We all love our chicken rice, so much so that Singaporeans tend to eat it at least a couple of times per week. This Hainan – inspired dish has been adopted and transformed into the unofficial national food of Singapore that is renowned throughout the world.
But since there are hundreds of chicken rice joints in the country, which ones are the best? Here are our top 10 picks:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice
One of the best and most popular chicken rice restaurants in Singapore, Tian Tian prides itself in serving quality, old – school chicken rice sets. Believe it or not, even Gordon Ramsay lost to them in a friendly cooking contest!
Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10/11, Singapore 069184
Bruce Lee Chicken Rice
If you name yourself after one of the greatest martial artists ever, you better back it up, and Bruce Lee Chicken Rice certainly can! Their crispy and flavourful chicken is widely regarded as one of the best in the area, while their homemade spicy chilli and secret sauce are sure to keep you coming back for more.
Address: 396 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428994
Ming Kee Chicken Rice
Another amazing restaurant, Ming Kee Chicken Rice is best known for its extra succulent and cold chicken. This is because their butcher prepares and serves the chicken immediately after taking it out of the ice bucket. They also serve crystal chicken feet with bean sprouts that are truly to die for!
Address: 511 Bishan Street 13, #01-522 Kim San Leng Coffee Shop, Singapore 570511
Qi Lin Xuan Tian Chicken Rice Ball
Back in the old days, the rice in chicken rice sets was served in ball form. So if you want to eat chicken rice the way your grandparents did, you can go give Qi Lin Xuan Tian a try. Besides the rice, at Qi Lin Xuan Tian you will find tender boneless chicken that is covered with a savoury and glossy sauce.
Address: Jurong West Ave 1, #01-758 Block 442, Singapore 640442
Katong Mei Wei Boneless Chicken Rice
Another boneless chicken rice joint, Katong Mei Wei is highly regarded for their unique and creative plating. Their chicken rice sets are often decorated using contrasting colour palettes, making them a feast to the eyes and to the mouth. They also operate super efficiently, which means lines at peak hours are usually only 15 minutes long maximum.
Address: 865 Mountbatten Road #B1-85/87 Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore 437844
Boon Tong Kee
Boon Tong Kee managed to separate itself from its competitors by presenting its rice in a unique way: the shape of a pyramid! But eccentricity is not the only thing it has going for it, as they can also tangle with the best chicken rice restaurants in terms of taste and texture.
Address: Balestier Road 399 401 & 403, Singapore 329801
Nam Kee Chicken Rice And Restaurant
One of the oldest chicken rice restaurants on this list, Nam Kee is a no-frills restaurant that serves classic chicken rice which focuses only on taste. If you just want to sit down with your family and have delicious yet affordable chicken rice, then this is your spot.
Address: 201 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574343
Zi Jin Cheng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
Said to be the home of Lee Kuan Yew’s favourite chicken rice, Zi Jin Cheng’s chicken rice set is served in a simple manner with a side of acha. But what it lacks in presentation, it certainly makes up for in flavour and aroma, which is why you often find them in lists like this.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Alexandra Village Food Centre, #01-15, Singapore 150120
Lee Fun Nam Kee Chicken Rice And Restaurant
If you are fine with long queues, then we recommend giving Lee Fun Nam Kee a try. They serve tender soy chicken doused in luscious gravy sauce as well as other tantalising delicacies, such as their crispy roasted pork.
Address: 94 Lor 4 Toa Payoh, #01-04, Singapore 310094
Hua Kee Chicken Rice
Last on the list we have one for all the bone and cartilage lovers out there. Hua Kee serves chicken in thick slices without removing the bones, which means you can both munch on the soft meat as well as suck on the savoury bone all day long!
Address: 85 Redhill Ln, Singapore 150085