our stomach has been accustomed to Penang's smaller style. 

So, would you come here to wait for this popular Claypot Chicken Rice?

Claypot Chicken @ Kedai Kopi Satu Enam Lapan 168 茶餐室, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

Claypot Chicken @ Kedai Kopi Satu Enam Lapan 168 茶餐室, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

Claypot Rice At Kedai Kopi 168
21, Jalan Kancil, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operation hours: 5.30 - 10.30 pm (Daily)

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