I just tried the restaurant "Hainan," whose speciality is Hainanese Chicken Rice - a steamed chicken served over rice cooked in chicken stock, and with a couple of special sauces (chile and ginger). This is a dish I'd fallen in love with while living in Singapore, where they prepare it perfectly.
Sadly, the version produced by the Hainan Restaurant was a disappointment relative to the Real Thing. In particular, when you eat it in Singapore the chicken has a tenderness and succulence that I've never experienced on this continent (I suspect that one of the keys is using relatively freshly killed chickens, and then being very careful not to overcook them.)
So, does anyone know where one might find a better version? (Singaporean and malaysian restauarants would be the first place to try.)
And while I'm on the topic - I also lived in Thailand for a while, and found that the Thais make an awesome fried chicken. It's served similar to Hainan chicken (ie., over chicken rice) but with a slightly sweeter chile sauce. This is considered food court type food by the Thais. I've never seen this at a Thai restaurant here probably because it's regarded as a "low end" dish - does anyone have any ideas?
Either way - I just moved to LA and am having a ton of fun exploring the myriad of ethnic restauarants. Beats any other city I've ever lived in (and that includes Toronto, San Francisco, Boston, Paris, Munich, Singapore, and Bangkok; interestingly Toronto comes closest to matching LA for authenticity and variety).
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