October 7, 2012

Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka…chicken ball rice are good, but not worth the hassle

Got to say, not so impressed.

Melaka is well-known for its chicken rice ball, which is actually chicken rice pressed into a ball (when it is hot, to ensure it sticks together). The compact and flavourful rice balls were of a slight grainy texture, moist and slightly sticky but yet soft enough to swallow effortlessly; so much so you can eat it on its own.

For all that the rice balls are worth, I don’t get it.

The whole queueing thing here has gotten ridiculous! As early as 9.30am, the queue to even get into the shop is immense (that’s the time the photo below was taken). Moreover, the chicken was chopped in a haphazard manner….and it actually tastes the way it looks…not good. It was a monumental let-down.

I’m not sure I would queue again for that long while hungry. Good rice balls are available in many places. The rice balls here are good but certainly not worth any kind of hassle or special effort. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

April 26, 2010

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant…not the greatest but better than most others

There are countless delicious chicken rice stalls in Singapore, with notable names like Boon Tong Kee, Mandarin Chicken Rice, Five Star, etc. None of these mentioned ranks even up there with Wee Nam Kee. Though I must point out at this stage that Idon’t find Wee Nam Kee as the greatest chicken rice I’ve ever had, it certainly is high up there.

Most shops are specialised for either their “pak cham kai”(steamed/boiled chicken) or roasted chicken. But at Wee Nam Kee, the soya chicken is outstanding. The rice is yummy fluffy, compelling flavoured, only slight oiled. Some people says that the chilli sauce is the crux of the entire chicken rice. Whether you make it or break it, it is the chilli sauce. The chilli sauce here has a bite to it that is both savoury and tangy.

What is essentially an everyday dish, Wee Nam Kee’s chicken rice is effectively executed and it tastes exactly like what it’s supposed to: soft, fragrant, flavoursome and full of chicken stockiness. That’s still the true truth. I still say it as it is.

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