Last Saturday, WackyBecky invited me to join her and her friends for a meal of beggar's chicken in Ijok. I don't know where is Ijok so I met them in Kelana Jaya first. Only then she told me that Ijok is actually before Kuala Selangor. -_- It will be much nearer going there from my house which is near Kepong. It also started to rain cats and dogs in LDP all the way to NKVE.
It's quite easy to go to Ijok. If you are from PJ area, go into NKVE from the Tropicana toll. Drive towards Sg. Buloh. From the Sg. Buloh exit turn left into Sg. Buloh and follow the sign to Kuala Selangor. Just all the way straight after you see Ijok sign, still go straight then look out on your left for the New Beggar's Delicious Restaurant signage, turn left into a trunk road. After turning in, you'll notice that you're going into a palm oil estate. About 1 minute drive later you'll see New Beggar's Delicious Restaurant on your right. If you're coming from Kepong, just follow the Sg. Buloh road from the cross road that turn left will be LDP. Go straight using the fly over towards Sg. Buloh.
It's quite cool to eat in some faraway place from the city. It's feels so peaceful here. Then I thought, it will be nice to have a BlackBerry here so that I can take picture and upload to my Twitter. Best of all is I'm using Xpax, which is now having the Xpax Big Freekin Sales. For the BlackBerry Advance (2.5G) is just RM 2.50/day. If I use it for 5 consecutive weekdays and I'll get Free BlackBerry Access on Saturday and Sunday. Free Twittering and Facebooking all the way. Also can check on my location using Google Maps if I got lost lol. Especially since Xpax got a very wide coverage so I think Ijok should have no problem.
Doing a quick calculation, if every weekday I use Xpax BlackBerry Advance to access Internet for like 20 days of weekday. I get weekend for free. So it comes down to RM 50 per month only for the data access. Which is cool for me because I seldom use voice call. I mostly SMS, Twitter and Facebooking only lol. I also can check my Gmail with the integrated mail services from BlackBerry push mail services. What more I can use MSN to chat with my friends in Ijok. Just as I was thinking about it WackyBecky suddenly pull me from my thought. She wanted to see where that beggar's chicken is cooked.
So, I ask one of the staff there using Cantonese. Later we found out they speaks Hokkien, which WackyBecky can speak, she's from Penang. As we were led to the cooking area, which is behind the house of the owner, the boss is already starting to open our orders of beggar's chicken, beggar's duck, beggar's pork knuckle and beggar's fish from the harden mud.
We then make our way to the oven area behind the house.
It needs about 4 hours to cook the beggar's chicken (RM 41). So, the chicken is expected to be very tender. Chinese herb is used to cook it. It's like herbal chicken, just that the way they cook it is different. Not too bad.
The favourite for all of us is the pork knuckle (RM 41). Oh my god, it literally melts in your mouth. It don't feels very fatty at all. The yam that it cooks with absorb all the gravy and pork goodness, so you must try the yam too. Sinfully goodness.
The glutinous rice is another favourite. It is like a very big bah chang. WackyBecky told me that there's about 10 salty egg yolks inside, also with shitake and pork meat. The aroma is a bit different from the normal bah chang. Maybe it's because this one is baked instead of steamed. It's also not watery like the steamed version.
The beggar's duck (RM45) tasted not like your usual duck. The gamey taste is not that strong already and the texture feels more like chicken rather than duck. The gravy goes very well with the duck. We all voted that the duck is better than the chicken lol.
The stuffed fish (RM 33) is the last to come. All the fish meat are taken out to make fish paste and the stuffed back to the fish. After baking it, the fish are deep fried. Hence the fish skin is very crispy and there's still a bit of fish meat sticking on it. So when you bite into it, you'll find 3 different layer of texture. The fish paste is full of real fish meat too not floury at all.
We ordered another plate of stir-fried potato leaf (RM 8) because we thinkg that we have to balance all the meat with some green. The vegetable is very fresh and not old at all.
It's a wonderful meal with some wonderful people in a wonderful place that is quite close to nature.
New Beggar's Delicious Restaurant
Ijok, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-3279 1936 or 019 317 3687
N: 101 25' 8.7"
E: 3 18' 24.0"
Reservation is a must because of the time taken to prepare the dishes. Your mobile no. will be your reservation no. You'll get scolded if you don't show up after you booked.