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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Poh Lee Fried Chicken @ Pasir Pinji, Ipoh - An Alternative to KFC?

I'm starting to miss the weekend. Yeah, the withdrawal symptoms started way before the weekend ends. If only weekends consist of 3 days instead of 2. Then the world would be a better place, productivity would soar sky-high, and foodies like us can binge 3 days/week instead of 2.

The "chipped" signboard notwithstanding, Ayam Goreng Poh Lee (or Poh Lee Fried Chicken) has been around since I was a kid in the 'hood ...

Since I'm on a roll here, ranting bout Ipoh food (some still stashed in the backlog for what seemed like eternity), let's not halt the momentum and share ANOTHER one of the food I've not had for ages. Poh Lee Fried Chicken in Pasir Pinji, Ipoh.

The young boss's the one handling the shop nowadays
I was born, raised, pampered, and grown accustomed to Pasir Putih's food until my family moved from the place 14 years ago. It's been quite some time I've been to any of the places in Pasir Pinji/Pasir Putih, with the exception of Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot)'s Yong Tau Foo (click HERE to drool), Jln Pasir Pinji's equally good Yong Tau Foo (click HERE to immerse yourself even more in own drool), and the annual Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Tow Boo Keong temple (click HERE to erm ... bedazzled by some "red tortoises").

Nope, not the original 'chef' doing the deep-frying

These few years, whenever there was any family-relatives gathering/birthday fiesta, Mum would booked a whole lotsa fried chickens from Poh Lee, the headquarter, not this shop. Mum's a close friend to the lady boss, or rather, old neighbourhood acquitances would fit the bill perfectly. Therefore she's bound to either get discounts for purchases in bulk volume, OR we'd be rewarded with extra 'gifts' as a token of gratitude. However, the headquarter (in Pasir Pinji/Pasir Putih border as well) does NOT sell them by "retail" therefore visiting their shop on Jln Pasir Pinji may be a brighter idea.

Pardon the over-exposed photo, but you can see how thin the batter is

Priced at around RM2.50-RM4 per piece (I kinda forgot to ask, but that should be the range), they operate from roughly 11am onwards. What's so special bout their fried chickens, you may wonder? The flavourful batter (not as crunchy as KFC's though), the tastier and fresher chicken cuts, and the addictive self-concocted sweet and spicy chilli sauce (they do sell them by the bottles) explain their popularity after all these years.

Whole chicken thigh fried without batter - RM5 each

Another one of their signature item is the fried chicken without batter, sold in the form of whole chicken thighs, at RM5 per piece. The meat is juicier, yet firm, and paired with the same homemade chilli sauce, one thigh's a substantial meal on its own.

The sides and the cooling factor

The shop only houses the fried chicken stall, and another selling drinks, or rather, the refreshing bowl of colourful combination of ingredients aka "Ling Chee Kang". You can opt for chicken nuggets, fries, sausages, etc in case you desire for some variety.

Location : 1340, Jalan Pasir Putih, 31650 Ipoh. On the same road as THIS Yong Tau Foo shop.

16 comments:

PenangTuaPui said...

wow.... a lot of choice la.. looks so yummy...

cannot hold my horse any more...

wan to start another round of makan makan trip liao...

btw.. we are planning makan makan trip from Penang.. to Ipoh and later to KL....

Ipoh portion ... we might need your help.... ok?

let us know about your tot.. hee hee

CUMI & CIKI said...

i can understand the addiction with fried chicken! We love the one in Subang.. that's where we go for our chickfix!
http://cumidanciki.blogspot.com/2008/02/4pm-fried-chicken.html

Min said...

I used to like their fried chicken when I was young, and their chili sauce also. Since they moved, I long time didn't go there already...

Life for Beginners said...

Wow, in fact their deep-fried chicken thighs without batter looks even tastier... just pure chicken, plain and simple.

p.s. I love how their signage is missing "-H LEE" ... slightly run-down but it doesn't matter when you're so popular, right? :D

worldwindows said...

There is something about the chicken here. As it is not cheap it must be good.

Raynebow said...

Yes i know this place... never missed buying a few pieces whenever I go to pasir pinji tai-shee-keok... they used to sell at the old location, right?

Allie said...

Wah! Got so many things to eat ler!!

550ml jar of faith said...

Ditto to 3 day weekend rather than 2! I'm pretty sure some decade ago, some experts said we'd be working 4 days instead of 5 in the new millenium! Whatever happened to that? As for the fried chicken, they look just like the perfect accompaniment to my too-short weekend movie marathons! I've long given up on Malaysian KFC - they're totally gross!

jason said...

You're one pampered son! My mom would never let us consume too much fried stuff when we were small.... hmph

New Kid on the Blog said...

wow, a lot leh... but oily too.

Nic (KHKL) said...

pasir puteh is where j.w.w. birch got killed while bathing in a lake nearby, right? abt 100 years ago, me thinks...

oppps, sorry. diverted. I LOVE FRIED CHICKEN!!!! especially when the batter's crunchy and aromatic..shiok!

J2Kfm said...

penangtuapui : haha, coincidentally, I'll be in KL end of this month, and Pg beginning of next. :)

cumi & ciki : somehow I kinda miss Korean BBQ Chicken fast food chain in Pg and KL, where they fry theirs with olive oil, and different from others. wonder why they never really took off?

min : they got moved meh? I thought they've been there a long time liao. Jln Pasir Pinji, near the T-junction with Jln Prince woh?
or maybe you went to the HQ facing the field is it?

life for beginners : yeah, PO is enough to be recognized as POH LEE, but of course, by Ipoh's folks.

worldwindows : not exactly expensive for that matter. but their own batter, and their great chilli sauce somehow increase their values, IMO.

J2Kfm said...

raynebow : let me check the old location. I also forgot liao. but this shop also been here for some time liao.

allie : erm ,not really much choices, as most are deep-fried and nightmare for those on diet. hehe ...

550ml jar of faith : why the experts whom concluded that 4 days of work>5 days never surface again huh?

jason : where got pampered? hehe ... born in a glutton family ma. kinda explained my size huh

NKOTB : erm, a wee bit of sacrifice is essential sometimes, no?

nic : that was pasir SALAK, if I'm not mistaken. =P

Min said...

Last time it's a stall at road side, not inside the shop, not meh? Or that one is a different one?

mimid3vils said...

I love fried chicken but cannot eat too much, will sore throat :(

J2Kfm said...

min : OH!!! now I rmbr. before the Psr Pinji Fried YTF stall moved into the shop, it was housed in a shack rite? the Poh Lee also there. no wonder so many ppl queried. thanks for reminding me!

mimid3vils : a piece or two will be ok rite? :) go buy some Difflam lozenges b4hand!