When it comes to Hainanese chicken rice, I like it oily and flavourful rather than heart-healthy and bland, calories be damned! My favourite place to indulge in a sinful but oh-so-good plate of chicken is Tong Fong Fatt. Where is yours?
Wee Nam Kee is one of the few names that always pop up when people talk about their favourite Hainanese chicken rice, along with Boon Tong Kee, Tian Tian and a couple of others. Sure enough, a friend of mine proclaims it to be his favourite, and so we head down one afternoon to try it out.
As a testament to its long legacy and reputation, its premises at Novena Ville is full house with the lunchtime crowd! Never mind the hot weather and the lack of air conditioning at this no-frills eatery, people are practically swarming the place to get a plate of the ever-popular chicken rice. Here, they serve both the roasted and steamed versions.
S$4 for chicken breast / S$4.80 for a drumstick
We order the rice with the steamed chicken served separately on the side. See how the skin glistens! Do you belong to the group that throw the doctor’s advice to the wind and eat it all, skin included, or do you carefully peel the skin away and eat just the flesh?
The chicken breast (my favourite part) is tender and moist even though it may well be the driest part of the bird. The star of this dish however is the sweet sauce that the meat is soaking in. I find that for chicken rice to be delicious, this sauce is the key. And this one is just wondeful – flavourful and fragrant with sesame oil, just the way I like it.
The rice is pretty decent, too, though paling in comparison to Tong Fong Fatt‘s fragrant rice.
Nonetheless, a good plate of Hainanese chicken rice is a find. Despite the brisk business, the staff are very quick and prompt in taking our orders and serving the food.
Where can you find the best Hainanese chicken rice in Singapore? Share with us in the comments!
Delivery: +65 6255 6396
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Novena
275 Thomson Road #01-05
Tel: +65 6255 6396
Bus services: 5, 21, 54, 56, 57, 131, 143, 162, 166, 167, 851, 980, NR1, 162M
Nearest MRT: Novena
Opening hours: 10:30am – 2am daily
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Katong
112 East Coast Road