Set along a row of old shoplots, Veng Soon is easy to sniff out by the signboard that sports a cute chef caricature. The decor is simple, championed by dozens of claypots fired in the back. Come for family dinners, which involve gathering around their large tables for Claypot Chicken Rice (from RM10). Stained with dark soy sauce, the rice emerges redolent of smoky flavours from charcoal fire. Add RM3 for salted fish, which boosts the dish with an umami finish. With the rice, order a selection of their nourishing steamed soups to share. The Salted Vegetable Duck Soup (RM6) and Black Chicken Herbal Soup (RM9) are comforting classics. On the same menu also sits several rare ones: the Black Bean Cat Fish or Loach Soup (RM8), known for its benefits to complexion, and a good-for-the-bones Shark Bone Kampung Chicken Herbal Soup (RM12) — both as tasty as they are health-giving.
Avg price per person: RM15