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We all have our hawker favourites, but for many, Hainanese Chicken Rice places right at the top of the list. Why? It’s convenient, affordable, and has a complex taste, thanks to the accompanying sauce, chilli and oily rice. We could go on but chances are, you already know what we’re waxing lyrical about.
This beloved dish is so popular it can be found in almost every corner of our island and at every type of eatery, from coffeeshops and hawker centres to standalone stores, hotel restaurants and even fusion cafes. Everyone has an opinion on where the best chicken rice stall is, so we’ve rounded up our editors’ thoughts on the best spots here to indulge in this unofficial national dish.
1. Jew Kit Hainanese Chicken Rice
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“Many locals may not have heard of or tried Jew Kit, but it’s actually a renowned Hainanese chicken rice stall that has been around for more than two decades in Singapore. I love everything about the chicken rice here, from the tender chicken meat and fragrant rice to the addictive chilli sauce. Other than chicken rice dishes, they also have an extensive menu filled with many local zi char favourites to explore.” — Sean Tan, Associate Editor, Singapore Women’s Weekly
At several locations, such as 105 Killiney Road, Singapore 239546, and Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, 170 Upper Bukit Timah Rd #B1-16/17/18, Singapore 588179. Visit jewkit.com.sg
2. Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice at Katong Shopping Centre
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“I’m always so stuffed after a meal there. The chicken is really good, plus I like that they actually give you a proper Chinese soup (instead of some tasteless broth you tend to get at most chicken rice stalls) to go with your meal. You also get a serving of achar — it’s quite unusual but I like that it’s sour and refreshing.” — Sophie Hong, Associate Editor, CLEO
At Katong Shopping Centre #B1-85/87, 865 Mountbatten Rd, Singapore 437844.
3. Boon Tong Kee and Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
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“As I’m an Eastie, I don’t wander far for my chicken rice. When there are visitors from abroad, we may take them to Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Market — more for the gram. But for our chicken rice fix, we usually head to Boon Tong Kee on East Coast Road — it’s a classic choice that is known by almost everyone, but we love it because the aunties offer great service, and the chicken is delish. Even closer to home, we get our steamed white chicken rice from Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice at Bedok South Market. The stall serves soft and juicy chicken and I love to drench it with the scrumptious sauce and chilli!” — Barbara Koh, Editor-in-Chief, The Singapore Women’s Weekly
Boon Tong Kee is at 199 East Coast Road, Singapore 428902, tel: 6478 1462 and other outlets. Visit https://boontongkee.com.sg/. Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice is at 207 New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 460207.