On the trail of halal chicken rice


  • Eating Out
  • Thursday, 26 Sep 2019

Mustaqim (right) and his uncle preparing the chicken rice orders at their stall in Pasar Datuk Keramat.

CHICKEN rice is popular among Malaysians and typically eaten during lunch or dinner.

A plate usually consists of steamed rice, slices of chicken, cucumber and tomato slices, chilli sauce and sometimes, a few lettuce leaves.

If you are looking for something to fill that hungry belly, you cannot go wrong with chicken rice.

Stalls and restaurants offering chicken rice are aplenty, which means there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

My search for appetising chicken rice over the years has helped me come up with this list. The following are some of the halal stalls and restaurants I frequent.

PASAR DATUK KERAMAT

Lorong Keramat Dalam 1, Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur.

Business hours: 8am to 10pm, daily.


This chicken rice stall has been here for as long as I can remember.

Well-known among the locals in Taman Keramat, the stall, which faces Lorong Keramat Dalam 1, serves a large portion of rice on each plate.

As I had gone there during lunchtime and was very hungry, I appreciated the generous serving.

Cooked over a small fire in a big pot, the rice had a lovely texture to it, adding heft to the dish. This also filled me up quickly.

A man who wanted to be known as Mustaqim currently runs the stall with his uncle.

Each plate is reasonably priced at RM5.

It is pretty convenient to get here via LRT, just disembark at the Datuk Keramat station and it is a short walk to the market from there.

Meanwhile, those who choose to drive to the market can park their vehicle at a vacant lot behind a nearby school.

MELAWATI NASI AYAM HAINAN

Jalan Taman Melawati, Taman Melawati.

Business hours: 9.30am to 10.30pm, daily.


Located in a food court, this stall also offers affordably priced chicken rice.

For RM5.30, one gets a hearty portion of chicken with the standard serving of rice.

I went with a friend to this stall and although I was not hungry to begin with, one look at the succulent pieces of chicken breast on my friend’s plate and I found myself placing an order too.

The chilli sauce was not too spicy and went well with the chicken and rice combo.

The hot soup that came with the dish completed the ensemble nicely.

My meal did not come with sliced cucumber but that was not a deal breaker for me.

Ample seats and tables are provided, so dining here is comfortable.

During the day, parking can be a bit tricky because there are limited parking bays in the area, so it is best to plan your visit.

NASI AYAM AU5D

Jalan Taman Melawati, Taman Melawati.

Business hours: 10am to 7pm, daily.


This stall is also located in a food court and across the road from the Melawati Nasi Ayam Hainan.

The first thing I noticed about the chicken rice here was its small offering of lettuce and generous serving of chilli sauce.

The fresh leaves were served with the soy sauce-soaked chicken, giving the crisp vegetable a slight briny taste, which I liked.

The chilli sauce was not too spicy and had just enough heat to tease one’s taste buds.

Overall, I was satisfied with the meal and pleased with the friendly staff who greeted me.

The price per plate here is also affordable at RM5.

NASI AYAM MAHARAJA

Jalan AU1A Taman Keramat.

Business hours: 11am to 10pm.


Although this roadside stall only started operating a few years ago, it quickly became a hit with the locals.

The chicken is not steamed but grilled instead.

A big grill set-up can be seen where the chickens were being cooked slowly, and its aroma is enough to make you hungry even though you are not.

It is priced a little higher than the other stalls I visited at RM5.50, but the generous portions of rice and chicken make up for it.

The chicken with its slightly honeyed taste was very palatable.

If you decide to drive here, be mindful not to double-park, because parking is limited.

However, one can get here by LRT as it is a five-minute walk from the Setiawangsa station.

CRG Chicken Rice

40, Jalan Zirkon 7f/F, Section 7, Shah Alam.

Business hours: 8am to 7pm, daily.


If you do not mind spending a bit more, this restaurant is worth the visit.

A friend suggested that I give this restaurant a visit.

The restaurant’s nice ambience makes dining here even more enjoyable.

For RM9, diners can get the “Double Set”, which comes with double the amount of chicken.

Unlike other chicken rice restaurants, which offer lettuce as an accompaniment, one can choose to add some bean sprouts for RM3.

The restaurant closes early, so it is advisable to head there early before it closes shop.
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