Nowadays, it is quite impossible to find a decent place to eat in Orchard Road. The cost of a meal in a food court in town is easily at least SGD$4-6. So when my friends told me about this famous chicken rice stall at Far East Plaza which serves relatively-affordable and good chicken rice, I decided to go there for lunch to see what’s the hype about.
Hainanese Delicacy Chicken Rice is located on level five of Far East Plaza, just a five minutes walk from the main shopping belt. The run down coffee shop has several tables within a long narrow space; there’s always a queue throughout the day – a testimony of their popularity.
So is the chicken rice really that good? Is it worth queuing up for? Let’s find out.
In addition to chicken rice, the shop also has the usual side dishes like boiled soup, and vegetables. We skipped the sides and went straight for the chicken.
The rice is nice and fragrant, and most importantly, not too oily. If you don’t like chicken rice because it is too oily, this will most likely change your impression. I found that their chill sauce was very well-balanced; not too spicy, not too mild. The chicken, too, was tasty. But somehow, I wasn’t blown away by it. I mean, the chicken rice that we had was definitely better than average, but it wasn’t stunning.
I don’t think it is the best chicken rice I’ve ever had. But I like the feeling of eating in a hole-in-a-wall place; sharing a table with strangers and eating with your elbows tucked to prevent knocking into someone.
Moreover, Hainanese Delicacy Chicken Rice is conveniently located in town; it is a good place to go if you want a reasonably-priced and fuss-free lunch. Where do you eat when you are meeting your friends in Orchard Road?
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Hainanese Delicacy Chicken Rice
14 Scotts Road
Far East Plaza #05-116
Tel: +65 734 0639