By Gisele Soo
Located in the heart of Ipoh, Gerai Makanan Dan Minuman Rahamath has been operating for 50 years and is still going strong. Mohamad Rizuan, 32, is the second generation running the family business.
According to Mohamad, the dishes are made fresh daily to prevent spoilage. He makes sure the food being served to his customers is fresh and clean.
Available are a variety of curries, vegetables, meats (chicken, mutton and fish) and hard-boiled eggs, even salted ones! The all-time crowd-pleasing dishes are the stall’s ‘ayam masak merah’ (chicken in spicy tomato sauce) and ‘ayam berempah’ (crispy spiced fried chicken) and of course, the irresistible, sambal.
“I’ve driven by a few times but never gotten the chance to try. The stall, despite its size which is almost unnoticeable, always catches my eye. It is impressive to witness how long the queue can get! Therefore, today, I decided to stop by and taste the food myself,” exclaimed a 28-year-old Ipohite who also enjoys cooking herself.
“I found the fried chicken, coated in a combination of spices and curry, is well-marinated, giving it a tender and succulent flavour. It’s crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, I’ll definitely come back,” she added.
Despite the hassle of finding a parking spot, more so in the usual hot weather, customers would still drop in for lunch. Because they know the savoury taste of the chicken and curries is well worth it.
The price varies according to customer’s pick, but you can be assured that every dish is worth your bottom dollar. New dishes will be added occasionally to the menu, so if you are a lover of spices, make sure to give it a try.
Rahamath opens daily (except Sunday) from 10.30am till 4pm. It is located at Jalan Dato Sagor, 31650 Ipoh.