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Jan 30, 2013 09:30 PM

Kota Bharu, Kelantan - Best Hainanese Chicken Rice in Town

This retro-looking spot on Jalan Tok Hakim in downtown Kota Bharu purportedly serves the best Hainanese chicken rice in town - something which I was quite keen to try out and compare to the versions I had in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh and Malacca.

My take on Sung Kee's chicken rice? It was good - moist, fragrant rice with well-separated grains. The poached chicken was delicious, and the accompanying chicken consomme soup was light and tasted absolutely perfect.

I also ordered an interesting side-dish of braised yam with dried shrimps, which was very tasty indeed and went well with the chicken rice.

Overall, I'd rate Sung Kee's chicken rice above the versions I'd tried in Penang, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur (with the exception of Loke Yun, the legendary spot in Ampang Hainanese rice in Singapore and Ipoh are still better.

Will I come back again for this - probably not if I'm in Kota Bharu for a short visit, as the Kelantanese-Malay food far surpasses the appeal of any Kelantan-Chinese food here. But Sung Kee does provide an interesting option if one hankers for local Chinese food. The best-known and one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in town is Choo Choon Huay, just round the corner from Sung Kee, along Jalan Post Office Lama. I didn't have a chance to try that during this trip.

Address details
Sung Kee Chicken Rice
Jalan Tok Hakim
Kota Bharu 15050
Kelantan, Malaysia

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  1. Kelantan has better chicken rice than Penang???

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    1. re: penang_rojak

      Surprisingly, Kelantan does have a sizeable Hainanese presence and they owned almost every kopitiam or coffeeshop in town.

      Goes without saying that the Hainanese chicken rice here tastes pretty good!

      1. re: klyeoh

        Very interesting. But the Chinese are only a very small percentage of the population in Kelantan, right? I think 95% of the people there are Malay/Muslims.