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Hainan Chicken-What's the fuss about?

MR.YUMYUM | Dec 12, 201506:20 PM     6

This may sound blasphemous but I don't see where the adulation for this simple dish derives from. I realize it's a comfort food staple and one of the national dishes of Singapore, but after trying it at 2 of the most well regarded restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley (Savoy in Alhambra and Green Zone in San Gabriel) which is just east of Los Angeles and one of the largest concentrations of Asian immigrants in the US, I came away both times underwhelmed. Perhaps this dish isn't meant to overpower and excite your taste buds but as a huge enthusiast of every Chicken dish imaginable I can't help but feel this dish is overrated. Was I supposed to mix all 3 sauces and douse it over the chicken? Anyhow it's just chicken and rice immersed in chicken stock and the flavor was what I expected, obviously this is simply a personal opinion but wanted to hear other's chime in about this lauded dish to perhaps help me gain some perspective.

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