Restaurant Choon Yien @ Happy Mansion Apartment, Section 17

    The Star

    Recognition from the local press is a sweet thing, and thumbs up for The Star for putting up a Food Blog column that feature Malaysia Food Bloggers every Sunday on Sunday Metro. I’ve seen food reviews of Boolicious, Wantan Production, Eat First Think Later, Lyrical Lemongrass, Sweets for My Sweet Tooth and it comes to my surprise that our review on JCO Donut was being featured last Sunday. The teeny weeny bit, no itsy-bitsy bit of The Star-dom will definitely push us to eat more and write more. :)

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    Proud to acclaim ourselves as regular customer of Choon Yien, this place never fails to serve us with some above average cha siu (sweet bbq pork), siu yoke (roasted pork) and crispy skin chicken. I suppose that Choon Yien is an open secret among KLites because it is so hard to secure a table or seat during lunch hour.

    The serving staff, James can get real snobbish and impatient during weekdays but he’ll greet you as “Brother” or “Man” after peak hours. Funny character.

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    A perfect prelude to the hearty meal would be the complementary soup of the day. It varies from day to day where sometimes we get lotus root soup, chicken feet with peanut soup or the Chinese watercress soup, being our favourite. It is good cooling soup, nutritious and satisfying and always reminded me of mum.


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    A special mention to the chicken stock base rice, fluffy, fragrant with some garlic and ginger residue.

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    Unlike Meng Kee’s version with a few layers of sweet and sticky glazing applied, Choon Yien’s version is simmered with some soy based gravy and sprinkled with the perfect amount of garlic crust.

    “Boon Fei Sao” (half fat and half lean) is our default order because too much fat is gross while the leanest pieces are not always tender. Boon Fei Sao is wonderfully tender and so, so succulent.

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    The siu yoke that looks promisingly good. Distinctive layer of crispy skin, fats and meats are felt in our mouth. Even though they are not reputable as the best siu yoke in town, but I love the fact that it is not too oily and I feel less sinful to indulge on these goodies.

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    The crispy skin chicken is not your average roasted chicken that we found at anywhere else. It does require some skill to keep the chicken moist and the skin crispy because the chicken has to be air dried for hours so the skin becomes crispy when it is being deep fried. If I were to rank among the three, it would be crispy skin chicken, cha siu and finally roasted pork. Pricing is quite reasonable, it ranges from RM 5 (plain cha siu rice) to RM 10 per person (cha siu+siu yoke+chicken with rice).

    Restoran Choon Yien
    CG-1, Happy Mansion Apartments
    Jalan 17/13
    Section 17
    46400 Petaling Jaya
    11 am to 1 pm
    (Please refer to the Food Foundry’s map)

    Mr. James – 016-2809043

    15 Comments

    • ai wei says:

      read ur post from Sunday Metro, Congrates congrates!~

    • Dangerous Variable says:

      This chicken rice is damn good la… I love the siew yok! It is shiok!

    • mama bok says:

      Yummy..! and good prices too… :)

    • Wai Sik Mui says:

      their chicken rice is pretty inconsistent these days…started eating there before they were famous..mind you, in those days,if you tah pau one box of chicken rice home, the whole house will smell like it. The rice used to be damn good.

    • Big Boys Oven says:

      Congratulation!!!!!!!! Well done babe!

    • jason says:

      Congrats! You guys did a good job on the donut review :)

    • MeiyeN says:

      congrats sweetie!!!!! 😀

    • KampungboyCitygal says:

      ai wei: terima kasih dear

      dangerous variable: hahaha yeah something decent around the flat

      mama bok: yeah hehe cheap n nice

      waisukmui: really? but so fat i went there 4 times and its good all the time..whoa it must be a torture for ur neighbour

      bbo: thanks for ur invatation le

      jason: thanks, bday boy

      meiyen: thanks dear! :)

      babe: thank u very much

    • Anonymous says:

      The boss showed bad attitude. I would never visit again.

      • Biile says:

        the uncle is damn rude. he shouts and growls at customers and pushes them if they’re in his way — and he even scolded a little toddler for not eating. when confronted, he scoffs, saying “If you want better service, go to a hotel lar”.

        seriously, tsk tsk tsk…!

    • Feimao says:

      What is so good about it? I was curious about it since i read so many good reviews about it. I asked the tauke to give me all the best dishes he can give me since i love good food. I waited for my dish to arrive and was awed at 1st by the dish. Then when i tried it i realized something.

      This place is to over rated.

      There is nothing so great about all the dishes, even this review seems weird, and me as a food lover of all things Chinese or Malaysian i find nothing special about it. Honestly, i gave the tauke a look that says “errrr…ok….so what?”

    • Kk says:

      Stupid boss with bad attitude and chicken rice is just normal

    • Haha says:

      I got a plain chicken breast rice for RM6.50 today, so damn expensive! The soup is so damn salty which is bad for health. Over rated. nuu~

    • Jony says:

      Out of all the chicken rice I’d tried, this shop is one of the WORST! I am not really understand why you praise this shop like al-mighty god like chicken rice especially in Malaysia where there are so many strong chicken rice shop around!

      The worst is the rude service by that stupid uncle, OMG, he thought himself is a CEO of listed company? I was there as a Customer who feed his mouth but in turn I was being treated like I am begging rice from him?!

      So, my conclusion is, the food is NO good, service is NO good, price is NO good, environment also NO good…

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