In terms of the best Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore, the name Ji De Lai Hainanese Chicken Rice at Chong Pang Food Centre may not ring that much of a bell especially if you do not stay around Yishun.

I say “under-rated” because there were not many mentions of this chicken rice stall on media and social media.

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Wanted to try Ji De Lai (which means “remember to come”) anyway since the Chong Pang stall was also recently included in the Michelin Guide with a Michelin Plate.

The stall is found right smack in the middle of a super-crowded food centre with narrow walking paths that would require some patience navigating around.

The basic Chicken Rice starts from $3.50 per portion, $4.80 for Chicken Drumstick Rice. There are also plates for 1 pax ($4.50), 2 pax ($9), and 3 pax ($14).

Customers can choose to add on Oyster Sauce Vegetables ($3.50, $4.50), Bean Sprouts ($3.50, $4.50), and Chicken Innards ($0.50).

Accordingly, Ji De Lai procures chicken which weights at least 2 kg, fed with corn (so that it is richer tasting), cooked with a later of gelatine just below the skin.

While I wished the roast chicken to have more crisp-thin golden skin, the meat was surprising succulent and rather flavourful.

The rice was a tad on the greasy side though I didn’t quite mind that, fragrant and fluffy.

If you love spiciness, the chilli sauce while looking non-intimating would provide those little bombs of explosiveness.

Both the chilli sauce and ginger are homemade fresh thrice a week with no preservative to give them robust-tasting.

Even the accompanying soup was not too bad, sweet with sliced soft cabbage, and came piping hot.

Now, with all that said, I also tried an outlet of Ji De Lai Hainanese Chicken Rice at Sin Ming.

If I did a blind taste-test, I wouldn’t have even had an inch of suspicion that belong to the same brand. Both plates were unfortunately, worlds apart.

The poached chicken meat came dry, not-succulent and cold, possibly the coldest chicken meat I ever had in years (some other hawker stalls serve up their chicken at a lower temperature, but this was too much for my comfort level.)

The rice was unfortunately also dry and not very flavourful. And they also didn’t provide any soup.

While I understand standards can differ stall to stall under the same umbrella, perhaps they can QC this to keep the consistency much better.

If you are at Chong Pang Food Centre which is filled with several famous stalls, remember to (ji de) give Ji De Lai a try.

Ji De Lai Hainanese Chicken Rice
Chong Pang Market & Food Centre #01-152, 105 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760105
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)

22 Sin Ming Rd, Block 22, Singapore 570022
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

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