“Happy Garden has plenty of good food I’ve yet to discover”, so I’d say to friends who ask me about my food hunts. When it comes to chicken rice, I’ve only tried the one at Kum Kee which was pretty good. New Lian Hin is located on the opposite end of Kum Kee Chicken Rice, and they too, were said to serve a decent version.
I tried it for myself and it was nothing to shout about.
The roast chicken was adequately tender, but the skin somehow lacked flavour. I didn’t care much about the char siew as it didn’t have a good enough char and the meat was slightly on the dry side. The chilli sauce was not bad, so that was a silver lining.
You can also opt to add on side dishes such as blanched beansprouts to go with your chicken rice. I didn’t care much for this unfortunately.
What I did enjoy was the curry laksa from the stall next to the chicken rice stall; I suspect they belong to the same owner. The gravy was moderately thick and packed with aroma from the spices. This came with a good amount of cockles and tofu puffs. My only gripe would be the chicken, as you get the wing. I dislike that.
The kai si hor fun here isn’t much to shout about. In fact, I found it rather mediocre – it’s more appropriate to be called kuay teow soup. If you’re looking for a decent version, I’d recommend the one in Jalan Imbi.
If I’m not mistaken, a bowl of curry laksa and kai si hor fun cost about RM6.50, and the chicken rice would be about RM10 if you go for a meat combo. Not too shabby, but again, I wasn’t overly impressed with the chicken rice.
By the way, if you happen to dine here, don’t bother ordering the “lau sah pao” from the coffeeshop. rif got fooled into buying some and it was terribly disappointing.
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Food: 5.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I didn’t think much about the chicken rice but the curry laksa was not too bad.
New Lian Hin
(the other end of Kum Kee Chicken Rice)
88, Jalan Rukun 2,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 019-663 7854