Chicken Rice is a legendary dish at Singapore’s food hawker centers. It consists of chicken cooked in pork and chicken stock, rice with chicken stock, and some vegetables. Dipping sauce is usually a hot chili dip or soy sauce with ginger. Occasionally they throw in a bowl of soup. We read several articles that state that this is the number 1 thing many people miss when they leave Singapore. Chicken Rice is a National dish for Singapore.
We arrive skeptics, but left believers.
Hainanese Chicken Rice was born in China but migrated to Southeast Asia. We’ve had it many places in our home San Francisco Bay Area as well as the ‘real deal’ on Hainan Island, Sanya, China. (An incredible coconut sauce version)
We got hooked on Chicken Rice and proceed to try it every chance we had.
Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice is located in Chinatown’s legendary Maxwell Food Centre. It was easy to find as it was one of a few to have a line.
This dish was stellar here. Perfectly tender and flavorful chicken and fragrant rice. Dirty Cheap too at SG$2.50 = US$2.
Rival Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is nearby.
Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice
Stall No. 7 Maxwell Food Centre, Kadayanallur Street
Singapore, Singapore 069184
Killiney Kopitiam was founded in 1919 and has locations all over Singapore. They are best known for their coffee, Kaya tea and toast.
We encountered them at the Singapore Changi Airport and needed to try their Chicken Rice. All we can say is that it was also divine and only cost SG$5.61/
Tender chicken and exquisite flavored rice, that we could not get enough of, so that we ordered a second one. Their Milk Tea or Teh SG$1.22, SG$1.68 for hot or iced, is also stellar, not too sweet. If you transit or visit Singapore, be sure to give Killiney a try.
Changi Airport Terminal 3
Departure/Transit Lounge North, #03-07 Mezzanine Level
Singapore 819663 – Near Subway Sandwichs
Changi Airport Terminal 2
Departure / Transit Lounge Central, Kiosk M, (Level 2), S(819643)
Changi Airport Terminal 1
#031-001A, Departure Transit Lounge East, Mezzanine Level S(819642)
Another nice food court featuring local Hawker favorites. Curry place has really good Nasi Lemak that can use more rice. (SG$7.90)
Chicken Rice from Bugis Street (SG$6.50) was almost as good as Ah Tai. Price is high here and soup is fair. The small portion of Chicken was excellent yet the rice didn’t possess an abundance of flavor.
Changi Airport Terminal 2
Departure / Transit Lounge
It’s great that a theme park has a Hawker area to complement the requisite fast food. The Chicken Rice (SG$4.50) was just ok here. A bit week compared to the other versions elsewhere. Interesting looking Rice Balls.
Malacca Chicken Rice Ball
Malaysian Food Street
Sentosa Island, Singapore
Sergeant has 6 locations in Singapore. This one is located in the Food Republic food court of the ION Orchard shopping center. There are 22 food stalls here. They serve Chicken Rice for SG$4.50. A solid version. Their rice grains are pre-fried in chicken fat before being cooked in chicken broth. The chicken is steamed only so much, to retain some pinkness.
Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice
#B4-03 (Stall 20), 2 Orchard Turn
+65 6509 9198