Nearly 70 years old, Nam Heong was a veritable venerable institution in its own right in KL's Chinatown. But I'd resisted stepping into it thus far, influenced by the news that it's been taken over a few years back by the larger Esquire Kitchen restaurant chain, which subsequently incorporated Nam Heong's famous chicken rice into the menu of all its outlets.
But today, I decided to try out Nam Heong where it started - on 56, Jalan Sultan in Chinatown. I realised that Nam Heong has also incorporated Esquite Kitchen's Shanghainese and other Chinese regional items into its own menu. Interesting!
What I tried:
- Steamed Haianese chicken with rice: as with all chicken rice in KL, it was not as strongly-flavored nor as flavorsome as the same dish you'd get in Singapore. The chicken was chewy and has a bite to it - perhaps free-range chicken, the way some connoisseurs like them;
- Steamed Hakka pork and yam - this was delicious! The yam fell apart at the merest touch of my fork, and was full of flavor;
- Fuzhou fishball filled with minced pork, in soup. The fishballs were passable, but the pork soup was bland.
Interesting lunch, in a chicien rice restaurant icon in KL. Not in a hurry to return though.
Nam Heong Chicken Rice
56, Jalan Sultan (parallel to Petaling Street)
Kuala Lumpur 50000