Bruce Lee Chicken Rice, East Coast Road: A solid kick to awaken your taste buds

The quirkier the name of a stall, the more attracted I am to it. Browsing through the copious amounts of Instagram stories one night led me to Bruce Lee Chicken Rice, and I was obviously intrigued. Located at East Coast Road, I knew I had to visit this gem. Two reasons why: I love Bruce Lee and I love chicken rice. 

Oblivious as I am, I didn’t realise my obsession for chicken rice had been made obvious until my colleague, Rachel, recently pointed it out. I guess love knows no bounds. 

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Getting back to the reason for this piece— my first impression of Bruce Lee Chicken Rice is that it’s hard to miss with its bright yellow signboard. I got here a little after 12pm and it had already racked up a queue. Boy, was I in for a treat. 

What I tried 

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Much to my dismay, they only had chicken rice available for the day, so I wasn’t able to try their noodle dishes. I sucked it up, and ordered a plate of Roasted Chicken Rice (S$6) and Steamed Chicken Rice (S$6)

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Here’s the fascinating thing about Bruce Lee Chicken Rice: you don’t have to order an additional side of vegetables because their plate of chicken comes mixed with crispy taugeh, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and braised tofu, doused in a secret savoury sauce.

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Another delightful addition— an unlimited serving of achar! Name me another stall that does this. 

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I have a uniform way of enjoying my plate of chicken rice. It starts with a spoonful of rice, soup, chicken, and chilli. However, I did it differently this time because I had more things to indulge in like the free-flow achar and veggies. Not complaining at all!

The rice was fluffy and exuded a fragrant ginger-garlic aroma. I took one bite and was immediately blown away by the rich flavour of chicken broth; almost felt like I got kicked by Bruce Lee himself. 

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Here’s the deal; a good bowl of soup elevates a plate of chicken rice, to me, at least. And the one here is loaded with a chock full of vegetables and is light on the herbaceous side. The small bits of freshly chopped coriander also gave the soup an earthy touch. 

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Moving on to the best part; the chicken. Have you ever had a piece of crispy-skinned pork belly that left you speechless? That’s the same I experienced as soon as I bit into a piece of roasted chicken. Not only was its skin incredibly crispy to the point of it being ASMR-worthy, but it was also succulent. All I had to do was brush the back of my spoon over the skin to receive a soothing-to-the-ear crackling sensation. 

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Compared to some of the acclaimed brands in Singapore, the steam chicken here is smooth, not too oily, and doesn’t come with familiar jelly-like skin. 

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Initially, the chilli tasted too sweet for my liking. However, after a mere few seconds, I was hit with an unexpected heat which got me screaming (internally) for waataah. I’m unsure if it’s made this way on purpose, but I love anything spicy, and I can assure you that Bruce Lee Chicken Rice easily serves one of the best homemade chicken rice chillies I’ve tasted in my life. Given a choice, I’d pay big bucks for its chilli. Talk about it packing a (spicy) punch. 

Additionally, I loved the little chunks of pineapple in the achar, and finally understood its unconventional pairing; to ease the lingering spiciness of the chilli. 

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Hidden underneath the roasted and steamed chicken, is a medley of vegetables. Not only were they blanched to perfection, but they also managed to retain their crunchy texture; which speaks volumes about technique. Usually not a fan of bean sprouts, I gorged down whatever little sprouts I could find. 

Final thoughts

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I didn’t think I’d love the chicken rice here as much as I did; talk about an understatement. However, if you ever find yourself in the area and craving a kick-ass plate of chicken rice, Bruce Lee Chicken Rice is worth the visit. 

Besides, where else can you enjoy an affordable yet tasty meal with a chilled craft beer? I’ve eaten a lot of chicken rice over the years, but trust me when I say I’m not easily swayed. All I can say is my meal left me ‘formless and shapeless— like water’. 

Expected damage: S$6 per pax

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Bruce Lee Chicken Rice

396 East Coast Road, Singapore 428994

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Our Rating 5/5

Bruce Lee Chicken Rice

396 East Coast Road, Singapore 428994

Operating Hours: 8am - 7.30pm (Daily)

Operating Hours: 8am - 7.30pm (Daily)

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