March 1, 2018 Restaurants



Talking about “Hainanese Chicken Rice”, should everyone’s favourite towards “WenChang Chicken” or “MenCheong Chicken” traditional generations Hainanese’s eatery since decade, currently being one of our country’s local delicacies not only wanted by locals, but also visitors. Here in the East, we found and successfully recognised the best traditional Hainanese (WenChang) Chicken Rice specialist “Ho Kee” running into next generation since 1978 in the state of Sabah.

Late Mr. Ho Kee Fatt (1914-1993), who originated from Hainan (WenChang) China, together with his son Ricky Ho Soi Ling (born 1948) both began their very first “Ho Fatt” chicken rice stall in a coffee house at Beaufort, Sabah in year 1963 introducing their traditional home recipe hainanese chicken rice to the locals. Ricky Ho who spent his 15 years exposed in the field reached Tawau, Sabah in year 1978 at his age of 30th started his very own “Ho Kee” chicken rice stall continue his journey in the career, running together with his lovely wife late Madam Foo Gi Lin. Having their very first chicken rice specialise shop after another 9 years.

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While Ricky’s son Nicholas Ho Kuen Hau (born 1987), as 3rd generation, touched the family’s career at his 15th of age helping parents. Later on fully stepped into the f&b industry running another chicken rice outlet stall in Tawau, Sabah at his 17th. In year 2007, they successfully established their chicken rice house at Kelombong, Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) in year 2007 officially named “Ho Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice” to further their exposure in the career. Then another outlet at Lintas, Kota Kinabalu in year 2018.

In order to satisfy his regular visitors, and to ensure that his Ho Kee’s is all the while serving the best and the genuine Hainanese chicken rice to the public. Ricky Ho himself been stepped back to his hometown in WenChang, Hainan city in China in year 2012 to confirm his home recipe hainanese chicken rice are prepared on generations passed onto recipes. Also recently being handed over the family’s career & responsibility to his son Nicholas Ho to continue serving the market in better manner.

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In Ho Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice, the owner’s first top recommended in menus surely will be their “WenChang Hainanese Boiled Chicken”. Local fresh feeded chicken with weight of 2-2.2kg selected, boiled around 45 minutes in their in-house prepared soup base to lock the meat’s juicy, then served in fine cutted pieces, poured onto their homemade soy sauce mixture and topped with home-fried garlic shredded brings the best boiled chicken you must try when reached the Sabah island. Especially the chewing chicken meat’s texture itself in bites and taken tipping onto their homemade Ginger Paste & Chilli Paste will be the best combination eatery.

To have a complete and traditional Hainanese chicken rice, taken boiled chicken sided with their home cooked “Chicken Oil Rice” will be the perfect match mentioned by the Ho Kee’s father & son (owners). Using local high quality rice, fried with fresh chicken lard, then boil-cooked about 20-30 minutes with mixed into their secret ingredients mixture recipe brings excellent hot & exotic chicken oil rice you will never found better in town.

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And also, to have full set of traditional Ho Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice, a bowl of their chicken boiled soup must sided with their boiled chicken & rice which most wanted by their regulars. Soup base prepared in-house from chicken boiled through, then served after mixed into fresh vegetables brings healthy and tasty chicken soup you too cannot aside here.


Nonetheless, the Ho Kee’s owner, both Mr. Ho also taken the opportunity to introduce their side order “Boiled Beansprout” which among the restaurant’s daily top seller. Fresh beansprout boil-cooked in minutes then serve-topped with their homemade fried onions and poured onto recipe soy sauce you cannot missed when stepped into this “Ho Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice” at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.



Address: (Main Kolombong)

ShopHouse No.9,

Ground Floor,

Lorong Terap II,

Jalan Kolombong,

88450 Kota Kinabalu,



(Lintas Outlet)

No. 27-0,

Tingkat Bawah,

Block H,

Jalan Lintas,

88300 Kota Kinabalu,



Business Hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm (Daily)



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