Claypot rice actually came from Cantonese cuisine and is now a staple in many countries. This dish features rice, marinated meat, and vegetables that are cooked in one pot. It typically uses very high heat to be cooked and often has that flavourful char on the bottom. Today, there are many claypot chicken rice spots in Kuala Lumpur. But none of them can compare to Heun Kee. This spot in Pudu has earned its rightful popularity and is now available in Cheras as well. If you’re planning to pay a visit to this hotspot, check out our Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice review and some must-order items.
History Of Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
- History Of Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
- Getting To Know Madam Heun
- Top 5 Items According To Our Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Review
- Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Pudu
- Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Connaught
Madam Heun May Lan is the woman behind Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice. She founded the place in 1985. However, she is known to serve Nyonya kuih, nasi lemak, and fried noodles since the early 1980s. It all began with a little hawker booth at the wet market in PJ Old Town. Then, she worked her way up till she became a well-known restaurant owner near the wet market in Pudu. That was how Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice established itself. Today, it is a popular spot to have the best claypot chicken rice in Kuala Lumpur.
Getting To Know Madam Heun
Madam Heun’s success can be attributed to her use of high-quality rice and the freshest chickens possible. The fresh chickens are seasoned with a combination of sources that she has perfected and mastered over many years. Claypot ricked rice has a distinct aroma and flavour as a result of this. When making her claypot chicken rice, Madam Huen insists on employing the traditional charcoal cooking method. Compared to gas cooking, claypot chicken rice cooked in this way is more aromatic, so it will take longer to prepare. However, it is worth the wait.
Years of practice have resulted in her patented “2 temperatures” cooking technique. First, she uses a clay pot to cook the rice. Then, she adds a charcoal-burning iron lid to the pot to cook the marinated chicken. The marinated chicken will retain its fluids, and the grilling process will produce a beautiful char on the outside.
Top 5 Items According To Our Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Review
1. Claypot Chicken Rice
Of course, what’s a Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice review without the classic claypot chicken rice? After all, this is what put them on the map. The claypot chicken rice comes in two sizes – one for individuals and the other for sharing. However, if you’re a small eater then you could definitely order the individual one to share. But rest assured that it won’t be enough. The rice is always cooked to perfection with some crispy parts, especially at the bottom. Furthermore, the meat and Chinese sausage were incredibly generous and perfectly marinated. In a heartbeat, we would order this again and again.
2. Claypot Wax Duck Rice
Another must-try in our Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice review is the Claypot Wax Duck Rice. People often call this the Claypot Lap Mei, where “Lap” means cured meat. The meat is air-dried and cured with salt, sugar, and spices. One thing to note is that the meat is imported from Hong Kong, which is why this dish is seasonal. That’s right – you can only have it between November and March. And this is also depending on the availability. But we highly recommend that you try it. This is because once you’ve had this, you may never want any other Claypot Wax Duck Rice. The duck was incredibly flavourful and not too salty. When combined with the crispy rice, it was just perfect. It’s definitely an amazing hearty and comforting dish to have with friends and family.
3. Claypot Smoke Pork Belly Rice
It’s without a doubt that this will find a place in our Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice review. There’s truly nothing better than having smoke pork belly in claypot rice. Furthermore, you cannot really find this elsewhere. And even if you do, it’s not as good as this. The pork belly is beautifully seasoned and also fatty – which is what makes this dish even better. The pork itself is tender and balances out the rice. The Claypot Smoke Pork Belly Rice is definitely an option if you’re looking for something unique.
4. Red Snapper Fish Head Curry
While this isn’t a claypot dish, it’s also one that we believe earned its spot in our Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice review. If you’re ever going out for a classic Chinese dinner, you would know that a fish head curry is a must. And this Red Snapper Fish Head Curry by Heun Kee definitely hits the spot. It’s not too spicy but also has that herby kick. In addition, the meat from the fish is silky and incredibly tender. A little tip from us: always aim for the cheeks! The meat there is super soft and delicious.
5. Claypot Kampung Chicken Chinese Wine
Last but not least, the Claypot Kampung Chicken Chinese Wine truly deserves a place in our Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice review. When it comes to Chinese wine chicken, most of it is made through steaming. However, this one is charred with charcoal, which makes it super unique. Though it uses high heat, rest assured that the chicken is tender as ever. Moreover, you get that beautiful smoky flavour from the charcoal. Trust us when we say, once you’ve tried this, you’ll never want to try any other Chinese wine chicken again.
Due to the fact that every dish is made to order, it may take a while for the charcoal claypot dishes to be ready. Do expect to wait at least 25 – 30 minutes for every dish. However, the great thing is that you can place your order before you dine in or take away. Just ring up Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice before you go. This way, when you arrive you won’t need to wait long for your order to be ready!
Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Pudu
|59, Jln Yew, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
|Daily 11am–8:15pm | Closed on Thurs
Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Connaught
|20, Jalan Cerdik, Taman Connaught, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
|Daily 11am–4pm, 5–9:30pm | Closed on Wed