While Hainanese chicken rice shops are abundant in Ipoh, not all of them are Muslim-friendly. For this specific reason, the Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice earns its merits by being the pioneer of serving halal-certified chicken rice in the old town, allowing this simple yet comforting dish to be enjoyed by all.
Nestled in a casual kopitiam-style setting, this 16-year-old shop spoils its visitors with a wide variety of chicken rice and side dishes.
For people who have never tried chicken rice before, start with the steamed chicken to enjoy a delicately poached white meat that pairs well with the fragrant rice that is cooked in rich chicken broth, ginger, garlic, and pandan leaves.
I prefer the roast chicken as it has that extra crisp that adds to the overall experience of the dish. To make your meal feel more complete, order a side dish of bean sprouts doused in soy sauce and sesame oil, for a guaranteed happy belly.
For those who prefer a more flavourful meal, you can opt for the lemon chicken, honey sauce chicken, or even the sweet and sour chicken—all of which are equally tasty. No matter your preferences, Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice has something on the menu for everyone.