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When it comes to food in the historical town that is Melaka, there are a few items that you must never miss. Kinda like the Char Kueh Teow and Laksa in Penang, the must-eat items in Melaka are Satey Celup (video!), Chendol, Poh Piah, and of course, perhaps the most famous of all, the Chicken Rice Ball.

Chicken Rice Ball at Melaka, Chung Wah restaurant
very old school set up, with marble table

Chung Wah restaurant (中华茶室) is one of the very first, and regarded by many, the best chicken rice ball restaurant in Melaka. It is also perhaps the most accessible one, with a paid car park just right beside the building, across from the St. Paul’s church (another must visit place in Melaka).

The place is always packed during weekends, and almost impossible to get in during festive seasons. After fighting through a small crowd to get our table, we ordered a middle portion chicken meat with 2 plates of chicken rice balls (5 balls per plate)

Chicken Rice Ball at Melaka, Chung Wah restaurant
chicken, rice balls, and chili, we’re all set

The chicken came with only one style, white chicken, since this is a pure Hainanese restaurant, no roasted or BBQ variety. The meat was smooth and tasted rather good, with sufficient flavor in all departments. The chili that is so important to any chicken rice dish was actually very good, has a kick in it while retaining a savory pepper aroma, addictive. The main attraction, the rice balls themselves, were somehow rather cold, but otherwise tasted pretty good. It is like having Bak Chang made of chicken rice, an interesting experience if you haven’t tried it.

Chicken Rice Ball at Melaka, Chung Wah restaurant
Chung Wah restaurant is right at the end/beginning of Jonker Walk

The meal for two was about RM 13-14, RM 8 for the chicken, and RM 1.50 for a plate of 5 rice balls.

Address:
Kedai Kopi Chung Wah
18, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka

GPS: 2.194969,102.248576

This is the very first KY tv post, my very own fake plan food review “TV” show!

Now this is not the first time I wrote about Satay Celup at this particular place in Melaka. The previous entry on Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup includes the review in text, as well as pictures, contact number, address, and map. Then again, nothing beats the video, especially with hot chick (who is also my camera girl and chief editor) in it too.

It was 5pm and we were the very first customer in the restaurant. Trust me, by sunset the place will be busier than a beehive.

Tell me it’s awesome!

Got a request from the special one for chicken porridge. I have never cooked porridge before, but since I know the basics and happened to have bought some decent quality dried scallops from Vietnam, I did not hesitate to take on this project.

Chicken Porridge for the Soul
the finished product looks pretty good isn’t it?

After a short 15 minute trip to Giant and RM 7+ later, I got the necessary ingredients and started to get busy.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of rice
  • 2 pieces of chicken ribs, remove meat from the rib bones
  • sliced ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • some dried mushroom, sliced
  • spring onion, chopped
  • some dried scallop, sliced or whole

Steps:

  • boil about 8-10 cups of water, and add in ginger, chicken, and scallop to make chicken soup
  • after 10-20 minutes, use everything from the chicken soup as the “water” to cook porridge
  • you need around 3 times more water compared to cooking rice, for 2.5 cups of rice, have enough water in the pot for 7-8 cups of rice.
  • add sliced mushroom in the pot and start cooking the porridge
  • add salt to taste (2-3 tea spoon should suffice)
  • fry the chopped garlic with vegetable oil till golden brown
  • serve porridge with fried garlic and chopped spring onion

Chicken Porridge for the Soul
ingredients and the preparation method

The end product actually tasted pretty good. The dried scallop certainly contributed a dash of luxury to the taste of the chicken porridge. I actually had to add some soya sauce due to the conservative manner in salt usage, but it’s always better than having the whole pot goes to waste if too much salt is used.

Try it, if you don’t have a rice cooker with the porridge setting, a normal pot would work too, just have to watch out and not leave the porridge too dry.

While walking around the supermarket at KLCC looking to stock up my food drawer, I came across the canned food section and spotted this Ayam Brand “Snacky Pack” salmon spread and tuna spread. I remember when I was young, whenever mom made me run to the grocery store to get canned food, she would always insist on the trusted Ayam Brand.

Ayam Brand Salmon and Tuna Spread, Snacky Pack
wholesome goodness in a small package

Well, if mom insists on it, it must be good. I dug out RM 3.50 or so to get a pack of tuna spread. This thing came with a small 85 gram of tuna spread and two packs of crackers (around 10 in total). All these nicely packed, air tight and all so you can actually keep it for a couple years. That’s always a good attribute for office snacks, longevity and ease of storage.

Ayam Brand Salmon and Tuna Spread, Snacky Pack
this thing is just so convenient

The snack is ready to eat, just pop out the cover of the spread, unwrapped the shrink wrapped cookies, all without the need of any utensil or kitchen tools. The pack even comes with a small plastic spoon.

The portion of the spread was just nice for the crackers supplied, and this stuff actually tasted very good. The crackers crunchy and slightly salty, but complimented the heavy mayo taste of the spread very well. It was so awesome as office food I actually bought another 3 packets the very same day, this time with the salmon spread as well (I still prefer the Tuna after tasted both).

Ayam Brand Salmon and Tuna Spread, Snacky Pack
calorie watches need not to be too alarmed

For the calorie counters, the crackers and spread totals up to some 500 calories. Not too bad for breakfast or snack. After all, that’s only equals to about 5 chocolate chips cookies.

It’s near Chinese New Year again, and I’m sure a lot of you guys are heading up north to the congestion infested tourist spot that is also my hometown, Penang. While on our beloved PLUS highway, many of you will undoubtedly stop at one of the R&R areas for bathroom breaks and even a meal (especially if the congestion makes the journey lasts across meal times). However, everyone knows that you can’t really find anything worth filling up the stomach for at those R&Rs, so the last trip I took to Penang, I stopped by Bidor instead.

Pun Chun (品珍) Restaurant at Bidor
this place is in business since 1938

The Pun Chun (品珍) restaurant at the heart of the town is famous for it’s duck drumstick noodle as well as their chicken biscuit (鸡子饼). In fact, they’ve been doing this since some 60 years ago. However, other than roast duck drumstick, they also serve wanton, char siu (roasted pork), chicken, fish ball, ginger duck, curry chicken, and more.

Since many other posts like this, and this has already reviewed their duck drumstick noodle, I decided to order a plate of noodle with wanton and char siu instead.

Pun Chun (品珍) Restaurant at Bidor
shrimp + pork wantan, slurps

To be fair, the char siu was just mediocre. However, the 3 pretty good size wanton were rather good. Stuffed with good amount of minced pork and fresh shrimp meat, the texture was good, and the sweetness of shrimp with the smoothness of pork proved to be an excellent combination for my taste buds. The wanton soup too, was of a lot higher quality than the chicken (probably with cheap chicken stock) soup I’ve had in many other places.

Kawasan Petai at Bidor
you can buy some good petai too

The meal was certainly satisfying, and worlds better than anything I could get from the R&Rs. However, that plate of noodle was at a pricey RM 4.50, more expensive than most other places in KL, let alone a small town like Bidor. The duck noodle would be RM 5.60.

Though a little pricey, I think it’s still worth a stop for this place. You can get some chicken biscuits for your mom while you’re there too. There’s also a dedicated petai market just right next to the restaurant.

Pun Chun (品珍) Restaurant at Bidor
the restaurant is just a couple kilometers from the highway exit

Address:
38-40, Jalan Besar,
Bidor, 35500 Perak

GPS: 4.11190, 101.28870
Tel: 05-434 1554, 05-434 1562
Hours: 5am to 10pm daily