11 February 2014

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Ball 和记鸡饭团 (Jonker Street, Malacca)

Read about the three famous Chicken Rice Balls - Chung Wah, Hoe Kee and Famosa. The chicken rice balls are strongly recommended whenever one travels to Malacca. I couldn't give them a miss but only managed to try two of the restaurants. Hoe Kee was established in 1962 and has since been in the chicken rice business.
How to get there?
Address: 4, 6, 8 Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Tel: +606 283 4751

It is distinctively located at the start of Jonker Street which is very near to San Shu Gong.

Opening hours
Daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm

We reached Jonker Street at around 4.30pm and Hoe Kee's chicken rice was already sold out. On the 2nd day, we attempted to queue at Chung Wah but the queue was very long (expect to wait for at least an hour). So, we went to Hoe Kee at around 10.30am which they have just opened for business. Thus, to avoid the queue at Hoe Kee, reach early.
Ice Barley
Steamed white Chicken
I prefer Hoe Kee's Hainan Chicken as compared to Famosa.
It's not that tender but it's more fragrant (due to the sesame oil).
Loose rice
We were there when they have just opened for business.
Rice balls were not ready, only 'loose rice' was available.
Asam Fish
This dish is strongly recommended. It is one of the dishes that you should order.
The fish tastes a bit spicy and sour.
I agree with some reviews that the chicken rice balls are overrated. 
Somehow, the overrated reviews have also contributed to the long queues at these restaurants.
However, Hoe Kee does have sincere friendly staff and having lunch there was a pleasant one.
Read my post on Malacca.

Where else have I been in Malacca?

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