I decided I’m going to try something new and arrange posts by a new headline…Malaysian Munchies! A large part of what I love so much about coming back home is the wide variety of great tasting food. As an internationalized country, Malaysia has everything from local Malaysian cuisine, to top-notch Italian pastarias. And because there’s so much demand for the good stuff, well, most of it tastes really really good.
Today I’ll be introducing you to one of my all-time favourites, The Chicken Rice Shop. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this franchise:
“The Chicken Rice Shop (TCRS) is a chicken rice fast-food restaurant and Halal family restaurant chain in Malaysia…The Chicken Rice Shop serves what it calls “grandmother’s traditional Hainanese secret recipe chicken rice” and local Malaysian dishes.”
The branch we go to most often is the one located at Great Eastern Mall, which is a shopping mall + office space located not more than 5 minutes from my apartment. Apparently during the year that I was gone, the restaurant had undergone a change in interior design, but the menu was still all the same.
Pictured here is one single portion of chicken with rice and soup of the day (RM9.50), one cold Chinese tea (RM1.50), and a rainbow delight (RM1.80) for dessert. TCRS has three different ways that they cook their chicken, but the way I like mine is with the honey barbecue glaze. In total, this all cost me RM12.80, or approximately $4.25 in US dollars! So cheap, and so delicious.
Since I was there with my mother and we were feeling a little bit peckish, we decided to order a regular nyonya pai tee as well, for RM6.90, or $2.30. These taste a little bit like spring rolls, except not as crunchy. Also, be wary of using too much chili sauce because they really do have a strong bite to them!
Even if you aren’t in the Great Eastern Mall area, not to worry! TCRS has branches located everywhere in Malaysia, including Kuching and Penang, and they are even located overseas in Singapore, Jakarta, the Philippines, and Taipei!