People who travel seek budget-friendly food near their hotel. While there is always the hotel restaurant, it is not a very practical option as hotel restaurants tend to be very expensive. If you are traveling on a budget, such place to eat is not a very good idea. If you walk further from your hotel, there you’ll find a hub of food vendors selling authentic dishes at a friendly rate. But usually, such place exists really far from your hotel. If you are traveling to Malaysia, the Apple Hotel would probably be the best choice of hotel you can go to as you only have to go outside and cross the street, there awaits you hawker vendors serving authentic Malaysian dishes which are all very delectable and best of all, budget-friendly. Chicken rice Malaysia is among the many authentic dishes you will find served by hawker vendors. Originally a Chinese dish, this dish has certainly captured the hearts of Malaysians and foreigners alike due to its tender and flavorful meat served with different dips mixed with herbs and spices. Chicken rice Malaysia is truly one of the most satisfying dishes you can try when you visit Malaysia.
There are many different versions of this dish depending on which place in Malaysia you are eating it. In Malacca, instead of serving this dish with the traditional flavored chicken oil rice, they serve with it plain rice balls. The rice balls are shaped and sized like a golf ball and served with chopped chicken strips. It has long been argued that the reason why the rice is shaped like a golf ball is to help keep the rice warm for longer hours – from early in the morning when it is cooked until it is about mealtime. Rice balls stored in wooden containers apparently stayed warm longer. While other people believes that it is shaped into such due to laborers in plantations being able to carry rice into the field more efficiently when they are shaped into balls. Whichever way you prefer your rice to be served, Chicken rice Malaysia is still as flavorful as it can be.
Chicken Rice in Jalan Alor, Near Bukit Bintang, Malaysia (1 minute walk from Apple Hotel)
Nowadays, hawker food vendors add bean sprouts when they serve the dish but in plain white rice instead of the traditional chicken oil-flavored rice. Some vendors add more to the meal by also adding meatball soup to the entire meal. Further more, others also include chicken innards which are also very much popular to Chicken rice Malaysia eaters and lovers. Due to the popularity of this dish, there are also various food chains and restaurants that serve different versions of the dish such as a BBQ-ed version and a honey-roasted version. Some serve roasted chicken instead of the traditional version which is cooked through steaming.
Chicken rice Malaysia is truly one of the most sought after Malaysian dishes. Whichever way you prefer your rice or your chicken to be cooked, there is a variety for each preference and they are equally flavorful, tender, moist, and delicious.