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Singapore

At first glance, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a deceptively simple meal. Don’t be fooled! The combo of chicken, rice, and sauces is guaranteed to get your taste buds dancing! To prepare the delicacy, white chicken is steamed, dipped into an ice bath (to form a gelatinous layer of fat beneath the skin), then chopped into chunks. Meanwhile, rice is made flavorful by cooking it in chicken broth instead of water. The dish always comes with chili sauce, dark soy sauce, and ginger sauce to give it the unique flavor it’s become famous for. Dig into the beloved Singaporean dish at the city’s best Hainanese Chicken restaurants!

Updated a year ago

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Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice sets itself apart from other restaurants with its fragrant and luscious rice. It’s so delicious, world-renowned food connoisseur Anthony Bourdain claims it’s good enough on its own. Pair the rice with the succulent chicken drizzled with homemade dressing and the trinity of sauces (featuring the hawker’s special chili sauce), and you’ll find yourself in Hainanese Chicken Rice heaven.

+6564480120

4 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore

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Boon Tong Kee (Balestier Road)

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Boon Tong Kee successfully revives Singapore’s late night crawlers with scrumptious Hainanese Chicken Rice. Open until 4:30AM, the comfy airconditioned joint is the perfect space to nurse a hangover or satisfy wee hour cravings. Boon Tong Kee also serves home-style Chinese food, so have yourself a feast!

+6562543937

399/401/403 Balestier Road, Singapore

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Kampong Chicken Eating House

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

For their Hainanese Chicken Rice, Kampong Chicken Eating House uses kampong chicken. Recognizable by its yellow skin, it’s a leaner, healthier poultry breed that packs so much flavor. Top it with the joint’s signature thick and spicy chili sauce for a party in your mouth! You’ll want to reach for seconds, so get ahead of your appetite and order half a chicken. Come early, as supply runs out before dinner time.

+6562212522

247 Outram Road, Singapore

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Chin Chin Eating House

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Chin Chin Eating House has been feeding Singaporean families with Hainanese-style dishes since 1994. One of the most famous items on their menu is the Hainanese Chicken Rice—cooked to perfection, with every bite tender and moist. Complement your meal with Chin Chin’s tasty ginger dip and fiery chili sauce. Warning: it’s pretty spicy!

+6563374640

19 Purvis Street, Singapore

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Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant (United Square Shopping Mall)

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

An established Singaporean brand, Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant has the best dipping sauces for Hainanese Chicken Rice. Choose between the usual white, roast, or soy chicken; then dip the meat into a delightful medley of chili sauce, ginger paste, and dark soy sauce as you enjoy the flavorful rice.

+6562556396

101 Thomson Road, #01-08 United Square Shopping Mall, Singapore

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Ming Kee Chicken Rice

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

The Hainanese Chicken Rice at Ming Kee Chicken Rice is extra juicy and cold. Since the butcher only takes out the poultry from the ice bath as soon as you order, you’re guaranteed a fresh meal every time. Add a side order of Crystal Chicken Feet, a local delicacy that’s boiled then chilled before serving.

511 Bishan Street 13, #01-522 Kim San Leng Food Centre, Singapore

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Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice dishes out Hainanese Chicken Rice with steamed white chicken that’s soft, smooth, and just the right amount of oily. Located in Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, the stall is only open until 2:00PM. Visit before lunch hour because they close as soon as the locals finish devouring the stocks!

347 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-202 Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, Singapore

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Hua Kee Chicken Rice

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Hua Kee Chicken Rice’s poultry comes in large chunks, with the skin, bones, and cartilages still intact to retain its natural juices. Enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth meat on top of delicious rice and flavorsome vegetables. The stall is only open a few days a week, so plan your trip accordingly!

Block 85 Redhill Lane, #01-72 Redhill Food Centre, Singapore

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Yishun 925 Chicken Rice

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Yishun 925 Chicken Rice coats their boneless chicken with a heavy layer of soy sauce and cooks it at an optimal temperature for a luscious dish. The cozy joint is an institution in the Yishun District, feeding locals and saving tourists from the Singaporean heat for more than 20 years.

+6564810208

5 Jalan Legundi, Singapore

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Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Head to Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball for a unique twist on the favorite Singaporean dish. Your meal comes with a generous helping of chicken and rice shaped into a ball. It may seem like a novel idea, but it’s actually a traditional style of serving Hainanese Chicken Rice. See old-timers flock the joint to reminisce about the past with every mouthful.

+6562565348

111 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-366 Chang Cheng Mee Wah Restaurant, Singapore

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Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Navigate your way through the basement of Katong Shopping Centre to find Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice. Their Hainanese Chicken Rice meal may be pricier than most hawker centers’, but the unlimited complimentary achar (pickled vegetables) and refillable soup (that changes every week) make it worth it! The combo of rice and chicken—topped with fried garlic and an ample portion of sesame oil—is already a superstar, though!

+6597896073

865 Mountbatten Road, #B1-85/87 Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore

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Loy Kee Best Chicken Rice

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Loy Kee Best Chicken Rice ticks off all of our boxes for a filling Hainanese Chicken Rice meal: supple chicken, aromatic rice (served hot on a heated bowl), and punchy sauces. Its tried-and-tested menu also includes local favorites, making the joint a go-to of Singaporean families.

+6562522318

342 Balestier Road, Singapore

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Chatterbox

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Situated inside Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Chatterbox delivers a top-notch plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice in a fine-dining ambiance. The chicken is sliced generously, while the rice packs a complex melody of flavors. Prepare to splurge and go all out by pairing your meal with a glass of wine from the bar.

+6568316288

333 Orchard Road, Level 5 Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Singapore

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Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant

南记鸡饭餐室

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

One of the oldest Hainanese Chicken Rice restaurants in Singapore, Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant is well-loved by locals for its old-school vibe. Their menu of classic dishes includes a yummy Hainanese Chicken Rice, as well as Chinese “Zi Cha” (煮炒, a Singaporean term referring to affordable home-style courses) dishes—ideal for a big hearty dinner with family or friends. Beware, though, because the staff is known to be a bit grouchy!

+6562534502

201 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore


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Shi Mei Restaurant

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 5 June 2018

Every bite of Hainanese Chicken Rice at Shi Mei Restaurant is “shiok” (a Singlish term used to describe something as good or pleasurable), as the locals say it. The juicy chicken, with skin slightly crisp, and fragrant rice are sprinkled with Shi Mei’s homemade chili and laid on a bed of bean sprouts. Pile all of it in every spoonful for an explosion of taste and texture!

+6597332655

146 Potong Pasir Avenue 1 #01-135, Singapore

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