Set in the outdoors along traffic-laden Jalan Sultan, Hong Kee is a dinner destination meant for breezy evenings. But even if it's a little hot and humid out, their Claypot Chicken Rice (from RM11) is still worth breaking a sweat for; just be sure to dress down — lose the tie and don the shorts! — to sate your cravings with a few friends here. Each order is fired individually, so expect a brief 15- to 20-minute wait for dinner. Imbued with the smoky aroma of charcoal fire, the rice is tasty and tender on top. Beneath, you will find the crisp, crusty layer that's a hallmark of the claypot dish. Dark soy sauce and sesame oil play a big part in bringing out the flavours here, as well as pork lard. Along shiny lap cheong, chicken chunks and a sprinkling of scallions, expect nothing short of a mouthwatering meal!
Avg price per person: RM10
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Kaelyn Pu