It has often been said - "When in Rome , do as the Romans do"
But when in Singapore - eat chicken rice ...
Chicken rice is considered a "national dish"
It is prevalent in almost all food stalls, hawker sites and food courts
It has found a revered place in the menu of the prestigious Singapore Airlines
And is identified as part of the nations ethnic foods in international expositions and trade shows.
Singapore is chicken-rice crazy
Also known as "Hainanese Chicken Rice" because of its origins in Hainan, China - this Singaporean staple is served unassumingly with various dips that include chili, ginger, soy sauce or oyster sauce.
Eaten very informally , it is the centerpiece of a typical Singaporean meal.
So in keeping with doing as the Singaporeans do -
We (a wild bunch of rowdy, hungry friends and family), headed towards what the locals themselves consider to be one of the best.
Boon Tong Kee is a chicken rice chain with origins in Singapore's Chinatown during the late 1970's.
It has since grown into one of the most respected and more popular chicken rice destinations with outlets scattered in strategic locations in the city
The chicken dish itself is not much to look at
But it is really deliciously tasty
Smooth, juicy chicken with a sweetish tinge
Soft, springy, tender
Served with slightly sticky,broth flavored rice
With hot hot hot chili sauce or a tamer soy sauce/ginger dip.
Eat with a passion over the noise level of constantly conversing Singaporeans,
This place is usually packed to the point of sidewalk overflow.
Discovering a city at its best,
I love it
When in the city of the merlion
Forget the upscale touristy restos for a day
Be one of the locals
Make a beeline for Boon Tong Kee
Immerse yourself in the joys of chicken rice
It is chicken "for the soul" ....
Boon Tong Kee
425 River Valley Road
Tel. - 6736 3213