Ricky seems to be a man that is always on the move. We first enjoyed his chicken rice and Malaysian street food at Ricky's Chicken Rice stall located within Market Plaza Food Court at Central Market. Next he turned up at Ricky's Kitchen at Southern Cross International Food Court. Now he is operating a stall called Ricky's Malaysian Kitchen (RMK) at Churchill Centre. My father was very pleased when he discovered the stall because we have yet to find good Malaysian and Singaporean street food outside the city.
Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of RMK's most popular dishes and can be ordered with steamed or fried chicken. You also have the option of ordering it with boneless chicken, which is great for children and adults who prefer easy eating. The steamed version we ordered had tender chicken with the sauce poured over the chicken subtly enhancing its flavour. Served with the dish was their signature chilli sauce and ginger sauce that the chicken can be dipped in to enhance its flavour. My mother likes to combine the two sauces into one dipping sauce. As with most stalls that sell Hainanese Chicken rice, RMK also serves Crispy Skin Roast Pork Rice and BBQ Pork (Char Siu) Rice.
Steamed Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
My mother used to visit Ricky's Kitchen frequently to enjoy a bowl of noodle soup with fragrant chicken. During our visit, she decided to try the dry noodle version called Koh Loh Mee instead. When ordering this dish, you have a choice of noodle (flat rice noodle, rice vermicelli, hokkien noodle or egg noodle) and meat (steamed chicken, fried chicken, crispy skin roast pork or BBQ pork). We decided on a combination of egg noodle and BBQ pork. The thin egg noodles were cooked to perfection with the sauce the noodles were tossed in bringing out the flavour. The BBQ Pork we chose to accompany the noodles was a good partner to the noodles.
Koh Loh Mee with BBQ Pork (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another popular Malaysian dish offered at RMK is Laksa. As in Koh Loh Mee, you can choose your preferred type of noodle. We went with a combination of rice vermicelli and hokkien noodle. The noodles were cooked to al dente with the various ingredients complementing it well. The Laksa broth is mild enough for those not used to spicy foods but if you wish to spice it up, you can request for some sambal chilli to mix into the soup.
Laksa (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Apart from the mentioned rice and noodle dishes, RMK also offers the popular Malaysian stir fried dishes Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Mee Goreng (fried noodles), Mee Hoon Goreng (fried rice vermicelli) and Hor Fun Goreng (fried rice noodles).
The food court is airy with plenty of seatings and there is an indoor playground to keep the children entertained. Abundant free off-street parking is available in the Churchill Centre car park located in front of the food court. A trip to RMK can also be conveniently combined with supermarket shopping at Coles, Aldi and Costco which are also all located at Churchill Centre.