January 5, 2017
Introducing hip flavours and a rice bowl concept to their stall, Eat Chicken Rice can be easily set apart from the typical chicken rice stalls commonly seen in food courts and hawker centres.
Located at the basement of Koufu food court in Cineleisure Orchard, Eat Chicken Rice is just two stalls down from the ever popular Fish & Chicks. With signatures such as Truffle Chicken Rice alongside traditional offerings, it’s no wonder the stall is attracting a crowd of both the young and old.
Instead of only using a small portion of chicken in each order, Eat Chicken Rice serves half a fresh spring chicken in each dish. The options available are the usual poached and roasted chicken.
The chef helming the kitchen chops each whole spring chicken with careful precision before plating it.
Customers are served this generous portion, which makes such a difference when compared to those you might get from regular chicken rice stalls.
The signature Truffle Chicken Rice Set ($8.90) is certainly one of a kind. Plated carefully, the dish comes with truffle rice and half a poached chicken.
Mixed in with the rice are bits of mushrooms that have been infused with truffle oil as well. To complete the dish, a perfect lava egg, spring onions and a drizzle of soy sauce is added.
While most customers might have a preference for roasted chicken, the poached chicken was selected to be paired with the rice in this particular dish, so as not to overpower the taste of the truffle.
Not a fan of truffle? If you prefer the traditional chicken rice, you can opt for the Roasted Chicken Rice Set ($8.90). This is accompanied by a side of pickled radish. Do bear in mind that the side dishes are seasonal and subject to change, depending on whatever’s fresh from the market that day.
To further enhance the flavour, three different sauces made in-house are provided. Dip the roasted chicken in each of these and you will be pleasantly surprised by the taste.
What may appear as regular soy sauce is in fact their special sauce, which is a sweet mix of BBQ marinade, soy sauce and various spices. The one with the yellow tint is a tangy combination of ginger, onion and garlic. Finally, there was the regular chicken rice chilli that we all can’t do without.
While this may seem like nothing special, I must say that the chicken tasted more savoury than most as it rests on a bed of sesame oil.
Don’t be alarmed at the appearance of this dish – the Szechuan Style Poached Chicken Set ($8.90) is not nearly as spicy as it looks. Covered with crushed peanuts and doused in a Szechuan-style sauce, the flavours are just strong enough to satisfy without burning your throat.
I particularly enjoyed the side of peanuts which were drenched in sticky soy sauce.
As with the other sets, the Szechuan-inspired dish comes with half a spring chicken to accompany the rice, side dishes and condiments. Although this might not look like the healthiest pick, there are actually no additives or MSG in the sauce.
In fact, the oil is infused with herbs and cooked on the spot before being poured over the chicken.
Moving on to the Singaporean-inspired rice bowls, the Curry Chicken Rice Bowl ($8.90) made for one of the most filling combinations. I would recommend mixing the tasty curry chicken with the poached egg and cucumber in a bibimbap fashion for maximum enjoyment.
Riding on another popular trend, the Salted Egg Black Pepper Chicken Rice Bowl Set ($8.90) stood out in its own right. Coated in salted egg yolk and sprinkled with black pepper, I imagine the crispy popcorn chicken would be a popular pick among fried food lovers.
To add on to the crispiness of the dish, fish skin is also added to the bowl.
Promising something a little different from the usual, Eat Chicken Rice offers innovative new flavours to standard hawker fare. While $8.90 might seem pricey for a stall in a food court, I’d say that it’s well worth it for the quality and quantity of the ingredients served.
Expected Damage: $8.90 – $10 per pax