Don’t you use love it when our Singapore restaurants execute some creativity into their food? Using our Singapore National Dish Hainanese Chicken Rice as a form of inspiration, these foods are created to inject an element of fun. Okay, some worked, some needed getting used to.
Chicken rice on pizza? Bread dipped into chicken rice chilli sauce? (I am so waiting for Chicken Rice Gelato to surface.)
So step aside Tian Tian and Chatterbox for the moment. Here’s 8 Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice Based Food – Pizza, Salad, Bread, Xiao Long Bao, Burger, Sushi!
3B River Valley Road #01-17/02/2 Clarke Quay Singapore 179021
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10am (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 6pm – 3pm (Fri, Sat), Closed Mon
Chicken Rice Pizza
Weird. Chicken Rice on Pizza ($17.90)!! The creation of this dish according the owners “was an accident”, but ended up being one of their most popular bar bites. Almost everything that should be on chicken rice is on that pizza – roast chicken, RICE grains, cucumber, garlic, oil, BUT the chilli sauce. A pity.
I wished I had better ways to describe the taste, but it was exactly like oily chicken rice topped on pizza. Baby, sometimes love just ain’t enough.
Crown Bakery & Cafe
557 Bukit Timah Road, #01-03 Crown Centre, Singapore 269694 (5-10 min walk from Botanic Gardens MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8.30pm (Sun-Thu), 7.30am – 9.30pm (Fri-Sat)
Hainanese Chicken Bread
Imagine the aromatic smell of chicken rice drifting right in front of your nose, only to realize that it is a loaf of bread instead of that plate of glistening chicken skin and white tender chicken meat.
The Hainanese Chicken Bread ($4.50) from Crown Bakery Café, is made from chicken soup, skinless chicken thigh, garlic, ginger and shallots. Wished there were more chicken chunks though.
Do not forget to dip the bread pieces into the chicken rice chilli sauce, which is one of the key players in a successful plate of chicken rice.
Meat and Green
84 Circular Road Singapore 049436 (Boat Quay, Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm (Mon-Sat)
Hainanese Chicken Salad
For those of you who on diet but still craving for chicken rice (I know how it feels). Meat and Green deserves a mention for its inventive variety of salads and wraps.
Priced between $10 and $12, there are local inspired items such as Chicken “rice” (no rice, but there is still the chilli and garlic), and Pulled Pork Bakutteh Salads.
Probably for those who usually order chicken-rice-without-the-rice.
Cook and Brew Singapore
The Westin Singapore · Level 33 · 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Tel: +65 6922 6948
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 1am (Fri), 6pm – 1am (Sat), Sun (for private events)
Singapore Chicken Rice Wrap
Chicken, pickled cucumber and sticky glutinous rice in a tortilla wrap, served with ginger, dark soya sauce and chill sauce on the side, and clear chicken soup in a little glass bottle (which reminded me of chicken essence).
The texture and taste bore huge resemblance to the dim sum Lo Ma Gai. Executive Chef Aaron Foster who is Canadian, just wanted to have some fun and creativity.
1 Park Road Level 6 People’s Park Complex, Singapore 059108
Opening Hours: 4pm – 11pm (Tues-Thurs), 4pm – 12am (Fri), 11am – 12am (Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun)
Poached Chicken Sushi
It is only a matter of time that local chicken rice finds its way into Japanese sushi.
Lepark’s Poached Chicken Sushi ($8) combines a homemade chicken rice recipe infused with fresh herbs and garlic rolled into a sushi ball, topped with traditional poached chicken, a dollop of garlic chilli and all tied together with a strip of seaweed. Can image that it is almost like the real deal.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Takashimaya S.C. #04-27, Jurong Point JP2 #03-96, Holland Ave 241, Great World City #02-043, Bugis Junction B1-04A
Crystal Jade Jiang Nan Vivocity #01-52
Hainanese Chicken Rice Xiao Long Bao
An SG50 special. Crystal Jade incorporates Singapore signature dishes Hainanese Chicken Rice and Chilli Crab into Chinese dumplings Xiao Long Bao ($7.80 for 4 pieces). Two red and two white XLBs. Almost feeling patriotic.
With fillings of minced chicken, there is a faint tinge of resemblance in terms of the stock within the XLB. Minced garlic is on the side for more likeness. Otherwise, quite gimmicky leh, but every almost table was ordering this.
Potato Head Folk
36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
Tel: +65 6327 1939
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Tues-Sun)
A Chick in Rice burger. This SG50 special comes with garlic poached chicken breast in the centre, added with ginger jam, sliced cucumber, homemade chilli sauce and fresh spring onions. To complete the ‘Asian-ness’, there is homemade chicken soup and Asian fries served on the side. Available till end of August.
The Diner by The Travelling COW
CT Hub, 2 Kallang Ave #02-16 Singapore 339407
Chicken Rice Burger
I went down wanting to try The Travelling COW’s Chicken Rice Burger – deep fried rice bun with chicken leg meat as the ‘patty’. The owner said that it would not be ready yet in the new few weeks during to labour shortage. Two more weeks. (I will be back).
Let me know if there are other chicken rice based dishes you see.
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