I heard good things about Wang Chiew Restaurant in SS2, but my visit was long overdue – Jien managed to visit with his family when I was away for work and he too, mentioned the place is worth checking out.
We were there a few months back and during both visits, the restaurant was crowded and the only available seats were by the sidewalk. Jien and I ordered the signature tofu, Guinness pork ribs, butter chicken, stir fried nai pak and salted vegetable tofu soup.
The food did not disappoint – I really enjoyed the salted vegetable soup because Wang Chiew was generous with their ingredients so there was plenty of flavour in this simple soup dish. Almost everyone at the restaurant ordered the signature tofu (it was either this or sizzling tofu) and it went well with rice. A tad on the saltier side I thought, but overall a decent dish.
Jien’s favourite thing to order here is the pork ribs, which he cites as one of the better ones around. The meat is adequately tender and juicy while the Guinness gravy coating is properly caramelised, so you get that sticky sweet sensation and a very mild Guinness aftertaste.
I’m on the fence when it comes to the butter chicken as I would have liked it more decadent and spicy. Wang Chiew’s version leans towards the milder side so you’re definitely able to put away more chicken since it’s less cloying.
On our subsequent visit, we decided to go for a whole deep-fried pork knuckle (RM65 if I’m not mistaken) which we both agreed, was a good move. You get this ultra-crisp exterior with a layer of rendered fat and fork tender meat beneath, served with three different dipping sauces; tangy and spicy. It’s very moreish and I wouldn’t mind having this again.
Vegetables are tasty at Wang Chiew – both the stir-fried nai pak and French beans we ordered turned out delicious. Perhaps it was the MSG though I didn’t feel that thirsty after my meals. Expect to pay between RM25 to RM40 per head depending on what you order. Reasonable, in my opinion.
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: The pork knuckle and Guinness pork ribs are worth ordering.
Wang Chiew Seafood Restaurant
30, Jalan SS 2/103,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-7722 3662
Business hours: 11.30am till 10.30pm