Located on Waymouth Street in the Adelaide CBD, Uncle Authentic Chicken Rice is a good place to enjoy the dish that the restaurant takes its name from, Hainanese Chicken Rice. Their menu has undergone a slight expansion, with a dinner menu now including a few other Asian street food dishes.
When ordering their Chicken Rice, you have the choice between poached chicken and fried chicken. The poached chicken that I chose was juicy and the size of the portion made eating the dish a satisfying experience. The bean sprouts and cucumber that the chicken was bedded on provided a bit of crunch and the chicken rice had a fragrant flavour. In addition to chicken broth, the dish was served with ginger and chilli dipping sauces.
Traditional Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The spicy broth that we chose for the Yong Tau Foo had a nice degree of spiciness and the tofu and other ingredients were cooked just right. A nice touch was the addition of slices of bitter melon for a hint of bitterness. While it is delicious enough as is, some chilli sauce is provided on the side to add more flavour.
Laksa Yong Tau Foo (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The rice noodles in their Char Koay Teow still retained a bit of bite and prawns and Chinese sausage complemented it nicely. Bean sprouts added a bit of crunch to the dish and the slices of spring onion gave it a fresh appearance. Sufficient sauce was used to give the dish the flavour we expected, and to ensure that the dish was not too dry.
Char Koay Teow (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Spring Roll was notable for having a filling similar to Lor Bak, also known as Chinese Pork Roll. The minced pork in the filling had a spiced flavour and was set off wonderfully by the crisp skin, which was fried sufficiently to give it a golden-brown colour.
Spring Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While seating is a bit limited, the decor of the restaurant gave it a comfortable and casual feel. Its location makes it ideal for visitors to the Adelaide CBD to drop by for a taste of their delicious authentic chicken rice and other Asian street food.