Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball

After my earlier post on Hainan Chicken Rice Ball at Jalan Besar, a reader brought my attention to another similar stall at Braddell.

This chicken rice ball stall is situated at a HDB block coffee stall very near to the MRT at Braddell and seems to be run by a friendly elderly couple.

Like the Jalan Besar one, this also serves the very hard to find chicken rice ball and is, of course, hainanese by nature.

They do have a wider selection of sides and their chicken and roast pork is more conventional than at Jalan Besar, which is fine as long as the quality is there.

Chicken Rice Ball
The rice balls were the main attraction here and I must admit, they certainly did not disappoint. They were more fragrant here and the texture is just right as well. There is less hint of ginger, but the chicken fat that powers the ball is certainly more evident too. They were so delicious I had 3 at a go!

Hainanese Chicken and Roast Pork
The chicken served here is the usual hainanese style of preparation, and is not as oily as a number of similar stalls. The meat is also just tender enough without being too salty, which in itself, is very desirable.

The roast pork is just par for the course and having gone there on a late evening, the skin has lost its crispiness, which is a shame. The only negative about the dish is that the cut of the chicken was not too well done, as there were a lot of bones in them.

Chicken and Peanut Soup
As with most chicken rice stalls, I always believe the best ones always come up with a different and better soup as a side, and this one was no exception. The soup has a darker color texture to it, and it was filled with peanuts and had a sweeter taste to it. I saw by the side that they do offer a rather unique chicken claw soup as an item on its own.

It is good to know that there are at least 2 chicken rice balls here, and offer us a chance to savor this unqiue chicken rice variation without having to travel to Malacca. I do hear the Malacca versions are still superior, but then again, how often do we get to travel up north to our neighboring country?

Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball
Blk 111 Lorong 1, Toa Payoh #01-366
Chang Cheng Mee Wah Restaurant


  1. You reminded me there's such a gem in my neighbourhood. Have not visited this stall for years. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I heard so much about these chix rice balls but have yet to try. Looks good!

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  3. Hi Ian,

    Never heard about chicken rice ball before, looks great. Thanks for the visit and your sweet words about my blog..

  4. I've been meaning to visit this place for a long time but ironically the place I went to have chicken rice balls was in Malacca hahaha!

  5. will be going melaka today to try out the hoe kee and chung wah version ... will report back soon!