Often dubbed Singapore’s most iconic dish, Hainanese Chicken Rice is well-loved among locals and foreigners alike. This classic favourite is a must-have in the repertoire of local delights among other contenders like Hokkien Mee, Char Kuay Teow and Laksa. Your monumental love for chicken rice will be rewarded as we tease out the best places to go to satisfy your cravings for this quintessential Singaporean dish.
1.Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice
The air-conditioned hawker centre at the basement of Katong Shopping Centre is always packed with patrons of its famous chicken rice stall. Its roasted or white chicken is served with sprinkles of fried garlic and a generous dose of sesame oil, complementing the chicken nicely. Besides offering free flow achar, Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice also offers refillable cabbage pepper soup and pork rib lotus soup. These are often served with generous portions of sweet cabbage and pork ribs.
Address: Katong Shopping Centre, 865 Mountbatten Rd, #B1-85/87, Singapore 437844
Nearest MRT: Dakota
Tuesdays to Sundays: 10am to 8pm
Closed on Mondays
2.Boon Tong Kee
It is perhaps indisputable that this highly successful chain has one of the best chicken rice in Singapore. Apart from its tender and succulent chicken, it has expanded its menu to include other dishes such as barbequed suckling pig and cereal prawns. Although the price is higher as you pay for air-conditioned seating, the freshness and quality of its ingredients can be guaranteed.
Address: 470/472 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368188
Nearest MRT: Tai Seng
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 9.45pm,
Closed on Mondays
Tel: +65 6746 2774
3.Chin Chin Eating House
This quaint eating house tucked along Purvis street is hugely popular among the working crowd. Apart from its best-selling Hainanese chicken, it has other famous side dishes as well. While its extensive menu offers a long list of choices, the most popular dishes include its chap chye, fried pork chop and mutton soup. (Their mutton soup is available only on weekends.) Each table is given a generous container of chili and dark soya sauce, so you can feel free to make your plate of chicken rice as sinful as possible.
Address: 19 Purvis St, Singapore 188598
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Opening hours: 11am to 9pm daily
Tel: +65 6337 4640
4.Hougang Blk 809 Central Eating House
This stall, located near Hougang Central Interchange, can be identified by its snaking queue during lunch time. Its chicken breast might be a tad dry for those who are particular about the texture of the chicken. While the chicken can only be described as decent, the fragrant, oily rice and the dangerously addictive chili makes up for it. Their homemade chili deserves a special mention for its thick, consistent texture and maddeningly spicy flavour.
Address: Blk 809 Hougang Central, #01-178, Singapore 530809
Nearest MRT: Hougang
Tel: +65 6387 6436
5.Tian Tian Chicken Rice
If you live or work in the vicinity, you wouldn’t be stranger to this highly raved chicken rice stall at Maxwell Food Centre. Not only is the chicken soft, tender and tasty, the rice is also stocked to perfection, full of intensity and flavour. However, be prepared to wait up to 20 minutes during lunch and dinner time, for throngs of regular customers will be queuing to get their hands on this delicious delicacy.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01 -10/11 Maxwell Food Center, Singapore 069184
Nearest MRT: Chinatown
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Closed on Monday
Tel: +65 9691 4852
6.Ming Kee Chicken Rice
Expect a queue during meal times, but service is efficient so you get your food pretty quickly. After steaming, the chicken is soaked in ice water and then served on a plate of piping hot fragrant rice, giving the jelly-like skin extra texture. Complete your meal with its equally satisfying side dishes such as oyster vegetables, bean sprouts and chicken feet.
Address: 511 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 570511
Nearest MRT: Bishan
Monday to Sunday: 9.30am to 7.30pm
Closed on Tuesday
7.Kampong Chicken Rice
Kampong Chicken’s distinctive yellow skin chicken offers a healthier option. Even though the meat is leaner, the texture is still smooth and extremely tender. If you are a sucker for fatty and jelly-like chicken meat, then this probably is not for you. They also offer a variety of sides that you may choose to add on to your kampong chicken such as their addictive deep fried seafood tofu.
Address: 263 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574390
Nearest MRT: Marymount
Opening hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm daily
Tel: +65 6456 0698
8.Yishun 925 Hainanese Chicken Rice
The price of $5 might be slightly steep for a packet of chicken rice but it should be worth it if you are all about fresh, tasty and succulent chicken. This unassuming stall in Yishun offers one of the best Hainanese chicken you can find in Singapore. The brand has since expanded to 7 operating outlets in Singapore, and has expanded its menu to include steamboat as well.
Address: 925 Yishun Central 1, #01-249, Singapore 760925
Opening hours: 10.30am to 8pm daily
Tel: +65 6481 0208
9.Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice
Good Year is famous for its steamed rice balls and tasty chicken. Similar to chicken rice found in Malacca, piping hot steamed rice is rolled into balls, and then served alongside a plate of freshly chopped chicken. For some, the rice balls may be a little too sticky and clumpy for liking, but if you are a glutinous rice lover, then you will definitely love the texture of its unique rice balls.
Address: Blk 111 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Singapore 310111
Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 7pm
Closed on Friday
Tel: +65 6256 5348
10.Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
This chicken rice stall was featured on the Straits Times’ Editor’s Pick, a listing of the best places to go for chicken rice in Singapore. The stall uses tomatoes instead of cucumbers for garnishing, so it might be a refreshing change. Also, its homemade ginger sauce complements the juicy and springy chicken well. The rice is also steamed to perfection as it does not clump together; every grain can be tasted on its own.
Address: 347 Jurong East Ave 1, #01-202 Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, Singapore 600347
Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden
Opening hours: 7am to 4pm daily