Hainanese Chicken Rice


Hainanese Chicken Rice is created by Chinese from the Hainan province who migrated to Malaya in the mid 19th century. Hainanese people were often hired as cooks in British military camps and homes of the wealthy.

The most loved Hainanese food is their Chicken Rice. This dish is a popular lunch menu for working Malaysians who want a filling and delicious meal.

What makes ‘Hainanese’ chicken rice different from the ordinary is the juicy skin. The chicken is poached in chicken soup and then bathed in ice to create a succulent skin. Yes, we will dip a whole chicken into the pot and then transfer it into an ice bucket!

This meal is only complete with aromatic ’yau fan’ (literally oily rice) cooked with pandan leaves and other secret ingredients; chili sauce; ginger condiment; chicken soup; and seasoned soya sauce.

Though this meal takes a lot of work, but it is worth it!


In this menu, you will learn to make:

  1. Aromatic Rice
  2. Succulent Poached Chicken
  3. Condiments: Chili Sauce, Ginger Sauce, Flavoured Soy Sauce
  4. Beansprout Salad
  5. Chicken Soup
  6. Calamansi Lime Juice

You will learn techniques to create succulent skin and chopping the whole chicken.


Morning class

  • 9:00 am: Meet at our home. Enjoy a glass of flower tea & appetiser from our organic garden
  • 9:15 am: Garden tour
  • 9:45 am: Cooking Class
  • 12:30 pm: Eat!
  • 1:00 pm: End of session

Note: Market tour (at an additional price) starts at 8 am 

Group discount of 10% and afternoon class is available with a minimum of 3 people 


  • Your booking will be confirmed via email within 48 hours
  • Payment of RM 400 (USD 100) is then made via Paypal or Bank Transfer
  • Additional charge for market tour with breakfast (USD 20/RM 100) and hotel pick-up (USD 25/ RM 100)


TAXI (recommended): For convenience, take a GRAB taxi (like UBER) directly to the cooking class. It's about 20 minutes ride from the city. Taxi Fee: ~USD 6

TRAIN: My home is just 20 minutes train ride away from the city centre (Bukit Bintang MRT Station). Take a train to Taman Connaught MRT Station and exit at Gate C. We will pick you up there. Ticket fee: ~USD 1

PICK-UP: We also offer pick-up from and back to your hotel at an additional price of USD 25.

New Malaysian Kitchen
No.2, Jalan 11, Taman Lensen,
Cheras, 56000,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


I’m Sara Khong, a professional cook and author of four cookbooks: Malaysian Meals In 30 Minutes, One Pot Wonders, 3 Ingredient Recipes, and Slow Cooker Recipes.

I'm passionate about making authentic Malaysian cuisine and growing herbs and spices in my edible garden. I look forward to share with you Malaysia's most popular dishes made in my family's kitchen!

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