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Ricky's Chicken Rice

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published December 14th 2016
Hainanese chicken and tasty rice
I am not sure when I discovered the delights of Hainanese Chicken and Rice. It may seem a liitle strange to go nuts over what is essentially boiled Chicken and Rice.



My favourite, and I have done an extensive Adelaide wide culinary search, is Ricky's Chicken in Market Food Plaza at the Adelaide Central Market.

Chicken, Rice, Ricky's Chicken, Hainanese Chicken, Adelaide Central Market
Rickey's Chicken is my favourite


This popular and crowded food hall is reminiscent of authentic food halls in any number of Asian centres. It's busy, there are dozens of stalls with great variety and seating is a scramble on a busy day.

Chicken, Rice, Ricky's Chicken, Hainanese Chicken, Adelaide Central Market
Market Plaza Food Hall


The key to great Chicken and Rice is in the subtle seasonings and accompaniments. This history of the dish is that it is a staple of Singaporean Cuisine, drawing from the influence of Chinese immigrants from Hainan Province in southern China.

While variations abound, the basic ingredients are poached chicken, cooked at sub-boiling temperatures, rice cooked in the water from cooking the chicken and served with a red sauce made from mild red chilli and green sauce coloured by spring onion and flavoured by ginger. Accompaniments often include a bowl of chicken broth drunk from the bowl as a beverage, and fresh cucumber.

Chicken, Rice, Ricky's Chicken, Hainanese Chicken, Adelaide Central Market
Chicken and Rice Sauces


Poh Ling Yeow's SBS recipe is terrific if you want to make this at home and the accompanying video segment offers instructions.

However for me nothing beats Ricky's Chicken which is offered in variants to suit the western palate, without bones and also with chicken that is finished with a short deep fry. With bones it's $9 and Boneless is $10.

See you soon at Ricky's.

Chicken, Rice, Ricky's Chicken, Hainanese Chicken, Adelaide Central Market
See you at Ricky's

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Why? Chicken and Rice
When: 6 days a week
Where: Market Food Plaza
Cost: $9 and $10
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