1 publish
1144281

Food

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 大坡海南鸡饭咖喱鸡面: Sinful Curry Chicken Noodles For Just S$5 At Golden Mile Food Centre

Last Updated: September 4, 2019

Written by Gillian Lim

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 大坡海南鸡饭咖喱鸡面 has been around since 1987. All it took was just one glance at its storefront to tell how famous and well-loved it is with everyone—check out its accolades and pictures with celebrities!

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1335

The stall is located at the basement of Golden Mile Food Centre. I found the stall pretty easily and spotted its gleaming signboard instantly even before I got off my cab.

It’s right at the corner of the basement, facing the main road. If you’re walking in from where the ATMs are, take the stairs down, take a right, and you’ll find the stall.

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1364

In all honesty, just looking at how well-received the stall was based on where it’s been featured on—practically all the local print and online newspapers, TV channels, and online websites—raised my expectations of the place and I couldn’t wait to try the food.

I mean, if it’s been raved about so much, it has to be good, right?

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1353

I got the Roasted Hainanese Chicken Rice (S$4.50/medium) and was quite pleased to see that Da Po separated the chicken meat from the rice. That meant that I’d get to try the rice as it originally is, rather than being drenched with gravy or sauce.

You can also order it in Small (S$3.50) or Large (S$5.50).

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1380

The rice was really fragrant, silky savoury. I could taste the ginger and garlic, which gave each morsel of rice a zesty and refreshing kick.

However, the rice was a little too damp and oily for my liking, as if it had been drizzled with a tad too much sesame oil. For those who prefer saltier or more flavourful chicken rice, Da Po’s version would definitely be for you. Unfortunately, I prefer my chicken rice to be light and fluffy, so I didn’t quite enjoy it.

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1387

I wasn’t too sure if it was because I dropped by on a bad day, but Da Po’s chicken was too oily for my liking. Just look at the photograph—you can see the oil gleaming on the chicken skin’s surface!

However, I’d definitely have to give Da Po a thumbs up when it comes to the chicken meat itself. It was soft, silky and tender, and the meat was plump and juicy.

It was a real pity that the entire dish, as a whole, was too oily for my liking. On the bright side, it’s definitely not bland and would be fantastic for Singaporeans who have a heavier palate.

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1355

Moving on to Da Po’s star dish: Curry Chicken Noodle (S$5/small). I chose thin bee hoon for my noodles because I personally love how thin bee hoon soaks up curry gravy, but you can also choose thick bee hoon and yellow noodles.

Da Po’s Curry Chicken Noodle also comes in Medium (S$6) and Large (S$7/S$8).

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1454

I absolutely loved the curry gravy. It was fragrant, milky, and light, which made it very drinkable. In fact, I opted to drink the gravy rather than eat it with my bee hoon because of how smooth it was.

There was also that earthy and nutty touch from the coconut milk, as well as a slight grittiness from the rempah and other added spices. The spicy kick only came in towards the end and it was more peppery than spicy. It didn’t make me sweat, nor did it make my mouth tingle from the heat.

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1430

Da Po’s curry chicken noodles also came with large chunks of potatoes, in quarters and halves.

While this was a standard staple in curry chicken noodle dishes, my only gripe was that the potato chunks were too hard. I prefer my potatoes a little softer, as if they were on the verge of splitting into smaller chunks.

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles 1445

I’ve got to say, Da Po really knows how to cook a mean chicken. The curry chicken noodles come with blanched white chicken meat, which was really springy and sweet.

I loved it that it came without the chicken skin, but would have loved it even more if it came deboned. Imagine biting into a chicken bone in the midst of eating your bee hoon—that’d be a nightmare!


There’s a reason why Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles has been able to thrive in such a popular location for the past 32 years and counting. The chicken was springy, juicy and sweet, and the curry gravy was intensely fragrant yet light, making it super yummy and drinkable.

However, the chicken rice was too oily for my taste, but perhaps it might suit others who prefer saltier dishes or have heavier palates.

Expected Damage: S$3.50 – S$8 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 3 / 5

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles

505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #B1-53, Singapore 199583

Price
Our Rating 3/5

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodles

505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #B1-53, Singapore 199583

Operating Hours: 11.30am- 9.30pm (Tue - Sun), Closed on alternate Mon

Operating Hours: 11.30am- 9.30pm (Tue - Sun), Closed on alternate Mon

Get $10 off over 600 dining vouchers from ChopeDeals when you subscribe to our free mailing list!

* indicates required

Share Your Comments

$10 off promo code on dining vouchers

Get $10 off over 600 dining vouchers from ChopeDeals when you subscribe to our free mailing list!