Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in Singapore 香港油雞飯麵 JK1113

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The sprawling Chinatown Food Complex is one of my favourite hawker centres in Singapore because it has a huge variety of stalls, many still run by pioneer hawkers selling heritage food. As a Cantonese Ah Seng, I like it that Chinatown Food Complex has many Cantonese comfort foods that are seldom found in other hawker centres.

新加坡新币两块钱就可以吃到米其林星美食. 香港油雞飯麵. 档口位于新加坡唐人街美食中心. 这是世界最值得吃的米其林星美食. 到新加坡这可是非食不可.


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There are several soya sauce chicken (and also steamed carp head) stalls here; Cantonese staples that are rarely seen outside of Chinatown Food Complex.

Soya sauce chicken 醬油雞 is a Cantonese comfort food often cooked and eaten at home. Outside of Chinatown Food Complex, most chicken rice stalls serve either white poached or boiled chicken, deep fried chicken, and occasionally roasted chicken. Soya sauce chicken is rarely seen.

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Circling the huge food complex and tasting for a few days, I noted that Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle stall has the longest queue for soya sauce chicken. 

The queue is always there, just long or longer.

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Soya sauce chicken has a special place in my heart because it was one of the dishes students often cooked at home during our undergrad days in Canada. From our Hong Kong school mates, we picked up the technique and recipe to poach fresh chicken in soya sauce with a blend of herbs, dried orange peel etc. It's actually not too difficult to get good results once we mastered the poaching technique and made the sauce correctly.

We ate a lot of chicken as poor undergrads because we could get a bird for under CDN$1 each at the supermarket in the 1980s.

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Mr Chan, the stall owner hails from Hong Kong Ipoh, Malaysia.

He was always so busy the whole time, I didn't have any chance to chat with him at all. Mr Chan is friendly and I am grateful that he didn't mind me snapping away while he worked ;-p

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Half a bird for SGD7. (SGD14 for a whole bird.)

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The skin and the tender, juicy darker flesh were so smooth that we had to be careful about accidentally letting the meat and skin slip down the throat.

Seriously.

No eating and talking when eating this.

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Most of the robustly savoury flavour was on the soft skin and the splash of sauce. The tender flesh though was a little gentler in flavour.

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The noodles were generic, cooked soft al dente. The blend of soy sauce and oil was mainly savoury. The dollop of chili sauce was loaded with savoury ground dried shrimps (hae bee).

Next time, I shall eat the soya sauce chicken with plain white rice instead of this noodles, to moderate the robust savouriness.

I didn't take a picture of the small disposable plastic bowl of clear soup but it was good. It was slightly herbal and had that flavour from dried bak choy 菜, an ingredient Cantonese often use in soups at home. I like it.

For SGD5 we also got a generous serving of char siew and siew yok.

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The char siew was well caramelised outside and charred at the edges. Robustly savoury, sweet and gummy outside with not much fat inside, so it's less moist and less tender overall.

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Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle is a good place to taste this Cantonese classic and it's a nice bonus that it is also very competitively priced.

★ Happy to hear the news that Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken is awarded a Michelin Star in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide 2016. Congratulations to Mr Chan and thanks for the great food. Your hard work is well appreciated ☻ 



Restaurant name: Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle 香港油雞飯麵
Address: Blk 335, Smith Street #02-126, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335
Maphttp://bit.ly/HKSoyaSauceChicken
GPS1.282705, 103.842889
Hours: 10:30am to 7:00pm (Monday to Friday) | 8:30am to 7:00pm (weekend and public holiday) | (Closed on Wednesday)

Non Halal


Date visited: 25 Apr 2015



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35 comments:

  1. He just won a Michelin star! Did you see the Interviews!?
    The lines were long before, but they're about to get much longer!

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    1. Yes i did :-D Mr Chan was so humble and gracious about his well deserved win.

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  2. this place is great! congratulations!

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    1. Yes it definitely is. Si yau kai!! Humble comfort food a Michelin Star! So happy and grateful for Mr Chan.

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  3. He was just interviewed over the news and I like what he said, "we,are doing it as a giving(奉献)to the diners, it is not about making big mobey"

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    1. yes Mr Chan is a humble and sincere person

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  4. So many chickens! Yummy looking.
    I hope to be able to try it one day.

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    1. Mr Chan sells 150 chicken a day before the Michelin Star :-D

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  5. The chicken meat looks tender and delicious. Will ask my Sis at Singapore to try it out.

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    1. It's really good :-D Do try it if you are in Singapore.

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  6. Oh!! I went to this place before too, my auntie brought me here! It's really good indeed!

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  7. OMG~ I miss Hong Kong foods especially their Wan Tan Mee and tong shui.
    Can't wait for my HK trip soon.

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    1. do give this a try when you come to Singapore :-D we have a Chinatown food centre with many old style Cantonese dishes.

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  8. Ah, I remember coming here to eat 1.5 years ago when I was in Singapore. The queue was not this long back then. Good for him.

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    1. yeah lor. very happy for him. 30 years of hard work. I heard now a French group and another Indonesian group has proposed franchise rights with big sums.

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  9. Soya sauce chicken, one of my favorite comfort dishes as well, craving for it now :(

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  10. Wow.. this looks really good.. would love a taste of it... Thanks for the recommendation

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  11. I like chicken rice so much ~ What a funny things i heard from public is hope the stall not so famous so that no need to line up everytime..haha

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    1. LOL yeah now I won't have much chance to taste it anymore.

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  12. The price is cheap for the whole bird. This round I will go and try when I go to Singapore.

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  13. Drooling.. Looks so tempting and feels like eating.... I wanna try this

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  14. Local delicacies are always a treat to eat. Yummylicious!

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  15. Reading your post is making me hungry! The juiciness of the sauce and meat is so drooling!!

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    1. Your reaction is making me hungry LOL :-D

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  16. look so yummy and delicious. too bad they are serving on a Polystyrene plate. that is a minus point for me.

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    1. Yeah, would have been perfect if they use a healthier and environment friendly option. But, for a small stall with such sales volume, there might not be much choice.

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  17. wow the upclose shot of that duck is really food porn level man

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    1. Thank you :-D it's chicken Arisa :-D

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  18. Food everywhere! Now i feel hungry. haha. great suggestions there

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  19. I wonder if I can get this in Hong Kong! I'll be going there soon!

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  20. Mr Chan from Ipoh, that explains why the chicken is World Class (tm)

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  21. Hi, the stall number is 02-126 not 166

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    1. Thank you for pointing out. I've amended it. Appreciate much.

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  22. Before Mr.Chan was awarded with a MICHELIN STAR I always packed home half a chicken with 1 pack of rice, 1 pack of noodles and a pack of hor fun once every week. But now the Q starts from his stall and end near to the escallator....no chance for me to taste it again.He is back to his home town now and the Q will starts again tomorrow

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    1. yes, i also no chance to taste Mr Chan's chicken now ;-(

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