Hainanese Chicken Rice

Tian Tian Chicken Rice

Hainanese chicken rice is one of the national dishes of Singapore. It was originally brought over from Hainan by Chinese immigrants, but it has been adapted and is now a uniquely Singaporean dish. The most common version is chicken poached in broth flavored with garlic and ginger. The broth is used to make a soup as well as to cook the rice. However, some places also offer roast chicken with rice in lieu of the poached chicken. If you don’t specify which part of the bird you want, you will probably be given breast meat, as white meat is less popular in Singapore. You may also be charged extra if you ask for a leg or drumstick.The final product is served with chili sauce and dark soy sauce and can be found in food courts, hawker stalls, canteens and upscale restaurants around Singapore, where it is still called Hainanese chicken rice. However, if you are outside Singapore, you will often see “Singaporean chicken rice” as the name of the dish offered, as the Singaporean adaptation has become so widespread and popular.

Nam Kee chicken rice

Nam Kee chicken rice with soup

You can find chicken rice all over Singapore. However, there are some famous places that you might want to try if you’re in town. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Riceย at Maxwell Food Centre is right across the road from Chinatown and has earned its reputation as one of the best places to enjoy this dish. My personal opinion is that the chicken is ok, but the rice is among the most flavorful.ย My favorite chicken is served at Five Star Kampung Chicken Rice.ย I also likeย Nam Kee Chicken Rice, which I think is a good balance of tasty chicken and flavorful rice. Nam Kee is located on Upper Thompson Road, not too far from Bright Hill Temple. We tend to order a plate of chicken rice, an additional meat or omelette and a sauteed green vegetable and enjoy our meal family style.

This post is part of the April A-Z Challenge. My theme is food and sights of Singapore.


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