Saturday, August 25, 2012

Malacca Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls

I've been to Malacca once, long time ago, and this dish is one of the most memorable dish I enjoyed during my stay there
It's basically the usual chicken rice easily found in Singapore, but rice shaped in balls
But somehow the shape affects the texture of the rice and the overall taste
Nice! :)

Recipe is from Kuali via yummylittlecooks

What you need:
(with slight modification and I didn't make the ginger juice which we don't really fancy)

For the chicken:
1 chicken (about 1 kg)
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
2cm fresh ginger, crushed
1 stalk spring onion
1 tsp salt
1 cube chicken bouillon

For the rice:
2 cups long grain rice, washed and drained
2 tbsp oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp salt and 1 tsp light soya sauce
2 pandan leaves, knotted
2 1/2 cups (600ml) reserved chicken stock

Garlic chilli sauce:
5 red chillis
2 red bird's eye chillis
15g fresh young ginger
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp chicken stock
juice of 2 limes
  1. To prepare chicken: Rub chicken inside out with salt, stuff with ginger, garlic and spring onion. Boil water in a deep pot and put in the chicken. Make sure the water covers the whole chicken
  2. Lower the heat and simmer the chicken for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and soak chicken for 45 minutes in the stock. Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Reserve the stock for the rice
  3. To prepare the rice: Heat oil and saute garlic til fragrant. Stir in rice and fry for around 3 minutes. Place rice in rice cooker. Add in stock, salt and pandan leaves. When rice is cooked and fluffy, scoop out with a ladle and roll into balls while rice is still hot. Set aside
  4. To make garlic chilli sauce: Pound chillis, ginger, garlic. Mix with salt, chicken stock and lime juice
  5. To serve chicken: Cut chicken into serving pieces and drizzle with sesame oil and light soya sauce. Serve with chicken rice balls and garlic chilli sauce and dark soya sauce. Some slices of cucumber will be nice too

I'm submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest, Melaka month hosted by Cindy of yummylittlecooks


  1. I like to poke each rice ball and eat it like that. On the chopstick, kekekeke.

  2. Alice, I've also posted Hainanese chicken rice, we can exchange today!

  3. I think your chicken rice balls look better than those served in Melaka..sound so yummy too.

  4. Hi Alice, your chicken rice ball look delicious. I can have 4 or 5 no problem. LOL
    Wish I can have some now...

    Have a nice week ahead.

  5. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesAugust 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Hi Alice, I tried once in Malacca from a popular shop at the corner. Their rice balls look like fish balls. Yours look tempting :)

  6. HI Alice, was wondering are you keen to participate in our Mini fair whereby promoting malacca food and other items with other join partners in the month of july.Can we have your email address so can contact you personally

  7. may i know how many people is this for?



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