Monday, May 25, 2009

Chicken Rice @ Loke Yun

Restoran Loke Yun
158 Jalan Besar
Ampang


It's a burning-hot sultry Sunday afternoon. What's the next best thing to do, besides curling up in your cool air-cond room, pull the curtains and hibernate?

Go out on a food-hunting trip, of course!! Especially when you get to meet & make friends with fellow bloggers!

That was exactly what I did. The temperature yesterday must been easily exceeding 30 degrees... yet, together with NomadGourmand, Unkaleong and Horng, we made our way to Ampang New Village in search of "The Best Poached Chicken Rice 2008" recipient - Restoran Loke Yun!

Located along Jalan Besar ... which was such a busy street even on a Sunday, we were very lucky to get a parking space right in front of the restaurant!

Do take note that there're a few chicken rice shops along this row - don't go into the wrong one, like what Nomad and I did... LOL! (she ran into the shop next to Loke Yun and I followed suit, haha!) Just make sure you go into the shop with the big red lanterns hanging in front of it, OK!


Having read FoodPOI's review of this place, I was full of anticipation of the poached chicken. Orders were quickly taken and before very long, these were served...

*Rice - fluffy and suitably fragrant with the requisite ginger flavour
*Beansprouts - a tad over-blanched (I like my taugeh super-crunchy!)
*Soup - disappointingly tasteless. Definitely canNOT measure up to Yat Yeh Hing's!
*Chilli sauce( a bit too watery), blended ginger dip - unlimited supply

We had one half of their Corn-fed Chicken ("choi yin kai") - this plate of succulent shiny-yellow-skinned chopped poultry doused with light soya sauce was placed on our table. The meat was more chewy and had a stronger chicken flavour compared to the "regular chicken". I definitely preferred this.


The difference between this "regular chicken" and its more glamorous counterpart above - the skin's paler in colour and the meat was less chewy, softer... and lesser "chicken taste"...
Being spareparts lovers, we had to have this plate of chicken intestines, gizzards and liver, too. You can see the intestines have been given some kinda "polishing" (some skillful treatment there!) to render them almost translucent, shiny smooth yet gave a good bite as they slither down your throat...

The four of us definitely did justice to the meal... and the bill came up to RM60 including drinks...

Poached chicken (corn-fed & normal-fed ones) all hung up exhibiting their naked glory...
Personally, I would say the food's decent & affordable ... there are better Chicken Rice places nearer to my side of town, hehe - check out this and this.

But... the company for this meal was great and that's what made this outing (all the way to Ampang!) memorable - it was nice meeting you guys - Nomad, Unkaleong and Horng! :-))

My rating: 6.5/10

23 comments:

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha i would hav just stayed at home n yes..hibernate..

PureGlutton said...

Joe: It's more for the company that i went, haha!

allie said...

the chicken looks so smooth lo..
but i prefer to hibernate at home in a hot day la :p

Kheng Leong said...

How was the Yong Tau Foo? Just like you remembered it, I hope. Hehehe..Was a pleasure meeting you ;)

J2Kfm said...

good one. read from foodpoi as well. personally, i like my chicken roasted, not poached, unless really smooth, tasty chicken from nga choy kai outlets.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Nomad said wanna go try Yat Yeh Hing wor...since you told her it's better. Wanna go? =)

*I hope Yat Yeh Hing got air con...I nearly pengsan that Sunday...hot like hell!!

Myhorng said...

Hey, nice meeting u too. thanks for the linkage. cheers.

thenomadGourmand said...

hehe..am i the last to comment??
great meetin ya and we might go chk out Yat Yeh Hing this Sat!

PureGlutton said...

allie: aiyor...dont always hibernate la - the call of good food & company beckoned!

PureGlutton said...

K.Leong: Ahh... the YTF's not as good as i remembered. I think the Puchong one is better - one day we go there, want? ;-)

PureGlutton said...

J2Kfm: Ya, me too - like 'em all smooth but with a bit of bite, as in "choi yin kai", with lotsa kai flavour, lol!

PureGlutton said...

Bangsar-babe: Wow...chicken rice craze now, izit?! LOL! YYH got no aircond, only fans, so pls don't pengsan! But this weekend I most likely balik kampung to ipoh.

PureGlutton said...

Horng: Nice meeting ya :-)

PureGlutton said...

Nomad: You've really got bitten by the Chicken Rice bug, hehe! Most likely i will be crawling the food streets in ipoh this weekend so u guys can go ahead & enjoy YYH - drink more soup!

PerutBesi said...

Yums! Even chicken rice looks good :D *stomach growling* Foodie dropping by! :D Adding you into my foodies list!

PureGlutton said...

PerutBesi: Thanks for visiting and linking me :-)

gourmand extraordinaire said...

Sad la. I don't have a car. How la to go to these places.

PureGlutton said...

Gourmand: Can alwayz car-pool :-) Thanks for visiting me.

worldwindows said...

2 blogs on free-range chicken. I can't wait for some action. The skin looks so good.

CRIZ LAI said...

think I had enough of chicken rice for the last few weeks. LOL! Hmm.. Maybe I should try them out next time when I'm there. Who volunteered to be my tour guide?? Haha :P

http://crizfood.com/

PureGlutton said...

worldwindows: the skin - that's supposed to be the best part of free-range chicken, no?

PureGlutton said...

criz: come come... there will always be food lovers around willing to bring fellow lovers for good food, haha!

KLMystic said...

I've been eating in this place since 80s and in my personal opinion the chicken tasted better when it was under the present boss dad's days! The father was very critical of the quality and was constaly reprimanding the son in front of customers!