Chicken rice can be found in most hawker stalls and food courts in Penang as the chicken rice is a popular and favorite food for many of us. There is one exceptional stall that sells Hainan Chicken Rice – Thai style located in a corner coffee shop along Penang Road. It is directly opposite KOMTAR Tower and a few shops away from Kek Seng which is famous for its durian ice cream and ice kacang.
This stall is quite similar to other stalls, selling white and roast chicken. My plate with a mixture of both was served with sliced cucumber and garnished with chopped spring onions with a drizzle of black soy sauce mixture and oil. It is accompanied by a free bowl of chicken soup.
I prefer to have the chicken meat served separately from the rice
The difference of this chicken rice lies in its special flavored rice, just plain delicious. Herbs and spices are thrown into the rice adding flavor to it. It tasted good even eaten on its own.
Another item worth mentioning is their exceptional condiment, chili sauce. Customers that have eaten their chili sauce will rave about it as it is totally different compared to the usual chili sauce. The more spicy sauce is slightly brownish green and is made up of a good amount of coarsely chopped ginger, garlic, green chilies, vinegar and some taucheong. It is very appetizing with the chicken rice. Wonder if this chili sauce is truly a Thai version for chicken rice or was it the owner’s recipe?
The side dish we had was Lap Cheong (Chinese sausage). Not many chicken rice stalls serve this fragrant sausage as a side dish. It has a hard texture with a hint of Chinese wine and makes an excellent addition to the chicken rice.
Do head over to this place if you feel like having chicken rice with flavorful rice, special chili sauce and Chinese sausage. Overall, between the two types of chicken meat, the white one was more tender while the roast meat was a bit drier and tougher for me. Still this is a good alternative if you want to have a different version of chicken rice. Click here for the Map Location. The frontage of the shop is facing KOMTAR Tower with its side on Lorong Bertam which leads out to Macalister Lane.
Thai Chicken Rice
Closed on Sunday
Business Hour : Lunch till early evening
GPS Coordinates : N05 2455.1 E100 1945.2