Chicken rice. Deceptively simple, but when done right – full of complex flavours.
Here are a few of our favourite spots to get the much-loved comfort food.
Tak Chee House
Basically an institution at this point, Tak Chee House has been serving the beloved staple since 1988. Moist, tender chicken is served atop bean sprouts, with fragrant, flavourful rice – and the accompanying chilli sauce takes things from great to amazing. Once you’ve had it, you’ll understand the faithful devotion shown to this place over the years.
1/364 William Street, Northbridge
Bull Creek Hawker
There’s something about chicken rice that’s made extra special by the hustle and bustle of an unpretentious hawker. Luckily, if Bull Creek Hawker has one thing, it’s hustle and bustle – well, that and some killer chicken rice. The chicken is moist, the rice is tasty, and when it’s this cheap, you can hardly find a reason not to… that is, if you can resist the curry laksa.
118 Parry Ave, Bull Creek
While some of the restaurants on this list have been around for decades, KCH proves that new dogs can learn old tricks, too. This modern, minimalist Malaysian eatery keeps things simple with a small, rotating menu, but chicken rice (or as they call it, Rice! Rice! Chicken Rice!) – extremely generously portioned, by the way – has remained a steady favourite.
Unit 41, 10 Angove Street, North Perth
When you’re surrounded by everyone eating the same dish, you know you’ve made the right choice. Head to Hoi Bo at lunchtime and you’ll see a sea of chicken rice – and it’s no wonder why. Succulent chicken, fluffy rice packed with flavour… if you can resist the gravitational pull of Coventry, Hoi Bo is just one of Morley’s hidden treasures.
3 Progress Street, Morley
Now, let’s not stray toooo far away from Coventry… D’Big Mama is there, after all. Serving up homestyle Malaysian cuisine, if you can resist the homemade bamboo pole noodles (a specialty of theirs), you’ll be well rewarded by their chicken rice – flavoursome broth and rice make it one of the best in Perth.
Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
It would be so limiting to only enjoy chicken rice for dinner – luckily Enak Kopitiam is around for you to enjoy all of your favourite Malaysian hawker dishes at breakfast or lunch. Roti bakar, congee, tahu goreng… all tempting, but we’ll always go back to their stellar chicken rice in the end.
Shop 11, 61 Apsley Road, Willetton
Chop Chop BBQ
Chop Chop BBQ bill themselves as Chinese barbecue with a hint of Southeast Asia…and we’ve gotta say, they’ve combined the best of both worlds. As well as their top-tier chicken rice, you’ll find dishes like laksa with crispy-skinned roast pork, or KL-style char siew.
116 Barrack Street, Perth
46 Hulme Court, Myaree
Continuing the family legacy of Tak Chee House, the next generation have also been earning legions of fans for their (equally?) delicious chicken rice. We know, we know – it’s practically sacrilege, but we think Mamak’s chicken rice holds its own against the best.
Morley Market Shopping Centre, 16/238 Walter Road W, Morley
Header image: Chop Chop BBQ