Seng Heng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

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?

Chicken

Boiled & roast chicken rice, S$4.50.

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.

My verdict:

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.

Soup

Watercress pork rib soup, S$2.50.

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.

queue

Long queue at lunchtime.

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
#02-177
Singapore 588172
Closed on Sundays

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