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Where's the Best Hainanese Chicken Rice in Adelaide?

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami and Pokémon
Published November 13th 2015
Hainanese Chicken Rice (commonly called Chicken Rice) is considered to be one of Singapore's national dishes and can be found at hawker centres, coffee shops and restaurants. The preparation of this dish involves cooking the chicken by steeping it in water flavoured with ginger and garlic, with the resulting stock used to cook the rice served with the dish. This gives the rice (commonly called "chicken rice") an oily texture and fragrant chicken taste. The other key element of the dish is the tangy chilli sauce, which is a combination of fresh chilli, ginger, garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar. This sauce is called Chicken Rice Chilli, of course, and is so popular that you can find many bottled versions of it in Chinese grocery stores. Chicken Rice Chilli is used as a dipping sauce for many Chinese dishes. The traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice dish comprises chicken rice and chicken served with chilli sauce, dark soy sauce, cucumber and soup (which is the stock used to cook the chicken).

The best Chicken Rice dish is one with smooth tender chicken, fragrant chicken flavoured rice and delicious chilli sauce. My favourite Chicken Rice dish is from PappaRich as it had tender chicken and the rice had the strongest "chicken rice" flavour. It also had the unusual accompaniment of a bean sprout salad.

PappaRich's Chicken Rice, Adelaide
PappaRich's Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Singma Delights' chicken rice comes a close second, with the breast meat option still quite tender. Breast meat can sometimes be a bit dry if not executed properly. The topping of soy sauce based sauce is a large part of what makes it delicious, with the chilli sauce having the most punch out of the ones I have tried. Singma Delights is located in Renaissance Food Court at Rundle Mall and has many regular customers among the university students and office workers in the city.

Singma Delight's Chicken Rice, Adelaide
Singma Delight's Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

The chicken of the chicken rice from Ricky's Chicken Rice stall in the Market Plaza Food Court was also tender though the many bones made it a bit difficult to eat it. It is notable for being served with a ginger dipping sauce, something that I have yet to see with other eating places that serve chicken rice.

Ricky's Chicken Rice, Adelaide
Ricky's Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Chinatown Café's Chicken Rice had a strong gingery flavour but I found the chicken to be a bit ordinary. However they also had a chicken thigh option which could be tenderer than the chicken breast that I have chosen.

Chinatown Cafe's Chicken Rice, Adelaide
Chinatown Cafe's Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Where is your favourite place to eat Chicken Rice? I would certainly like to know so I can give it a try. Chicken Rice is one of my favourite dishes and I could eat it every day.
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Hey Jonathan, I like you have searched long and tried many of Adelaide's Chicken Rice dishes. Hands down, the best is from Chef Lai Noodles on California Street North in Chinatown. Moist fragrant chicken, rice with a cute bowl of broth and spicy chilli.
by trash (score: 0|3) 2037 days ago
The best Hainanese chicken rice is at Singapore Delight in Old Food court Central Market.
by hlduo (score: 0|2) 2019 days ago

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