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Hainanese Chicken Rice

A dish of Chinese origin most commonly associated with Singaporean cuisine or Malaysian cuisine.

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Nov 7, 2009
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Tauted as 'national dish of Singapore' it's something I must eat every time I visit Singapore. Cheap & good!
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review by . February 18, 2010
posted in The Rice Table
In Singapore, Hainanese Chicken Rice (or simply Chicken Rice) is synonymous with typical Singapore cuisine. Although originally from the island of Hainan, this staple dish of chicken and rice had been made famous and popular in Singapore more than anywhere else in Asia!      Singaporeans love their chicken rice and I know majority of them eat it at least once a week! Chicken rice can be found in any food court or hawker center in this country. So, no worries, you will find good …
Quick Tip by . September 22, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
This is some seriously awesome stuff! There was a Singaporean restaurant in the Philippines that I thought made it quite well; since Pinoys love rice, it also came with a bottomless serving of Jasmine rice. I could eat tons of this stuff!
Quick Tip by . April 19, 2010
posted in Go Singapore
Singapore National Dish. A must-eat when in Singapore. The locals have it at least once a week! It can be had almost everywhere in Singapore
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Hainanese chicken rice is a dish of Chinese origin most commonly associated with Singaporean cuisine or Malaysian cuisine, although it is also commonly sold in neighbouring Thailand, and found in Hainan, China itself. So-called due to its roots in Hainan cuisine and its adoption by the Hainanese overseas Chinese population in the Nanyang area (present-day Southeast Asia), the version found in the Singapore region combines elements of Hainanese and Cantonese cuisines along with culinary preferences in the Southeast Asian region. The dish was popularised in SIngapore in the 1950s by Moh Lee Twee, whose Swee Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant operated from 1947 to 1997.

The prevalence of stalls selling Hainanese chicken rice as their primary specialty in Singapore underscores the dish's unrivalled popularity amongst Singaporeans and overseas visitors. Hainanese chicken rice is often considered as the "national dish" of Singapore, and is often served at internationalexpositions and global events abroad, and in Singaporean-run restaurants overseas. Hainanese chicken rice is also one of the few local dishes served on Singapore Airlines flights.

In Singapore, Hainanese chicken rice is served at stalls and food courts. There are Hainanese chicken rice stalls that have established franchise or branch outlets, and these include Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice, Boon Tong Kee, Loy Kee and others which have many outlets island wide. The price range is around S$2-4 (the latter if the...
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