In the old days before the comfort of the West Malaysia North-South Highways, Kampar was one of the towns where people will use as a rest stop on their travelling. I remembered my sisters taking me there for lunch and the famous chicken biscuits when I was about 10 years old.
But in these 10-15 years, I don’t remember by-passing Kampar anymore. We use the highway and rarely turn into Kampar. However, on our last trip, we decided to use the old trunk road just for the fun of it.
I am glad we did it because there was so much to explore. First, we stopped by CB Chicken Biscuit shop for some crispy, halal chicken biscuits. Next, I urged my husband to make a U-turn so that I can snap the photo of the Catholic Church of Kampar which sits majestically on a hill slope by the main road. (I will blog that separately)
While taking the detour, I stumbled upon Yau Kee Chicken Bun/Bread which is Kampar signature dish. As we had just eaten lunch in Teluk Intan, we couldn’t tuck in another huge bun.
So, we had a take-away. Yau Kee is a restaurant (non-halal outlet) which serves food plus the buns and sell some delicious non-halal chicken biscuits. I had the opportunity to peek at the chefs making the bun. Wish I had my camera with me. It is very fascinating to see the men folding some wax paper (the type we used for making cakes?) and pour a large bowl of curry chicken with potatoes, wrap it, cover the paper package with bread dough and form it into a nice bun.
Business is brisk and like all hot-selling items outlets, service is err… haughty. RM24 for a huge bun that can serves three person.
The taste? The curry is fantastic because it is not too milky, very, very hot and there is no overpowering smell of spices normally found with Chinese chicken curries. By the time we reached Penang which is about 2 hours (due to stops), the curry is still warm in the bun. I guess if we had eaten the bun while it is hot, it would have taste even better.
Yau Kee is located at Jalan Idris. Just make a few turns and you will not miss this large, corner restaurant. I saw a crowd gathering around another stall selling what looks like fish ball soup. It must be a very famous stall because there were like 15 people crowding around this old man. I guess we will be making more detours to Kampar next time.
So, the next time you travel, don’t hesitate to make a turn into Kampar for its Chicken Curry Bread. Exit from Gopeng on the North-South Highway.