We stumbled upon this Sin Bee Hiang 新味香雞飯 kampung chicken while on a food trail in Johor Bahru. The morning didn't start well as the first three stalls we wanted to try were unexpectedly closed and we collected a traffic summon even before our first morning coffee ;-(
Too tired and hungry to continue, we settled on Agape 愛加倍 coffee shop - it wasn't on our itinerary. As there was a chicken rice stall at Agape, we ordered a quarter chicken (RM16) to taste test. Our group of 7 makan (foodie) veterans (i.e. oldies) were all tasting this kampung chicken for the first time. We had one piece of chicken each and all agreed that this is on everyone's top 10 list of favourite chicken.
I was so in love with this kampung chicken that I wanted to come back to Agape to have an in depth tasting the very next day. Sadly, my trusty car broke down as a faulty switch left my back brake lights stuck on, draining my battery flat. Still, I got here as soon as my car was fixed ;-D
The kampung chicken that won our hearts and saved our day was at Sin Bee Hiang chicken rice stall 新味香雞飯.
Sin Bee Hiang Chicken Rice is located inside Agape 愛加倍, a corner coffee shop in Taman Pelangi.
Sin Bee Hiang stall owner Mr Lee has been a hawker since he was 16 years old. He has been running Sin Bee Hiang chicken rice stall with his wife here at Agape coffee shop for 30 years already.
Mr Lee goes to the wet market to personally select his chicken and is at the stall by 6:00am to prepare his chicken and is ready for business by 9:30am. Very few hawkers hand pick their live chicken nowadays but Mr Lee still insists on the old way - going to the wet market at Taman Sri Terbrau at 5:00am.
Sin Bee Hiang serves both fried chicken (commonly referred to as roast) and also poached chicken. The fried chicken is made with battery chicken. The poached chicken is made with kampung (free range) chicken.
Today, two of us indulged in half a kampung chicken (RM25). We already knew it is good from our first visit ;-D
The chicken meat was tender and juicy, and has a more bouncy "lively" mouth feel that is different from typical battery chicken 肉雞. I also love the skin which is soft and smooth. Nice natural chicken flavour and aroma were released with every bite of skin and flesh.
Mr Lee drizzled the chicken meat with a simple blend of sesame oil and soy sauce which complements the chicken's natural flavours.
The simple chicken rice had just the right amount of moistness and good tender, slightly nutty bite. The rice had a nice gentle chicken aroma and taste with very little grease.
I don't have the habit of drizzling my chicken rice with dark soy sauce nowadays. If you do, the sauce is savoury sweet, more on the savoury side.
Mr Lee makes his own chili sauce which tastes savoury spicy.
Do not underestimate this clear looking simple chicken soup. In it's watery body, it has a nice pure chicken flavour. Just drinking this simple chicken soup is a pleasure in itself, for me.
This is chicken soup for the soul, literally.
Bonus tip :-D
Also get the fish ball soup from the "Take a Seat 坐 一下" kway teow thng stall at the same coffee shop. The hand made fish balls using 100% Yellowtail fish complements the chicken rice very well.
Perfect pairing, I must say.
The easiest way to locate Agape coffee shop is to look out for Music Band KTV which is just across the road.
->> One of best kampung chicken rice that I have tried so far.
Disclosure: Mr Lee graciously declined our payment for the chicken eaten during our second visit.
Restaurant name: Sin Bee Hiang Chicken Rice 新味香雞飯
Address: 49, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Agape Food Court) 愛加倍
GPS: 1.482469, 103.775374
Hours: 9:30am to 1:30pm (closed on Monday)
Date visited: 27 Oct 2015, 30 Oct 2015
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