So I admit I have never been to Singapore but I went to Hong Kong last year and had Hainanese chicken rice at a couple of different places and thought it was great. The way I had it in Hong Kong and confirmed by No Reservations and Wikipedia among others involves steamed or boiled whole chicken, dipped in ice water after. The rice is cooked in a chicken stock and the dish is served with dark soy, chili sauce and ginger sauce with the chicken served sliced and boneless. Sounds simple but I have tried to get a decent version in Boston but have struck out completely so far.
So far i went to:
Pearl Villa served plain white rice with basic BBQ chicken on top but did serve the correct condiments. Chicken was chopped and not boneless. It was pretty tasty but not what I was hoping for
Vinh Sun called it Hai-nam chicken and I assumed it was the same thing but in retrospect I don’t think it was. Again, basic chopped BBQ chicken and the rice was dark from some sort of soy-based sauce. No condiments. Overall it was ok but again not what I was expecting
Truthfully, I forget the 3rd place. What I do remember was that the chicken was served on the bone. I swear it was never served this way in HK.
I was going to go to Penang and their description sounds promising
HAINANESE CHICKEN WITH RICE 6.50
Chicken rice subtly flavored with steamed chicken (with bone & skin on) served with Chef's special soy sauce
Except the damn “with bone”!
Maybe I am misremembering what I had in HK but I really don’t think so.
Does any place around serve a real deal rendition of this dish?