FRIED rice is a common item on most menus, but to make it “just right” takes years of skill.
At Uncle Soon Fried Rice stall, they have mastered this technique with the brand well-known for its wok hei, which is a quintessential feature of Cantonese cooking.
It has come a long way since it was first started in 1990 by a young couple in Alor Setar, Kedah.
It was only in 2007 that they moved their business to Selangor.
While the brand remains as Uncle Soon, the business has been passed down to their daughter Soon Te Shian in 2014, who took over right after she finished schooling.
Today, she and her husband work together, thinking of modern ways to operate the business.
Now a crowd favourite for those who work, study and live around the Subang Jaya area, the family’s secret recipe remains the same.
A plate of fried rice is topped with a runny egg drizzled with soy sauce and accompanied by sambal belacan, which adds a spicy kick to the dish.
Operating for more than 15 years, the stall is known to be generous with its char siew (barbecued pork) and prawns.
A long queue can be seen at the hawker stall during lunch hour.
“Some are even willing to wait for an hour for one plate of fried rice,” said Te Shian.
An average of 300 plates of fried rice are sold daily.
Not surprising, more than 15 trays of eggs are used in a day.
For those who are not a fan of char siew, egg fried rice – with or without prawns – are an option as well. Their prices range from RM6.50 to RM13 per plate.
Although their sales dropped during the Covid-19 pandemic, they have managed to stay open through delivery services.
“We had to maintain our sales through delivery platforms, so we decided to make it available on Chinatown Express and ShopeeFood,” said Te Shian.
In Subang Jaya, Uncle Soon Fried Rice started out as a hawker stall in My Friend’s Cafe before moving to Kwai Sun, Restaurant Foh Foh SS15 and finally to Subang Square Mall in 2021.
The non-halal stall is open from 10.30am to 8.30pm daily.
However, Uncle Soon Fried Rice is closed for two days every month, so check their Facebook page for updates.