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Cafe D'Lite (Vancouver, Singapore/Malaysian, pictures - Chicken Rice)

fmed | Apr 2, 200804:27 PM

I went on about Hainan Chicken rice on this post some months back.


I joke with my wife that Chicken Rice is my choice for my "last meal".

The benchmark for Chicken Rice is Chatterbox in Singapore. I had it there many years ago when I was traveling through Asia. The best HCR can be had at the many food courts all over Singapore. Each place does it slightly differently.

Here in town, the top end of the Chicken Rice continuum is Prima Taste (which is a restaurant chain out of Singapore.) I have been there - but frankly, I find it strange to eat Chicken Rice at a high-end restaurant like Prima Taste (or Chatterbox). Chicken Rice is a hawker stand kind of meal.

I was in the neighborhood today and I thought I'd have some Chicken Rice for lunch at Cafe D'Lite on Broadway. Cafe D'Lite specializes in Hainan Chicken Rice. They have legions of regulars - so it is often packed for lunch and dinner.

Today it was good. The chicken (deboned) was nice, tender and gelatinous. The sauce could have a stronger flavour - though I'm thinking now that it is a stylistic choice on their part. The soup tasted fine - but it didn't have the clarity that I like.

If you are aficionado or you would like to see what all the fuss is about - Cafe D'Lite should be your first stop.

Some pics.

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