Best Chicken Rice in Penang

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Chicken rice isn’t the most-hyped meal in Penang compared to Char Koey Teow or Nasi Kandar, nevertheless it’s a comfort food that we constantly rush forward to during lunch hours. This deceptively simple dish of luscious poached or roasted chicken served with delicious oiled rice packs a hearty meal. The ubiquitous chicken rice stall can be found all over Penang, yet only a select few have made it to the list of the best recommended chicken rice in Penang.

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    Fatty Loh Chicken RiceNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    It’s impossible if Penangites haven’t heard about Fatty Loh Chicken Rice; the most renowned chicken rice shop in Penang was once voted the “King of Chicken Rice”. It's more than just a dining experience with their collection of traditional Chinese artifacts, porcelains, woks, kettles and intricate wood carvings decorating the place. The basic chicken rice set comes with velvety roasted chicken, drizzled with a light soya sauce, cucumber slices, their trademark chilli sauce, fluffy rice and a bowl of soup.  Pick your table and be liberal with the side dishes – bean sprouts, fried tofu and lettuce. You’ll never want to get up from those rustic wooden benches!

    Tips

    Ensure you mention your table number clearly to the staff to avoid confusion.

    Things to expect

    Savoury chicken rice in a museum-like ambience.

    Best with

    Roasted pork, roasted duck, lime juice

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM15.00

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    Fatty Loh Chicken Rice View restaurant

    21, Jalan Fettes, Tanjung Tokong, 11200, Georgetown, Penang
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    048990888

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    09:30AM—06:00PM
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    Goh Thew Chik Chicken RiceNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Located along the bustling hub of locals and tourists on Chulia Street, Goh Thew Chik Chicken Rice is a family-run business that has been plying their trade for serving one of the finest Hainanese chicken rice for years. It’s truly worth all the hassle of scarce parking and tables because once you’re served their mouth-watering meal, you’ll forget the surroundings and savour everything till the final drop of soya sauce. Jubilantly exploit every shred of tender goodness, smooth soya sauce and tantalising chilli sauce. Either roasted or steamed, both versions stand out.

    Tips

    Located beside Air Asia Office at Chulia Street.

    Things to expect

    It’s jam-packed during lunch hours; get in early.

    Best with

    Range of typical coffee shop beverages.

    Price

    RM4.50 to RM8.00

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    Goh Thew Chik Chicken Rice View restaurant

    338 - A & B, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042618650

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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—06:00PM
    Wednesday
    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    Wen Chang Chicken RiceNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    History hops back to 1967, where the parents of the current owners served authentic Hainanese chicken rice at Church Street. It has now shifted to Cintra Street, yet after all thse years, the flavour is still maintained with excellence. Named after a famous chicken dish from Wenchang City in Hainan, China, it’s a basic coffee shop – ceiling fans, simple tables and chairs and newspaper cuttings of their food emblazoned around the shop. There is no menu and it’s never required; just order their tender roasted or steamed chicken, drizzled with mild soya sauce on fragrant rice and homemade garlic chili sauce. Their chicken soup is a crowd-puller that nourishes your body and maybe even your soul. This one is not to be missed!

    Tips

    If you want to go extreme, try their chicken innards too.

    Things to expect

    Authentic Hainanese chicken rice.

    Best with

    Loh Bak, Iced Kopi Ping

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    Wen Chang Chicken Rice View restaurant

    63, Cintra Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
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    042643810

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    Every day
    10:30AM—07:30PM
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    Sin Nam Huat Roasted Chicken and Duck RiceNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Sin Nam Huat is a burgeoning franchise with a couple of branches in Penang, and during lunch hours, it’s as if there is no room for an apple to fall. It’s a neat and clean shop and you’ll be dumbfounded for a second, looking at the waiters using an iPad to key in orders; you don’t see that in chicken rice stalls often. With two choices of rice – plain or oiled, and delicious chicken, pork and duck, it’s an ideal place for an irresistible feast of meat. The chicken is roasted to perfection – flavourful skin and juicy meat, served in a light soya sauce and a side of chilli sauce for heat.

    Tips

    Their vegetable soup runs out fast; get in early.

    Things to expect

    A feast of well-prepared meats. Price is slightly higher compared to local standards, yet it’s worth each and every penny.

    Best with

    Kopi Peng

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM15.00

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    Sin Nam Huat Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice View restaurant

    59,Cintra Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164085562

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    Every day
    09:00AM—05:00PM
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    388 Chicken RiceNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Breathing new life to regular chicken rice with various chicken dishes such as Chicken Teriyaki and BBQ Honey Chicken, you won't find any chicken rice stall serving such offerings. In place of dreary cucumbers, you get grilled cherry tomatoes, shredded cabbage, carrots, lettuce and broccoli. It comes with garlic chili sauce and their homemade condiment – an innovative blend of red chilies, coriander, lime leaves, lime juice, spring onions and soya sauce. Hold on, their spicy fried egg which is only RM1 – deep-fried hard-boiled eggs lathered in piquant sambal, is worth a try. You’ve got to come over and over again to taste them all!

    Tips

    Located beside Gembira Parade.

    Things to expect

    It’s a bit pricey as they use antibiotic-free and hormone-free bearded chicken, which is double the price of its cage-farmed counterpart. However, the flesh is slightly on the firmer side and more flavourful.

    Best with

    Herbal soup, Miso soup, Black Pepper Smoked Duck

    Price

    RM6.50 to RM15.00

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    388 Chicken Recipe @ Kafe Hing Long View restaurant

    3K Jalan Delima 1, Taman Islands Glades, 11700, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124073838

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—06:00PM
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    Restoran Tho Yuen (桃园茶楼鸡饭)Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    This rustic Cantonese restaurant serves mouth-watering dim sum for breakfast and chicken rice for lunch. For decades, the taste has been delightfully preserved and during peak hours, the chopping board thuds never stop! A look at the facade and exterior takes you on a drive down memory lane; the good old 80's before development kicked in. Serving aromatic fragrant rice paired with lean chicken meat in a light soya sauce and garnished with spring onions, this is a true classic chicken rice dish that never fails to satiate your appetite.

    Tips

    Parking is chaotic here; don’t park as your wish as it’s a clamping zone.

    Things to expect

    One of the best chicken rice in town! If you're starving, it's wise to double your serving of chicken when ordering; it’s a battle to get a second plate as its super hectic!

    Best with

    Jasmine Tea.

    Price

    RM4.50 to RM8.00

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    Restoran Tho Yuen (桃园茶楼鸡饭) View restaurant

    92, Lebuh Campbell, George Town, Pulau Pinang, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042614672

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    Every day
    06:00AM—03:00PM
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    Boo Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Rice

    After delighting the palates of Air Itam residents, this renowned chicken rice restaurant has moved to Perak Road. As the name suggests, their signature bean sprouts perfectly complement the poached chicken and oiled rice. The bean sprouts are briefly blanched for crunch, then served bathed in a light soya sauce with garlic crisps and and sliced chillies on top. You can also add on fish ball soup for only RM1. Cheap and comfort food that has earned neverending followers.

    Tips

    Try their Spicy Garlic Chicken Feet too.

    Things to expect

    Lip-smacking good chicken rice and bean sprouts.

    Best with

    Numerous choices of fresh juices.

    Price

    RM5.50 to RM10.00

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    Boo Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Rice View restaurant

    337D, Jalan Perak, 11600, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164187900

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    Every day
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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