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Wan Li Restaurant @ Taiping

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…

All in, lunch was pretty decent. I wouldn’t say this chicken chop is worth going all the way to Taiping for, but if you’re around the area, there’s no harm giving this place a try.
Ambiance: 4/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: The food was decent, portions were fairly large and prices were affordable.

Restoran Wan Li
No. 48, Jalan Kota,
34000 Taiping,
Perak
05-8086092

GPS Coordinates: N04 51.161 E100 44.557

9 Responses

  1. KY

    pretty nice old fashion place. :D

    1. KF Tung

      As an update, WAN Li just closed down in its place ia a new Thai restaurant named Little Taiping.

      1. Bangsar Babe

        Thank you for the update. Have you tried Little Taiping?

  2. Sean

    looks almost identical to yut kee's hainanese chicken chop! wonder which one is tastier :D

  3. rokh

    if next time you are ever back there, do try the chicken chop at Yut Sun, i have blog about it before here :)

    http://thamjiak.com/hainanese-yut-sun-taiping/

  4. iamthewitch

    The chicken chop looks good! Reminds me of the chicken chop we used to get in Kampar for RM5 each.. hehe

  5. Bangsar-bAbE

    iamthewitch – Wahhh….RM5?! That's cheap!!

    rokh – Thanks for the recommendation babe! Will check it out when I'm in Taiping next. :)

    Sean – This one was slightly tastier. ;-)

    KY – Yeah…it does have the old school charm.

  6. J2Kfm

    Hey! But seriously, Wan Li's better than Yut Sun. Though the latter's more famous, as they're pork free. Hence you can see some Muslims eating there.

    Wan Li's coffee was good, as far as I remember.

  7. アブン

    I prefer Wan Li's chicken chop. If you were at Taiping during breakfast time, I would recommend the toasted bread and egg @ Lian Thong Restaurant.

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