Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

If you like chicken rice, this is a restaurant for you. It serves chicken rice and chicken rice only, so there is not much for those who like to browse a menu. It is a fairly popular restaurant, so plan ahead on which time you go there. During lunchtime there is a high probability that there will be an insane queue. We had a bit of luck when a large party in front of us decided they could not wait any longer and left, thus giving us their place in the queue. After some minor queuing we got seated and a waiter asked us what we would like to drink. We placed our beverage orders and also added that we wanted to order some chicken rice. The waiter said that in this restaurant the eating party just have to sit down and the right amount of food will be served, and since there is only chicken rice on the menu, not so much to debate over what to eat.

The restaurant had a pretty simple setup, with drink waiters, food waiters and a chef who was chopping up steamed chicken in a rather fierce way. I would say that pretty much everything he did, he did in a fierce way, contributed by his appearance. In my mind I imagined him as a fierce captain on a ship, leading his crew with a firm hand, cracking his whip now and then, and the crew showing him their greatest respect, both for his hard ways and his skills.

The rice they have is served in form of balls, which is a speciality for Malacca, which also make the few chicken rice restaurants in Malacca so popular. The rice balls I got were not that spectacular tastewise, perfectly ok though. I assume that they are so popular because they are being more of a novelty. The steamed chicken was one of the better ones I have had. However, the real price goes to the chilli sauce. Besides the chilli, garlic and ginger flavours there were some strong lime and tamarind tones. Easiest the best chilli sauce I have had in Malaysia!

Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka, Malaysia.

Dining area at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka, Malaysia.

Master chef at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka, Malaysia.

Staff and patrons at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka, Malaysia.

Plate of rice balls at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka, Malaysia.

Chicken rice at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka, Malaysia.

Plate of chicken rice at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka, Malaysia.

Chef and staff.

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