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One of the most ubiquitous lunch dishes in Malaysia must be the chicken rice. A plate of aromatic rice cooked with the essence of chicken oil, a serving of chicken that’s cut into bite sizes, slices of cucumber for that crunchy freshness, and of course, the all important chili paste.

fried chicken rice "shop" under the big tree
fried chicken rice “shop” under the big tree, with Winnie

Most chicken rice in KL falls under two categories – steamed chicken and roast chicken, but if you look closer, there are several other sub-categories that aren’t as popular, but tastes equally awesome as well (soya sauce chicken and fried chicken, for example.)

Today I’m going to introduce you to this version of fried chicken rice at Segambut that is probably different from any other chicken rice places I’ve tried in KL so far.

The stall/shop is located under a big tree among the light industrial area, so naturally the name is 大樹頭, or “tai shu dao” in Cantonese. Parking isn’t too big a problem, though locating the shop can be somewhat challenging if you’re not aided by a GPS device.

I always ask for whole leg and thigh, love the chili paste too
I always ask for whole leg and thigh, love the chili paste too

I always go for the whole leg portion here (RM 8), basically a drumstick + thigh cut that is almost a double portion of meat from what you usually get at other chicken rice stalls. The deep fried but not battered chicken has a crunchy skin with an unmistakeable belacan aroma. The meat too is soft and juicy despite being fried.

Additionally, the chili paste here is one of the best I’ve tried as well. Purists of chicken rice will agree that the chili paste is often the most important ingredient in a plate of good chicken rice.

So if you’re up for something slightly different in a traditional dish, this place is definitely worth checking out. The other similar place I could think of would be Jiang He kopitiam at Imbi.

map to segambut chicken rice

Address:
Segambut Chicken Rice
Intersection of Persiaran Segambut Tengah &
Lorong Segambut Pusat 1
Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.185151, 101.677973
Hours: 11 am to 3 pm

Discuss : KY eats – Fried Chicken Rice at Segambut, KL

  1. “under the tree” seems to be a landmark used by many stalls in KL! They should start adding it to Google Maps – hee hee!

  2. It’s roast chicken rice, not fried chicken rice, right?

  3. I prefer breast meat haha, less fats 😛

  4. KY, this bring memory of mom who said in San Francisco Chinatown there was a diner call Jackson Cafe who best seller was fried chicken. They serve half a chicken with rice and soup and dessert and dinner rolls all for around 4.00.USD. Mystery always happen in Chinatown the owner vanished some where no one ever know what happen to him even to this day.

    It now a new business but not the same like old days.

    • ah fei jai tony (fat tony) took over….

    • Vickie: wah that’s really cheap, but how do you eat half a chicken per person?!

      • KY, it was mom old days of that cafe now is new business. She always and like other customers eat as much and take the rest home to eat. Best deal in town that time. Like she said owner vanished people do not know what happen to him . Most owners like to gamble and take money and ran away.

        Mom said too bad cafe was doing so well still missed by many people. Funny my late great grandfather was a casino owner of mah joong in San Francisco and have guys goes after people who can’t paid debts. He was known as God Father of Chinatown.

        • Vickie: looks like you’re someone who shouldn’t be messed with. Hahahaha. Must be fun growing up in such interesting family.

  5. fried chicken looks good … i want another sub-category of chicken rice with chicken curry 😀

  6. Always thought fried chicken rice is a Malay thing, this is the first time I’ve seen Chinese version of it. 😀

  7. Oh, the chicken is fried. First I thought it was the rice. LOL!!! Looks really good.

  8. Definitely one of stall staying in my to-eat-list for the longest time, must go this weekend! *determination mode ON* 😡

  9. Hey KY, there’s a stall in the Damansara Jaya food court selling fried chicken with rice as well. Chicken skin is crispy and comes in a huge chicken thigh. They also offer Ayam Serai and Ayam Semur as well. Self service soup and cutlery. Price is RM5.90 for all the three dishes and they start selling 8am-3pm. Not sure if they are selling during weekends though. Stall name is Chick’n and the food court is a single storey yellow building besides Chuup Cafe (another nice cafe to go to 🙂

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