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Chuen Chuen Chicken Rice

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

Grandma’s Kitchen

Assam fish head curry

We’ve been to Grandma’s Kitchen in Paragon a few times before, and have always loved the delicious local fare they offer there.

During peak times it gets loud and noisy there but it’s a great place if you’ve got a big crowd and/or have children (who will add to the noise and other diners won’t mind as much).  This is the situation we had, when my 2 1/2 year old niece was visiting.

I have to say that for a chain restaurant, the food they serve is pretty good – probably not the most authentic, but the variety they offer is terrific and tastes great !

Salt-egg prawns

The usual suspects were ordered – rendang beef, curry chicken, nasi lemak, chicken wings, chicken rice – and this time we had a group large enough to order the assam fish head curry.  They only serve this as a large shared dish and the whole table was impressed.  With no coconut cream/milk, the curry had a good tangy sourness from the assam (tamarind) with a generous serving of fish head (red snapper), eggplant and ladies fingers.  The version with coconut cream added is more popular but guess my Penang heritage makes me just love the clear version sans coconut cream that is almost consomme-like.

Hainanese chicken rice

We also had the Hainanese chicken rice, where the chicken comes delicately seasoned with a dressing of light soya sauce, sesame oil, coriander and shallots.  The chicken was beautifully cooked as well, on the right side of just cooked, with the meat soft and almost slippery.

One of the more unusual dishes we ordered was salt-egg prawns, where the prawns are dipped in a salt-egg batter before being quickly fried so that the prawns come out delicately and saltily crispy.

Another local restaurant staple where you can make reservations, and that doubles as a nice respite from Orchard Road madness 🙂

Grandma’s Kitchen Paragon
Paragon Shopping Centre
290 Orchard Road
Tel: 6737 7931
Open daily 11.30am – 10.00pm