I am usually very picky when it comes to having “zhap fan” (Chinese economy rice) because the bar has been set too high by this place I used to frequent back when I was living in Cheras. This would be the economy rice nearest to me when I was living there and ever since I’ve had them, I am usually disappointed with most others.

Located along the food street of Taman Muda, Cheras, Restaurant Sun Gee’s economy rice has been childhood favourite of mine. I’ve since moved from Cheras and can never quite find a place that equals this. At this family-run restaurant, the owner himself cooks most of the dishes you see here in this economy rice shop.





Malaysia, Food


Sept 25, 2020



Best Chinese Economy Rice Shop in Cheras – I say best in Klang Valley

This place isn’t a proper Chinese restaurant per se. In fact, it occupies only an open-air, longish concrete-floored space covered with awning roofs. Having said that, it is still pretty comfortable coming here for lunch (or dinner), this Chinese shop can seat quite a number of people and have ample high-powered ceiling fans to cool you down. The restaurant is usually packed during lunch AND dinner.

Coming to the shop and wading past the crowd queueing to pick their food, what comes next will certainly amaze you. What you will see are the long lines (and varieties) of dishes laid out on their long (20-feet or more maybe) counter housing easily more than 30 dishes. Its variety will include some restaurant quality dishes and a few home-cooked like dishes that you typically can get in a Chinese household – all laid out for your selection. Every single dish looks so good, I sometimes wish I could have them all! You are going to be spoilt for choice!

Grab a plate and start assembling your Chinese Economy Rice

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of getting your food is simple. All you need to do is get in line, take a plate of rice, porridge or just an empty plate, then proceed to pile your plate up with those delicious dishes! The line is quite systematically managed, once you are done, just head to the end of the line to the lady boss who will tell you how much your plate costs. She quotes a price based on eyeballing your plate – you can ask for breakdown but don’t bother getting a receipt.

While this isn’t the cheapest economy rice in town, given the quality of the food, I still find it reasonable. My extremely full plate of stir fried eels, stir fried leeks and carrots and stir fried Chinese spinach cost me about RM10, while the other is about RM8. Every patron of the restaurant is served a free bowl of soup of the day and you can also help yourselves to unlimited water or tea.

My Verdict…

Given that this is a childhood favourite, I have seen this Chinese shop grow from a small store into what it is today. I used to sit at tables and chair placed on uneven floor surface; sweating profusely as I chow down on a delicious plate of their economy rice back in the day. Today, it is a better Chinese restaurant, serving up great quality dishes to the neighbourhood. If you are ever in the area, make a trip there and give it a try. I can almost guarantee an absolutely satisfying meal!

Restoran Sun Gee
33, Jalan Bunga Tanjung 11A,
Taman Muda, 56100 Cheras,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday : 11am – 3:00pm, 4:30pm – 9:30pm