My search for the best Hainanese-style chicken rice in Malaysia has come to an end with my taste of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) at the Ipoh New Town today.
Ipoh is a predominantly Chinese city (Population: 1.5 million) which lies halfway between Malaysia's two premier cities of Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Foodwise, I'd rank Ipoh above KL but just below Penang for its delicious local Chinese street foods.
Among Ipoh's best-known local delicacy is the chicken rice with poached chicken that's seasoned lightly with very good quality soysauce. A common side-dish to this chicken meal will be Ipoh's famous crunchy beanprouts. Locals call this meal "Ngah Choy Kai" (芽菜雞). The rice was ultra-fragrant and tastier than any other versions of chicken rice I'd had in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johore Bahru and many of the Hainanese chicken rice spots in Singapore!
The free-range chicken used was full of flavor but a bit chewy for my taste. Locals seemed to be prefer this - I personally liked battery-farmed chicken actually ;-)
Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
Tel: +605-254 4199