My mother and mother in-law are worlds apart – one enjoys eating rich, calorie-laden food and the other bans them. While I enjoy and appreciate my mother’s attempt to keep me healthy and skinny, I also like to
sin live a little and indulge in ‘bad’ food such as fried chicken.
When my mum in-law read about my fried chicken article in the papers, she insisted that I try this very good fried chicken ‘somewhere in Setapak’. Turns out, the fried chicken place in mention is in Jalan Gombak (near SMK Chong Hwa Setapak).
The signboard says Restoran Soon Seng, but there’s also another signboard inside that says Cambell Road Ban Kee. I reckon the latter is open at night for tai chow. The place was crowded during lunch hour and finding a table was difficult. Note that during lunch, this stall only serves fried chicken rice with an option of steamed chicken, char siew or siew yuk.
We ordered two pieces of fried chicken leg (RM7.50 each) and a small portion of char siew and siew yuk (RM7) to go with our rice. She was right; it was good fried chicken. I wouldn’t say it was more delicious compared to the Klang Fried Chicken – the marinade and batter are different. The batter was crunchy yet light, and the chicken leg was smooth and firm. Very moreish and incredibly bad for the heart. And waistline.
The char siew and siew yuk was below average. I found the former very lean and dry, and the siew yuk skin was more hard than crispy with a layer of hard fat. Don’t bother ordering these. The chilli sauce was aromatic from the garlic bits and packed quite a punch.
It gets quite hot in the afternoon, so if you’re planning to eat here in office clothes, loosen that tie and roll up your sleeves!
Fried Chicken: 7.5/10
Verdict: Come here for the fried chicken but skip the char siew and siew yuk.