de oink cafe guide to … melaka! hoe kee chicken rice balls

For my birthday, my friend Lynda suggested a trip to Melaka for good food and balinglong (read: vintage loots) shopping. We recruited our Malaysian friend, Amy for the trip too!

Our ultra violet bus

After an intensive research, I realised there is not a lot of bus companies that go to Melaka. In the end, I settled for Luxury Tours and Travel. They have an early bus to Melaka (8am) and one of the drop off points was very near the hotel (Courtyard @ Heeren) that we have booked.

I was very impressed with the bus. Initially I thought it will be a dingy single deck bus. It was a double deck bus with our personal entertainment system (with multiple channels). The seats looked new and were pretty clean. All these made the four hour road trip more bearable.

Door to our room

Once arrived at Melaka, Lynda and I managed to find our hotel quite easily. Located near Jonker Street, Courtyard @ Heeren was near all the places we wanted to go. We love this shop house styled hotel. I have booked all of us a deluxe family room which turned out to be much smaller than expected. Still there was enough space for us to roll, and breakfast was included in our package.

Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls

All of us (Amy was the first to arrive) took a quick shower and rolled out for a quick bite. The first place we went was Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls – a must have when one is in Melaka. There were quite a lot of places that offered chicken rice balls. I chose Hoe Kee as it’s located in a shop house and they have Assam Fish Head.

Love shop house

Amy and Lynda!

The wait staff who took our order was fast and furious, and rambling in Cantonese. It was a good thing we have Amy, who speaks fluent Cantonese. In the end, we ordered chicken for three, chicken rice balls, normal chicken rice and Assam Fish Head.

The feast

Chicken (with livers at the side)

The chicken was tender and savoury. Chicken livers were also served to us – only Lynda ate them (Amy and I don’t really eat innards). The chicken rice balls were a bit of a disappointment – they were small (but cute), not as fragrant and slightly tough (which could be due to the pressing of the rice together). The chicken rice was just as normal as the chicken rice balls.

Chicken Rice Balls

Assam Fish Head

For the Assam Fish Head, it was sourish and delish, and very appetising. The only thing I would change is I wished this dish was warmer. When it was served to us, it was lukewarm.

Perhaps this whole chicken rice balls were a gimmick, it sure was a successful one. Once we were done with lunch, we saw people queuing up for it. And the queue was even longer over the weekend. So to complete your Melaka experience, go and get some chicken rice balls!


Luxury Tours and Travel
44/45/46 100 Orchard Road, #02-46 Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall
(You can book your tickets online and pick them up on the day you are leaving)


Courtyard @ Heeren
91 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
+606 2810088


Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls (near Jonker Street)
4, 6, 8 Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia

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