Saturday, 10 September 2016
Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice Singapore 新记驰名鸡饭 ⭐⭐⭐✱✱
Dropped by today with friends at the newly opened Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice stall at Chang Chen Mee Wah coffee shop at Holland Drive near Buona Vista MRT station. I personally like this chicken rice though the response of our group of 8 was mixed.
Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice is run by Benson, one of the sons of the founder of the original Sin Kee at Margaret Drive food centre (now demolished). Benson is a master in chopper skills 刀功 and cuts the chicken in bold large chunks. I like my chicken chunky as it retains the most juices in the meat.
Eight of us, we ordered 3 half chicken to share. (Actually, we wanted 2 whole birds plus innards, but don't know why Tony Tee ordered just 1.5 birds 😂 Innards were also sold out.)
One bite into this chunk of chicken and I muttered out woo....oo in pleasure. The meat was tender, smooth and juicy, and it was wet oozing with natural chicky sweetness. I like it that the chicken is cooked through and yet it is so tender and juicy. (Nowadays, I avoid chicken done pink.)
Some in our group didn't find the chicken from their plates so alluring and started to taste those from my plate. They agreed that the chicken on my plate tastes great, though they were less enthusiastic about those on their own plates which they said were drier and less flavourful.
Sin Kee's dressing sauce is light - a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil and peanut oil. I like it's flavour and aroma, and that it is gentle enough to allow us to taste the natural chicky flavour and sweetness. In fact, it complements the bird's natural tastes - love this sauce much.
There were a few wooo....s and ahh....s as we smelled the nice chicky aroma when the staff was handing out the plates of rice we ordered.
The chicky aroma and mildly savoury flavour was good. The rice was also not overly greasy but it was done slightly too soft and wet today. A significant portion of the rice grains were also chipped rice.
I like the watery ginger sauce for it's light, gentle ginger type of spiciness and the underlying subtle savouriness, perhaps from chicken stock. The chili sauce was watery and tastes vinegary, so I didn't use it. I didn't taste the black sauce either. Main reason is, the chicken tastes so good on it's own that I didn't need any condiments, really.
There was no soup served as per Sin Kee's tradition - all the chicken broth went into boiling the chicken rice.
Eh.... Tony Tee, didn't we agree to have two whole birds....? Now, we have not enough.... I ate that last boney piece right after taking this picture. The only piece we didn't eat was that pointy wing tip 😂
Pricing is at a slight premium at SGD28 a bird and rice at SGD0.80 per standard rice bowl.
3-Star I like Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken because I love chunky chicken that is smooth, tender and juicy, and have a nice gentle chicky sweetness. I also like it that the dressing sauce is light yet flavoursome and aromatic. The condiments are average and the rice on the wet-soft side. This would be my choice for chicken rice, when I am in the Buona Vista area.
Restaurant name: Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice 新记驰名鸡饭
Address: Chang Chen Mee Wah 长城美华 Coffeeshop, Block 40, Holland Drive, Singapore (5 minutes walk from Buona Vista MRT station)
GPS: 1°18'25.2"N 103°47'36.3"E | 1.307002, 103.793407
Tel: 8428 7865
Hours: 11:00am - 7:00pm (Monday off)
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 10 Sept 2016
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