Saturday, 4 July 2015

Ming Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge 明记鸡饭粥 Bishan (old Bugis) Singapore JK1172

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Ming Kee 明记 is quite aggressive in giving their poached chicken the "cold turkey ice dunking" treatment, so their cold served chicken boasts the clear 3-layers of tender juicy meat, jelly fat and soft smooth skin.

Restaurant name: Ming Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge (old Bugis Street) 明记鸡饭粥 (in Kim San Leng kopitiam)
Address: Blk 511 Bishan Street 13  #01- 522 Kim San Leng Food Centre, Singapore (a short 3 minutes walk from Bishan MRT station)
GPS1.348926, 103.850079
Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (closed on alternate Tues)
Non Halal

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Came to the famous Ming Kee chicken rice stall in Bishan on a Saturday morning soon just after they opened for the day and there was already a queue at the stall.

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The friendly lady boss with decades of experience looked unfazed by the long queue as she chopped the chicken steadily and quickly. (There was no chance to speak with her as she was extremely busy.)

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Our half a bird at SGD13 after about 45 minutes waiting on a Saturday morning. (At SGD13, I feel it is very reasonably priced at today's cost of living in Singapore.)

The chicken came chopped precisely. Beautifully plated. (This was not a media tasting or photo shoot, so kudos to auntie for taking so much pride in the food she serves.)

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One look and I could see that it's "win already 贏了" (as they say in Singapore and Malaysia).

Succulent meat, jiggly jelly fat and soft smooth skin. Everything I look for in a poached chicken is there.

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The succulent chunks of chicken were served slightly chilled (as they were kept dunked in ice water after cooking). It's a technique known in Cantonese as 過冷河 or "crossing the cold river" which gels the fat.

The juicy flesh is just mildly savoury sweet with nice chicken flavour. The jiggly gelatin and smooth skin added flavours and texture to the soft bouncy meat.

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The rice is soft, fluffy and the grains separate easily. Only mildly aromatic and not overly greasy.

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Watery chili sauce and savoury sweet dark soy sauce. I don't use dipping sauces much these days as I like to taste the chicken's natural flavours.

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The rice and the chili sauce might be average at Ming Kee, but the delicious chicken totally won me over.

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The still long snaking queue after we finished our delicious brunch.

Come back again?

Definitely.

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Ming Kee chicken rice is in Kim San Leng coffee shop which is about 3 minutes walk from Bishan MRT station. The coffee shop is across the road from Bishan Community Club and between GIANT and NTUC supermarkets.

Date visited: 4 Jul 2015

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