We were having late supper a few months ago at Kee Kim Huat kopitiam and one of us ordered a small plate of kampung chicken rice from the 旺角 kampung chicken rice stall here. I immediately liked it as the chicken was tender, smooth and flavourful. I decided then that I would come back to try it again and write a post about it.
旺角 Kampung Chicken Rice stall run by Ah Xiang is a branch of Buddy's chicken rice in Taman Pelangi. Whereas Buddy's sells farm chickens 肉鸡, 旺角 specialises in kampung chickens.
The kampung chicken meat was tender, smooth, juicy and naturally sweet. Even the breast meat which is usually bland and fibrous was soft with a nice tone and flavourful.
Whenever a chicken rice stall offers "glass chicken claws" I will order it :) The "glass chicken claws" 玻璃鸡爪 at 旺角 were excellent - crunchy, and had nice mouth feel. The light savoury and slightly tangy sauce enhanced the taste of the "glass chicken claws".
All of Buddy's outlets get their tofu from the same supplier. The tofu was firm and quite smooth. Ah Xiang is skillful in frying the tofu and his was the most nicely done tofu among Buddy's outlets that I have tried so far.
We had a plate of beansprouts. It was nice and crunchy and was tasty with nice savoury sauce. But, these were the usual local taugeh and it was not as good that those plump, succulent and sweet taugeh we had in Ipoh. I would also prefer that the roots were nipped off :P
The fluffy rice was mildly flavoured with pandan leaves, ginger and chicken fat. It was not too oily nor greasly, not that "old style" some would say but I liked my chicken rice this way.
The spicy, mildy stinging chili sauce and mild ginger puree were nice and enhanced the enjoyment of the chicken. The sauces were machine blended a bit too fine for my liking.
旺角 sells kampung chicken at RM38 a bird and RM19 for half. A set of chicken rice with soup costs RM7.
旺角 does not serve porridge 粥 despite what is stated on the stall front.
旺角 Chicken Rice stall is certainly worth trying for its lovely kampung chicken.
I noticed at least one other kampung chicken stall just around the corner. I shall try that and other stalls, and compile a selection of JB's best chicken rice.
Restaurant name: 旺角 Chicken Rice stall in Kee Kim Huat coffee shop 纪金发茶餐室
Address: 80, Jalan Badik, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru
Hours: 6:00pm to 2:00am (closed on Mondays)
Date visited: 3 Jan 2013
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