As promised earlier, we're going to bring you on a gourmet trip to Melaka, Malaysia! The moment we hopped off our bus, we immediately rushed to one of the most famous Hainanese chicken rice ball eatery in the area. A trip to Melaka won't be complete without trying the signature chicken rice balls, they say.
I'm not sure about the accuracy of the statement, but it's said that the eatery is the first to serve chicken rice balls. I've got no idea either how long has it been in operation. Note that they only have steamed chicken, so don't expect any roasted chicken at sight.
Kampong Chicken (Half) RM 21.00 (~S$8.00)
Since there were only the two of us, the server immediately whip up a plate of half kampong chicken for us. Presented to us was a mix of haphazardly chopped chicken and seemingly not-so-fresh cucumber slices, drizzled with sesame oil and soy sauce. Never mind that. Some slices of the white flesh were tender, but others could be more succulent. The chili had quite a bit of a kick, with its refreshingly sour taste from calamansi. Overall, it wasn't bad, but not memorable either.
Chicken Rice Balls (10 pcs) RM 3.00 (~S$1.15)
Priced at RM 0.30 (~S$0.10) each, the default is a dozen minus two per person. The rice balls were pretty fragrant and enjoyably chewy. Eating a piece without the chicken, dipped in the aforementioned chili sauce, proved to be good too.
We reached the place before 2.00pm if I'm not mistaken, and we had to queue for less than an hour to get a table. Thankfully, it was cloudy that day without the glaring sun to torture us. Pika's advice: Within a stone's throw away is a competitor named Hoe Kee Chicken Rice. You may want to check it out!
Kedai Kopi Chung Wah
18 Jalan Hang Jebat
(Daily: 8.30am - 3.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,