The Chicken Rice Ball dish is a variation of the Hainanese Chicken Rice. The basic recipe is still followed but instead of serving the rice in its natural form, the rice is made into balls by hand. It is a popular dish and it was originated among Muar Hainanese and expanded it to Malacca and its surroundings.

In 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.

I had my first Chicken Rice Ball experience in Melaka and never had one since. Not because I don’t like them … I just never bothered to find out where else in KL has it. Until now that is ….

Thanks to a friend of mine who runs a Chinese Food magazine, she brought me to a writeup/food review session at My Kitchen Restaurant on. Coincidentally, Sin Chew Daily was there to run a review as well … good for me ! Free food and can learn more about conducting food reviews.

My Kitchen

My Kitchen Restaurant is located in Sunway Mas, near to the famous crab restaurant in Dataran Prima. Or if you’re familiar .. it’s next to Aman Suria. It’s really a common looking restaurant with a nice cute signboard that spells out “Malacca Famous Hainanese Mutton Soup” and it spots an adorable comic image of it’s owner, Candy Wong cooking with a wok.


There were quite a few “crews” from Sin Chew Daily during the food review session, a photographer using a Canon DSLR system with 2 other journalist. During the interview session with the restaurant owner, I kept mum and observe since they were all bickering in mandarin and me .. err.. not affluent in mandarin.


My Kitchen Restaurant truly offers a wide range of authentic Hainanese cuisine and according to the owner, the recipe were all handed down from her family. We were there to run a food review on the Chinese New Year dining set and I was fortunate enough to try some really interesting dishes such as the very special Hainanese Curry Lamb Shank .. a fusion of eastern and western concept, the Hainanese Pineapple Chicken Offals, the Hainanese Five Spice Braised Duck and also the Hainanese Steam Chicken with Wine.





If you wish to try for yourself Candy Wongโ€™s signature dishes, do come down to My Kitchen Restaurant. ๐Ÿ™‚

My Kitchen Restaurant,
26-1, Jalan PJU 1/38,
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel : 03-78808726

Read about My Kitchen Restaurant’s other reviews.

The Star

  1. ImbiNitchy Said,

    i read about this wonderful place long ago but can’t recall where is it. now that they are here, don’t have to go all the way to melaka to try lol


  2. Alexander Said,

    The place and food sure looks fantastic.
    Nice photos!
    Beautiful blog!


  3. timothy Said,

    ImbiNitchy .. yup, go look for Candy the owner and say Timothy the blogger recommend. She cooks great stuffs !

    Alex, thanks for visiting and your generous compliments.


  4. citygal Said,

    whoa..looks too good to be missed..!!


  5. Nic (KHKL) Said,

    your shots are very good, especially the close-ups. guess your finepix is really good. i’m using nikon d40x now but my close-ups are limited as i’m using the 18-55 mm kit lens. glad to see you posting again ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Kelly Mahoney Said,

    I like your blog, nice layout, it’s really clean.


  7. lotsofcravings Said,

    looks like u r back with so darn fine pics!.. what happened to the chicken rice balls?


  8. teckiee Said,

    yeah man… i tot you were not blogging any more but glad to know the chicken rice brought u back =)


  9. MeiyeN Said,

    ooo…. yummy! i love chicken rice ball! usually have it at hoe kee melaka… perhaps i should bring my parents here one day when they are craving for da rice ball, thanks for recommending this place ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. crunchasaurus rex Said,

    I’ve read about this place alot too. I’ll remember to visit when i am home.. for vacation. I hope soon.


  11. wmw Said,

    The braised duck looks good!


  12. rokh Said,

    i so happen to blog on chicken rice ball too! yum!


  13. Quachee Said,

    hi there

    chanced on yr photos and would like to feature you in my new book on malaysia (celebrating & showcasing her positively)..

    would like to feature what you like on malaysian food.

    it can be done like an interview (ie i give you the questions) or you just write what you like.

    also hope u can submit 3 photos along with it , send us yr blog/web url, and a lil info on yrself ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. sangeetha Said,

    Hey there! Just to inform u that we have decided to publish ur wonderful posting chicken rice balls in sunday metro this weekend.


  15. timothy Said,

    Hi Sangeetha, thank you very much for your interest in this article. Looking forward to see it in the papers.


  16. Candy Wong Said,

    hi everyone out there, m really feel great in reading ur compliments. And, especially thx to Timothy and Sangeetha.


  17. Candy Wong Said,

    Oh.. timothy, wld u mind to assit to gather ard 12 ppl to dropby my plc, let me buy u guy d chic rice ball. Sangeetha, u must come ya. Feel free to visit my blog @ too yaa..


  18. Cooking Chinese Food Said,

    I found your blog via Google while searching for cooking chinese food and your post regarding My Kitchen Restaurant @ SunwayMas looks very interesting to me. I am very impressed with your site. The quality of the design and content makes it a real winner! Thanks again for a great site and a great resource on the net.


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