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Hainan Chicken Restaurant

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Published August 20th 2017
The most popular Hainan Chicken in Glen Waverley
hainan chicken glen waverley
Happy chef, happy customers

Kingsway in Glen Waverley is known for its myriad of restaurants and dining options. Parking is difficult but the people still flock to this street because it is lined on both sides with the tastiest food that Glen Waverley has to offer, all within a convenient five-minute walk from The Glen Shopping Centre as well as Glen Waverley Railway Station.

Hainan Chicken is a recent restaurant opened this year with its specialty being, you guessed it: Hainan Chicken. This rice dish is wildly popular in countries like Singapore and Malaysia, and it traces its roots back to the Hainan province of China.

hainan chicken glen waverley
Packed like sardines in a can

On a Sunday afternoon, I was lucky to get a single seat at the window as the place was full to the brim with customers. The lime green interior gives a very cheery feeling and really brightens up the room. Hanging pendants keep everything well lit as below them a flurry of activity takes place.

After deciding your order in front of the big menu, you order at the counter and bring your number stand to your table to wait for the food to arrive, expectantly and with a craving stomach.

hainan chicken glen waverley
Browse the big menu when you walk in

The menu options are so numerous that you could quite possibly make this a regular eating spot without running out of new options for a while.

For $13.80, I had to try their Hainan Chicken with Rice. It came with a seaweed, wombok, and spring onion clear soup. Other condiments are self-serve including a thick dark soy sauce, chilli sauce, and ginger puree. Mix all these together and dab onto the chicken for enhanced flavour and depth.

hainan chicken glen waverley
The Hainan Chicken with Rice

The silky smooth skin of the chicken pieces were delicious and it felt very lean - so health conscious diners can eat the skin without regret. The bones are cooked all the way through so you do not get the pink/red tinge that is present in many Hainan Chicken dishes elsewhere. Some may argue that it means the chicken is slightly overcooked.

hainan chicken glen waverley
Thoroughly cooked chicken - very safe

The rice accompanying the chicken is cooked in chicken stock with rich flavour locked into every grain. The rice is so fragrant that you can smell it when you walk into the restaurant.

hainan chicken glen waverley
Free water to quench your thirst

Water is complimentary and is brought to you by friendly wait staff.

The EFTPOS minimum is $35 but Century City Walk is next door which houses different ATMs.

The weaved bamboo adds a nice touch to the decor and synchronises with the colour scheme of the room; cohesive design can be underappreciated!

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Adhering to different shades of green for decor
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Why? The most popular Hainan Chicken in Glen Waverley
When: EVERYDAY : 11am - 10pm
Phone: 03 9561 7866
Where: 80 Kingsway, Glen Waverley, 3150
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