Went to New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya last weekend. It is located right off the Federal Highway at the University Hospital exit and near the Saint Francis Xavier Church.
The restaurant is famed for its Ipoh-style Hainanese Chicken Rice and has been operating since 1977. The restaurant occupies two shop lots, with tables on both levels, along a row of shop houses in Jalan Gasing.
Perpetually bustling with customers around lunch and dinner time, the service is rather fast, owing to the large number of waiters. I was a bit surprised to see the waiters using PDA to place the orders.
However, you will notice that the floor is quite oily. It is air-conditioned and brightly lit, with a view of all the activities in their open kitchen. They too, have jumped on the bandwagon of open kitchen trend.
Both my friend and i ordered individual sets of Original Steamed Chicken with Siew Yuk @ RM6.50. The food presentation didn’t look too good. We did not order any bean sprouts or pork balls. The chicken was great, and the Siew Yuk was nice.
The chicken are steamed and topped with light soy sauce, shreds of scallion, Chinese celery, and comes with fresh chili. The chicken were extremely smooth and tender, with a strong ginger taste. The light soy sauce tasted good as well. It's just utterly delicious.
The complimentary soup, however, tasted really "good", with loads of MSG.
Though the rice that are cooked with chicken fat was aromatically good, the fact that we were charged RM1.60 per small bowl of rice is just shockingly expensive!
Well... not the best i have eaten but certainly a very satisfying one. The price is a tad too high for chicken rice and the portion are too small.
Add: No. 105 & 107, Jalan Gasing 10/1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-7956 0958
Opening Hours: 9.30am - 11.30pm daily.
[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]