Hello Phase 2! After staying at home for more than a month, we can finally dine out in small groups, hit the gym, and regain some sense of normalcy. Our team at MissTamChiak.com has been taking things slower during the Circuit Breaker, focusing on creating recipes for our sister brand, DINCHED.
Now that we are allowed to dine out, it means that we are back in action! What was the dish you crave the most while staying at home? And what was the first dish you had in Phase 2? For me, I already had three plates of chicken rice this week. I know this is one hawker food that is quintessentially Singaporean. But to eat it three times this week, it is a little crazy.
One of my latest chicken rice discovery was Millennium Hainan Chicken Rice at Whampoa Hawker Centre. It is owned by our friend’s aunty. Our friend, TK, is always sharing about how his aunt is a good cook and would always prepare chicken rice for them during Chinese New Year. Finally, after Circuit Breaker, we had the chance to sit down and enjoy his aunt’s chicken rice together.
The first thing that caught my eye was the glistening white skin on the poached chicken. The stall prides itself on serving fresh chicken. The poached chicken was cooked to perfection, and the meat was moist and unbelievably tender. Homemade soy sauce dressing is drizzled over the dish, pleasantly lifting the flavours of the poached chicken.
When it comes to chicken rice in Singapore, there are two versions. The steamed white chicken is often seen but there is another version that is more popular among the younger crowd — roasted chicken. And because the roasted chicken is done so nicely at this stall, a lot of diners want to have both the steamed and roasted chicken in one plate. We even ordered a plate of chicken gizzard to share.
The rice was not as oily as I usually prefer, but it was still fragrant. To take it up a notch, you can coat your rice with a generous serving of dark soy sauce or dip your chicken into the chilli sauce before you send them into your mouth. The chilli sauce that day was decent but not memorable. I wish it was zestier and packed more of a punch. Sadly, they do not serve minced ginger. However, you can get free-flow soup made from peanuts and chicken feet. The soup was so comforting especially on a rainy day, and it complemented the chicken rice perfectly.
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Millennium Hainan Chicken Rice
Address: Blk 90 Whampoa Drive #01-55, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 8pm, closed on Thursdays