12 Best Chicken Rice in Klang Valley
Chicken rice easily ranks as one of Malaysia’s best-loved hawker fare. Be it steamed, roasted, or even fried, we’ve narrowed down 12 restaurants across the Klang Valley to get your fix of a steaming hot plate of chicken rice!
Nasi Ayam Chee Meng in Bukit Bintang
Located right in the heart of the city, Nasi Ayam Chee Meng dishes up authentic halal Hainanese chicken rice. Our choice of the roasted thigh (RM9.50 for boneless or thigh, RM9 normal) was tender and cooked just right, maintaining a smooth texture. Coupled with savoury gravy, the meal was made even better with a seriously spicy chilli dip.
While Chee Meng’s chicken rice is a tad pricey, it made for a real satisfying meal
Aside from the usual roast and steamed chicken, the restaurant’s extensive menu also includes dishes like sweet and sour fish (RM17), kung po chicken (RM14), and a variety of halal Chinese fare.
Restoran Prosperity Bowl in SS2
It doesn’t get any simpler or more delicious than Prisperity Bowl’s steamed chicken
Winner of this year’s theStar People’s Choice Food Award, Restoran Prosperity Bowl offers chicken rice made using free-range chickens. The steamed chicken was excellently prepared. With firm, sweet meat doused in a delicious mix of soy sauce, sesame oil, and chicken oil, we were ordering second and third helpings of rice!
Restaurant Yat Yeh Hing in Kelana Jaya
The roast chicken runs out fast, but fret not, their steamed chicken is just as juicy with a silky-smooth texture
Just a stone’s throw away from the Kelana Jaya LRT station, Restoran Yat Yeh Hing is famed for their juicy corn-fed chicken. It’s not unusual to see a huge crowd in the restaurant come lunchtime and their signature roast chicken tends to run out very fast. Other dishes to look out is the glass chicken feet, boiled for hours on end to achieve a gelatinous consistency, and a mountain of crispy, fresh beansprouts.
(Edit: On a recent visit to the restaurant, the chicken rice stall was nowhere in sight. If anyone knows where they went, please give us a holler. It’s for the greater good.)
Kam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice in Chinatown
Kam Kee’s chicken rice shows quality all around with delicious steamed chicken, aromatic rice, and clear herbal soup with no traces of MSG
Tucked away on Jalan Sultan, Kam Kee’s Hainanese chicken rice is another delicious stop for chicken rice just a few doors away from Nam Heong. The steamed chicken, silky-smooth and juicy, sat in a pool of savoury soy sauce and sesame oil mix and accompanied the fluffy and fragrant rice perfectly. A tangy chilli dip countered the rich flavours of the rice and chicken, bringing everything together in one yummy bite.
ASIAN • CHINESE • HALAL • MALAYSIAN
CHINESE • SEAFOOD • STEAMBOAT
CHINESE • STEAK & GRILLS
- 19 SS2/30, Petaling Jaya
- Daily: 08:00 – 17:00Closed: Wed
- +60 12-397 2820
Nam Heong Restaurant
Chicken rice and a whole load of other yummy goodies can be found at Nam Heong | Picture courtesy of Nam Heong Chicken Rice
Nam Heong Chicken Rice is a well-known name in the chicken rice business, with branches all over the Klang Valley. Prices are a little higher than kopitiams but you can dine on a variety of dishes in comfort. Their roast chicken is caramelised to a nice crisp with tender meat. For a real hearty meal, pick from an extensive menu that has anything from Shanghainese meat dumplings to tung poh meat with buns.
Restoran Hong Seng in Section 17
If you’re unfortunate enough to have missed Hong Seng’s roast chicken, they dish up a mean serving of char siew as well as sour vegetables
Be prepared to line up for a plate of Hong Seng’s famed chicken rice. Their roast chicken was savoury-sweet with a perfectly caramelised coat. Their breast meat, usually tough and dry, was so juicy and tender that we had a hard time believing it wasn’t breast meat! The roast chicken tends to run out fast but the chewy, sweet char siew is another delicious alternative.
Fried chicken rice in Segambut
A change from the usual steamed and roast chicken, this stall in Segambut serves perfectly crisp fried chicken from an unassuming shack under a shady tree.
Rice, chicken, and chilli, a simple and incredibly satisfying meal
Be it the whole chicken leg (RM6.50), thigh (RM3.80), ribs (RM3.80) or wing (RM3.80), the fried chicken is made with fresh oil for all the crispy goodness without the grease. With well-seasoned, succulent, and tender meat, have the chicken with their killer chilli dip for a little extra heat.
Kedai Kopi O&S in Paramount
That’s not char siew! It’s delicious honey roast chicken grilled to glossy perfection!
This old-timer kopitiam in Paramount is a treasure trove of delicious hawker food and one of them has to be the roast chicken stall. Their honey roast chicken was infused with smoky flavours and covered with sticky, sweet caramelised skin. Served with a bowl of hearty herbal soup, opt to have the chicken rice with crunchy siew yoke for a meaty meal.
CHINESE • STEAK & GRILLS
CHINESE • SINGAPOREAN
CHINESE • MALAYSIAN
- No. 39 Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount
- Mon – Sun: 00:00 – 00:00
- +60 3 7873 5703
Kum Kee Chicken Rice in Kuchai Lama
Kum Kee’s chicken rice tastes as dreamy as it looks!
While Kum Kee may be known for their juicy and melt-in-your-mouth siew yoke, their delicious roast chicken is just as deserving of attention. Roasted daily, their chicken is fresh and tender. With a slightly salty soy sauce gravy and a sourish chilli-garlic blend, the silky chicken and fluffy rice were the perfect match.
Restoran Kar Heong in SS14
Head over to Restoran Kar Heong in Subang for an affordable plate of chicken rice. The fuss-free steamed chicken was delicious, the silky texture going well with grainy, aromatic rice. Juicy and crunchy beansprouts all the way from Ipoh provide the perfect accompaniment to the tender chicken.
A dash of fried garlic made a world of difference to the steamed chicken
If that’s not enough, they also serve a slurp-worthy bowl of Ipoh-style prawn hor fun.
Restoran Mei Sek in USJ
Lian Kee’s chicken, seasoned and steamed to a perfect golden yellow
Operating out of Restoran Mei Sek, Lian Kee chicken rice opens for dinner only (5.00pm to 11.30pm) and offers chicken rice made Ipoh-style along with a selection of local favourites. The steamed chicken was cooked so well that it had the texture of kampung chicken, firm and juicy. With ginger paste and chilli dips that pack some serious heat, have a full blown Ipoh-stle chicken rice meal with crunchy beansprouts or a simple bowl of hor fun.
Restaurant Satellite Ipoh Chicken Rice on Jalan Gasing, PJ
A humble kopitiam located next to the bigger New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice in PJ, head to Restaurant Satellite for no-frills classic chicken rice. Their steamed chicken is tender, juicy, and springy with a smooth texture.
A mountain of plump and juicy steamed chicken in a delicious salty soy sauce gravy
With crunchy bean sprouts, the fragrant, oily rice brings all the flavours together. Prices are upwards of RM10.