Wednesday, June 12, 2024
HomeNightlifeWe tried Singapore's best-rated hen rice

We tried Singapore’s best-rated hen rice


Whereas researching the top-rated hen rice stalls, I realised that in my 17-month journey with, I’ve hardly ever sampled any ‘ji fan‘ locations.

ok chicken rice - stall front

Katong Mei Wei had the best Google scores, however we had already coated it. The subsequent spot was OK Rooster Rice & Humfull Laksa, positioned inside 721 Meals Loft coffeeshop at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8— proper in my neighbourhood!

ok chicken rice - stall ok chicken rice - stall

This explicit chain is Halal-certified and has 11 different branches round Singapore. Nevertheless it was the Ang Mo Kio outlet that garnered a complete of 444 opinions and acquired 4.5 stars out of 5 on Google opinions (at time of writing).

stall meatsstall meats

Based on my Muslim buddy, Hanafe, there are 2 distinct kinds of Halal hen rice. One stays true to the Chinese language custom, served with darkish soya sauce, whereas the opposite locations its emphasis on crispy fried hen, accompanied by a spicier chilli sauce.

What I attempted at OK Rooster Rice & Humfull Laksa

ok chicken rice - roast chicken rice smallok chicken rice - roast chicken rice small

The menu had fancier choices like Char Siew Rooster Rice (S$3.50) and Fatbulous Cutlet Rooster Rice (S$3.50). Nonetheless, I remained dedicated to simplicity and opted for the Small Roast Rooster Rice (S$4).

It was a no-frills plate of half a dozen chopped roast hen items (Sure, I counted them) resting atop a mound of rice and three cucumber slices. Whereas awaiting my dish, I helped myself to the chilli sauce and darkish soya positioned on the entrance of the stall.

ok chicken rice - rice closeupok chicken rice - rice closeup

Digging into the rice with my spoon, I appreciated the pleasing aroma of every distinct grain that was infused with the stunning essence of hen fats and ginger.

The rice was well-seasoned, sustaining a tasty steadiness with out an extreme oiliness, offering a extra guilt-free expertise. My solely criticism— it didn’t fairly attain the right stage of doneness, with a number of grains sustaining a barely firmer texture than what I’d have.

ok chicken rice - roast chickenok chicken rice - roast chicken

The roast hen, then again, had received me over. Its tasty, golden-brown pores and skin cradled the succulent and tender meat inside.

ok chicken rice - roast chicken dipped in chilliok chicken rice - roast chicken dipped in chilli

As I dunked my hen items into the chilli sauce, an intense surge of garlic and savoury flavours engulfed my palate earlier than the warmth slowly crept in. It was an sudden sensory explosion. Intrigued, I tried a second dip.

I got here to a conclusion that the chilli sauce leaned barely in the direction of the saltier aspect. Whereas I appreciated the strong garlic infusion, I needed for refined notes of zestiness to steadiness out the general flavour profile.

ok chicken rice - cucumberok chicken rice - cucumber

Thankfully, what I had initially considered extraordinary cucumber items turned out to be pickled cucumbers as a substitute, which offered tiny bursts of vinegary goodness.

ok chicken rice - steamed chicken riceok chicken rice - steamed chicken rice

The Normal Steamed Rooster Rice (S$5) boasted a heftier portion of rice and a extra beneficiant serving of hen.

ok chicken rice - steamed chicken ok chicken rice - steamed chicken

The steamed hen exhibited a barely extra juicy and tender texture compared to its roasted counterpart. The pores and skin was notably lean, with out the thick layers of fats which may be unappealing to some.

ok chicken rice - personal style of eating chicken riceok chicken rice - personal style of eating chicken rice

Now, let me share with you the  method I eat hen rice. I generously drizzle the darkish soya sauce throughout my plate along with the chilli sauce, then give it a extremely good combine till each ingredient turns into an attractive mild chocolate shade. 

And as I did this, my colleague, Joey, appeared on intensely (I’m uncertain if she was disgusted or intrigued). 

“My dad does the very same factor!” she exclaimed.

Effectively, Uncle, it appears we each admire the finer issues in life (flips hair).

ok chicken rice - dark chicken riceok chicken rice - dark chicken rice

The hen rice exuded a pleasant aroma of darkish soya sauce, with refined notes of spiciness from the chilli, making a harmonious accompaniment to the tender hen items.

But, my disappointment returned as I encountered pockets of undercooked rice in my plate— what a bummer!

ok chicken rice - additional ingredientsok chicken rice - additional ingredients

It’s also possible to go for a Bento Upsize (+S$3) which incorporates 2 slices of tofu, half a braised egg and inexperienced veggies.

ok chicken rice - sidesok chicken rice - sides

I had no points with the braised egg and tofu, which tasted like how they need to. The inexperienced veggies had been topped with crispy fried shallots and barely seasoned with flavoured oil. 

I loved the plainness of the inexperienced veggies though Joey most popular it to be extra flavourful.

Closing ideas

ok chicken rice - chicken rice overviewok chicken rice - chicken rice overview

To be frank, OK Rooster Rice & Humfull Laksa left me barely underwhelmed. Maybe the chef had a minor hiccup within the rice preparation.

All in all, it was a passable meal, nevertheless it didn’t go away an enduring impression. It serves as a reminder that style is a subjective matter, and it’s at all times clever to take opinions with a grain of salt, together with my very own.

Should you do determine to offer this stall a attempt, I hope the rice might be flawlessly ready to your enjoyment.

Anticipated injury: S$3.50 – S$11.50 per pax

18 greatest hen rice stalls in Singapore

Value: $

Our Score: 3 / 5

OK Rooster Rice & Humfull Laksa

721 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Foodloft Coffeeshop , Singapore 560721


Our Score 3/5

OK Rooster Rice & Humfull Laksa

721 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Foodloft Coffeeshop , Singapore 560721

Phone: +65 9026 7051

Working Hours: 10am – 8.30pm (Day by day)




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments