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Fu Hainanese Chicken Rice – An Extravaganza Of Smoothness!
By Alfred October 20, 2009
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Fu Hainanese Chicken Rice – An Extravaganza Of Smoothness!
Fast Facts
Food:
Chicken Rice (鸡饭)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
Bedok North Blk 538 Food Centre
Recommended For:
Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

Have you wondered what does it take for a Chicken Rice to be a Hainanese version? Is it the chicken or is it the rice? Must it be “pak cham kai”(steamed/boiled chicken) or it can be roasted chicken?

Of course we all know the irony, that Hainan Chicken Rice isn’t indigenous to Hainan and it was the cook who’s from Hainan, not the food. But the pak cham kai( white chop chicken) was actually an invention of the Cantonese and Hainan being near to Guang Dong, undoubtedly got the influence. When the Hainanese came, they brought along the pak cham kai and invented the chicken flavoured rice here. So strictly speaking, the chicken is Cantonese, chicken + rice is Hainanese and the world follows.

So you can see, the penchant for pak cham kai in a plate of chicken rice is very Hainanese, and while there’s no tales abound of Hainanese learning the art of roasting a chicken from the British, it is no doubt that roasted chicken is very much not Hainanese but a Singaporean thing.

If you have wondered why traditional Hainanese chicken rice were served in balls, well there are 2 theories. Before it’s rise to fame and be sold in sybaritic style(for eg, Boon Tong Kee, Loy Kee), it was actually comfort food for the ordinary people and it was said that chicken flavoured rice balls were cleverly invented for easy distribution to horde of labourers while others said that by making rice into balls, the warmth can be kept longer.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice $3

I must confess that pak cham kai is something that I have never known the appreciation of and I see it as something likely to screw up my chicken rice meal instead. So thanks to this ‘Singaporean Invention’ of the roasted chicken that my chicken rice enjoyment can be salvaged.

Just in case you don’t know, the rice of a Hainanese chicken rice has compelling flavours from garlic, ginger, sesame oil and chicken broth. And the tender-flreshed chicken is made by plunging it in and out of boiling water and ice water rhymically to produce that jelly-like substance below the skin.

To be perfectly honest here, I haven’t got the faintest idea how a fantastic Hainanese chicken rice should be. But notwithstanding the lack of knowledge of a good Hainanese chicken rice, I still can distinguish a good flavoured rice to a bad one and it’s just happens that most chicken rice stalls can produce brilliantly perfumed rice though a little oily most times.

Fu Hainanese chicken Rice at Bedok Blk 538 has roasted chicken, no riceball but still alludes to a Hainanese version. The roasted chicken here exhude a compelling aroma, a result of the oily gravy which is slightly sweet. The rice is fluffy, only slight oiled, the very personification to the texture you get with coconut rice in Nasi Lemak. It tasted like the Viagra of white rice, each toothsome mouthful, every chew of it powers me into lubricated eating machine. Such balance in taste, the chilli might not even be needed but I’ll be frank with you for a moment: the chilli sauce is able to keep up with the game!

This chicken rice may looks simple but the munch is extraordinary smooth and the quality of it just wanders beyond bounds. For $3, it has all the styles, moves, tastes and everything you need to shout EXTRAVAGANT, and I’ve never bother with the hassles to look for something similar.

Price: $3

Conclusion: A very good chicken rice for me. Superb hint of sweetness in the gravy. Rice is fluffy and only slight oily. A chicken rice meal that’s devoid of ‘jerladness’.

Likes: Rice is fluffy, gravy is good.

Dislikes: None.

Address Overall Rating

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Fu Hainanese Chicken Rice
Blk 538 #01-35A
Bedok North Street 3
Blk 538 Bedok North Market and Food Centre


Food:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Authenticity:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Service:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.75/10 ★★★★★★★¾☆☆ 

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