Chicken Rice at Loke Yun, Ampang

I don’t eat chicken rice that much, cos my first preference for a rice based meal has always been economy rice; be it chinese, malay or indian..hell, why settle for just chicken when one gets to plonk a variety of add-ons and eat them ALL at one go?
After all, I’m a gourmand, just as someone who’s been reminding me over and over again, even to the point of shoving a dictionary under my nose to make his point, of the difference between a gourmand and a gourmet.

Gourmet = a person who appreciates good food.
Gourmand = a person who eats all sort of rubbish.


Ok ok la..I’m a pig. Yar..why??

My interest in finding excellent Hainanese chicken rice in KL was only recently ignited after I tried this, & comments that poured in seemed to be leading to some really promising ones.
Suddenly I missed eating chicken rice. And with GPS ( a truly god- sent for people like me), nowhere seems too remote.

Ken has always been a reliable source of food hunts, and words like “Guang Ming Winner”, “Chicken Rice of the Year 2007”, “2008”.. really got me curious, “wa lau wehh..Pg also never had winner winner one…” “This must be excellent stuff”, I thought.

So another makan-makan session was organised, and barely 2 hours after breakfast we are on our way here with Horng & Pure Glutton.


As you probably would have read from their posts, I was overly excited..and ran into the wrong shop. The thing that hunger does to the mind, I tell you.

Anyways, at the correct outlet, we wasted no time placing our orders.

Half a corn-fed chicken RM30 – I find the meat a tad “tough”, apparently due to the fact that the chickens are allowed to run free & hence developed muscles??
Jeezz.. why can’t they just massage the chicken instead? Then we can have kobe chicken… or wait..was it wagyu?
A quarter “normal” chicken RM17 – less strain on the mouth muscles, more tender. My kinda of chick.



Seeing that our bill came up to RM60.60, I estimated the prices for the rest..
Rice RM1.50 – fluffy and fragrant with subtle ginger aroma.
Beansprouts RM3.00 – Nothing comment-worthy.
Soup – Complimentary – thin & tasteless.
Chilli sauce – it was a bit watery as well so do as we did, scoop out the chilli and less of the sauce. The blended ginger was fine.
Innards – RM5.00 – shiny, slithering smooth intestines and bouncy gizzards. A must order.
Herbal tea RM1.00 – Not overly diluted, with strong herbal taste. Good.


innard etc

Very clean and well organised work area.

I wish I could lug a jar home..

We almost cleaned the pot of chilli on our table among the four of us.
half bowl chilli

So there you go..“The Best Poached Chicken Rice 2008” recipient – Restoran Loke Yun.

Good? Really really good?
Definitely one of the better ones I have had, I admit.. but I am still not entirely satisfied with the texture of the chicken meat, even for the normal bird.

So what to do..have to eat more CR I guess..maybe Kong Sai in Puchong this weekend?

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. PureGlutton

    Ehh…kidneys?? I think those were chicken liver and gizzards la, lol! Nice outing 🙂

  2. Sean

    hmm i’ve always thought that gourmand and gourmet mean more or less the same thing…
    wonder why the corn-fed chicken is more expensive than the regular chicken if it’s tougher…

  3. Bangsar-bAbE

    Waaaahhh…you guys ate that much chili sauce?? o_0 *salute*

    The food looks pretty good here…or is it your photo-taking skill? =P

  4. Selba

    Oh my…. I’m salivating right now!!!

  5. UnkaLeong

    ROFL! But you are a cute little piggy 😛 Swung by Yat Yeh Hing on the way back y'day. Full House! :S

  6. Life for Beginners

    Haha, I love your definition of gourmet/gourmand… Prada's actually been asking me about this and I'm stumped to give a decent clarification… Yours certainly gave me a good laugh! 😉

  7. Mediterranean Turkish Cook

    What an experience with finding good rice and chicken! They say when the birds are older, their meat gets tougher. I don't know how true that is.

  8. thenomadGourmand

    pureglutton: the bouncy ones are kidneys..didnt rmbr any liver worr..

    sean: yar..why ah? corn fed & left running freely..mayb minus the antibiotics & growth hormones..hene the price..

    bangsar-babe: of course its me photo-taking skills ;p

    selba: I like Indo's ayam penyet w rice too! so thts maybe Indo's version of CR?

    unkaLeong: me no like chewy meat worr..

    LFB: hehe..;p

  9. burpandslurp

    hahaha! who cares if you’re a gourmand as long as you enjoy your food! a gourmet has it bad…they’re really just picky snobs!
    chicken rice is the ultimate Singaporean hawker food! I never like the chicken though…thought is was bland and the skin freaks me out. but I LOVE the chili man! doused like bucketfuls on top of the rice!

