j+d’s FGH (fave grubs hitlist) #1: chicken rice!

FGH is juicy n delicious’ hitlist of e best food finds in singapore. each time we’ll feature one dish – and search for the top 3 digs that serve it up.

we thought long n hard about which to pick for our first FGH feature, ’til we chanced upon a recent hitwise report, which states that chicken rice continues to be the top searched food term in singapore into 2009. DOH!

we may not have a national dish, but i’m sure most of us would agree that chicken rice is as close as it gets. someone i once met said ‘every singaporean has at least one chicken rice haunt they call their own’. true that. n every foreigner knows it’s one of the must-eats in our little island.

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juicy n delicious did a quick poll with a coupla foodie friends n were surprised at the diverse range n locations of their fave chicken rice joints!

delicious says yeo keng nam, i say wee nam kee, others say five star hainanese @ river valley, lucky chicken rice @ lucky plaza, boon tong kee @ balestier, to name a few. some even agree with anthony bourdain’s choice – tian tian chicken rice @ maxwell market.

delicious n i have an uphill task here. so what we’ll do is consolidate the top 5 voted digs, n then go out for a taste test to narrow it down!

so, we need your help. what is YOUR favourite chicken rice joint?

*burp*
– juicy

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82 Responses to “j+d’s FGH (fave grubs hitlist) #1: chicken rice!”
  1. wayne_ree says:

    I can’t remember the name of the place at Far East, the one on the fifth (?) floor. But I swear, they’ve got heroin laced in the chicken ’cause every time I’m in the area, I’m a-jonesin’ for a serving.

    (http://dotxom.wordpress.com)

  2. wayne_ree says:

    I can’t remember the name of the place at Far East, the one on the fifth (?) floor. But I swear, they’ve got heroin laced in the chicken ’cause every time I’m in the area, I’m a-jonesin’ for a serving.

    (http://dotxom.wordpress.com)

  3. dustiee says:

    Nam Kee Chicken Rice. The one at Upper Thomson.

  4. dustiee says:

    Nam Kee Chicken Rice. The one at Upper Thomson.

  5. u know, i think it’s literally called far east plaza chicken rice. i think every one in our generation has been addicted to that one at some point!

  6. ooh nam kee. first vote for this one!

  7. More votes off facebook

    Some foodies have been having trouble logging in to LJ to cast their votes, so here’s the consolidated list off Facebook:
    Daniel – Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice at Katong Shopping Centre
    Keith – chicken rice from Commonwealth market @ Margaret Drive
    Theron – The Blachan Grill in LA (sorry T, don’t think you qualify this time round!)
    Pariya – Beach Road Hawker Centre for super soft, super oily chicken with POWERFUL chilli sauce
    Rosemary – The coffee shop at the corner of Eng Watt Road, Tiong Bahru – die die must try apparently!
    Serene Chan – CR from the Mercedes Benz driving hawker at ABC Market, behind IKEA!

    Interestingly enough, most of the folks who shared their thoughts are based overseas, shows you that the appeal of chicken rice never really fades.

  8. More votes off facebook

    Some foodies have been having trouble logging in to LJ to cast their votes, so here’s the consolidated list off Facebook:
    Daniel – Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice at Katong Shopping Centre
    Keith – chicken rice from Commonwealth market @ Margaret Drive
    Theron – The Blachan Grill in LA (sorry T, don’t think you qualify this time round!)
    Pariya – Beach Road Hawker Centre for super soft, super oily chicken with POWERFUL chilli sauce
    Rosemary – The coffee shop at the corner of Eng Watt Road, Tiong Bahru – die die must try apparently!
    Serene Chan – CR from the Mercedes Benz driving hawker at ABC Market, behind IKEA!

    Interestingly enough, most of the folks who shared their thoughts are based overseas, shows you that the appeal of chicken rice never really fades.

  9. ka wei’s cravin’

    Sin Kee Chicken Rice at Mei Ling Street.

    The good: Their rice is fragrant and suitably moist. Chicken’s always tender (and you know only soft foods do it for me). Oh and they have the chicken feet skin thingy which is always sold out. Oh and get a bowl of their plain porridge. It’s got the viscous consistency of nestum with the fragrace of chicky rice!

    The bad: They are not available till probably May 09 – they’ve been holidaying or something since April 08 cos the food centre’s undergoing some refurbishment. in the interim, I get my chicken lice fix from a stall in the food market at telok blangah rise. A pack of rice goes for 30cents, half chicken at $10. And all the ginger you want. Yums. A Jap fren wants me to get a pack (he tried it last time when he came by) when I go visit Fukuoka some time this year.

    J&D, any suggestions on how to courier chicken lice to Japan?

