Last Monday, I was at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre for lunch, wondering which stall to try out when I spotted a respectable queue at this chicken rice stall. Of course I had to check it out. Would any foodie would miss out on a good find?
Don’t be misled by that generous-looking mound of meat. The stall owner has artfully plumped up a single layer of meat with sliced cucumber and lettuce. Oh well, he’s not the only one; this is “industry practice”.
Wanting to sample both “white” and roast chicken at one go, I order the twin meats, which came up to quite a pricey S$4.00. Rice is charged separately at 50 cents. While twin meat plates usually cost more, I’m surprised at the relatively high price here uncharacteristic of a hawker centre.
Boiled chicken: Smooth, tender yet firm meat. Cooking time perfectly controlled; no bloody, undercooked parts.
Roast chicken: Meat and skin quite dry. Thickness of meat was pathetically thin. Very disappointing.
Rice: Average. Could have been more fragrant.
Chilli sauce: Could have been more tart and spicy.
Overall: Hands down, the boiled chicken beats the roast version. Portion was quite decent, but on the pricey side for hawker centre food.
Seng Heng also sells a variety of steamed soups. I tried the watercress pork rib. Not bad. Doesn’t have an artificially “sweet” taste; some places use MSG to make their steamed soups more flavorful than they actually are.
The pork ribs tasted fresh, too. The only issue I had was the rather thick layer of fat floating on the surface.
So, was it worth the 15-minute queue? Only if I’m craving chicken rice. There’s another chicken rice stall you shouldn’t even bother to try (the one next to a popular braised duck stall opposite a chwee kueh stall)!
Seng Heng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
116 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre
Closed on Sundays