Posts tagged Chicken Rice
Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice at Katong Shopping Centre can be considered as my 2nd favorite in Singapore after Tian Tian. And if I am not mistaken, they serve Cantonese Chicken Rice instead of the more popular Hainanese Chicken Rice. I don’t really know their differences, since there are contrasting views in the history and even from the Chicken Rice chefs themselves but this is a good research topic.
The stall’s location at a basement food court of a rather quiet shopping complex filled with various maid agencies does not seem to affect its business. The queue for a plate of chicken rice here is so long it’s not even funny, it stretched all the way to the entrance!
Despite being advertised as boneless chicken rice, the chicken pieces do not come in boneless form by default. A sign saying “Please tell me if you want boneless chicken” is hung at the stall front lol. Not a problem to me anyway, either bony or boneless.
As far as Chicken Rice goes, Loy Kee at Balestier Road serves the most impressive looking one. Their special chicken rice set, which is also Loy Kee’s signature dish always comes in a wooden tray of roast thigh meat, rice, a serving of vegetable, a bowl of soup and condiments served in ceramic pottery dishes at $6.
Loy Kee goes back as early as 1953 when they started from a small stall at Raymond Market. And now they have two main branches at Balestier and Woodlands. From what I researched, Loy Kee was famous in the 90s and considered an icon when it came to chicken rice. Something huh? But I only knew about them from a friend who used to work in Singapore last time.
Do you know how many shapes chicken rice can take in Malaysia? As far as I know there are three with the most common one served in a semi-spherical or bowl shaped. We can all agree there’s nothing fancy about this. In Melaka, their chicken rice is available in the shape of a ping pong sized ball, which is something quite special for Northern Malaysians. Then in East Malaysia specifically Sabah in the town of Kota Kinabalu, the Hainan Chicken Rice at Wiya Coffee Restoran is served in a pyramid shape!
But before I claim pyramid shaped chicken rice is only available in KK, luckily I did some research first and found that it is also available in Singapore’s Boon Tong Kee. Phew, I saved myself from embarrassment there lol.
When KampungBoyCityGal and us went to KK, Wiya’s chicken rice was on our must-try list just because of the pyramid shaped rice alone. I honestly didn’t know it existed until we researched for the food in KK. When it comes to uniqueness, this pyramid shaped rice takes the cake. But the shape aside, the rice was nothing special really.
I have been working at Singapore for almost three months now, and yet there’s not any blog posts on Singapore’s Chicken Rice. The reason is really simple, because most of the Chicken Rice I had here, whether Hainanese or not, were above average tasting at best – not really blog worthy. That was until I tried Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre.
For those who know Tian Tian, most probably you also know that it was visited by Anthony Bourdain before. Who’s Anthony Bourdain? Well he’s a well-respected chef from America who once tried Tian Tian’s Hainanese Chicken Rice and was very impressed with it. “Chicken Rice is so fragrant and delicious that it can be eaten on its own” – those were the words used by Anthony Bourdain to describe Tian Tian’s Chicken Rice.
Thanks to his praise, Tian Tian is now one of the most patronized Chicken Rice in Singapore. And check out the other awards won by Tian Tian too.
Knowing there’d be a long queue if I went during lunch hours, I chose to go at a rather odd time at 3:30pm. Still, I had to queue for 10 minutes before I got served. I had a large portion of Chicken Rice with drumstick and a wing added @ $5. I felt the price was reasonable and glad that they didn’t take opportunity on the fame they enjoy to charge more expensively.