The historic state of Melaka is also famous for some of its beloved street food – chicken rice balls, Satey Celup, Popiah with Lard, and Cendol with Gula Melaka.
So it’s understandable if you feel the need to stuff your face silly every time you’re there. For this particular outing, chicken rice balls was the preferred choice.
There are three chicken rice ball restaurants in Melaka, all within walking distance of each other.
Chung Wah’s while serving rather tasty chicken rice ball, is a somewhat hot and stuffy place teeming with people. On the other hand, Famosa Chicken Rice Ball was only so-so, taste-wise.
Among the three places, Hoe Kee served the best chicken rice balls and had the most comfortable seating areas, with some sections even air-conditioned.
Be prepared to wait for a table though, maybe 10 minutes or so. However, once you do get a table, your order will be served within five minutes, which more than makes up for the waiting time.
Lunch for five people this particular time was 15 extra chicken rice balls, Asam Fish, vegetables and four coconuts.
The half-chicken ordered was tender and tasty. There was also a generous serving of chicken gizzard and liver which provided a different flavour profile that were a perfect complement to the soft but firm rice balls.
The Asam Fish came last. The timing of this dish could not have been more spot-on since the strong sour-spicy notes of the curry would not have worked well with the milder-flavoured chicken. It was delicious, though.
Definitely a recommended spot to lunch or dine at the next time you find yourself in Jonker Street, Melaka.
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice
4, 6, 8 Jalan Hang Jebat,
Tel: 06-283 4751 / 012-623 8431
This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com