  10. Myhorng

    i didn’t saw the chilli jar. looks amazing. LOL

  11. thule a.k.a leo

    no worries… my friends used to tease me “tong sampah” as I wallop almost everything presented before me 🙂 nowadays have to jaga my body already.. lol! can’t fit into my fav pants

  12. Nic (KHKL)

    me definitely gourmand..haha! hmmm, for me? hehehehehe….

    i like my chicken rice served with ayam kampung! 😀

  13. thenomadGourmand

    BURPANDSLURP: yes..i heard so much abt Sg trumping us in terms of CR. Cant believe Msia so well-known for its food not able to beat them in this.

    myHorng: yes, i wonder if they sell it? LOL.

    thule: hehe..the perils of being a foodie..chg of wardrobe every 3mths?

    nic: ohh..thts a good blogname no? seems tht yr pretty known for yr err…hairy chest..

  14. thenomadGourmand

    Mediterranean Turkish Cook: oopps..missed yr comment.
    older yes..but this specially “breed” free range chic also has a tougher texture.

  15. CUMI & CIKI

    yar why? why u eat rubbish, huh, why? 😛

    nice shot of the hanging chicken! and ur fotos r BIG now.. nice!:P

  16. CUMI & CIKI

    yar why? why u eat rubbish, huh, why? 😛

    nice shot of the hanging chicken! and ur fotos r BIG now.. nice!:P

  17. vialentino

    wat i can say that is u will enjoy the chicken at kong sai chicken….maybe one of the best u will try before.

    btw, yesterday kong sai closed…instead went to chicken rice shop since craving for chicken rice….hahaha.

  18. Allie

    I seldom opt for chicken rice too…

  19. gourmand extraordinaire

    Woh, i like it when the steamed chicken comes out shiny looking. Then i know that the skin will slip off the moment I take a bite and that the flesh will yield in the most tender manner when I sink my teeth in. Of course, I sound like I’m talking dirty when all I’m talking about is how I like my chicken rice chicken. I ALWAYS hate it when I’m surprised by a rubbery mouth feel in regards to chicken rice chicken.

  20. worldwindows

    White chicken with gizzards and intestines is a such a complete meal!

  21. thenomadGourmand

    cumi&ciki: hehe i eat anything as long as it doesnt trigger my tummy..
    glad u liked the pics..and now i do collages as well! easier than puttin pic one by one..

    vialentino: u wicked i'm so craving chic rice..

    allie: Want to eat everything at one go right?

    gourmand extraordinaire: descriptive! So wanna join us for the nx CR hunt?

    worldwindows: yes indeed. with some crunchy taugeh too!

  22. §pinzer

    someone very anal abt definitions hor heheh 😀 ok thanks to u tomorrow i’m gonna have chicken rice, got hunger pangs for it!

  23. Alexandra@Chefspiration

    mmm….chicken rice chilli sauce is something I could just drink on its own…if its good that is! hehe…there's a place in penang that has wonderful chilli sauce! dunno how to get there tho…my dad is the one who always takes me 😉

  24. thule a.k.a leo

    nah… economy not good nowadays. didn't even go out shopping 🙂
    to me, it's the quality and not the quantity that counts… that's why I like to have a lot of people to eat instead of two… lol!!! However, most of the times there are only my wife and I 🙂

  25. thenomadGourmand

    spinzer: helloo! make sure you choose a good one..I heard Mei Sik at Subang (at night) is good..

    alex: i know!! Pg got many good CR! Thts why now I'm hunting the KL streets 😉

    thule: haha..tell me abt it. I stopped patronising malls already!
    Well..seriously I do makan-makan almost every week. Join us if you can!

  26. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    i think i also fall under gourmand…haha eat anything n everything in sight..

  27. mimid3vils

    The chicken is abit fat~~ o.O

  28. fatboybakes

    hey, i like tough chicks…chicken, i mean. nice what. the supermarket chickens these days just disintegrate in your mouth, no texture at all.

  29. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Thanks for the english lesson!

    Is it me, or does the chicken look really fatty?

  30. thenomadGourmand

    joe: haha..agree! & we get to taste the best (or the worse) right??

    mimid3vil: i took off the skin. chewy & tasteless and calorie laden ;p

    FBB: err..yeah..but ..

    LL: hehe..thks to Unka!
    steam chic maa..& came served with the skin & oil drizzled over it, hence all shiny & hhmm..ya tht i thot abt it, even the skin layers were thicker than most steam chic i had be4..
    Kampung chic's feed is eat all you can is it??

  31. youtube.Com

    Wow! This blog looks just like my old one!

    It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

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