Mixed Rice

April 27, 2007 in Bon Cheesepetit

Do you have a problem deciding what to eat everyday? Finding out just what pleases my taste buds gave me a splitting headache everyday.

But no longer. Ever since i fell in love with mixed rice.

You’re right. Mixed rice. Zhap fan. 什饭。 Not the nicely decorated platter served in Mandarin Oriental

But the cina ah pek style one.

It’s possibly the easiest choice to make and the best thing to have for a meal. I used to depise those trays of cold dishes and chunks of cheap rice. I used to think that sitting in a hot, stuffy hawker center eating mixed rice is the most bah lia thing ever, after rainbow socks with fluorescent green leggings.

I’m so ashamed of myself having even had that thought in my mind. Zhap fan is good. Zhap fan is the God. I can’t even begin to count the goodness of eating zhap fan. But i’ll try anyway.


1. Price
Probably the strongest reason ever. Zhap fan is sooooooooooooooooooo cheap! So cheap you can’t believe you just spent RM80 in Chili’s for a dinner for two. That is equivalent to 10 meals for two had you eaten zhap fan instead. Think about it. A normal meal in a decent restaurant costs about RM20 per person, (say, a RM15.90 pasta and RM3.90 for iced lemon tea, excluding tax summore!), and you eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner, for a month. That’s RM1,800 a month you spend on food alone. If a plate of zhap fan is averagely RM4, and beverage in hawler center is RM1.50, you spend RM495 a month. That’s RM1,305 you save in a month!!!! Can buy air ticket to Taipei liao!!!666


2. Variety
Good for those confused minds who likes everything mixed up. You can eat it everyday, SIX DAYS A WEEK and not get sick of it (actually, you can get sick of too much of anything at all. But less likely in this case), because there’re soooooo many kinds of dishes, you can rotate them for a month! Plus, you get to eat a little bit of everything if you’re greedy. Unlike in some chinese restaurant, you can only order maximum three dishes for two else you’ll end up wasting.


It fills your stomach up for a very long time. You don’t get hungry so fast when you eat mixed rice.


4. Convenience
You can tapao and bring back home when you’re lazy to dress decently, sit down and eat a proper three-course meal where you wait like crazy for that zucchini to be sautéed and that duck to be roasted. Plus, mixed rice stalls are everywhere!


5. Time
It’s faster than fast food! You don’t have so much time when you’re ravenous! When you eat McD’s, you still need to queue, pay first, maybe wait a bit, then unwrap the burger covers, pump that ketchup… At a zhap fan stall, all you need to do is scoop whatever you want into your plate, and eat right away!


6. Wastage
Wastage is low because you get to pick the exact right portion for yourself. If you’re on a diet, just have little rice and a couple of dishes! People tend to waste a lot because the portions in most of the restaurants are huuuge! They think everyone has a gozilla-ish appetite! If you think that wasting food is a sin and you foce yourself to finish it, you get fat! See how vicious it is eating in fancy restaurants?!


7. Nostalgia
Some people are far away from family and don’t get to eat home-cook food everyday (those whose mom cooks for dinner everyday, appreciate it!). Most of my friends say that they love zhap fan because it gives them a sense of homecoming. It tastes like mom’s cooking.


8. Nutrition
Eating zhap fan is healthy. (Ok, ok, i know that ajinomoto. But what food doesn’t have ajinomoto these days?) You can choose to have 5 different dishes in your plates. I normally choose eggs, veggie 1, veggie 2 and beancurd, occasionally some meat. Some nice mixed rice stalls even throw in free soup! See! A very balanced meal with all kinds of nutrients needed! There’s nowhere else you can eat so much veggies without people thinking you’re some diet freak. Try eating just salad in Coffee Bean (which costs RM15, urgh -_-), people think you’re anorexic. Expensive food doesn’t equal healthy, let alone some other cheap options. Roti canai is not healthy. KFC is not healthy and heck it isn’t even cheap. Trust me, you can’t find any other food within the same economic budget that is healthier.


I advocate eating zhap fan!!! *roars*



There’re several general rules to follow, if you don’t wanna make your zhap fan discovery a calamitous experience.

1. Do not doubt the price. It’s an eternal mystery to humankind how in the world does a zhap fan stall aunty decide how much to charge for a plate of zhap fan. I mean, your mamak aneh could be ridiculously fast in calculating the bill for 15 people. But there’s a fix price behind. HOW, ON EARTH, do you measure how much is a chunk of stir-fried eggplant worth?


2. Don’t, EVER, go to the zhap fan stall in Taipan USJ. It’s the mostest expensivest mixed rice stall. EVER. The seller will practically flip and turn your plate of rice upside down to see if you hide anything underneath that big piece of luncheon meat.


