Express…

Despite the name, this is another of our very own Sarawak franchise and this relatively new outlet…

SCR® Xpress

…is called differently, the SCR®Xpress, SCR for Singapore Chicken Rice, located to the right of the Star Mega Mall.

The Chinese New Year decor was up…

CNY decor

…when we dropped by the other day and we were a bit early – only one table was occupied inside but the people started coming in once it was lunch time and it certainly looked like they do enjoy pretty brisk business here.

They have this button to press for get their attention…

Bell for service

…but we did not bother to use it. I just placed our orders at the counter and went there to settle my bill as well.

I am particularly fond of their blended chili…

SCR chili

…at any one of their outlets. I would say it is among the best, if not THE best, in town…and besides this, you may also help yourself to all the very finely-chopped garlic dip that you want.

We all opted for the fried/roasted chicken (RM5.70)…

SCR fried roast chicken

…and the rice (RM1.60)…

SCR rice

The rice was very good, much better than many of the chicken rice stalls at the coffee shops in town and they certainly were very generous with it. That was a rather large scoop, I would say. As for the chicken, I would just say it was all right. After all, steamed, roast or fried, it is…chicken. Special mention must be given to the complimentary soup that came with the chicken rice. Unlike the very diluted, rather tasteless almost-like-plain-water ones at most places elsewhere, theirs had a very strong taste and delightful fragrance of the salted vegetables used in the cooking and it was so good that all of us finished it to the last drop.

Initially, when I saw the fish tail banners along the road promoting this place (long before it finally opened its doors), I was expecting a very small place serving nothing but their chicken and rice…fast and hence, the additional “Xpress” in the name but no, how wrong could I be! They have a really elaborate menu, so many things to choose from…

Backdrop

…and we really could not decide as everything looked nice in the photographs.

Eventually, we settled for these crispy prawns (RM11.00)…

SCR prawns

…HUGE ones with just a thin coating of the batter…

SCR prawn

I sure was glad that it was not all batter with hardly any prawn visible and the tail stuck at the end for decoration. Prawns this size are currently selling for RM50 a kilo or more as Chinese New Year is drawing near and at less than RM2.00 each (there were six altogether), I would think it wasn’t all that expensive especially when they’re that big and very fresh and succulent.

We loved the belacan (prawn paste) midin kerabu (salad)…

SCR midin

– it was very very nice too (RM8.90). I loved the sweet and sour taste of the sambal with its very strong fragrance of calamansi lime.

The Thai gold bean curd (RM7.90)…

SCR tofu

…took quite a bit of time before it was served but it was very much to our liking too.

I had the three-layer teh-c (RM4.40)…

SCR tea

…and yes, it did not come cheap but it was really good, very much stronger and richer (which is something to be expected- seeing how much there is in that middle layer of evaporated milk) than any that I had had before. My girl had the plum juice (RM3.60) while  the mum had the same but with calamansi lime added (RM3.40).

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and rest assured that we would be heading back there soon for more.