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TIL This Bakery Sells Affordable Whole Roast Chicken But Is It Actually Good? [Review]

TIL This Bakery Sells Affordable Whole Roast Chicken But Is It Actually Good? [Review]

The roast chicken combo costs only RM40 and comes with a LOT of food.

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When I think of bakeries, what comes to mind is soft breads and triangular slices of cake. Perhaps a row of bread buns, or a display of tarts and pastries.

It turns out that for popular bakery chain The Baker’s Cottage, that’s not enough.

For a while now, they have been serving up roast chicken in their bakeries at an affordable price.

Now, they are introducing their latest value-for-money set, which I tried out.

A Value Deal For Consumers Feeling The Pinch

The Baker’s Cottage roast chicken combo is meant to be extremely affordable, and it truly is.

For just RM39.99, you get:

  • 1x whole roast chicken (BBQ or black pepper flavour)
  • 2x bowls of fragrant oil rice
  • 4x Macau egg tarts
  • 2x slices cakes
  • 1x 1.5L bottle of coke
From left: 2 slices of cake, 1 whole roast chicken, 4 Macau egg tarts, 2 portions of fragrant oil rice. Not pictured: the 1.5L bottle of coke. (Forgotten in the fridge.)
(Credit: Anne Dorall/TRP)

It’s enough food to feed a family of 3-4, with two kinds of dessert to boot! But even if it’s super value-for-money, is it actually good?

The Taste Test

I generally subscribe to the notion that one should visit a place for what the business is actually known for. Doing otherwise is like walking into a steakhouse and ordering the vegan options: it’s bound to wind up mildly disappointing. Hence, go to a bakery for their baked goods such as breads and pastries and desserts, not roast chicken.

However, colour me pleasantly surprised when the chicken turned out extremely tender, juicy, and perfectly roasted.

The whole roast chicken was tender and on the large side.
(Credit: Anne Dorall/TRP)

It is well-seasoned and goes great with the fragrant oil rice and garlic chili sauce. You could liken it to chicken rice, but this chicken-and-rice combo definitely holds its own with a distinct flavour profile.

The cake slices were a perfectly enjoyable end to the meal. However, while the Macau egg tarts had a great eggy custard filling, the layered crust was oddly chewy. Still, it was quite delectable taste-wise.

2 slices of cake of your choice and 4 Macau egg tarts.
(Credit: Anne Dorall/TRP)

The Verdict

If you’re looking for a really good deal on a really good chicken meal that can feed a family- complete with mains, desserts, and drink- then this is it.

The main thing here is the chicken of course, but you also get bakery favourites such as cake and egg tarts!

Of course, you can also buy each individual items ala carte if you don’t want to purchase the whole meal. The whole roast chicken is priced at RM14.99, 2 slices of cake at RM9.99, and 4 Macau Egg Tarts at RM9.49.

The Baker’s Cottage is able to price the chickens at such a low price because their supply is sourced directly from their own poultry farm owned by parent company Leong Hup International Berhad.

As such, the farm-to-plate concept translates to a much cheaper chicken meal that doesn’t skimp on quality.

The experience certainly changed my mind: perhaps bakeries can also be good at roasting chickens. After all, it appears that some places can be good at more than one thing (and both involve ovens).

Currently, this combo deal is only available in-store and is not available on food delivery platforms.

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