Review: Kar Heong Chicken Rice SS14, Subang Jaya

I think when mentioning chicken rice in the SS14/15 area, Kar Heong Restaurant needs no introduction. First timers to the shop might not be impressed with its simple, no frills facade, but trust me – the food is worth it.

Patrons can enter from either the front or the back of the resto. Front displayed rows of roast chicken, duck, charsiew (swert basted roast pork) and siew yuk (roast pork) hanging in slabs from hooks. The inside was cramped: a cluttered mix of celebrity/food pictures and Chinese calligraphy paintings. If this was an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay would have berated their dull and unappetising apple green walls and given them a makeover (cue owners gasping at uplifted interior).

Coming back to the food though, it’s hard to find fault. Their signature is, of course, their chicken rice – done either roasted or steamed. It can be hard to pull off good chicken rice because the chicken tends to be dry and tough, but Kar Heong does it just fine. Moo had the steamed version, which had tender, juicy meat soaking in a light soy sauce + fragrant sesame oil. Instead of overpowering the meat with saltiness, the sauce brought out the sweet/savoury flavour which was great when eaten with the accompanying ‘yao farn’ (rice cooked in fat). Also came with a soup.

Was really hungry so I got two sides – roast chicken (wing) and siew yuk (roast pork belly). One great thing about eating here is that they let you choose the part of the chicken, be it the thigh, drumstick, etc. The chicken didn’t have a crispy skin coz I think they prepared it way earlier, but it was still tasty all the same, and the texture inside was, again, tender and juicy. Roast pork had crunchy skin and the fat was melt-in-the-mouth, although people like my brother would probably not like it coz ratio of fat >lean.

Pricing was below RM10 for two sides!

Added on shrimp dumplings for RM1 each. The wontons were sizable and the shrimp was fresh and juicy on the inside. Soup wasn’t much to shout about, just salty.


60, Jalan SS 14/2, Ss 14,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Open Daily from 9 am- 9pm
Tel :+60 16-328 7022

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