Farmosa Chicken Rice Ball @ Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca

Our rumbling tummies were screaming for food again while driving from Port Dickson to Malacca and since nyonya food was synonymous with this historical town, we agreed on Donald and Lily’s, an outlet many claimed to serve the best nyonya food in Malacca.

Arriving at a little past 2pm, we were lucky to find a parking spot right in front of the shop. (Btw, D&L moved to their new shop at Kota Laksama from that little old shack – GPS Coordinates as follows :- N02′ 11.614 E102′ 14.538 ) The place was packed and most of the tables were obviously waiting for their food. We didn’t wanna starve further and changed our plan from nyonya to chicken rice, another specialty in Malacca. 

IMG_1170As Hoe Kee’s queue was super long and Chung Wah closed for the day, we had no choice but to settle for Famosa, a place which have attracted more bad reviews than good ones.  Ignoring them and giving them a benefit of a doubt, we joined the queue which was a relatively short one. The imposing facade of the shop was eye-catching, the numbers inside made up by mostly tourist.

IMG_1153While waiting, orders were taken at the entrance and this was where the disappointment starts. The waitress shoved a menu to me and starred at me while waiting for my order. She was lifeless and impassive. Yawn…

IMG_1071When it was finally our turn, the fat guy in the pic came and “ordered” us in, also without any smile, in a less appreciative manner and this is no exaggeration ok! I received the same treatment from the lady in the pic when paying. No  smiles and not even a word of thanks! Service? Duh!

IMG_1148I honestly felt that this eatery did well in terms of attracting diners with the decoration, publicity and advertising. With an air-conditioned setting and celebrities to publicize, including Hong Kong’s famous gourmet, Choi Lam, it certainly bode well for their business.

IMG_1117Fragrant Rice @ RM 1.50 ~ We opted for this version instead of the rice ball (0.30/ball) which I’ve tried and found nothing special to it. The rice is a little dry but the fragrance made up to it. 

IMG_1111Steamed Chicken (½ bird) @ RM 18.00 ~ Chicken meat was way too soft and tasteless as I could discern the stale taste. It just did not make the cut!

IMG_1105 Roasted Pork @ RM 9.00 (s) ~ The meat underneath the layer of  crispy skin and fats was no where near tender and lacked succulence. The cut was rather thin too. 

IMG_1085Accompanying chili sauce was very much watered down and definitely tourist friendly in terms of the level of hotness. It was a complete letdown and parred miserably in terms of local standard. I always believe a good plate of chili sauce is an essential complement to a perfect meal of poached chicken rice. 

IMG_1121IMG_1131The only saving grace for this place was the deco. It evoked a traditional Chinese restaurant atmosphere. Everything was decked out in bright Chinese red and gold, with old-style wooden chairs and tables. A case of over-commercialization maybe? 

In fact, I think the entire restaurant was overrated. The chicken wasn’t even good and neither was the siew yuk.

Service??? Non-existent! I would have been happier serving myself!

Only tourists are keeping this place alive for the locals will never go near this chicken rice ball restaurant. Like the idiom goes, “Do not judge a book by its cover” is all so true. 

We made a big mistake coming here. (Of course, the “laziness” from not wanting to join the extended queue at the famed eatery meant we were “rewarded” with less satisfaction). After coming here, you can understand why people were queuing at the other two more reputable chicken rice ball restaurants on the same street, and this one wasn’t full.

I don’t think I’ll come back again for this kinda food and service even none of the other eateries in Malacca wants to sell me food! 

  • Famosa Chicken Rice Ball
  • 21, Jalan Hang Jebat
  • 75200 Melaka.
  • Tel – 06-286 0120
  • Business hours – 0800-2100 (Mon-Thurs)/0800-2200 Fri-Sun)
  • GPS Coordinates
  • N02°11.780  E102°14.932

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14 Responses to Farmosa Chicken Rice Ball @ Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca

  1. Diane says:

    Hey, long time no hear from you. Miss your postings! I must agree with you on Famosa. Service sucks and food is no big deal.

  2. John Liew says:

    Hi Sumptuous! Where have you been? Firstly, nice pics and secondly, totally agree with you on the chicken rice at Famosa. Your words are too kind to describe this place. I would sum it up as lousy!

  3. Samantha says:

    Welcome back Sumptuous! Didn’t know u too were a victim to this place! Compare to my 1st visit in 2012, the experience became horrible and it is very-tourist-feel. In summary, please, kindly, don’t hesitate, avoid it!

  4. Rachel says:

    I’ve never visited any of the chicken rice shop in m’cca. I only set my sights on nyonya food. Even that, not many are nice. Anyway, thx for informing us Sumptuous!

  5. KCWong says:

    There’s nothing to rave about this place. Service is impersonal. In my view most of the chicken ball rice venues in Jonker St are over-rated. Still prefer those in Klang Valley. Beat them hands down!

  6. Betty Chew says:

    I’m surprised to learned that you visited this place. I thought you are the choosy type? I had some tricky experience during my visit a few months back. The rice balls were bland and the chicken is way too soft for my liking. Workers are not so polite. I only like the deco!

  7. Jason G says:

    I ate here once and i think it is completely overrated! Service is terrible. Will never return!

  8. Jessie says:

    I’ve never heard of anyone praising this establishment. Not those I know of course. I personally never like it. Our KL style is way better! Anyway, glad to read your postings again Sumptuous!

  9. Selina says:

    Totally agree with you Sumptuous! Almost everything here is not right except the deco.

  10. Chun Wei says:

    The chicken is not particularly tasty and the sauce has no kick in it! Not very exciting but is cheap.

  11. Teresa Lee says:

    This chicken rice ball thing is cater for tourist, not locals. I don’t see anything in it. A gimmick at most and the service is terrible at this place.

  12. Juliana says:

    Wonder whats the hype with all this rice ball thingy? I never find them nice. As for this place famosa, it makes it worse!

  13. Susan Hew says:

    Compare the three, Chung Wah is the best, but I still prefer those in KL.

  14. Alex says:

    This restaurant is for tourists especially Singaporeans who seem like never see a chicken rice ball in their life. Presentation is poor and the chicken meat is super soft and cold. Rice ball is small and just as cold. Overrated!

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