25 December 2013

Restoran Chuan Kee

Jalan Kota Lama
20300 Kuala Terengganu
(Coordinates: E103° 8' 4.6" N5° 19' 45.9")

Its Christmas!

As planned, we left Kuala Lumpur promptly at 6:00am this morning, and after a leisurely drive arrived in Kuala Terengganu 450 kilometres and 6½ hours later. Since it was not yet time for us to check in to our resort, we decided to have lunch at our old favourite Hainanese Chicken Rice shop here.

 
first thing we arrived in Kuala Terengganu...
 
... was to come here...
 
... now it really feels like we've come home :-)
 
the best chicken rice shop!

Restoran Chuan Kee was our default destination every Friday (Terengganu’s weekend) after Mass. It seemed like yesterday that we left Kuala Terengganu, not 11 years ago. Nothing much has changed, and the Taukeh (which literally means business owner) greeted us with his usual warm smile as if we never left Kuala Terengganu. The Taukeh-Soh (business owner’s wife) was excited to see us all these years, and she and Cat took some time catch up with each other.

 
some things never change
 
he's bashful

We ordered the usual platter of roasted chicken (serving for three persons) and Cat added a plate of Siew Pak Choy (small Chinese cabbages). The Taukeh remembered our preferences and threw in plenty extra chicken skin.

 
this is what we're talking about!
 
everything just right
 
I am salivating
 
tired after the long drive
 
behold the magnificent spread before us
 
the siew pak choy
 
happy to be back
 
catching up on old times

The verdict? After 11 long years the Hainanse Chicken Rice served here remains as excellent as ever, and it is still THE best chicken rice shop in Kuala Terengganu, bar none! And the damage? Together with a round of Coca-Cola for everyone the total came to an astonishing RM22.90, take that Chee Meng!