Chicken Rice at Petronas Towers, Malaysia

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I was really looking forward to getting to Malaysia to get some shopping done. Specifically I need some jeans, as I would never find a pair to fit my fat-ass in China.

So we decided our first day in Kuala Lumpar would be a day of shopping.

The question then was of course; where? Well we thought we would give one of the new malls a go, the one under the Petronas Towers in fact.

Getting our shopping done first, yes they had jeans in my size, we decided to see if Malaysia’s love of the food court extended to the new style malls that were becoming popular.

And once again in Malaysia we found ourselves in food court heaven, with way to many choices arrayed before us.

But the food court is not the purpose of this story. What was important, though it didn’t seem like it at the time, was that it was our first encounter with Chicken Rice.

Chicken Rice is a well known South East Asian dish, which consists of nothing more than poached chicken with rice cooked in chicken stock and some soup on the side along with some cucumber and sauces.

This example was pretty good. But we didn’t realise was how we would come to love this dish, even crave it over the coming month.

I will not go into detail about this specific dish as it was the first and we had nothing to compare it to at the time. I have a feeling it was good, but not compared to some of the later versions we would eat on our way up and through Thailand.

Has anybody else fallen for this dish like we did, can we find it anywhere this good in South East Queensland?



Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

3 Responses

    1. I have called it Hainan Chicken before on the blog, but nowhere we ate it through SE Asia seemed to call it that. Thanks for the recommendation.

  1. There’s two type of chicken rice you can find back in Malaysia. The Hainanese is usually with the poached chicken (hence yellowish skin) while the one (pic) you had is the roasted type. Definitely prefer the roasted chicken rice! 🙂

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