    • Re: ka wei’s cravin’

      couriering chicken lice to Japan… mmm this is a tricky one. What about… getting a pack from the food market, repackaging in a plastic box, wrapping that with foil, placing it in a ziplock bag and then deep freezing it?
      you can then pack it with dry ice in a freezer bag from carrefour… and Bob’s your uncle!

      Whaddya think?

      – delicious

  10. ka wei’s cravin’

    Sin Kee Chicken Rice at Mei Ling Street.

    The good: Their rice is fragrant and suitably moist. Chicken’s always tender (and you know only soft foods do it for me). Oh and they have the chicken feet skin thingy which is always sold out. Oh and get a bowl of their plain porridge. It’s got the viscous consistency of nestum with the fragrace of chicky rice!

    The bad: They are not available till probably May 09 – they’ve been holidaying or something since April 08 cos the food centre’s undergoing some refurbishment. in the interim, I get my chicken lice fix from a stall in the food market at telok blangah rise. A pack of rice goes for 30cents, half chicken at $10. And all the ginger you want. Yums. A Jap fren wants me to get a pack (he tried it last time when he came by) when I go visit Fukuoka some time this year.

    J&D, any suggestions on how to courier chicken lice to Japan?

  11. Re: ka wei’s cravin’

    couriering chicken lice to Japan… mmm this is a tricky one. What about… getting a pack from the food market, repackaging in a plastic box, wrapping that with foil, placing it in a ziplock bag and then deep freezing it?
    you can then pack it with dry ice in a freezer bag from carrefour… and Bob’s your uncle!

    Whaddya think?

    – delicious

  12. wayne_ree says:

    I can’t remember the name of the place at Far East, the one on the fifth (?) floor. But I swear, they’ve got heroin laced in the chicken ’cause every time I’m in the area, I’m a-jonesin’ for a serving.

    (http://dotxom.wordpress.com)

  13. huckerby says:

    is this the Hainanese Delicacy place i mentioned on Facebook? hmm…

    anyway like i also mentioned, i vote Yet Con in Purvis Street for authentic coffeeshop style chicken rice. order some steamboat and Hainanese pork chop… OMG.

  14. dustiee says:

    Nam Kee Chicken Rice. The one at Upper Thomson.

  15. i think u’re rite lester… n the loy kee at balestier has some pretty yummy non-chicken rice hainanese items too

  16. More votes off facebook

    Some foodies have been having trouble logging in to LJ to cast their votes, so here’s the consolidated list off Facebook:
    Daniel – Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice at Katong Shopping Centre
    Keith – chicken rice from Commonwealth market @ Margaret Drive
    Theron – The Blachan Grill in LA (sorry T, don’t think you qualify this time round!)
    Pariya – Beach Road Hawker Centre for super soft, super oily chicken with POWERFUL chilli sauce
    Rosemary – The coffee shop at the corner of Eng Watt Road, Tiong Bahru – die die must try apparently!
    Serene Chan – CR from the Mercedes Benz driving hawker at ABC Market, behind IKEA!

    Interestingly enough, most of the folks who shared their thoughts are based overseas, shows you that the appeal of chicken rice never really fades.

  17. alfv says:

    Best Chicken Rice

    The store is called AFC Chicken Rice and its located at Blk 925’s coffeeshop, Yishun Central near North Point shopping centre. It’s the coffeeshop below the multi-story carpark. IT really is the best!!!

    AlfV

  18. alfv says:

    Best Chicken Rice

    The store is called AFC Chicken Rice and its located at Blk 925’s coffeeshop, Yishun Central near North Point shopping centre. It’s the coffeeshop below the multi-story carpark. IT really is the best!!!

    AlfV

  19. missus_teh says:

    i love this chicken rice stall located in a small kopitiam at toa payoh central. it’s facing Bata and Watson’s, and quite near to the library. the roasted chicken skin is sooooo goood!

  20. missus_teh says:

    i love this chicken rice stall located in a small kopitiam at toa payoh central. it’s facing Bata and Watson’s, and quite near to the library. the roasted chicken skin is sooooo goood!

  21. ka wei’s cravin’

    Sin Kee Chicken Rice at Mei Ling Street.

    The good: Their rice is fragrant and suitably moist. Chicken’s always tender (and you know only soft foods do it for me). Oh and they have the chicken feet skin thingy which is always sold out. Oh and get a bowl of their plain porridge. It’s got the viscous consistency of nestum with the fragrace of chicky rice!

    The bad: They are not available till probably May 09 – they’ve been holidaying or something since April 08 cos the food centre’s undergoing some refurbishment. in the interim, I get my chicken lice fix from a stall in the food market at telok blangah rise. A pack of rice goes for 30cents, half chicken at $10. And all the ginger you want. Yums. A Jap fren wants me to get a pack (he tried it last time when he came by) when I go visit Fukuoka some time this year.

    J&D, any suggestions on how to courier chicken lice to Japan?

    • Re: ka wei’s cravin’

      couriering chicken lice to Japan… mmm this is a tricky one. What about… getting a pack from the food market, repackaging in a plastic box, wrapping that with foil, placing it in a ziplock bag and then deep freezing it?
      you can then pack it with dry ice in a freezer bag from carrefour… and Bob’s your uncle!

      Whaddya think?

      – delicious

  22. wayne_ree says:

    Mmmm. I think I’ll go there tomorrow for lunch.

  23. olimomok says:

    My fave chicken rice is at Longhouse!

    Besides that, we also like the Five Star chains and Yet Con at Purvis St.

    Heh, fun blog 🙂

  24. olimomok says:

    My fave chicken rice is at Longhouse!

    Besides that, we also like the Five Star chains and Yet Con at Purvis St.

    Heh, fun blog 🙂

  25. alfv says:

    Best Chicken Rice

    The store is called AFC Chicken Rice and its located at Blk 925’s coffeeshop, Yishun Central near North Point shopping centre. It’s the coffeeshop below the multi-story carpark. IT really is the best!!!

    AlfV

  26. missus_teh says:

    i love this chicken rice stall located in a small kopitiam at toa payoh central. it’s facing Bata and Watson’s, and quite near to the library. the roasted chicken skin is sooooo goood!

  27. olimomok says:

    My fave chicken rice is at Longhouse!

    Besides that, we also like the Five Star chains and Yet Con at Purvis St.

    Heh, fun blog 🙂

  28. Anonymous says:

    wee nam kee opposite novena church!

    des

  29. Anonymous says:

    wee nam kee opposite novena church!

    des

  30. manndy says:

    there’s this soya sauced chicken rice at Upper Cross Street. Drench the rice in the sauce, drizzle some chilli and you’re in heaven.

  31. manndy says:

    there’s this soya sauced chicken rice at Upper Cross Street. Drench the rice in the sauce, drizzle some chilli and you’re in heaven.

  32. smallbully says:

    the one at Katong Shopping Centre!

  33. smallbully says:

    the one at Katong Shopping Centre!

  34. ta pao for me? – juicy

  35. Re: Best Chicken Rice

    the khoo brothers have spoken! ok noted, quite near my place also – juicy

  36. i think i know which one u’re talkin about… n i do remember thinking it was quite good! – juicy

  37. oooh the longhouse one not bad. yet con at purvis st seems to b quite popular

  38. dunno, personal preference but soya sauce chicken not my fave! plus u didn’t bring me my ramly burger – juicy

  39. ooh yet another vote for that one!

  40. Anonymous says:

    wee nam kee opposite novena church!

    des

  41. manndy says:

    there’s this soya sauced chicken rice at Upper Cross Street. Drench the rice in the sauce, drizzle some chilli and you’re in heaven.

  42. smallbully says:

    the one at Katong Shopping Centre!

  43. Re: EVEN More votes off facebook

    Philip Chan at 18:32 on 01 March
    http://www.soshiok.com/articles/6214 – Fook Seng near Leng Kee

    Jennifer at 19:07 on 01 March
    We usually go to Wee Nam Kee opp Novena.

    Gin at 20:08 on 01 March
    I love the chicken rice @ Pow Sing, Serangoon Gardens!

    HJ Foo at 22:38 on 01 March
    the ex-housemen canteen

  44. I love my pak cham kai

    I don’t think soy sauce chix qualifies! – delicious

  45. Anonymous says:

    2nd floor Margaret Drive FC

    2nd floor of Margaret Drive hawker center called Xin Ji Chicken Rice.
    The rice is not too oily and the chicken is nice and juicy

    – Don

  46. Re: 2nd floor Margaret Drive FC

    ooh sounds like delicious’ kinda chicken rice! – juicy

  47. carol says:

    seems some of locals like u loved to eat chicken rice ?? i have tried local hainanese chicken rice and , laksa, satay bee hoon …

    Local Yummy Hainan Chicken Rice by Hong Kee Villa

    10 Nov 2010

    seems some of locals like u loved to eat chicken rice ?? i have tried local hainanese chicken rice and , laksa, satay bee hoon …

    Local Yummy Hainan Chicken Rice by Hong Kee Villa 10 Nov 2010

    congratulations to them New outlet – chicken rice stall ” HAINAN” rice very good . Im their regular customers since your father mother generation ….

    just sharing so u should give ur supporter like Free makan leh … just kidding.. . Really nice foods & price reasonable .. This is personal review , makan lovers should try it and have own review ..

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    if happen that the owner saw my post can claim 1plate ?? haha .

    less
    I spent: $4.0
    I tried: chicken rice set

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