If you are looking for Hainance chicken rice in Penang, a place worth visiting is Kokokay Hainanese Chicken Rice. Run by the owner Mr. Tan and his wife, their stall No. 21 housed in Kompleks Penjaja Desiran Tanjung (Tanjung Tokong Food Court) has been quietly serving out some really good “Kocah Bi” (taste of yesteryears) chicken rice.
Besides putting a lot of effort into maintaining the taste and smooth texture of the poached chicken, Mr Tan cooks the rice with a depth of fragrant chicken flavour using chicken stock.
A serving of chicken served with oil and soy sauce alongside freshly cut cucumber is accompanied by a complement of soup. The chili sauce is also worthy of a mention – distinctive as it is prepared with fruit-loaded sourish freshness instead of the usual vinegar.
On a subsequent visit, each of us had an individual serving of the chicken rice. It’s good value, RM5 for chicken breast and RM6 for chicken drumstick (deboned). Making the meal even better is a serving of braised chicken feet. Occasionally, the Tans also serve up braised pork trotter.
Many staying nearby are making Kokokay Hainanese Chicken Rice stall a place to go for breakfast and lunch. Since our first lunch visit, we were back many more times, even with many takeaways for home consumption.
The opening days of this chicken rice stall are from Monday to Friday (10.30 am till 1.30 pm) and closes on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays.
*However, due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, indoor dining has been temporarily halted and the business hours have changed (call 016 – 4456123 for more info).
Kokokay Hainanese Chicken Rice
Kompleks Penjaja Desiran Tanjung
Jalan Desiran Tanjung 3
Seri Tanjung Pinang
10470 Tanjung Tokong