Juicy steamed or roasted chicken with fragrant rice and the mandatory chilli - these places serve up the best chicken rice in Singapore
One of Singapore‘s most recognisable national dishes, there’s no way you can live in the city without trying a plate of chicken rice. After all, it is our unofficial (or is it official now?) national dish. Served with roasted or steamed chicken atop fragrant rice that is cooked in chicken broth, garlic, ginger, and pandan leaves, this local meal is eaten best with its special, garlic chilli. Here, we list our favourite eateries for the best chicken rice in Singapore.
Our national dish in a swish setting? Chatterbox is your answer. Located on level 5 of Mandarin Orchard Singapore, the posh restaurant serves an impressive plate of chicken rice that has been on the menu since the restaurant first opened in 1971. We have no complaints about it…
Chatterbox, 333 Orchard Road Level 5 @ Mandarin Orchard Singapore Singapore, 238867
Want to enjoy real good chicken rice but need a Halal option? Evertop has been doing classic Hainanese chicken rice for years. The poached chicken might seem plain at first but together with the rice, chilli, ginger and soy sauce, you’ll understand why the place has a loyal fanbase. First started out at Tanglin Halt, the small stall has since expanded to more branches and is still enjoyed by many.
Evertop Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice, Blk 354 Clementi Avenue 2, #01-259, Singapore 120354
Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice
Late night chicken rice – why not? Boon Tong Kee’s outlets usually close late for the supper hunters out there. One of Singapore’s more established and popular chicken rice spots, this spot is also good for offering a variety of zi char dishes.
Boon Tong Kee, 425 River Valley Rd, Singapore 248324
Pow Sing Restaurant
Sure our hawker chicken rice is something we hold so dear but once in a while it’s nice to sit in a family restaurant for zi char and it’s star: the chicken rice. The rice is light on the flavour and not too oily but the chilli is something we’re hooked on.
Pow Sing Restaurant, 65 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555961
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
Best part of Wee Nam Kee is that they serve three different types of chicken – choose from the poached, soy sauce and fried variations. The broth is also worth shouting about because of how tasty it is. Don’t forget to top up the chilli, it’s pretty amazing.
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice, Food Republic, i12 Katong, 112 E Coast Road, Singapore 428802.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Ready to brave some queues at lunch time? Looks like the popularity of this store is never waning. The locals love it, even Anthony Bourdain approves. The rice is simple but it is really the cornerstone of this stall. Cooked to perfection in the chicken stock, it’s full of flavour and oily as the way Hainanese chicken rice should be.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11, Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Chye Kee Goldhill
If the queue is anything to be reckoned by, this is Novena’s worst kept secret. The queues stretch outside the store at all hours of the day… for a reason. This underrated chicken rice is a steal for the price, plus if you’re feeling a little extra, there’s also really good roast pork belly.
Chye Kee Goldhill Chicken Rice, 151 Thomson Road, Singapore 307606
Tong Fong Fatt
Amoy Street Food Centre is a treasure trove brimming with stellar (and affordable) local flavours, including one of the yummiest chicken rice in the CBD. Take on the crowd and be rewarded with authentic Hainanese boneless chicken rice at Tong Fong Fatt. Did we mention that the food here is super affordable?
Tong Fong Fatt, #01-43, Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111.
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