Roasted chicken rice with bean sprouts
We used to have one of those stores just downstairs from our apartment that sells everything. For those in Asia, you know the ones I mean – mountains of takeaway containers, rolls of kitchen paper, party decorations – a real mish mash or wholesale goodness that I used to love poking around in.
It recently closed down and we have passed it each day for the past two weeks, watching the renovations come together and finally two days ago it was “revealed” that the store was to become another outlet for Bugis Street Chuen Chuen Chicken Rice.
I’ve been trying to find the history/background of the chain, but all I can find is that there are two other outlets – a store at Longhouse Food Centre on Upper Thompson Road, and one at Lorong Sarina. For those of you who are unfamiliar with chicken rice, it’s a dish of succulent chicken, steamed until it is just cooked with a little pink remaining on the flesh near the bones. Alternatively, dark brown roasted chicken can also be served with specially cooked rice. The rich flavour of the rice comes from the grains that have been pre-fried in chicken fat and then cooked in chicken broth. The dish is accompanied with a chilli sauce made up of chillies, chicken broth, garlic, and ginger. Additional kecap manis a thick sweet soya sauce, can also be added. A broth of chicken stock garnished with a sprinkle of spring onions is a must.
Anyway, D and I went downstairs to have lunch there yesterday. I ordered the steamed chicken and D had the roast chicken. Both types of chicken were tender and sweet – we had breast meat (for an extra 50c you could have drumstick meat which has more flavour) and the rice tasty and not too oily.
Chicken rice is everywhere in Singapore – many often claiming to be “the best”. For us, the one downstairs, that we can enjoy in air conditioned comfort, that’s also delicious, works out the best for us. We just have to exercise self-control as chicken rice is Chinese fast food at its best.
Chuen Chuen Chicken Rice
21 Tan Quee Lan Street
Near Bugis Junction