Hainanese chicken rice is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore. It is based on a well-known Hainanese dish called Wenchang chicken, and the current dish is adapted from the early Chinese immigrants originally from Hainan province in southern China. Stalls selling Hainanese chicken rice as their primary speciality can be seen everywhere from school canteens, hawker stalls to major restaurants.
Features of the dish:
- White (steamed) or roasted chicken
- Oily rice (cooked with ginger and garlic)
- Sauce: freshly minced red chilli and garlic, dark soy sauce and freshly ground ginger
- A bowl of plain chicken stock soup
- Fresh cucumber boiled in chicken broth with a dash of sesame oil