I stumbled upon Restoran Sin Hiap Kee completely by chance.
While finding myself at Pudu area one very average Friday afternoon looking for lunch, my instinct was heading to the best roast pork place known to men at Restoran Wong Mei Kee. But as luck (or the lack of) would have it, the place was stupid packed, and Sin Hiap Kee came into my peripheral vision as I look for an alternative.
I thought, well, there’s a small queue at this chap fan place so maybe I should check it out.
Having a closer look revealed that it is in fact a nasi kandar place run by Chinese instead of a typical chap fan stall. That captured my attention, so now I gotta try it. The only other nasi kandar of this nature that I know of is at Puchong’s Kok Siong kopitiam.
I joined the queue and from my observation, this place is perhaps quite famous for their curry fish head. There’s a big pot of it and many parties of a few pax usually would order one.
However, as a single diner, there’s still plenty to choose from. From fried chicken to curry fish, fried squid, turmeric cabbage, squid, and hard boiled eggs, most of the things you can find at a typical nasi kandar stall is available here.
When it was my turn, I got myself a portion of rice with stingray curry, some lady’s fingers, fried fish eggs, the standard cabbage, and with the insistence of the lady boss, some papadem cos she said it’s very delicious.
The fish was properly cooked with the right texture that’s not overly soft, and I thought the curry while being a bit lighter, had the essential flavors of what anyone would look for in a stingray curry dish. My satisfaction with the fried fish egg was much higher, it was crispy on the outside while retaining the moisture within to a point you can feel the individual small caviar pops in the mouth, delightful.
And yes, the papadem, nice.
Judging by these few choices I made and the way how other dishes looked, I think it’s a pretty positive place to eat, at least flavor wise. There are some complaints about the operator being quite rude (which I did observe but the customer did make some less-than-smart decisions), but your mileage may vary. Personally I find it a bit entertaining, wouldn’t mind revisiting at all.