Curry Times Now Selling the Old-School Chicken Rice Balls

If you’ve been to, say, Malacca, you’ll be familiar with this.

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Known as chicken rice balls, it’s a pretty old-school style of the iconic chicken rice. Unless you’re above 30, you might not have seen this anywhere before.

In the past, from what I remember, there were at least a few stalls selling chicken rice balls. Since 2000, finding them is as difficult as finding ice popsicles, though they still exist.

However, it’s relatively common to find them in Malacca, though.

For many (at least for me), a trip to Malacca is definite a trip for these hand-rolled rice balls as well. The rice actually tastes the same, except that the shape is different. Now if I recall correctly, it’s slightly drier.

The theory is that rice balls can stay warmer for a longer period of time in a wooden container. Another theory states that the rice balls are apparently more portable, so labourers in the past can transport them easier (remember, no cars in the past yet).

Now, if you want to relive your past, your time has come: Curry Times, a brand under the Old Chang Kee Group, has just come out with a Fragrant Rice Ball Super Drum.

Chim? Then look at this picture instead lah.

Image: Facebook (Curry Times)

For the entire month of June, this would be offered in all Curry Times outlets.

Unlike the old-school chicken rice balls, this dish would be served with a big crispy chicken drumstick and home-made Hainanese chilli.

It’ll cost $10.90++ with a Winter Melon with Basil Seed drink.

Curry Times is a new dine-in concept, specializing in curry dishes. It’s set in a nostalgic setting that reminisce the glorious days of home-cooked dishes (IG-worthy, indeed). Their signature dish is the curry chicken that’s served with rice, loaf, plain prata (wow!) or noodles.

Here are the outlets:

Novena Square (Velocity)
T: +65 6354 3206
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon to Sat) 10am – 10pm (Sun & PH)

West Gate
T: +65 6369 9609
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily

Changi Airport Terminal 3
T: +65 6447 8068
Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (Mon to Fri) 8am – 11pm (Sat, Sun & PH)

Changi Airport Terminal 4
T: +65 6384 3513
Opening Hours: 6am – 12am daily

Northpoint City
T: +65 62541291
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily

In other words, it’s practically in every part of Singapore.

To find out more about Curry Times, check out their website here.

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