By Roshinee S.
Kampar is one of the oldest towns in Perak and the main reason why it was populated then was because this area was rich with tinore. The setting up of UTAR has enabled this town to increase the number of students and other supporting industries. In the days before the north-south the express way was built, this town used to be the most favourite stopping location for those who were travelling from north to south and vice versa. Kampar’s dizzying array of food offering cater the taste buds of people of all races with differing preferences. Indeed, some original Kampar fare has become synonymous with the town and have become known to tourists. Some of the Kampar foods that must try to everyone include chicken bread, Chee Cheong fun, clay pot chicken rice, Lor Mai Fan or known as glutinous rice and chicken biscuits.
Chicken Bread is highly recommended because of its uniqueness and one can only find it in Kampar, Perak. The chicken cooked with curry is wrapped inside a deliciously baked bread. The bread is baked until golden brown and it looks very shiny with some butter on its surface. The chicken is wrapped in the bread and it is ready to be eaten after it is slice opened. The best thing about chicken bread is that there is no right way of eating it. The customers can either eat the bread and chicken separately or eat them together according to their preference.
The Chicken Clay Pot Rice with dark soy sauce had a very distinctive fragrant smell .It has real smell of the soy sauce and also burnt rice. It’s unique smell of burnt rice, dried sausage had successfully attracted a lot of eaters. The clay pot chicken rice is cooked by the traditional method by using charcoal. It also is known as Kampar signature food.
Lor Mai Fan or known as glutinous rice in Kampar.It is a bit different from what we have locally which only have fried peanuts and fried shallots at the sides. Here, it is served with red roasted char siu, fried peanuts and with curry as an option. By pouring the curry over the glutinous rice as it helps to moisten the grains. Besides it will not be too dry to eat. Some food lovers do not prefer to soak with curry.
It is a thin roll made from a wide strip of shahe fen or known as rice noodles. It is filled with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables, or other ingredients. The Chee Cheong fun are soaked with a soy-based sauce. Vendor keeps the sauce warm in a pot all the time. Sambal served on the side was pleasantly spicy with shrimp paste. The soy-based sauce is so tastier.
The Chicken biscuit is a famous biscuit in Kampar. The chicken biscuit is made from wheat flour, bean curd, sugar, winter melon, maltose, veg. oil, sesame seeds, garlic, pepper and chicken flavourings. This biscuit is famous hand gift from Kampar, Perak people.