Ask me what to eat in Taiping two weeks ago and I would have given you a blank stare in return. I’ve never been to Taiping until recently, when rif decided to visit this small town for a mini food adventure with a few of our friends. Wan Li Restaurant was our first stop, for some Hainanese chicken chop.
My first impression of the place wasn’t a good one – everything was rundown and I didn’t see anyone eating any Hainanese chicken chop or pork chop. Most of them went straight to the mixed rice stall. I had my doubts. “You sure about this place?” I asked rif, He told me to trust him, so I did.
Each of us ordered the chicken chop (RM7.50) and were told to wait for about 30 minutes. Hungry, we ordered a plate of Hainanese spring rolls (RM2.50 each) to share. These were pretty good – the rolls were generously filled with minced meat, carrots and sengkuang. The auntie re-heated the rolls in the fryer, so they were served hot and crispy.
I decided to try my luck with the mixed rice section, and got a bowl of choy keok (RM3) to share. A pity this was already cold, for this spicy and sour dish would have been delicious when eaten hot. Especially during rainy days.
Coated with a light yet crispy batter, the chicken chop came with crinkled potato wedges and topped with brown gravy containing peas, carrots and onions. The meat was flavourful and moist, but I would have preferred the chicken leg rather than the breast. The potato wedges were good stuff – perfectly fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. If only they gave me more than five pieces…
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: The food was decent, portions were fairly large and prices were affordable.