Best Chicken Rice in Singapore: Where Do Chefs Go for This Popular Hawker Dish?
The island's culinary maestros share the places they visit when they are craving this local favourite
Chicken rice is arguably one of the most famous hawker dishes in Singapore, and even the island's top chefs can't resist its allure. We trust their judgement when it comes to the most delicious versions in Singapore, so we asked them to share their favourite places to visit when the cravings strike. From roasted to steamed Hainanese chicken rice, here are their highly recommended stalls to check out.
“Many years ago, my cousins told me about Fook Seng Goldenhill Chicken Rice and I have been a fan of their chicken rice. The bird is poached just right that it is a tad undercooked and the residual heat cooks it—hence, it is moist and tender. The sauce is not overly salty and the chilli sauce is punchy. In fact, I would usually buy a jar of extra chilli for $4 because it is extremely affordable. That said, the chicken rice gives me a home-cooked and less commercialised feel that I enjoy. It’s also tucked away in Jalan Rumah Tinggi, so those who know will know.”
Fook Seng Goldenhill Chicken Rice | 37 Jalan Rumah Tinggi, 01-431, S(150037) | 9777 3318
Head chef, Firangi Superstar
“Lam Bee Chicken Rice on Circuit Road, within Grains & Hops coffeeshop, is where I go for the best chicken rice. I used to live in the vicinity and that is how I discovered this place.
The chicken is always perfectly cooked—tender and not a dry flake in sight! The soy sauce dressing on the chicken is also well balanced: savoury, sweet, and aromatic. Finally, the chilli is amazing, and I love getting a good serving in every bite—really livens up the plate!”
Lam Bee Chicken Rice | 78 Circuit Rd, 01-470 within Grains & Hops, S(370078) | 6467 1825
Head chef, The Alkaff Mansion
“My favourite chicken rice is from Pin Xiang Hainanese Chicken Rice at Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre Singapore when I am craving for this hawker food. I discovered it when I first moved to Bedok in 2018, and I even visited this place every fortnight for two years straight.
I would always order the roasted chicken with preserved vegetables. The chickens are delivered fresh from the farms daily and are carefully chosen to weigh above 2.2kg each. This is to ensure the poultry maintains its tender and juicy texture throughout the cooking process. I prefer it roasted as the skin is charred, smoky and crispy.”
Pin Xiang Hainanese Chicken Rice | 208B New Upper Changi Road, 01-03, S(462208) | 9030 1343
Chef-owner, Salted & Hung
“For me, the best chicken rice is at Chin Chin Eating House on 19 Purvis Street. We discovered Chin Chin when we first came to Purvis Street to look for a space for our restaurant, Salted & Hung. We had lunch there that afternoon, and since then, it has been my go-to place for chicken rice. So that’s going on five years now!
I love Chin Chin’s chicken as it is super tender and very moist. The rice is extra fluffy and really flavourful – cooked with lots of chicken fat, and flavoured with scallion, ginger. They also serve it with a great chilli sauce which is fresh and bright. You can say it gets the holy trinity of chicken rice right.”
Chin Chin Eating House | 19 Purvis Street, S(188598) | 6337 4640
Chef-owner, Adda Singapore
“When I first arrived in Singapore in 2006, I had my first chicken rice at Loy Kee Best Chicken Rice on Balestier Road. I went there for lunch on my first day off from work, and I have been patronising the stall for 14 years. I love the roasted chicken rice for its taste and consistency, and the owners cook it following a heritage recipe that remains unchanged.”
Loy Kee Best Chicken Rice | 342 Balestier Road, S(329774) | 6252 2318
Chef and co-owner, Avenue 87
"When I was a teenager 18 years ago, I was hanging out at Junction 8 with some friends after school and we stumbled upon Ming Kee Chicken Rice in a coffee shop. We all opted for different items to eat and I naturally went for chicken rice as it was an easy and delicious dish you can’t go wrong with.
The cold plump chicken served on top of steaming hot fragrant rice got me frequenting the store. The jelly under the skin of the chicken mixed with the good kick of spiciness from the chilli is irresistible.
Unlike other stores, they don’t have their steamed chickens hanging. Instead, the chickens are “swimming” in an ice-cool tub waiting to be chopped up and served on a plate ensuring a firm gelatinous texture."
Ming Kee Chicken Rice | 511 Bishan Street 13, 01-522 Kim San Leng Coffee Shop, S(570511)