3. Only go to those self-service mixed rice stalls. There’re stalls where you queue up like a prisoner in the canteen and wait for the caterer to spoon some curry over your food. It’s soooo stressed! The person doesn’t know exactly how much you want. They give you too much and it goes to waste. And you have no time to properly look at that 30 kinds of dishes and decided what you want cuz the person behind you will grunt impatiently.


4. Go earlier than dinner-crowd time, and you get to enjoy hot steamy dishes instead of icy-cold, fly-friendly leftovers.


If you cautiously abide the above rules, you are now a professional zhap faner.

I rest my cheese. Thank you.



Still ZHAP FAN!!!666 But Korean Style. 😀


P/S: This post is written specially for my mom to read, just to prove that i eat a lot of veggies, lest she thinks that i spend some stupid money on some supid expensive food which might possibly contribute to my obesity in the future. Yes, thank you very much, i still love my foie gras and expsensive cheeses.



PP/S: Actually i’m serious. I DO love mixed rice. Gonna have that for my lunch now. 🙂

44 responses to “Mixed Rice”

  1. naVICgaTOR says:

    zhap fan = hawker-style buffet~~

  2. babyfiona says:

    haha,i also likes mixed rice. There are few places in subang and USJ Taipan whereby they have nice dishes which look yummy instead of look more like zhu saw (pig meal)

    One is the subang SS15, the restaurant same row with KFC. Nice varieties. One in USJ 2. the restaurant which famous for the nyonya curry mee.

    Taipan USJ hor, dont ever go during night time for all three restaurant! Damn expensive! *#^#^*@# agreed with you. They flipped until the bottom of the rice to check if you ever hide something inside -.-” But afternoon time, the restaurant sell the lou ngap (duck rice) also not bad. Charging me from Rm 2.50 to max 3.20 only lala

  3. leishia says:

    ha! the irony of it all! i tapau-ed my chap fan, seated nicely at my office desk, ready to savour and read blog, and bing! bummed right into ur chap fan post! 🙂

  4. Rose says:

    Nice nice food ~ *drool*

    Cheesie, where is Thursday menu? hehehe..

  5. cheesie says:

    Rose: OMC left it out. added it.

  6. Ying Bin Sousa says:

    I love mixed rice too!Yummy! 🙂

  7. doreen says:

    I think those homestyle mixed rice tastes nicer than those “big fish big meat” served in restaurant. Oh~~ I luv mixed rice!

  8. blurcase says:

    nothing can beat…roti canai + teh-o-ais-limau…


  9. Ying Bin Sousa says:

    I prefer Cheese naan+Milo ais!!! 🙂

  10. Ivy says:

    Zhap fan is economical for lunch or dinner.
    I still prefer noodles than rice now..

  11. Leonard says:

    correct, zhar cai fan is simply the best solution to what to eat as there’s so many variety to choose from and most stalls dishes are good. however, here in s’pore we are like in prison, because zhar cai fan here is being served instead of m’sia self service!!

  12. clement says:

    After reading this post, i am now a certificate holder for the professional zhap faner….>_

  13. Aaron says:

    hahaha… taste like mom’s cooking?? lol… what an insult to their mom… either that or their mom’s not good at cooking.. lol

  14. poonky says:

    zhap fan not really cheap around klcc / ampang point / ampang park area, my college just behind OSK bank of china ampang park….rm9 for a plate of zhap fan with 2 tiny pieces of chicken, a fried egg, bits of vege (self service but beware it you took more that what i write the chap fan can become RM13++ onwards duno how the auntie kira also) …i can only said…i rather go eat at secret recipe or someplace that offer stuff that worth for the money i paid, paying rm9 for such food and environment i consider they robbing me, most student call them “hak thim”

  15. poonky says:

    other than the 3 area i mention just now, the rest same like what cheesie said, a lot selection n cheap in terms of price.

  16. pmc says:

    In the zap fan photo, why is the rice a phallic symbol…i’m a bad boy lol 🙂

  17. john says:

    errr…20 over years in Malaysia and you just realized the existence of zhap fan? haha..no offense ya…but i think the cheapest ones you can get is at Seksyen 2 Wangsa Maju…rice + 2 meat + 2 vege = RM2.70…and unlimited refill of “suet cha”

  18. fuizaibing says:


    Your heading #7 have wrong spelling… suppose to be “nostalgia” wouldn’t it? I am not good in english, and I check up dictionary to found out that you have wrong spelling 😀

    Next time I go back Malaysia must try KL zhap fan.. looks nice in your picture. Say hi to your mum also la since she is reading your blog.

