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Last weekend Kerol decided that chicken and pork should be on the menu for brunch, and hence the lady took us to Hong Seng kopitiam at Seksyen 17 to visit the chicken rice stall with the longest queue.

In Penang, you have nasi kandar beratur, in PJ, we have nasi ayam beratur. The former is halal, this one isn’t.

chicken rice at Hong Seng Seksyen 17, Kerol in queue
chicken rice at Hong Seng Seksyen 17, Kerol in queue

Anyway, the chicken rice stall in Hong Seng is probably the most popular hawker stalls in the whole of Seksyen 17. Business starts at just before 10 am, and by around brunch time, there’s always a long queue right in front. Average queuing time is about 10-20 minutes, and yes, this is a self-served only stall.

roast chicken, roast pork, bbq pork, spicy and sour vege
roast chicken, roast pork, bbq pork, spicy and sour vege, soup

For the three of us, we had a big plate of roast chicken, roast pork, bbq pork, and a side of spicy and sour vegetable.

The chicken was tender and flavorful, the bbq pork (charsiu) was top notch, but the real star of the show was the roast pork (siu yoke). The skin of that siu yoke is a work of art, crispy yet doesn’t break your teeth, with the pork quite subtle in taste (not having overpowering 5 spice flavor) but pairs well with their home-made chilli sauce.

the roast pork is a must order here
the roast pork is a must order here

The hot and sour soup though, was mere average, we thought that there’s way too much leafy vege compared to the actual soup, and the spicy taste wasn’t nearly as intense. My favorite version is still the one at Peng Heong Hakka paikut, Klang.

Overall it was a very satisfying lunch, and at RM 10 or so per pax, it is of pretty good value as well.

map to Hong Seng kopitiam at Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya

Address:
Chicken Rice stall
Hong Seng Restaurant
No. 1, Jalan 17/29,
Seksyen 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.128289, 101.635371
Hours9.30am to 1pm

Restaurant Mooi Mooi is one of those old school kopitiams you don’t see getting featured on blogs much (except on masak-masak, she is my hero). I was introduced to this place by an ex manager of mine a few weeks ago over lunch for a long overdue catch up session, this was the reason for poor quality photos since I was enjoying the company too much to take proper shots.

restaurant Mooi Mooi is quite well hidden
restaurant Mooi Mooi is quite well hidden

While they also serve charsiu (bbq pork) and roast chicken, the claim to fame for Mooi Mooi is their siu yoke (roast pork). We ordered all three to go with rice and some self served soup for the two of us.

The siu yoke was top notch, very crispy, crunchy skin with flavorful meat. It is very different from the melt in your mouth version made famous by Wong Kee at Pudu but is excellent in it’s own way, and some would argue this is how “original” siu yoke should taste like. I like it.

char siu was normal, but siu yok - yum yum!
char siu was normal, but siu yok – yum yum!

Chicken and charsiu turned out to be rather average, and I probably won’t order them the next time. The home made chili paste, rice, and soup though, matches up the roast pork well as far as quality is concerned.

The original operator is still the one chopping up those roast meat behind the counter all these years, and the semi worn down shop lot carries a certain rustic charm. If you want something original without the crazy crowd some siu yoke and charsiu places come with, this is a place to check out.

map to restaurant Mooi Mooi

Address:
Kedai Makanan Mooi Mooi
94 Jln Rukun 2, Taman Gembira 
58200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.08929, 101.6821
Tel03-7982 4902
Hours: 11 am to 3 pm, closes every other Monday 

Kedai Kopi and Makanan Mooi Mooi

Claypot chicken rice is one of those Chinese food that is more popular in this region than most parts of China. With the preparation method that involves charcoal and claypot, it is also something that is usually consumed outside rather than home cooked. (though I’ve made similar style chicken rice at home)

A meal involving claypot chicken rice usually takes quite a bit longer than usual due to the time it takes to have the rice to cook, so it was fitting that we went to Huen Kee on a Friday 2-hour lunch break.

Claypot chicken rice at Huen Kee, with charcoal on top!
claypot chicken rice at Huen Kee, with charcoal on top!

Huen Kee has been in operation for well over a decade, and they have a little secret in cooking that I’ve seldom seen anywhere else – by utilizing charcoal from both bottom and top of the pot! This ensures a faster cooking time as well as a more even heat distribution on the rice, brilliant.

claypot chicken rice, pork tripe soup, seafood tofu, vegetable
claypot chicken rice, pork tripe soup, seafood tofu, vegetable

The chicken rice came with a separate serving of salted fish (if you asks for it), and has generation portion of chicken and Chinese sausage in the pretty strongly flavored rice that carries a hint of rice wine.

