First thing’s first, you can’t find Hainanese Chicken Rice in Hainan. Hainanese Chicken Rice was a dish created in Singapore/Malaya by Hainanese immigres. Hainanese Chicken Rice had only one flavour which was boiled chicken, or ‘white chopped chicken’. The entire chicken is put in a sub-boiling chicken and pork bone (unless they are halal then just chicken) stock. This stock is reused again and again, the thick and sweet stock then seeps into the meat to give it a greater sweetness. Another way of preparing chicken is roasted chicken, or ‘brown chicken’.
The chicken comes with a steaming white rice, made with a mixture of margarine and pandan leaves to give it a rice and smooth flavour. This dish is served up with a specially concocted chili sauce (which is usually rather watery and sweet).
It is considered staple (if unhealthy) food in Singapore, and as expected there are many hawkers who make a great version of this dish. I previously featured a very popular hawker at Maxwell Food Centre.
Today, we’ll talk about another one, Sing Ho Hainanese Chicken Rice.
Presently located within the David Elias building, along Middle Road and Selegie Road, Sing Ho Hainanese Chicken Rice is considered one of the established leaders in the Chicken Rice industry.
If anything though the Chicken Rice here is not cheap, a Chicken Rice set will set you back SGD 7.50 (compare it to the SGD 3.50 one that is served at Maxwell Food Centre), so its really not something you can eat all the time, at least not at this stall.
Have I said how much I loved roast chicken skin 🙂
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