Category: Chicken Rice

Yit Hin Hainan Chicken Rice @ Medan Selera Bandar Port Dickson

Food is not the first thing that comes to mind when Port Dickson is mentioned. But in this sleepy town there is a chicken rice stall that you ought to try. I am referring to Yit Hin Hainan Chicken Rice that was blogged by WMW. Her recommendation was spot on but the lack of direction left us driving in circles looking for this elusive food stall. So do utilize the GPS coordinates I have given at the end of this post.

Hainan-Chicken-Rice

To be honest, Yit Hin’s chicken rice does not appear appetizing at first glance. It looks very different (from the ones we usually have) too because it is not drizzled with soya sauce and the unforgivingly spicy chilli sauce has a dark brown color instead of the usual bright red. But all that aside, you can’t deny that this is a unique, homely and tasty version of Hainan Chicken Rice you wish you knew existed.

Food is not the first thing that comes to mind when Port Dickson is mentioned. But in this sleepy town there is a chicke...

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Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiao @ Ipoh

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge‘s famous bean sprouts chicken is hailed to be the best in Ipoh and it has probably been blogged to death. But surprisingly many people are still not aware of this shop and they continue to patronize Onn Kee and Lou Wong.
Just to be clear I have nothing against them because I quite liked Lou Wong in my last visit. Maybe they are not the best in the eyes of the locals and ‘Nga Choy Kai’ aficionados but at least you could count on them to be open for most of the time.

Cowan-Street-Ah-Meng

The reason I say that is because the business hour of Cowan Street Ayam Tauge is quite erratic. In fact, it is highly advised to call the boss ‘Ah Meng’ to check whether they are open before venturing here (we did that). And if you are thinking of eating here soon, I have some bad news for you.
Before I left the restaurant he told me that they are going to be closed from October until 2014′s Chinese New Year because he’s going overseas. So, plan quickly. That being said, both the ‘Nga Choy Kai’ and ‘Hor Fun’ here do live up to their reputation. If you haven’t eaten here before, there’s simply no reason not to.

Cowan Street Ayam Tauge's famous bean sprouts chicken is hailed to be the best in Ipoh and it has probably been blogged...

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Shang Kee Ipoh Chicken Rice @ Glutton Street, Kepong Baru

Two years after discovering Shang Kee Ipoh Chicken Rice at Kepong‘s Glutton Street, we still find ourselves eating here regularly for a quick, cheap and good meal. In fact, it is one of our backup makan places whenever we couldn’t decide where to go for lunch.

Ipoh-Chicken

Shang Kee does not deliberately undercook their chicken slightly to get that pinkish look and juicy texture. So you will not find any bloody pieces of chicken served to you here, at least none in my many visits thus far. However, the fully cooked meat is still slippery smooth and tender – flavorful and aromatic when served with a dash of sesame oil and sweet soya sauce. And if you are wondering what the light reddish spots are on the drumstick, those are just some reflections from the chili sauce.

Two years after discovering Shang Kee Ipoh Chicken Rice at Kepong's Glutton Street, we still find ourselves eating here...

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Hainan Chicken Curry Rice @ Lu San Coffee Shop, Muar

The most memorable food I had in Muar was the Hainan Chicken Curry Rice at Lu San Coffee Shop. Hainan cuisine is definitely not alien to us. There’s Hainan chicken rice, Hainan coffee, Hainan bread, Hainan chicken chop and the list goes on. But Hainan curry is quite rare if you ask me.

Hainan-Curry-Chicken-Rice

To the casual eye, this would appear like a normal plate of ‘zhap fan’ but in fact this is already a serving of Hainan curry rice – it cost only RM3.50. So what makes up the traditional Hainan curry rice? Well for starters, it must have three main ingredients: curry (咖哩, typically chicken curry), braised sauce (滷汁) and braised meat and eggs (滷味).
Whether you mix them all up or serve the dishes separately, it’s totally up to individual preference and may vary from stall to stall. So who would have guessed that a simple mix of curry gravy and braised sauce could be so addictively delicious? The Hainanese sure did. But of course, this does not mean that by mixing any curry and soy-based sauce could produce the same flavor, there must be a proven recipe to begin with.

Hainan-Curry-Rice

The main reason Lu San’s Hainan curry rice tastes better than the rest is frankly, quite simple – because the dishes are warm. When you are here, look around the humble stall and you will notice the pots of chicken curry and braised meats constantly being heated to preserve their warmth and taste. Cold food = bad food, simple as that. It is also worth mentioning that Lu San’s chicken curry is cooked using old hen (老母鸡) Since old hen has a longer life (obviously) than the average chicken, its flesh tastes sweeter naturally.

The most memorable food I had in Muar was the Hainan Chicken Curry Rice at Lu San Coffee Shop. Hainan cuisine is definit...

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