Hoe Kee Chicken Rice (和记鸡饭团) @ Jonker, Malacca.
Fellow visitors whom visited Jonker at Malacca were like recommending this place over the world of internet, and I was keen to find out which place is worth of paying a visit and I've came across this place. The place was very easy to located, simply find San Shu Gong (三叔公), one of the most famous local delicacy/souvenir shops in Jonker Walk, Malacca (nearby Stadthuys), Hoe Kee Chicken Rice is located right beside San Shu Gong. We were quite early that day during our visit but we were asked to follow the queue and it took us around 10 minutes to get our table. Things became worst when we came out from the restaurant, the queue was at least 4 times longer than what we had experienced, so getting there earlier (around 11-11:30am) might be a tip for you if you wish to avoid the queue. Anyway, one of Malacca's signature dishes would be the roundly-shaped Chicken Rice Ball, nothing special just that they are special in terms of their shape. Prices vary depending on your orders.
Hoe Kee doesn't offer plain Rice Balls or ordinary Chicken Rice now but instead, you will be asked to order a mix of them, for example, a couple of Rice Balls and some ordinary Chicken Rice (around Rm1 per person). Nothing much to shout over for the taste as they were just normal Chicken Rice (boiled with Chicken Stock and Chicken Lard).
The Chili sauce failed to make its appeal to me, it wasn't spicy enough and it was too oily to my liking. High chances where they have mixed some Chicken Lard into the Chili sauce. I would also prefer my Chili sauce to be slightly sourish instead of pure spiciness.
To the main "character"- Hainan Chicken (one whole bird- Rm32) was being split into 2 plates, together with the organs (liver etc). The Chicken was then topped with tonnes of Sesame Oil which makes the Chicken extremely oily to my liking. The Chicken wasn't as tender as I thought it would be either and the Soy Sauce didn't complement the Chicken well enough in my opinion. Probably they are just too commercialized these days until they have forgotten about the quality. Disappointed.
We had some Stir Fried Cabbage (Rm6) as well but it turns out to be another disaster. The Cabbage was over-cooked and failed to maintain the crunchiness within. Moreover, the dish was very oily. You would have noticed it if you'd pay attention to the photo above.
One of the staff whom was in an impatient mode rushed us for the orders. Through her recommendations, she recommended that we should try their Assam Fish Curry (prices vary depending on head counts, as for this, it was Rm27). This was yet, another disappointing dish. The Curry meant to be a bit sourish does it not (since we were told that it was an Assam Fish Curry)? The Curry turns out to be bland, not spicy nor sourish at all. The Curry comes with some Winged Beans/ Four Sided Beans and Long Beans either. As for the fish, I have no complaints since it was rather fresh and smooth. Just the Curry itself has ruined the entire taste of the dish.
Taste: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: N/A *not suitable to comment*
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 4,6,8, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.
Business Hour: 8am to 4:30pm. Closed on the last Wednesday of the month.
Contact Number: 06- 283 4751