I passed by 源记 chicken rice stall several times during past food hunts and noticed that it was always crowded during lunch. Every time, I was either too full or on my way to somewhere else, and so I have never tried 源记 till today.
Today, I made a special trip to 源记 to find out why their chicken is so popular.
When I arrived and looked at the glass case, I was a little disappointed that it was almost all deep fried chickens. (The boss took out that lone white coloured poached chicken after I asked if they served it.) So far, I found deep fried chicken at most chicken rice stalls quite uniformly bland in taste, and thus am not a big fan of it.
But, since I already came all the way from downtown JB to TUTA, I ordered a drumstick and rice (RM4 per set) just to try.
One bite and I realised that 源记's delicious chicken rice is a blog worthy stall. And, wondered what took me so long :P
The golden brown chicken skin and the flesh are tender and sweeter than what I tasted at other stalls. The moist chicken flesh has a nice mouth feel of bouncy juicy meat.
源记's rice was good too. Just nicely fragrant and not overly greasy. The long grain rice were of good quality with firm yet tender grains that separate easily.
The small bowl of chicken soup was sweet with tastes of cabbage.
The chili was watery, salty, tangy and mildly spicy. I prefer my chicken rice chili to be pure ground chili peppers. In the end, I hardly used the chili dip as I like 源记's chicken just by itself, to savour it's lovely flavours.
After my meal, I asked the friendly lady boss Mrs Kang how come 源记's deep fried chicken tastes different from others. Mrs Yang shared that 源记's chicken is charcoal grilled first and then deep fried.
(Note: Most average chicken stalls poach their chicken, air dry it and then deep fry.)
Mr Kang, the boss, said they use chicken of an optimum size when the meat is sweetest and has nicer texture - not too young nor too old. Mr Kang shared that 源记鸡饭 has been in business for 20 years.
源记 also serves poached chicken though their top draw is their deep fried chicken. Still, this plump poached chicken looks invitingly yummy and should be worth a try at my next visit.
I like 源记's grilled-then-fried chicken a lot.
If I am in the mood for a lot of chicken, I would be going to 源记 to indulge my craving wholeheartedly without wasting calories and cholesterol. 源记 also sells their whole deep fried chicken at RM25 each. It would be an excellent idea to buy and eat at home :D
Restaurant name: 源记鸡饭 chicken rice stall in Kedai Kopi Yee Chia Ler
Address: Jalan Temanggong 11, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai. Johor
Hours: 9:00am to 2:00pm (usually sold out earlier) (Closed on Monday)
Date visited: 13 Nov 2013