Good Year Hainanese chicken rice stall in Toa Payoh is possibly the ONLY place in Singapore where one can find the elusive Malacca-style Hainanese chicken rice balls.
Unlike the dainty golf ball-sized chicken rice balls in Malacca (Malaysia), Singapore's version is perhaps closer to its Hainanese roots - much larger, tennis ball-sized, in fact. Also, this Singaporean version tastes a bit drier than the plump, moist little chicken rice balls we get in Malacca, though still addictive in its own way.
A standard portion (for one person) at Good Year consists of 2 balls of chicken rice, accompanied by a small platter of very tasty poached chicken & a small spartan bowl of clear chicken-flavored soup with boiled peanuts. The chicken rice balls themselves are delicious, and in each mouthful of the savoury rice, one can discern the warm scent of ginger, the assertive tang of garlic & the gentle whiff of pandanus leaves.
Sure beats having to drive more than 200 miles to Malacca!
Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball
Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Singapore , SG
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