[Kota Bharu, Malaysia] Hainanese chicken rice from Ann Loke

Ann Loke began as a milk bar in Kota Bharu back in 1953 and was famous for its ice-cream and sundaes. As time changes, it reincarnated as a Hainanese chicken rice eatery in 1997 - run by the 2nd-generation of the Hainanese Aw family.

Look at the retro signboard at the front of the shop, and one can still see what it used to be:

Today, it serves traditional Hainanese-style chicken rice, with poached chicken and stewed eggs. More fragrant than the versions one finds in Penang, although not up to Singapore standards as yet.

The typical bowl of light chicken, which usually comes gratis with any chicken rice meal in Singapore or Malaysia, has some pickled vegetables here:

The current owner, Mr Aw, who’d taken over the business from his father, still tallied up our bill using a old Chinese abacus - amazing.

Address
Ann Loke Cafe
1183-C, Jalan Ismail
15000 Kota Bahru, Kelantan
Tel: +60 9-744 4586
Operating hours: 9am to 4pm daily, closed Fridays.

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