Family Bonding @ The Chicken Rice Shop, Imago Mall Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

“At the Chicken Rice Shop, it’s true about what they are saying, its not just about Chicken Rice. It’s more than that. For the Remimi’s, it’s about how we spent quality time and had good meals together”-@joehairie

The Remimi’s

A week ago, the team members decided to invite the Remimi’s for a family gathering at The Chicken Rice Shop. In Kota Kinabalu, there are 3 Chicken Rice branches: Imago Mall, 1 Borneo Mall and Suria Sabah Mall. For this review, we chose the outlet at Imago Mall. This is the first Chain Restaurant that we are going to review. We want to know if The Chicken Rice Shop is the right place for a large family to dine in. Are the prices of food and beverages affordable to all type of customers? Were our food and beverages presented properly according to the menu and tasted delicious? These were the questions that we asked ourselves prior coming to this restaurant. Read further to know more about our findings.

 About The Chicken Rice Shop Malaysia

The Chicken Rice Shop is certified “HALAL” by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), both internationally recognized HALAL authorities. The Chicken Rice Shop serves traditionally prepared steamed, roasted, honey barbecued and soy sauce chicken as its signature products. These signature dishes are served with fluffy chicken flavored rice cooked to perfection from a recipe passed down through the generations, originating from Hainan Island.  Yet, staying true to their promise of ‘Chicken Rice…and More’, their menu also features more than 25 other local favourites such as our Hainanese Curry Chicken, Special Penang Chai Boay (Spicy Mixed Vegetables), Famous Stuffed Fish Balls and Penang Rojak just to mention a few.

Within their menu, they have also packaged four different value meals to cater for different groups of guests. These value meals range from single person meals to meals for groups of 6.  Their R&D team has continuously over the years introduced innovative dishes to give their guests a wide selection of delectable local dishes and to ensure that guests enjoy a memorable dining experience at The Chicken Rice Shop every time. Innovative products for special festive occasions such as Hari Raya Puasa, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas are also introduced to celebrate the respective Malaysian festivities.

The Remimi’s Experience @ The Chicken Rice Shop, Imago Mall Kota Kinabalu

The Remimi’s were pretty excited for the gathering. We were actually planning to celebrate belated Happy Mothers Day as we didn’t have time to celebrate it before. Here are some photos of the Remimi’s. There are 5 mothers in Remimi’s that attended this family gathering and would like to wish them Happy Belated Mothers Day.


Staffs at The Chicken Rice Shop, Imago Mall were all friendly, polite, attentive, helpful, informative and most important all of them smiled genuinely. Staffs appeared almost immediately when we needed them. We were quite fascinated by one staff (Pardon us for not getting your name earlier). She was the one who had to go around the big table and write down all the orders, from each of us. We wonder how she was able to withstand ‘the pressure’ from us. Again, pardon us but it took us some time to decide the menu that we want to order. As an appreciation for your patience in handling our large family, we dedicate this photo for you. Do contact us and tell us your name. You’re such an amazing staff. Thank you!

It’s not an easy job to handle large group but this staff managed to do it.

Let’s have a look at how immaculate this restaurant was during our visit. Floor were clean. Everything were in perfect order. Staffs were very diligent in clearing up left overs, ensuring tables were ready for next customers. Cleanliness and tidiness are 2 important things in restaurants and the staffs here are aware of that.


This is the main entrance of The Chicken Rice Shop @ Imago Mall, Kota Kinabalu. Staffs were just everywhere, on standby to assist customers.


When we came here, almost all tables were occupied by customers. When they left, it only took the staffs few minutes to clean all left overs and start preparing table for next customers.


Again, staff were just everywhere, ensuring that arriving customers will be greeted.


We love this small rattan basket which being used for spoons and forks.

Since we came in a large group (there were 14 of us) we had to order in large quantity. We ordered for 1 set of Family Delight and another set of Family Fiesta. We also opted for some side dishes. Below are the photos of the menu and the dishes that included in the set as well as the side dishes. (Do bear with us as the images are not of high quality due to some technical difficulties that we encountered with our camera).

The Menu
Nyonya Pai Tee
Kerabu Mango
Half Chicken-Roasted
Prime Honey BBQ Chicken
Ipoh Bean Sprouts
Golden Fortune Rolls
Hong Kong Kailan with oyster sauce
Tofu with oyster sauce
Sai To Fish Balls
Famous Stuffed Fish Balls
Penang Rojak
Crispy Wanton
Rainbow Delight Dessert

While some of us opted for the standard soft drinks, some also opted for the specialties at The Chicken Rice Shop. There’s nothing to complaint about the beverages as all of them tasted heavenly delicious. Here is the beverages menu.




The Remimi’s thoughts

Overall, we were delighted by the level of service by the staff. They were polite, friendly and had genuine smile (That is important for us!). The foods were delicious, tasty and suited our taste bud. It was kind of massive order and we were able to exchange items with each other. The refillable drinks (for soft drinks) made us full to the limit. Rice alone tasted delicious and more when eaten with the chicken meat. Soup were okay. The dessert took us longer time to finish as the texture were a bit hard to chew but tasted delicious. Overall, great family meal for us and we were happy with the portion given that we were extremely hungry at that time. Will we come back? Yup, we are Chicken Rice Shop fans now. Hope that they will come up with more exiting menus.

There is one more thing, we like the way they portioned and arranged the chicken meat on the plate. They do not use lots of sliced cucumbers as practiced by most Chicken Rice outlets/tauke(s). The trick of using ‘tonnes’ of sliced cucumbers is to give good but false impression that the portion is big when actually it is not. Chicken Rice Shop is playing by the book, they ain’t cheating your eyes and that is good.  The Chicken Rice Shop indeed is the right place for a large family to dine in. The prices are way affordable and we’re satisfied with both presentation and taste of the foods and beverages that were served to us. We’re glad that we chose The Chicken Rice Shop at Imago Mall Kota Kinabalu for our family gathering as well as celebrating belated Mothers day to 5 family members in the Remimi’s.

Thank you again The Chicken Rice Shop for fulfilling our wish. We would also like to thank all the staffs at The Chicken Rice Shop @ Imago Mall for being nice to us during our family gathering. We will always be the brand’s number one fan. We will be visiting again for another family gathering during breaking fast in the month of Ramadhan. Hope to see the nicest new menu(s)!!

“It doesn’t matter what story we’re telling, we’re telling the story of family”-Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Looking forward for the same experienceIf you are in Kota Kinabalu, wait no longer and head to:

The Chicken Rice Shop
Units No. C-312 & C-313, Concourse Level, 1 Borneo Hypermall, Jalan Sulaman, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel / Fax: 088-447 361

The Chicken Rice Shop
Lot B77, Lower Ground Floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, 88000 Kota Kinabalu.
Tel / Fax: 088-447 443

The Chicken Rice Shop
B17/36, Basement Floor Imago, KK Times Square, IMAGO Shopping Mall, KK Times Square Phase 2, Off Coastal Highway, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel / Fax: 088-274 084

For other location across Malaysia, refer to the Chicken Rice Shop website. Click HERE.

Special Mention-Happy Mothers day for 2016 to:

Puan Munah Amit
Puan Hajah Norsina Sarjiau
Puan Mary Lansing
Puan Katrina Jefry
Puan Hasfanida bt Awang Damit
Puan Mel
& All the Mothers in this world

With sincere love and good thoughts 


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