Dubbed one of the top 5 best chicken rice by Free Malaysia Today, the chicken rice at this store is so popular, they have their own website! The owner of Loke Yun, Phang Kee Kim, was given the “King of Hainanese Chicken Rice” award by Guang Ming Daily back in 2007. Although it’s a bit hard to find its location, the good food and excellent service made up for it. With traditional Hainanese recipes from Phang’s father, Loke Yun has successfully maintained the quality and distinction of its chicken rice for more than 40 years!
Despite what was said, the price they are charging for the kampung chicken is justified. It’s unusually fleshy and half a bird could easily be shared by 4 pax.
Since it’s a free range chicken, you hardly see any fat and the meat is lean and firm, but not chewy. More impressively, the chicken is served completely deboned. As far as steamed chicken go, I have to say Loke Yun’s is damn good. Flavor wise, it’s just a class above hence well deserving of its good reputation over the years.
Their homemade chili sauce leans towards spicy, and when combined with the strong ginger dip adds a punch to the experience.
I found myself avoiding them most of the time though, preferring to savor the chicken in its natural juices. The chicken soup was the only let down, as it was diluted and overwhelmed with pepper.