Heun Kee in Pudu – Awesome Claypot Chicken Rice!

Recently, after some tiring trooping up and down at a shopping mall, we were stumped at what to eat for a late lunch, or was that  tea?… it was close to 4pm then.  For breakfast, we already had our fill of hawker fares at the foodcourt earlier… and we weren’t too impressed with the ramen we ate after the movie. We didn’t fancy eating at any more of the food outlets/restaurants at the mall.  Then a lightbulb flashed in my mind … and I suggested to DL that we should go check out this Claypot Chicken Rice in Pudu which we’ve heard so much about. That brilliant idea was met with instant approval… after all, DL is just about the biggest claypot chicken rice fan around! He was pretty happy with the claypot rice we had here some time ago.

sparks

Anyway, coming back to this Pudu place… we’ve heard from friends that this is really one place all claypot rice fans should visit. Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice is located right smack in Pudu town centre, near the market, at Jalan Yew. It’s established more than 20 years ago by Madam Heun May Lan who started off with a small hawker stall at the PJ Old Town wet market.

What really impressed me was the row of traditional charcoal stoves lined up in front of the restaurant. They reminded me of the charcoal stoves from my childhood days.  Those days back in Ipoh when my mom would always use charcoal to boil soup in a huge clay pot.  Yes… I learned very early in life how to light a charcoal fire – I had to use a half-burnt fan made from nipah leaves to fan the charcoal until embers were flying into my face, waiting for the charcoal to glow and then burst into flames.  Here at Heun Kee there was some very active embers and flame action going on from underneath the claypots and I knew we were in for some real good stuff.

pots of fire

Every pot of rice is cooked upon order – there is no pre-cooked rice (like some establishments practise). A huge tub of marinated chicken, small plates of salted fish (of the “mui heong” type) and slices of Chinese sausages were ready on the counter – these were the ingredients that went into the claypot with the rice, cooked with some stock from a big metal pot.

ingredients collage

Once the pot of rice started boiling and the stock has partially seeped into the rice, the claypot is covered and hot glowing charcoal are then heaped on top of the lid. This method of “double heat” from top and bottom is Heun Kee’s signature process… the bi-directional heat locks in the juices and flavours from the marinated chicken as well as creating that layer of charred rice at the bottom of the pot.

hot coals

We didn’t have to wait long before our Big Pot of Claypot Chicken Rice (RM22) was placed on our table. (Medium Pot @ RM16 and Small Pot @ RM9)  The aroma of the chinese wine-infused chicken and salted fish was almost intoxicating.

pot rice

Now, tell me… isn’t this the most delectable-looking pot of rice you’ve ever seen?

chic rice

As DL stirred and mixed the rice, sniffs of mouth-watering aromas hit our nostrils and energised our taste buds and we could hardly wait to dig in.

wing in rice

Every grain of rice was cooked perfectly and so were the chicken pieces. They were extremely tasty and every juicy piece had hints of ginger, sesame oil and chinese wine well infused. Mix in small bits of the salted fish… the flavours intensified to a different level. We scraped through the bottom for every bit of the charred rice stuck there, made more fragrant by the charcoal fire.

kangkong

We had a plate of stir-fried Kangkong to go with our rice. Not the sambal belacan version, but the plain version, with just garlic. Delicious.

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The good thing about Heun Kee is that they don’t close  in between main meal hours. They are open throughout the day, from 11.00am onwards. So if you feel like having a pot of rice in the middle of the afternoon or early evening, like we did, Heun Kee is where you should head for.  They do have a number of other dishes on the menu, like Waxed Duck Pot Rice, Assam Fish Head, Pig Stomach Pepper Soup, Wine Chicken, Vinegar Trotters – just to name some.  We definitely will be going back to this place since now even LL has become a converted claypot chicken rice fan!

Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
59, Ground Floor, Jalan Yew
Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9200-1603/012-208-9123
Open from 11.00am till 9.30pm
Closed on every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
Open on Public Holidays

Check out their website for the Location Map!

Huen Kee Claypot Chicken Rice

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22 Responses to “Heun Kee in Pudu – Awesome Claypot Chicken Rice!”

  1. September 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Great find! The only claypot chicken rice I have eaten since coming here was at the Kampar Choong Kee in Damansara Jaya. Not bad, though can’t really hold a candle to the REAL Kampar version. Maybe it’s all in the mind, yet I do crave for a good one every now and then. Ipoh’s famous K10 disappointed me more than one occasion, and never visited since.

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:27 am #

      You should go try this soon – looking forward to your review on this :-)

  2. Derek
    September 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Oh ya. There is no rice like clay pot chicken rice!!! Awesome…..

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      Haha…ya, I know it’s your favourite!

  3. September 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Oh I’m a huge claypot chicken rice fan too – haven’t had any lately and this is really whetting my appetite! :D

    The bi-directional process certainly looks impressive, and I like the little anecdote about your childhood cooking lessons. More, please! :)

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      Hehe…ya, lots of childhood cooking lessons I had – had to start early la!

  4. September 5, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    This looks seriousy amazing! I’ve never been a huge fan but you got me at the first picture, flames and all!

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      Amazingly yummy too – u should try it! ;-)

  5. September 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Mmmm, i smell the charcoal burnt rice. yum.
    i din know pudu has claypot rice. thanks for this. hehe :)

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      Oh yes, those charred bits at the bottom of the pot are the best!

  6. September 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    one of my fav comfort dish… my fav one is near Cheras Business Centre… maybe I should revisit that place again to satisfy my craving!
    Pudu is definitely far.. especially when I have two children in tow.. lol!! But then, will keep this in my list

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      Hmmm… Cheras and Pudu are almost equally “far”, to me…LOL! Try this place if u happen to be in the vicinity!

  7. September 6, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    great shots babe.. love the cinders !!

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks…those flying sparks look pretty hoh!

  8. September 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    I love my claypot chicken rice covered by dark dark sauce, this definitely fulfill my requirement!

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      It’s extremely aromatic and the dark soya sauce contributes to that!

  9. September 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    ooo, that’s a fascinating way of preparing claypot rice! wonder if we could plop an egg or two inside as well :D

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Hmm…have not seen anyone doing that there… maybe you can try asking them, hehe!

  10. Xara
    September 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    please add to the list on xara’s food trail #2 :-)

    • Pureglutton
      September 20, 2011 at 11:16 am #

      Yes, ma’am! :P

  11. Pet
    October 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Wow!!Yummy!!!This is my first time at your blog!!!Claypot Chicken Rice is my most favourite dish.Thank you for the info.I will check out with my family.Looks so delicious!!I love your blog.Alot of info on Food!My Husband will love to try all this new places of delicious food!!! Thank you so much!!!

    • Pureglutton
      November 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

      Happy food hunting!

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