SOMETIMES, all we crave for is a simple bowl of rice porridge for the night.
Those who live in Batu 3, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (formerly known as Jalan Ipoh) know just where to go for good porridge.
For over three decades, a family stall in front of the KLH tyre shop has been a favourite for many.
The stall has no name and is simply known as the Jalan Ipoh Porridge Stall.
It opens at 6pm and you usually see a steady crowd building up.
The menu is kept simple. There are three choices – chicken, fish and pork porridge.
The porridge is cooked until it is soft and smooth enough for you to drink it.
The cook puts the meat in the cooked rice porridge fresh with every order, before serving the piping hot bowl of comfort food.
It is perfect for people of all ages.
I remember how my mum asked for this porridge every day when she was sick.
The porridge is perfectly seasoned – for me, there is no need for additional salt or soy sauce.
All three varieties taste similar except for the meat factor.
I prefer more meat in my porridge, but then each bowl is reasonably priced at just RM4.50.
To add more protein to my dish, I usually order poached chicken with chilli on the side which adds a kick to the porridge.
The tender meat is cooked in soy sauce with lots of garlic and topped with cucumber slices, spring onions and coriander.
The chicken is full of flavour and blends perfectly with my porridge.
There are also options to add yau char koay or century egg for more texture and flavour.
While many make a quick stop for takeaways, there’s also the option of dining in.
For drinks, the stall offers sweet barley with beancurd and red bean soup.
The dessert does not disappoint.
In fact, I have seen some who come just for the dessert and not the porridge.
The stall also sells economy rice noodles and noodles.
Also worthy of mention is the friendly people who run the show and the quick service.
The stall opens daily except Sundays, public holidays and during Chinese festivals.
Business hours are from 6pm to 11pm on most days.