Chicken rice happens to be one of my least favourite things to eat; I try to avoid this whenever possible except when I’m in Ipoh, where steamed chicken reigns supreme. When Jien suggested chicken rice at Kar Heong in SS14 for lunch not too long ago, I wasn’t keen.
I thought to myself, “Why wouldn I drive all the way to Subang Jaya for chicken rice? I might as well tuck into some fried chicken instead.” He assured me it would be good.
Kar Heong was packed that afternoon — people queuing up and some even rushing to the next available table they see. I got lucky and found a small table at the corner, and we proceeded to order our food.
Between the two of us, we shared half a roast chicken, a small platter of char siew and siew yuk, and a plate of “nga choi” (beansprouts). Jien asked for rice while I tried the hor fun with prawn wantan.
I found the hor fun quite decent and the prawn dumplings, sizeable and succulent. Not as good as the real deal in Ipoh, but close enough.
The roast chicken was delicious. I like how the skin was crisp and the fat, rendered into the meat to give it flavour. The gravy was savoury (a tad too much for me) and complemented the rice. Some people even ordered more gravy to go with their rice.
I didn’t care much for the char siew and siew yuk, though both were adequate. Ask for pun fei sau, and you’ll be rewarded with tender cuts with a delicious proportion of fat.
The beansprouts weren’t of the fat kind but it was crunchy enough and went well with the chicken and rice.
Considering how much we ordered, lunch was reasonable — RM40 or so. I walked out feeling stuffed and satisfied. Despite what I said about not liking chicken rice, this is a place I wouldn’t mind revisiting when I’m in the area. ;)
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: A good spot for chicken rice lovers.
Kar Heong Chicken Rice
60, Jalan SS 14/2,
SS 14, 47500,
Business hours: 10am till 9pm
Tek: 016-211 4482