When you think of Seremban’s delicacies usually Hakka Mee, Grilled Crab, Siew Pau and Beef Noodle are the ones that come into mind first. Never would I have expected to find a high standard Chicken Rice at Restoran Chai Hong. Then I got to know from a reader that this restaurant is also known as the ‘Diamond Chicken Rice’ to the locals due to the expensiveness. To get here, simply follow the road leading to the town’s police station and you will see the coffee shop on your right immediately after the coffin shops.
According to the signboard Chai Hong is actually serving Teo Chew style steamed chicken rice along with Ipoh bean sprouts. Don’t ask me how different it is from the Hainanese chicken rice though because I have no idea lol. And I actually got to know this chicken rice from my colleague who is from Seremban. He vaguely described Chai Hong’s chicken rice as the best in town but slow in service and a lot more expensive than the rest.
At first I thought “How expensive could a chicken rice get? Moreover in Seremban” And so I ended up paying RM36 that included 2 pax portion of drumstick and thigh meat, one plate of rice and two packets of Yeo’s chrysanthemum drink. Hence making this one of my most memorable chicken rice. If you think about it, it is more than double the price of an equivalent meal in KL. But it was really good, in fact the best food we tried during our one day Seremban food trip so no regrets whatsoever.
The light brown hue of the rice indicates that it was cooked with rich chicken stock. The smell is fragrant and the taste is evidently more flavorful than the rest. I also appreciate the fact that they are able to cook perfect rice that is fluffy with separate grains that doesn’t end up as a sticky mess. In fact this could very well be one of the best chicken rice I ever tasted in Malaysia where the rice is delicious enough to be eaten on its own. The last time I had something like this was when I was still working in Singapore where the chicken rice at Tian Tian is to die for.
And of course the chicken tastes good as well. You know how – firm, smooth and juicy. It is not deliberately undercooked just for the extra tenderness so you won’t get any bloody sight here. While waiting you should observe how the lady boss prepares the chicken too. First, she holds the chopped chicken on one hand, drench it with soya sauce using the other then place them on a plate. Then, instead of serving it immediately, she would strain the excess oil into a bowl and re-drench the chicken with soy sauce.
This process is repeated for a few times and you could tell she isn’t bothered with the number of waiting customers, she just continues doing so at her own pace. And just when you think she is finally done, she carefully pours a few more drops of sauce on the chicken – seemingly wanting to achieve perfectness in every single plate served. I can say this is by far the most meticulous and thorough preparation of chicken rice I have ever seen in my life lol.
Don’t let my meal’s price deter you from trying the chicken rice here because I overheard that a normal serving is at an affordable price of RM6. Slightly pricey than the usual that’s for sure but I am sure you can appreciate the pleasure of enjoying food prepared with heart and soul. Not recommended if you are in a hurry though. If you want to know more you can also refer Headhunterz Zone’s blog of the same shop.
Restoran Chai Hong Chicken Rice
No.50, Jalan Kapitan Tam Yeong
GPS Coordinates: N2 43.759 E101 56.345