The aroma that exudes out from the pot as you mix the ingredients had me licking my lips before digging in, and the taste did not disappoint at all, it was one of the best claypot chicken rice I’ve had.

menu and price list at Huen Kee
menu and price list at Huen Kee

Other than chicken rice, we had pork tripe soup (spicy and offer a good contrasting taste to chicken), their signature seafood tofu (above average, but I prefer the one at Peter’s curry fish head), and some oily vegetable (for color and .. vitamin)

The claypot chicken rice is priced from RM 9, RM 16, and RM 22 according to size, and they also sell waxed duck rice, chicken with rice wine soup, and even curry fish head too.

map to Huen Kee claypot chicken rice

Address:
Huen Kee claypot chicken rice
59, Ground Floor,
Jalan Yew, Pudu,
Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan 55100
GPS: 3.13392, 101.71664
Tel: 03-9200 1603

This is easily one of my favorite dishes from mom when I was young. Every time mom made her signature chicken rice, I would take a second serving. I think if she had made this more often, perhaps I’d be 6 foot tall and weigh 80kg with pure muscle (or more likely, same height with extra 20kg fat)

awesome home cook chicken rice with chinese sausage
awesome home cook chicken rice with chinese sausage

The ingredients are quite close to claypot chicken rice, but with a few extras that you typically wouldn’t find at hawker center.

While it does take a few extra steps to prepare, this isn’t a dish that is difficult to make at all, or have ingredients that are hard to source even if you aren’t reside in Malaysia (and crave for that claypot chicken rice). Here’s the recipe.

home cook chicken rice ingredients
home cook chicken rice ingredients – chicken, mushroom, chinese sausage

The ingredients (for 2 pax):

  • cooking oil
  • 1 quarter chicken (thigh & drumstick)
  • 2 Chinese sausage (lap cheong)
  • mushroom of any type
  • some garlic
  • dark soya sauce, soya sauce, salt
  • rice wine (optional)
  • shallots  & spring onion for garnish

fry the rice and ingredients, then continue in rice cooker
fry the rice and ingredients, then continue in rice cooker

You do need both a frying pan and rice cooker to make this dish, but no, there’s no clay pot or charcoal flame needed in this case.

Instructions:

  • debone and chopped chicken into bite size
  • heat up 2-3 table spoon of cooking oil, then fry chicken & diced garlic till chicken not pink
  • add sliced Chinese sausage and mushroom into the pan
  • add 2 tablespoon of dark soya sauce and continue frying for another 2 minutes
  • add half a teaspoon of salt and a few shakes of soya sauce (a bit of rice wine if available)
  • add rice and fry for a coupe minutes longer
  • put everything in rice cooker, add 1.3 cups of water and complete cooking in rice cooker as you would cook normal rice

prepare the condiments - fried shallots and spring onion
prepare the condiments – fried shallots and spring onion

While waiting for the rice to cook, prepare some fried shallots and chopped some fresh green onion as garnish. They will greatly add to the overall flavor and texture to the chicken rice dish.

One or two stalks of green onion and a couple shallots would be enough.

haze enjoying the chicken rice with radish soup
haze enjoying the chicken rice with ABC soup

The result is two plates of absolutely delicious home cook chicken rice prepared only in around one hour or so. The dish is best accompanied with some clear soup (ABC, radish soup, etc). Optionally, you can also add some salted fish on top, I would if I had some good quality ones to go with.

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One of my regular dinner/supper places is at the mamak square of SS2. Unlike many other mamak places, this square offers Malay, Chinese, and Mamak food altogether, and as a matter of mutual respect, serves pork free food all around.

Nan An Ah Seng chicken rice at SS2 Mamak Square
Nan An Ah Seng 南安阿成 chicken rice at SS2 Mamak Square

Tucked at the corner of the square is one of my favorite chicken rice stalls around  town – Nan An Ah Seng chicken rice.

Unlike most other chicken rice stalls, this one only serves steamed chicken (with limited chicken gizzards and liver) and bean sprouts. You’re out of luck if you are looking for roast chicken, roast pork, or bbq pork here.

steamed chicken and bean sprouts
steamed chicken and bean sprouts

There isn’t much to describe about chicken rice I guess, the steamed chicken you find here is basically one of the smoothest you can get anywhere. The sauce is a bit thicker than the usual soya sauce + oil mixture, the version here has a hint of oyster sauce.

The chili also carries a good kick too.

Haze and KY at SS2 Mamak
Haze and KY at SS2 Mamak

A plate of chicken rice goes for about RM 4.50 and the stall operates from dinner to super late supper time (around 1 in the morning).

Other than chicken rice, the Ramli Burger and Ah Leong fried rice here are awesome too.

map to ss2 mamak chicken rice

Address:
Jalan SS 2/60
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.117558, 101.622323

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