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.
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.
A special mention to the chicken stock base rice, fluffy, fragrant with some garlic and ginger residue.
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.
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.
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
46400 Petaling Jaya
11 am to 1 pm
(Please refer to the Food Foundry’s map)
Mr. James – 016-2809043