Chicken rice is no doubt one of the quintessential Chinese dishes. They can be easily found at hawker stalls and restaurants, normally served during breakfast or lunchtime. Then, there’s Hainanese chicken rice — essentially a dish typically served with poached chicken using free-range varieties and fragrant rice. Now, if you are looking for the latter, we have it covered with our selected 8 Delectable Hainanese Chicken Rice Spots in Klang Valley, listed in alphabetical order.
1) Choon Guan Coffee Shop 1956 @ Klang
For over 60 years, Choon Guan Coffee Shop 1956 has been a mainstay in the Klang area. Or more specifically, Lorong Amarasegara in which they are known for serving old-school Hainanese breakfast and lunch staples. The latter, of course, refers to their signature Hainanese chicken rice. They insist only ayam kampung or free-range chicken with the fragrant rice itself shaped into balls (or have them served on a plate as normal).
Address: Lorong Amarasegara, Kawasan 12, 42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 6 am to 4 pm | Tel: 03-3168 6828
2) Kim Kee Nasi Ayam Hailam @ Ampang
Moist, smooth and fork-tender poached chicken served with aromatic rice and crunchy tauge (bean sprouts) — undoubtedly a match made in heaven. And this is what Kim Kee Nasi Ayam Hailam does best! Located at Ampang’s Jalan Kolam Air Lama, the stall happens to be halal as well.
Address: 1, Jalan Kolam Air Lama, Taman Dato Ahmad Razali, 68000 Ampang, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10.30 am to 10 pm | Tel: 012-698 1709
3) Melawati Nasi Ayam Aunty Hainan @ Taman Melawati
Here’s another halal Hainanese-style chicken rice spot in KL, where you can locate at Taman Melawati. The stall, which is operated by an old Chinese couple for more than a decade, serves both steamed and roasted chicken. Expect juicy and tender chicken that complements well with their fragrant rice and spicy chilli dipping sauce. Their chicken rice is also reasonably priced, making it a favourite among many locals — particularly during lunchtime — who live around the Melawati area.
Address: Lot B27, Taman Melawati Food Court, Jalan Taman Melawati, Taman Melawati, 53100 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10 am to 3.30 pm | Tel: 013-367 1494
4) Nasi Ayam Chee Meng @ Various Locations
Nasi Ayam Chee Meng has come a long way since its humble beginnings operating as a chicken rice stall in Jalan Klang Lama. That was way back in the 1960s and today, it has expanded into a restaurant chain around the Klang Valley area. Tender Hainanese-style chicken rice aside, Nasi Ayam Chee Meng also happens to be certified halal. They also serve other dishes such as squid, stir-fry vegetables and noodles.
Address: Various Locations in Klang Valley | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 10 pm | Tel: 011-2413 0863
5) Nasi Ayam Kam Kee @ Jalan Sultan
A popular Hainanese-style chicken spot located at the bustling Petaling Street area, Nasi Ayam Kam Kee serves both free-range and farm-range chickens. Either way, they go well with fragrant rice and are best paired with a mix of ginger-garlic sauce and chilli sauce. Interestingly enough, this chicken rice restaurant also serves beef brisket soup as well.
Address: 42, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Mon-Tues & Thurs-Sun 10 am to 3.30 pm
6) Restoran Loke Yun @ Pekan Ampang
This is a place that needs no introduction. Restoran Loke Yun’s signature Hainanese-style chicken rice strictly uses free-range varieties (a.k.a. “choi yin gai” in Cantonese) to preserve its authenticity. Then, there’s the oiled rice and not to forget the delectable chicken gizzards that pair with their steamed chicken.
Address: 158, Jalan Besar Ampang, Pekan Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 10.30 am to 3 pm & 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm | Tel: 03-4291 9884
7) Signature Pudu Hainan Chicken Rice @ Bandar Mahkota Cheras
Their Hainanese-style steamed ayam kampung rice is no doubt the highlight here, serving whole chickens to different chicken parts such as drumstick, breast and gizzards. You can also opt for their honey-roasted varieties and have them paired with a choice of steamed or oily rice. They have side dishes as well, even though only limited to the likes of braised egg, bean sprouts and sour & spicy vegetables.
Address: 12A-G, Jalan Temenggung 17/9, Section 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Batu 9 Cheras, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 10.30 am to 9 pm
8) Tasty Chicken Rice Restaurant @ Dataran Sunway
The name of this popular restaurant says it all: they primarily serve Hainanese-style chicken rice in either individual sets or family plates. For a wholesome meal, don’t forget to complement your chicken rice with an extra plate of char siew (BBQ pork) and their braised chicken feet.
Address: 22A-1, Jalan PJU 5/16, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am to 3.30 pm & 5.30 pm to 9 pm / Sat-Sun 9 am to 3.30 pm | Tel: 012-219 5591