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Jun 1, 2009 08:21 AM

Singapore: Chicken rice balls

Good Year Hainanese chicken rice stall in Toa Payoh is possibly the ONLY place in Singapore where one can find the elusive Malacca-style Hainanese chicken rice balls.

Unlike the dainty golf ball-sized chicken rice balls in Malacca (Malaysia), Singapore's version is perhaps closer to its Hainanese roots - much larger, tennis ball-sized, in fact. Also, this Singaporean version tastes a bit drier than the plump, moist little chicken rice balls we get in Malacca, though still addictive in its own way.

A standard portion (for one person) at Good Year consists of 2 balls of chicken rice, accompanied by a small platter of very tasty poached chicken & a small spartan bowl of clear chicken-flavored soup with boiled peanuts. The chicken rice balls themselves are delicious, and in each mouthful of the savoury rice, one can discern the warm scent of ginger, the assertive tang of garlic & the gentle whiff of pandanus leaves.

Sure beats having to drive more than 200 miles to Malacca!

Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball
Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Singapore , SG

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  1. malacca chicken rice ball is smaller than s'pore chicken rice ball. becoz of the ping pong size of it u won feel too much bt another way u'll feel is jst nice for that size. bt i dn knw which chicken rice ball u been in melaka, bt nxt time i suggest u go to this place
    malacca jonker street chicken ricell ball in melaka. coz i found this place got a lot of side dishes and the way of chopping the chicken let me feel like eating it and the taste of the chicken is tender and not tough also.
    the place is nt big, bt the fod there is really good, reasonable price also.
    so try to go this place

    title: malacca jonker street chicken rice ball
    Add: 17, lorong hang jebat, 75200 melaka
    Tel: 06-2847377

    try go this place and u'll never regret

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    1. re: tam jia gui

      I tried Chung Wah (see previous thread below) as it was the first restaurant to have popularised chicken rice balls to Singaporeans:

      But I also heard very much about Hoe Kee (also on Jonkers St) which is supposed to be the oldest chicken rice restaurant in town. Hoe Kee also offers fish assam pedas and the lotus root/black beans soup which Chung Wah doesn't have. That's the place I plan to try on my next trip to Malacca.

      The only chicken rice ball restaurant which didn't quite appeal to me is Famosa which I understand is a chain (they've also got an outlet in Jonkers St).

      Haven't noticed Malacca Jonker St Chicken Rice Ball before, but will definitely make sure to give it a try, too, for comparison's sake.

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      1. hi...recently just tried this chicken rice ball in tp w my partner...both of us agree that the chicken rice balls r too big..dry and tasteless...but the chicken is good..tender and juicy...the bean sprouts quite disappointed...

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        1. re: jemmyyeo

          jemmyyeo, I am from Malacca originally and visit there a lot, although I'd lived in Singapore since 1956. Just curious, you look familiar - are you related to the people who run Malacca Jonker Street Chicken Rice Balls mentioned by tam jia gui above?

          If so, are you a chef yourself? I also prefer Malacca's mushier and softer rice and find Singapore's too dry and hard.

          1. re: M_Gomez

            Hi M_Gomez, just noticed your reply which was few yrs ago... yes..i was a chef..n i was the consultant for Malacca Jonker Street Chicken Rice Ball... :-)

        2. More than 3 years after my original post, I'd also managed to find some very good chicken rice balls at Nan Xiang in Novena Square 2:

          P.S. - Nan Xiang's chicken riceball is also the huge "one size feeds all" type, not like those delicate, mushy, ping pong ball-sized Malaccan ones.

          1. ah i read about this place on ieat

            how's their chicken rice + chicken compare to other famous spots? tian tian etc

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            1. re: Lau

              Tian Tian's better by a mile! More fragrant rice, and tastier chicken.

              My current fave chicken rice spot is Boon Tong Kee on Balestier Road.

              1. re: klyeoh

                ahhh then sounds moe like a novelty for me than somewhere i should go (my time is so limited when im there!)

                i havent been to boon tong kee in a very long time....def will go there next trip