Nasi Ayam Chee Meng Bukit Bintang – Cheap Local Food Away from Tourist Traps

Bukit Bintang has a great mix of upmarket restaurants from all cultures. But if you’re on a budget or trying to avoid the typical tourist traps, this is a budget-friendly local chicken rice shop that I highly recommend.

Pros
  • Cheap & good local food in Bukit Bintang.
  • Down to earth unlike some pretentious restaurants around the area.
  • Close to all the other attractions.
Cons
  • Traffic jams.
  • Avoid lunch crowd whenever possible.

The Ambience – Expect Typical Kopitiams

Typical messy interiors you'd expect from your local kopitiam
Typical messy interiors you’d expect from your local Kopitiam

Expect nothing fancy with the interior of nasi ayam Chee Meng. The interior would look like any other typical Kopitiams in Malaysia.

The place is always crowded, especially during lunch & most of the clientele are local customers, which is how you can tell that the food will be good.

I noticed that there were a lot of Indonesian tourists that dine here thanks to Indonesian Influencers mentioning this place on social media.

Nasi Ayam Chee Meng’s Menu & Prices

Nasi Ayam Chee Meng's Menu & Prices
Nasi Ayam Chee Meng’s Menu & Prices

In December 2021, a plate of nasi ayam at Chee Meng is RM11.30, which is pretty cheap for Bukit Bintang rates.

You can expect to pay around RM 25 per person if you ordered a few items to share between your dining table with individual drinks.

The Food that We Ordered

Here is what we ordered:

  1. 2 x roasted chicken rice
  2. Kerabu mangga (mango salad)
  3. Fried omelette
  4. 1 x teh limau ice (iced lime tea)
  5. 1. iced barley & lemon
Nasi Ayam Chee Meng - what we ordered for dinner
Nasi Ayam Chee Meng – what we ordered for dinner

You can pick between the steamed or fried chicken. I like the crispy skin, so I’d always opt for the fried chicken over steamed chicken.

The chicken portion is larger than what I usually get at Nasi Ayam Hailam:

The crispy skin on the fried chicken rice
The crispy skin on the fried chicken rice

Our favorite side dish is the kerabu mangga (mango salad), priced at RM13 for a small plate that can be shared between 2 persons.

It’s a little spicy, but I like the contradictive salty & sour flavors, soft texture of the mango & crunchy bits of the fried anchovies that magically complement one another.

It’s very refreshing to have the salad in between bites of the chicken rice. I highly recommend you to try it out:

Kerabu mangga at RM13 for a small plate
Kerabu Mangga at RM13 for a small plate

Getting There & Parking

Getting there by car could be quite troublesome as the Bukit Bintang area is highly congested.

You can park at any mall parking nearby, or the open-air parking spot close to Jalan Alor like this one.

The nearest train station would be:

  1. Bukit Bintang MRT station
  2. Bukit Bintang Monorail station

My Conclusion

Balkoni Hijau’s Review

Overall, I recommend Nasi Ayam Chee Meng if you want to dine cheap, local & good.

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