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The Chicken Rice Shop

Unit 170-BI-05B Plaza Gurney | Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good35%
  • Average22%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible5%
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“chicken rice” (6 reviews)
“gurney plaza” (4 reviews)
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Asian, Malaysian
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$$ - $$$
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Unit 170-BI-05B Plaza Gurney | Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Tried this outlet to get a set meal for my mother. For RM 19.90 a healthy set meal was a very reasonable price: chicken rice plus tofu and egg plus vegetables and a drink which I chose soymilk. For myself I ordered laksa which was...More

Thank Aang174
Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

I like Chicken Rice. Had other plans for lunch. I only went to the basement of Gurney Plaza to use an ATM. On trying to leave it, my intention to eat somewhere else, I passed this place. I looked at the menu. I tried to...More

Thank Alan M
Reviewed January 22, 2017

From the traditional Chicken Rice - which was a duck rice for the poor - the Chicken Rice Shop morphed into a chain of restaurants that serve a selection of local fusion dishes quickly. Not fast food, just good food served quickly. Their holiday specials...More

Thank Robert d
Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

We tried there Steam Chicken and rice , which were served with Chicken Broth , Sprout salad and Fried tofu .. All tasted great , specially there sprout salad and Chilly sauce and ginger sauce . Service was decent and crisp , place looks neat...More

Thank DSingh86
Reviewed September 5, 2015

The food was not really much of a Wow factor, it was just convenient to eat, fast and air-condition. In my recent visit, the chicken did not taste that fresh anymore. :(

Thank Red W
Reviewed August 28, 2015

Fast food atmosphere. The food was average. I didn't think the chicken rice was super special. OK food. Can't remember anything outstanding.

Thank Thomas Q
Reviewed January 8, 2015

Visited chicken rice shop in queensbay mall, penang. Poor service, received wrong order and was charged much more than expected, took far too long for simple main dish to arrive despite only 3 other customers in restaurant all eating already. Charged 6rm for iced tea,...More

Thank YJ87
Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Chicken Rice Shop at Gurney Plaza is part of a chain, but I can confidently say it is consistently good in terms of taste, quality & efficient service !!! If you want authentic Chicken Rice, you gotta eat here. The side soup is very...More

Thank J W
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Everyone loves Hainan Chicken Rice. Usually I've bought it at street hawker stalls & cafes. If you're looking for the same fare in an air conditioned, perhaps cleaner environment, with great value & very dependable quality, try The Chicken Rice Shop. Their packet meals just...More

Thank DaudRay
Reviewed April 18, 2013

we can find better and cheaper food outside but the ambience and staff made up for it. Maybe for the less decerning tongue.

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  • Address: Unit 170-BI-05B Plaza Gurney | Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town
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Tucked away in the basement of Gurney Plaza is The Chicken Rice Shop, a local Penang family restaurant known for its Hainan chicken rice. This is a simple dish comprising rice cooked in a specially made chicken stock served with a poached chicken in soy sauce accompanied by homemade chilli and ginger sauces. Although brought to Malaysia and Singapore by the Hainanese migrants from the 18 and 19th centuries, it is now closely associated with local Malaysian and Singaporean fare. Hainan chicken rice can be found in almost all eateries from street food stalls to restaurants in these two countries. What The Chicken Rice Shop has accomplished is to franchise this perennial favorite, and produce a consistently good quality offering. We have been most impressed with the standard of the food over the last 6 years we have frequented it when visiting Penang. It is of course slightly more expensive than a street stall but for a mall eatery, you do get good value for your money. The Chicken Rice Shop has diversified from the typical poached chicken to include yummy versions of barbecued and soy sauce chickens served with their fragrant cooked rice. The original poached chicken version is still the best in my view but the barbeque chicken comes a close second. A range of side dishes are also available on the menu but do try the steamed tofu (topped with fried shallots, finely chopped spring onions and sliced chilis in an oyster based sauce) and the delectable kerabu mango ( a Malaysian salad made from thinly sliced cucumber and mangoes in a citrus based sauce). Although the chicken rice portion is served with sliced cucumbers, those wanting a bit more vegetables have a choice of various local greens simply blanched and served with oyster sauce. Personal portion meals are around MYR7 and enough for lunch or dinner. Chicken drumstick portions are generally MYR1 more. The Chicken Rice Shop tops all the variations of the dish we have had over the years. A must try for visitors to Penang.
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