Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice is the Asian equivalent of what chicken soup is to the soul. Eaten any time of the day or night, this national dish is served everywhere from school canteens to high-end restaurants. Originally from Hainan Island in southern China, this wholesome dish is also often called Hainanese Chicken Rice, and is a meal of steamed or blanched chicken, fragrant rice and chicken broth eaten with soy sauce, spring onions, slices of cucumber, ground chilli and ginger sauce. When Chinese immigrants arrived on the island of Singapore in the 1960’s, they brought a strong labour workforce and chicken rice. Since two-thirds of Singapore’s five million residents are Chinese, their favourite meal was soon adopted as the national dish. Given the local greeting “sudah makan” means “Have you eaten?” just imagine how seriously Singaporeans take their chicken rice?
And now, compliments of the Coriander Leaf, one of Singapore’s most dynamic food hubs, you can recreate a taste of Singapore’s Chicken Rice recipe.
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Carmen Jenner was a guest of the Singapore Tourism Board, Novotel Singapore Clarke-Quay and Scoot Airlines.