I’m of the opinion that you can’t find bad chicken rice in this country (I also repeat myself on a regular basis). I was proven wrong before: once when convenience trumped gut, I bought dinner from one of those dodgy $1.80 chicken rice stalls usually found at MRT stations. But still, I do think that most places do serve up a decent plate of chicken rice.
Last weekend, we ran a morning errand at Far East Plaza. Despite it being morning, I suggested that we have chicken rice so we went up to the fifth floor. And also, Hainanese Delicacy is probably one of the few places in the madness that is Orchard Road that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for its food. I had only been there once many years ago, but recalled the place favourably. It is a small place: a row of tables running alongside the kitchen and with two bigger tables up at the front of the shop. Bric-à-brac of a certain poultry species decorate the mantelpiece above most tables. You see cocks (oh excuse us) in boxing gloves, rooster statuettes in various sizes… We are guessing that Hainanese Delicacy doesn’t give a hoot about subtlety. I quite like that, actually.
We liked the food. Fuss-free yumminess. The chicken was tender and succulent, the rice thankfully not oily (though lacking a little in the fragrance department), and the free soup was good. And by the way, I really like it when the free soup is not just MSG and water.
But if you’re looking for a hot cup of kopi to go with your chicken rice, don’t. A menu list of available drinks and vegetable dishes (xiao bai cai and dou miao) is stuck at each table. The sighting of Coke amongst all the other non-carbonated drinks on the menu led us to wonder if the uncle, after fielding endless requests for the drink, decided one day to shut the kids up and add the drink to the menu. He did strike us as having the appropriate temperament. We kid. Service that morning was pleasant enough, even if merely functional (the way we like it; even if we welcome smiles).
#05-116 Far East Plaza
Daily: 10am – 8pm