Ask any group of Singaporeans on the best chicken rice joint, and you’ll be starting an hour long debate. Whatever it is, chicken rice is one of Singapore’s signature dishes loved by everyone.
Hainanese chicken rice is a dish which was brought from the Chinese immigrants of Singapore, many of which came from the Hainan region. Variations of the chicken rice are also found throughout the South-East Asia regions in places such as Malaysia (Ipoh chicken rice) and Thailand (khao man gai). In Singapore, chicken rice had grown in popularity since the 1950s, with the humble dish available in hawker centres, coffee shops and well-known specialty chicken rice restaurants.
The main ingredients to the humble chicken rice are garlic, ginger, spring onions, chicken and rice prepared in the traditional Hainanese cooking technique. The washed whole chicken is stuffed with the aromatics and broiled in a large pot of simmering water till the chicken is cooked to tender perfection. Meanwhile, rice is cooked with sesame oil, aromatics and the flavourful chicken stock and steamed to fluffy perfection. When the rice is done, it is served with portioned slices of the juicy broiled chicken and garnished with spring onions, cucumber, tomato accompanied with a side of garlic-chilli sauce.
Tourists will be well-served in hunting down a plate of chicken rice whether they are in Singapore for a short layover or a week-long vacation.
#05-116 Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road, Singapore
T: (+65) 734 0639
Tong Fatt Hainanese Chicken Rice
#01-32 ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre
Block 6, Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore