Go back to the basics with great chicken rice at affordable prices! Hawker centres pull no punches when it comes to catering great local food to tourists and locals. Here are 10 of the best chicken rice stalls in Singapore.
1.Tian Tian Chicken Rice
A tourist-famous stall located in the heart of the infamous Maxwell Food Centre, Tian Tian makes their chicken rice by simmering the rice in hot broth, then submerging it in ice water to lock in all the flavour. Smooth silky chicken is then paired with the top-notch flavoured rice, and priced at $3.50 per plate. They have three other branches that serve chicken rice of the same standard as that of the original branch.
Tian Tian Chicken Rice: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, S(069184) | 9691 4852
2. Hawker Chan
Hawker Chan sells possibly the best Soya Sauce Chicken Rice at only $3.80; the dish has even helped the restaurant to win a Michelin star. The thick chicken skin is wrapped in a fragrant herbal aroma, and the dish is paired with braised soya beans and fresh cucumber slices on the side. You can also additionally order their wonton soup, filled with handmade wonton and fresh kailan. A great lunch destination in the heart of the city!
Hawker Chan: 35 Smith St, #02-126, S(050335) | 6221 1668
3. Hua Kee Chicken Rice
Best known for its Cantonese-style Poached Chicken, Hua Kee Chicken Rice keeps their chicken on the bone to retain as much of its natural flavour as possible. Chopped into large chunks, the meat is tender and juicy which pairs well with their fluffy rice. Depart from the usual Hainanese chicken rice and check Hua Kee out!
Hua Kee Chicken Rice: 85 Redhill Lane S(150085)
4. Kampong Chicken Rice
This store is one of the rare few places that serves authentic kampong chicken, and is a hidden gem for those particular about oil and texture. Kampong Chicken Rice is known for its springy meat that rivals mainstream tastes as well. Pair the dish up with some ginger chilli and braised egg, it’s a killer combo for this chicken rice!
Kampong Chicken Rice: 85 Redhill Ln S(150085) | 62212522
5. Ah Boy Chicen Rice
One of the most famous chicken rice stores in the West, Ah Boy Chicken Rice even had local celebrity chef Eric Teo gushing over how good it was. Get the best of both worlds with Yuan Yang Chicken, which gets you both roasted and steamed chicken with fluffy fragrant rice in one dish. Cooked to perfection, the tender yet crisp chicken goes best with the homemade fresh ginger chilli sauce.
Ah Boy Chicken Rice: Blk 678A, Choa Chu Kang Crescent, V6 Food Court #01-01, S(681678)
6. Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
Another crowd favourite, this stall is generous with their portions of huge cuts of boneless chicken lain on top of rice flavoured with a sweet hint of onions. You can even eat it with a side of preserved vegetables and dark soya sauce to bring the dish up to a whole other level. Head down to any one of their many branches to try out their chicken rice and other great dishes!
Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice: 30 Seng Poh Rd, #02-82 Tiong Bahru Market| 97509846
7. Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice
A second-generation hawker stall, Wee Nam Kee continues to maintain the tradition of its amazing chicken rice. They offer three different types of chicken: Poached, roasted and fried. This is paired with thick ginger paste and homemade chilli, giving the dish a tangy twist and a little kick! At their 4 outlets islandwide, they also offer other tze char dishes such as hotplate tofu and cereal prawn.
Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice: 101 Thomson Rd, #01-08 United Square, S(307591) | 62556396 https://www.facebook.com/weenamkeechickenrice/
8. Leong Hainanese Chicken Rice
At Leong Hainanese Chicken Rice, each plate is a very affordable $2.80, but their claim to fame is in their chicken breast meat. Tender and flavourful, their breast meat is flavoured minimally to allow the natural sweetness to shine through. Other cuts of meat don’t let us down as well, with drumstick chicken being a popular choice. Their food boasts a mum’s touch of home-cooked food vibes, making them a prime choice for a hearty breakfast!
Leong Hainanese Chicken Rice: Blk 320 Shunfu Road Shunfu Mart #02-22 | 83196173
9. Yishun 925 Chicken Rice
A strong contender for the best chicken rice in the North, Yishun 925 serves their boneless chicken cold to lock in all the flavours. Each plate goes for $3/$4, where a mixture of dark and white meat is paired with spiced acar to add a piquant element. They also sell crystal chicken feet and chicken organs for those who love the innards and offcuts!
Yishun 925 Chicken Rice: Blk 925 Yishun Central 1, #01-249, S(760925) | 64810208 | https://www.facebook.com/yishun925/
10. Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice
Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice is run by two brothers who specialise in making the most amazing Cantonese-style Chicken Rice. Here, the chicken is cut into huge chunks that bring out the best mouthfeel. The silky smooth skin melts away into flavorful fat and, the minimally-flavoured rice allows the chicken to be the main star of the dish. Their ginger paste is a mixture of old and young ginger, which is mild yet impactful with their chicken.
Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice: Blk 40 Holland Drive, S(270040) |
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