Hainanese chicken rice
The Hainanese chicken rice is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore.It was from early Chinese immigrants originally from Hainan province in southern China.
Hainanese chicken rice is most commonly associated with Singaporean and Hainanese cuisines
National dishes of Singapore ,although it is also popular in Thailand, where it’s known as Khao Man Gai, and Vietnam.
It is based on a well known Hainanese dish called Wenchang chicken, due to its adoption by the Hainanese overseas Chinese population in the Nanyang area Catherine Ling of CNN describes Hainanese chicken rice as one of the “40 Singapore foods we can’t live without”.
It also listed at number 45 on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011 in Singapore,
chicken rice is available in many Chinese coffee shops, restaurants and street hawker stalls,
and also in chain restaurants such as The Chicken Rice Shop and OldTown White Coffee.
The chicken is prepared in accordance with traditional Hainanese way or methods, which involve poaching the entire chicken at boiling temperatures.
The resulting stock is skimmed off and some of the fat and liquid, along with ginger, garlic is used in the cooking of the rice, producing an oily,
flavourful rice sometimes known as “oily rice”.
In Singapore, Hainanese chicken rice is served everywhere from school canteens, hawker stalls to major restaurants.
There are Hainanese chicken rice stalls that have established franchise or branch outlets,
and these include Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice. It is very common to find Rice Balls in such chain eateries.
The price range is around S$2.50–4.50 2017 (the latter if the dish includes a drumstick).
Most stalls serve extras such as braised dark soy hard boiled egg, chicken liver,
braised dark soy firm dry tofu and vegetable called kai-lan with oyster sauce as side dishes and a bowl of plain chicken stock soup.
The choice of white (steamed) or roasted chicken is commonly available at almost all eateries.