Hua Kee Chicken Rice

Seriously, this severely under-the-radar chicken rice stall needs more accolades.

Chicken rice for one person

Chicken rice set for one person + additional small bowl of rice, S$3.80

Much as I detest breast meat (cue dry and stringy flesh), Hua Kee’s version impressed me with their juicy and tender chicken breast.

The chicken here is cooked classic Cantonese-style — poached and cooled in cold water, then chopped and dressed with a soy sauce-sesame oil mixture, and finally garnished with lots of spring onion.

Another thing they do right — chopping the bird into THICK chunks (thereby keeping the bite and those precious meat juices in), and with both SKIN and BONE on. Yes, none of that boneless and skinless chicken nonsense which is an absolute no-no in my chicken rice diaries.

Uniformly thin slices of cucumber

Uniformly thin slices of cucumber

The rice is just as well executed as the chicken. The first few mouthfuls seem light, but the subtle flavor of chicken stock and faint scent of pandan infused in the rice gradually come through. The grains have a lovely al dente bite, and feel slick without being overly greasy.

As for their smoothly blended chilli sauce, it looks orangey pale but is kick-ass spicy!

You can tell that the folks at Hua Kee really take pride in their chicken rice. Even small details like the accompanying cucumber, is thoughtfully done. Other chicken rice stalls typically cut the cucumber into rough wedges. Here, it’s a generous serving that’s evenly cut into wafer-thin slices. Some may not think much of it, but it does make for a better mouthfeel compared to thick wedges.

If I had to nitpick, Hua Kee’s rice portion is on the small side. I had to order an additional small bowl of rice in order to feel full.

Hua Kee Chicken Rice

Hua Kee Chicken Rice

If you’re thinking of trying out Hua Kee, they sell out really early, usually by 1.30pm.

Hua Kee Chicken Rice
Blk 85 Redhill Lane
#01-72 Redhill Food Centre
Singapore 150085

Open: 9.30am to around 1.30pm. Closed on Mon & Tue.

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Comments

  1. Sverige says

    I heard that the stallowners chose not to hang up reviews/praises on their stalls because they chose not to be overly publicised..Even when it’s not that publicised the perpetual queue is always long. Anyway it really is an excellent chicken rice and have been patronising it ever since I discovered it.