Feb
28
2010

Chicken Rice

In my hometown Malacca, the chicken is served with rice balls rather than a bowl of rice, commonly known as Chicken rice balls. The rice is shaped into golf ball-sized orbs and served alongside the chopped chicken. This dish is eaten the same way as the regular version, making sure to get a portion of chicken, some rice and the soy and chili condiment into each mouthful. Older chefs argue that the rice was originally shaped into balls because it needed to be kept warm from the time it was cooked (often earlier in the day) until mealtime. The rice balls when stored in wooden containers, apparently stayed warm for a longer time. The other theory is that the rice balls were more portable and were easier for labourers working on plantations to transport from home. Today, rice balls are appreciated more as a novelty than anything else.
Chicken rice in Malaysia is available in Chinese coffee shops, but also in roadside stalls and chain restaurants.

In my PIL’s however, the term ‘chicken rice’ refers to the left-over rice that are fed to the chickens in the coop.


Ethan enjoys every moment of ‘chicken rice’ time though he’ll only view them from outside. He’s afraid to get inside.. Oh please, I won’t get inside neither..

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    hahaha i am the first one

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    just know that u speak only Eng & BM.know this from Banana's comment.that why… when we meet up that time at family friso … when i speak Cantonis or mandarin… you look strange a bit ic iclet talk about chicken rice!er… i think the main thing of chicken rice is the chili sauce

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    Voon – Not the chicken meh? What is chicken rice without the chicken? lol.. :P

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    LOL..sothat is the definition of chicken rice…kakaka…hey next time I can ask you to tapau the famous asam fish lor :p

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    Hahaha :D Chicken rice balls. Yeah…it is very popular here in Malacca huh! :p

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    haha, interesting

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    Haven't had chciken rice balls since the 70s in Kuching. Hope to try the Malacca ones one day!

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    I don't quite enjoy the rice balls as I find them too moist for my taste.

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    fun chicken rice time!

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    Ah chicken 'lice' balls so nice. Why Super 6 balls and not Magnificent 7 ah? Chinese believe must be in even numbers? Had it once in Cheras ok only, the chicken still tastes like chicken..lol.So when you are in your in-laws place have to be more specific which chicken 'lice' you gonna eat.

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    asi ayam ialah dedak.. hehehe

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    Would it taste just the name as the normal one bowl of chicken rice with everything being equal same chili & same chicken other than warmer than the usual and more 'compressed'?

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    Yummy!

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    hehehehehhehe….this is funny…i mean the rice that chicken eats. i've heard so much abt the ball rice but never tried before.

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    ooohh..merryn, my kids simply love the balls, the chicken rice balls, i mean…

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    My parents' house has a chicken coop behind the house. The house is in KL and a very old housing area. I used to feed the chickens when parents were away for holidays..haha.

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    The malacca one. We have to queue up for it. So many people but worth it. YX also love to see the cock, hen and chicks. haha…

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    makes my mouth water to see those chicken rice, btw… not the one that fed to the chicken :P

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    my grandma house last time got like this also. i used to chase kambing, ayam, itik all… hehe!

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