Monday, 4 January 2016
Beauties do their part to help keep Malacca clean


Porta de Santiago or A Famosa fort is the landmark to visit when in Malacca.
MALACCA: If you are at the tourist spots here next week, expect to see a beauty pageant contestant handing you a pamphlet on keeping the Unesco Heritage City clean at all times.

Beauties from 52 countries are now in the state to vie for the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2016 title.

The finals will be held at The Shore shopping complex here on Jan 16.

Pageant sponsor Kerjaya Prospek (M) Sdn Bhd will work with the Malacca Historic City Council (MBMB) to organise a roadshow at all tourists hotspots to distribute pamphlets on the “Don’t Mess With Melaka” campaign to traders and tourists.

“The girls will be at the hotspots to heat up the campaign,” the company’s CEO Datuk Tee Eng Ho said in an interview yesterday.

Tee said details of the campaign will be announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron on Jan 6.

He said Tourism World Organisation president David Singh has agreed to the contestants’ participation in the campaign as a precursor to the finals here.

“We will probably have models wearing the placards ‘Don’t Mess With Melaka’ to highlight the state’s seriousness to keep our city clean,” he added.

In a front page exclusive in The Star on Nov 29 last year, it was reported that the MBMB wants to introduce a new by-law to make litterbugs walk around with placards reading “Don’t Mess With Melaka”, and increase fines for offenders.

First-time offenders must sign an “oath of pledge” not to mess up the city at the MBMB magistrate’s court in Jalan Tun Sri Lanang here.

Tee said the contestants will also help the Malacca Tourism Department to introduce Malacca’s attractions to the world.

The pageant finals was supposed to be held in Bangkok, but due to eleventh hour glitches, the organisers decided to switch the venue to Kuala Lumpur. However, Tee managed to convince them to have it in his hometown.

The prestigious event, now in its 10th year, will see contestants from 52 countries vying for the crown.

Melaka Chicken Rice Ball is considered to be one of the special dish that is enthusiastically eaten everywhere in the Melaka; state of Malaysia. If you come to visit Melaka to enjoy its original taste of beauty, then you cannot come back home without eating this dish as it is known to be one of the identifiable dishes here. It is also among top 10 must-try food in Melaka.

Every restaurant here offers Melaka Chicken Rice Ball dish in bulk; having a distinct taste for tourists. This dish is made as simple which is specially served with chicken and rice; the shape of rice is made like a small ping pong ball. This is thus cooked by using other special ingredients that certainly enhance the aroma of food; those unique ingredients are chicken stalk served with sauces in bottle containers filled with chili sauce and gloomy soya sauce in it.

Melaka Chicken Rice Ball Restaurants

There are many best chicken rice balls restaurant here in Melaka. Following are said to be the favorite of all; who really analyze its original taste. Such restaurants are mentioned as follows:

Around Jonker Street

We can see the stall here in Melaka located beside Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, on Jonker Street that is famous for Melaka Chicken Rice Ball particularly. If you are staying in Hotel Sentral Melacca then you can spend no time while eating in this restaurant. It remains open after the breakfast till noon. We feel like homely by eating here in an open area without any hassle of waiting in a queue.

Chicken Rice Ball at Hwa Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant

Another restaurant to try delicious Melaka Chicken Rice Ball is Hua Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant. After eating in an open area we tried chicken rice balls in this restaurant. The most favorable thing we got to know that it is very economical to eat here and we certainly have to wait for our turn to taste this food. It also remains open in business hours and only found closed on Thursdays.

Chicken Rice Ball at Kedai Kopi Chang Hwa

Mostly visited restaurant by tourists here is Kedai Kopi Chang Hwa; situated also on Jonker Street at Jalan Hang Jebat adjacent to Hoe Kee restaurant. It is especially opened on weekdays and the people here at Jonker Street have to stand in a long queue under the sun with their umbrellas to have Melaka Chicken Rice Ball as it is majorly a coffee shop and chicken rice balls are moreover kept for selling.

Chicken Rice Ball at Hoe Kee Restaurant

Chicken Rice Balls at Hoe Kee Restaurant are served with special decorum here that gives a sentimental feeling to its visitors. The furniture used here for its customers is  made of marble with a bright red colored theme. This restaurant is considered to be one of the second famous restaurants in serving quality Melaka Chicken Rice Ball. The chicken used here is famous for its special brand i.e. Hainan Chicken presented with the quality rice. Your mouth will definitely get watery after eating a tendered soft chicken with smooth balls and only crushed into pieces when chewed. Whereas, the quality of food eaten here is worth it more than other restaurants in Melaka and it doesn’t cost much only twenty cents for each rice ball.

These are some of the recommended restaurants to try Melaka Chicken Rice Ball. If you want to recommend a place or share your experience, please do so by adding comments below.