Chicken Rice is the name of a cafe on The Parade in Norwood that serves Singapore, Malaysian and Vietnamese street foods. It is a strange name to pick because it serves other dishes besides Chicken Rice. Considered to be one of Singapore's national dishes, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish which 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. It is traditionally served with cucumber, chilli sauce, dark soy sauce and soup, which is the stock used to cook the chicken. It is a delight that a place that serves Hainanese Chicken Rice close to the ones I ate in Singapore can be found in Norwood. A typical Chicken Rice stall in Singapore also sells BBQ Pork (Char Siu) and Roast Pork (Siu Yuk) so we decided to try these three dishes.
The Hainanese Chicken Rice served here had tender chicken breast meat that was cooked perfectly and the soy sauce poured over it helped to bring out its flavour. From our experience, the "chicken rice" can sometimes be a bit of a hit or miss so we were glad the "chicken rice" was flavourful enough. It was accompanied with cucumber and chilli sauce was provided at the tables so you can dip the chicken in it to give a bit of zing.
Apart from Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chicken Rice also serves a variety of dishes that is associated with Singapore and Malaysian street food. The pork used in their BBQ Pork Rice, known as Char Siu in Chinese, refers to the process of grilling pork basted with a mixture of honey, five spice powder, red fermented bean curd, dark soy sauce and hoisin sauce. It had a delectable char-grilled flavour and the sauce used to grill the meat gave it its distinct flavour. My mum considered it to be the closest to the Char Siu she enjoyed in Singapore.
While the roasted pork belly, known as Siu Yuk in Chinese, in their Roast Pork Belly dish was not as nice as that served at NanYang Cafe, it was still cooked just right with the crisp crackling contrasting wonderfully with the meat. Both the Roast Pork Belly and BBQ Pork Rice, as well as most of their rice dishes, can be ordered with either "chicken rice" or plain rice.