Hainanese Chicken Rice – A Singaporean delicacy!

Singapore is a haven of diverse cuisines and witnesses different ethnicities in terms of food and is hence, seen by the government as a symbol of multi-culture. I am a die hard foodie and love to give myself a treat of varied foods from different countries and cultures. When I think of Singapore, I think of food, a lot of food, ranging from continental to desserts to chicken and rice. In fact, I have read that Singaporeans are so obsessed with food that they can queue endlessly or traverse the land to relish on some real good food. ‘Shop with a nosh’ is the favorite pastime of Singaporeans.

Well, I may not have travelled Singapore, but, I’ve always kept myself updated with its cuisine through various travel and food channels. Once I decided to try some new food and hence visited a restaurant offering Singaporean cuisine, named Umame in South Bombay. I personally enjoyed having Hainanese chicken rice there. It was super delicious, succulent and appetizing. Steamed or boiled chicken served atop fragrant oily rice, with sliced cucumber as the token vegetable. It was served with multiple sauces- premium dark soy sauce, chili with garlic and pounded ginger.

Photo Courtesy: SteamyKitchen.com
Photo Courtesy: SteamyKitchen.com

It’s history dates back to the early Chinese Immigrants. Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish adapted from early Chinese immigrants originally from the Hainan province in southern China. 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.

Hainanese Chicken rice is a tasty, exotic dish that is indigenous to South East Asia and is prepared within an hour. It is incredibly easy to prepare and brings a flavor of the Straits of Malacca to our table with minimal fuss. Rice is the ingredient which makes the food famous. It looks simple, but is rich in taste. The rice is cooked in the chicken stock to perfection- full of flavor and as oily as the way chicken rice should be. When we serve the food, a fragrant bowl of chicken broth is presented first, followed by chicken and rice. The broth is tasty enough to boost our appetite. The chicken is tender and quite lean in comparison with its other counterparts. The rice is fluffy and not too oily.

Photo Courtesy: Mens Health
Photo Courtesy: Mens Health

A meal of your favourite chicken rice just isn’t complete without its accompanying condiments. For many, the tender chicken gets an added burst from the flavourful threesome of chili sauce, ginger paste and savory dark soya sauce. A combination of chili sauce, ginger paste and dark soy sauce makes up a perfect condiment to go with chicken rice. There is no doubt that these are the things which makes the chicken rice meal, perfect and scrumptious. The food is famous for its outstanding sauce, which is a mixture of spicy chili sauce, yellow, pasty ginger and silky, thick and less salty dark soy sauce.

Apart from the savoring and tasteful nature of the food, it is affordable in price and is regarded as the National dish of Singapore’. It is rich in taste, nourishing and reasonably high in calories. It is available almost everywhere in Singapore, so you could rarely miss on having it.

The variants of Hainanese chicken rice include roasted chicken or soy sauce chicken and playing around with different flavors and combinations helps in discovering new tastes.

Singapore cuisine has gripped my senses
overwhelming me with its variety as it commences.
I am awestruck by the delicacies it has to offer
making my mood melt with its inviting honor.
Food rich in taste and calories
which burst with an array of aroma
within my mouth, giving me a lingering and nutritious memory.

Amreen Shaikh

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2 thoughts on “Hainanese Chicken Rice – A Singaporean delicacy!

  1. Yummy 🙂 My mouth is watering. I’ve heard that Singapore’s #1 National pastime is eating and their #2 National pastime is talking about eating. With food like that, I wouldn’t doubt it 🙂


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