Let’s Talk About (The BEST) Chicken Rice Now …December 20, 2010 | 11,565 views
Satellite Restaurant Chicken Rice – As old school as it gets, Satellite has been retaining that alluring charm of mosaic-tiled floors, tables with scratched surfaces, plastic chairs, and a semi-al fresco dining area on the outside complete with coolers.
And according to a poll conducted by Friedchillies, this restaurant at a corner lot on Jalan Gasing was crowned the BEST Chicken Rice in Klang Valley.
That’s saying a lot, as you know how densely populated KL-PJ are with all those chicken rice stalls plying almost every corner in every coffee shop in the neighbourhood. Just mention the chains of Nam Heong or New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice and you get commercialized Hainan chicken rice there.
Not to include the awkwardly positioned Chicken Rice Shop here, for that’s a different story altogether.
Was the accolade justified? You be the judge people … or hear more from the horse’s Motormouth after the jump …..
Scarily preserved garlic chili sauce for the chicken rice? No worries, I’m sure the turn over is magnificent on a daily basis.
Actually this visit to Satellite was an impromptu affair. Was at the KWSP office opposite of this, running my errands only to bump into two chicken rice specialists side by side. New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice was there; in all her glory attracting the crowd in droves. And I wonder why are they sooo famous.
Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t shooting blanks, for I have tasted the outlet at Midvalley once, and found that the chicken rice was nothing to shout about. At close to RM10 per serving at that.
Sadly, the oil rice (is there a proper name for this? Yellow rice? Oiled rice? Chicken oil rice?) faltered where it should have been superior to the others. Lumpy, soft and mushy.
Anyway, I remembered vaguely about this certain Satellite Chicken Rice, as the name stuck after the first run through several blogs on the Love Your Street Food campaign held recently. I mean, seldom do we see a chicken rice stall named as Satellite, or Cosmic, or Big Bang, etc.
Walking in into the restaurant preserving the same old quaintly charm from yesteryear’s, I was surprised the next door (swankier?) neighbour was packed to the brim, and this was not even half-packed.
I had my doubts, but still … I trusted my instincts (no time to check the authenticity though, as stomach’s a grumbling).
Poached Chicken (single portion) in a light soy sauce with chopped scallions and coriander.
Walking past the counter, I did observe that they sell various braised meats, egg and beancurd as well as several vegetable choices aside from the roasted and poached chicken hanging for display purposes.
The more chicken you display, the stronger the laws of attraction? Hehe … loosely used here. Don’t flame me.
Spicy and Sour Mustard Greens with dried chillies and tamarind.
The wait was not long. After all, the lunch crowd was considerably thin. The business only picked up halfway through, close to 1pm; the designated lunch hour for most.
The rice did not pass the test. Lumpy with a generally lacklustre aroma, this could not have been the best in Klang Valley, in my opinion.
The poached chicken was good, tender yet firm with a bite and without the unnecessary gore of biting into bloodied bone marrows. The sauce was not overwhelming nor extremely salty to steal the limelight from the chicken. But yet …. I was not sure that this deserved to be named as the champ in terms of good poached chicken. Furthermore, the accompanying chili sauce was watery, without a particularly memorable kick.
Only the spicy and sour mustard greens was good enough. Not spicy at all, but the piquant flavour from the dried chillies and tamarind combination was almost spot on. But then again, this was NOT a part of the chicken rice ensemble; it was an extra order from me.
Satellite Restaurant @ Jalan Gasing, PJ – What do YOU think?
Pardon me if the review sounded harsh. One of the owner of the shop, named Richard actually was courteous enough to attend to my 1001 queries. You know lah …. I was eating alone and snapping photographs, naturally I was attracting unwanted attention, like always.
And no, they are NOT Hainanese, in case you had that egging question on your mind. Richard mentioned that very rarely can you find true, authentic Hainan chicken rice in the Klang Valley anymore (true?). Satellite has been around for half a century now, and certainly more experienced than the competitor next door; proudly proclaiming their heritage since 1977.
You do the maths. I am fatigued from the post-weekend blues. 🙂
*The meal came to RM8.50/USD3 per person without drinks
SATELLITE RESTAURANT CHICKEN RICE
103, Jalan Gasing 10/1,
46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
GPS: 3.107456, 101.65334
Google Map to Satellite Restaurant Chicken Rice
Tel: 03-7956 6830
(Details nicked from KYSpeaks’ post)