I was given an opportunity to watch first hand how my favorite chicken rice was being prepared for the patrons of Hainanese Delights. I will attempt to give you an account of the privilege accorded to me.
First, my impression of the kitchen when I walked in was the cleanliness and the efficient layout of the whole work area. It was very impressive and it reminded me of a 5-star hotel’s kitchen, which I was also very privileged to see many, many years ago when we were given a demonstration of how mooncakes were made.
Preparation of Chicken Rice
Shallots, garlic and ginger for frying with washed rice
Chicken being cut into bite-size pieces after being de-boned by the Chef. Sauce, which has been separately prepared using premium soya sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce and real chicken stock, added together with cucumber
I sat and had a chat with the Chef after the hard work (his not mine!) and he told me the ingredients for the ginger and chilli sauce. I will share with you what he told me, but I had too much respect for the Chef to ask him for the proportions. I strongly believe he needs to keep his trade secrets. Being a non-cook, I am sorry I cannot help you in this department either.
Ingredients for Ginger sauce – ginger, corn oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and spring onions
Ingredients for Chilli sauce – chilli, garlic, ginger, real chicken stock, lime, salt, sugar and vinegar
If anyone were to ask me whether, after seeing the preparation of the best chicken rice in town (that is my opinion), I would give it a try, my answer would be an emphatic “NO”. Why should I, when I can walk into Hainanese Delights and enjoy their delicious chicken rice in their cosy and homey ambience. It is just too much work!
On the other hand, I would urge all interested readers to give it a try and if it does not taste exactly like the chicken rice served in Hainanese Delights, do visit the restaurant and ask for pointers. The people there are a very friendly lot and they will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
I am pleased to add, that by popular demand, Hainanese Delights will be doing take-away of chicken rice (and maybe together with their tasty spring roll) which can be pre-ordered by phone for the convenience of customers. I will let you know once that has been introduced so that we can all enjoy chicken rice during our one-hour lunch break without any hassle. I can’t wait. Bon appetit.