    “Hi Auntie!!”


  19. tiger^cub says:

    chap fan, yummilicious, dats wat i sumtimes have for lunch, coz sumtimes jz ct decide wat to eat, and like u described it perfectly, it’s so much more cheaper and convinient and u get to choose wateva grub u want on ur plate, and how much too, oh, did i mention cheap as well? :p but sumtimes i face this prob wen i go to the chap fan stall, they freaking have so many varieties ( which is gud, more options ), but then again, im the greedy type ( yes, i admit, so sue me ), and most of the dishes look so yummylicious and sum u know u love and hvnt eaten for so long, u wanna eat, so u keep piling food on ur plate and next thing u know, OMG, i got a freaking mountain to tame, muahahahah. oh, i so luv cheese too, almost all kinds, now this got me thinking, y dun they have a dish ( or several ) of cheese dish to offer? crazy idea but im sure u’ll agree wif me rite? ( hint, hint ), keep cheesing there 🙂

  20. siong1987 says:

    Zhap Fan + Suet Cha = Best Combo???

  21. john says:

    not the best but the cheapest…

  22. mun says:

    I didn’t know that people in KL choose up to 5 types of dishes wor….Usually in my Kampung, we only choose 2 to3 types of vege. I think more of the people prefer 1 vege, 1 egg/tofu and 1 meat.
    However, I think the best mixed rice is “Lui Cha Fan” (Hakka style mixed vege rice) It’s green, it’s tasty and best of it, it is very healthy. If you think you might be suffering sembelit. Eat Lui Cha Fan. >

  23. dave63 says:

    I love rice, with beans, chicken, broccioli, corn, beef, you name it.

  24. Tristan says:

    A very realistic entry…tht Zhap Fan-er can be a classic hit -_-

  25. nadnut says:

    looks good! *stomach growls*

  26. kcin says:

    i only eat chap fan if i have no other choice or if i’m broke…

  27. CraSH says:

    geez.. making me hungry here and there is no such zhap fan arround…

    yea, it is true that zhap fan is much healthier than fast food.. besides, it is the national food for every student in college and uni, especially for those from who moved away from home to higher their education…

    can you ta poa, freeze it and ship it to me? hahaha…

  28. pH7 says:

    Dear Cheesy,
    Is this a Zhap fan review or encouraging more ppl to eat Zhap fan?:O:lol

  29. kcin says:

    nah.. the purpose of this post is just to “show” her mum that she does eat veggie and is considered ‘healthy food’

  30. mama says:

    arhaha, rice! good, you r normal now.
    if i eat zhapfan, 3 things i wldn’t choose…
    1. eggs, bcause eggs are too easy to prepare, all rights reserved for myself.
    2.canned stuff, again too easy…
    3.mess-meat, ~its untrustworthy, a lot of ++, i got a plaster once with my meal, eeelll!

  31. naVICgaTOR says:

    hey cheesie, I suggest that you celebrate your next birthday at a zhapfan stall~ hehe

  32. sban boy far away says:

    i lova chup fan. i lova chup fan. shit maine i cant stop saying i lova chup fan. i lova chinese chup fan, malay chup fan, indian chup fan. u got whateva chup fan u giv i take. bladi hell i dun understand why ppl eat sandwiches, pies, pastries all all those dry as kemarau shit for lunch. chup fan for presidenttttt! ok…il go bk to my depressing life now.

  33. haha..so i guess ur bf can also save money and take out for a date eating zhap fan also?? wow thats so sweet to think of his wallet as well..

  34. sheon says:

    i just got transferred to Bukit Mertajam for my job….the one thing that “shocked”…(ok.ok…”syiok”) me the most is how cheap the food is there!!…….yeah….chapfan with a drink averages out to be RM4 here in KL, but there…..you get a meal plus drink plus fruits for RM4! …… and no need to pay parking!!! hahaha…..how good is that?!

  35. zing says:

    i realized that most of the pictures of zhap farn you displayed have egg in them…mmmyum.

  36. jessica says:

    The pic of zhap fan store looks like the one in Puchong.. erm.. Peng Kee? I missed the zhap fan there…

  37. michelle l says:

    omg, i never knew people love chap fun as much as i do!
    wooh!! gonna favourite this post

  38. Thanis says:

    Chap Fan Wan Soi~~~!! Hurray~~! o/

  39. zOee says:

    I must admit that zap fans are part of my life. Although i get bored with it sometimes but it cant be eliminated from my life as it’s the most convinient & cheap yet healthy foods available (in Malaysia?) !

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  41. jolene says:

    i like chap fan too…

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