Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice, Golden Mile Complex: Hidden chicken rice gem with special Thai chilli

Without chicken rice, there would be no me. Growing up, chicken rice has always been the key to my heart, hence I am constantly on the hunt for new chicken rice gems. However, when I came across Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice at Golden Mile Complex, it immediately piqued my interest. After all, how different can Thailand’s chicken rice taste? Could it beat our local version?

Picture of storefront

As I stepped into Golden Mile Complex, lots of Thai chatter and music playing in the background filled the air. I really liked the old-school vibe of the shopping centre, which has often been dubbed “Little Thailand”. Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice was easy to locate – right beside the entrance of the complex.

Picture of Ah Liang

There was limited space in the stall, as most of it was completely taken up by the kitchen. Two small wooden tables lined the walkway, allowing only a maximum of four diners at any one time.

Despite that, the stall was still extremely popular among the other shop owners from the complex. Many of them would flock to Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice to purchase multiple sets for takeaway. Even Ah Liang’s mother also dropped by to grab a plate – she must be proud of her son’s culinary skills! 

As I took a seat at one of the wooden tables, I glanced around at the many food pictures which lined the walls. Aside from your classic Chicken Rice (S$5), the stall also offers the Char Siew (S$6) and Roast Pork (S$5) renditions of the dish. Also, they offer many different Thai-style dishes, ones that I struggled to identify.

What I tried

Of course, I came here for Ah Liang’s White Chicken Rice. At S$5 per plate, it was slightly pricer than what you might find at your typical hawker centre. However, the dish’s price point was soon justified by its portion size.

Picture of Chicken Rice

I was greeted by a neat line of chicken breast meat which lay on top of a leaf of lettuce. Beside it, there was even an extra pile of chicken liver to go alongside the fluffy chicken rice, as well as a bowl of soup.

When I took my first mouthful of rice, I noticed that the rice was also a little more greasy as compared to Singapore’s version, but it certainly was not too overpowering.

Picture of slice of chicken

I am the type of person who prefers deboned chicken, and I got just that here. Ah Liang’s chicken meat was extremely juicy and tender while being slightly on the sweet side. 

Besides, the texture of the chicken was a huge win for me. Soft, delicate, and silky, it was incredibly satisfying to sink my teeth into them. Not only that, the chicken was extremely flavourful as well.

Photo of chicken liver

However, I was not a big fan of the chicken liver – it was a little too rubbery for my liking.

Picture of chilli sauce

Still, the main spotlight is on Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice’s freshly-made chilli. The ingredients include green and red chillies, ginger, and even fermented soybeans.

Hence, I found myself repeatedly dipping my chicken into the explosion of flavours, so much that I even ran out of dipping sauce.

Picture of Char Siew Rice

 Next, I went for Ah Liang’s Char Siew Rice (S$6).

Picture of slice of char siew

The char siew came in generous portions, and there was a nice sweet and salty contrast in each slice of meat. Despite that, the meat lacked that bit of robust flavour that normally came with char siew. Also, I would have loved that charred flavour to be more prominent within the dish.

The rice also came with its special dipping sauce. This time, it consisted of dark sauce with bigger chunks of green chillies. I enjoyed the strong taste of soy inside it, as well as how it was not too spicy. Apart from that, the dish was also accompanied by a boiled egg on the side. 

Here’s a pro tip — you can dip your meat slices into both sauces for that extra oomph!

Picture of Roast Pork Rice

Last but not least came Ah Liang’s Roast Pork Rice (S$5).

Picture of slice of roast pork

The star of the show here was its crispy skin. Every bite I took was incredibly crunchy and I could not even control the crumbs from spilling out onto the table. 

The meat was very tender and it worked well with the sweet sauce that was drizzled on top. Again, I really appreciated Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice’s generous portions of meat – something that was consistent throughout the three dishes.

Final thoughts

Picture of all 3 menu items

Apart from the amazing chilli, I did not feel that there was a particularly big difference between Thai-style chicken rice and our local rendition of chicken rice.

Still, Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice has to be classified under one of those “hidden gems”. I loved how generous they were with their portions, which had good flavour and were priced reasonably. If this stall was located in a hawker centre, I’ll fancy that it would definitely draw long queues.

And with that, Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice is the latest addition to my go-to chicken rice list.

Expected damage: S$5 – S$6 per pax

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Our Rating: 4 / 5

Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice

5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #01-15B, Singapore 199588

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Our Rating 4/5

Ah-Liang Thai Chicken Rice

5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #01-15B, Singapore 199588

Telephone: +65 8216 4456
Operating Hours: 12.30pm - 3pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 8216 4456

Operating Hours: 12.30pm - 3pm (Daily)

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