Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Boon Tong Kee @ Bukit Timah, Singapore

During a dinner conversation, someone mentioned that she was going to fly down to Singapore for a trip, which reminds me now that i am at home, not in front of the television watching football for a change that i still haven't talked about the chicken rice i had at Boon Tong Kee.

Now with absolutely no knowledge of the hawker scene in Singapore, to say that chicken rice is a big thing among the Singaporeans is an understatement. Heck, i was surfing around a top Singaporean food blog to see 35 reviews of chicken rice places! To be honest, it would be hard to even name 5 places in Kuala Lumpur because chicken rice has always been a stomach filler to me, not a dish to enjoy and worship.

So when two of my friends proclaimed that this had to one of the best (can't say the best, if not i would be murdered, if otherwise) chicken rice, you had to try it.

Not exactly your SGD 2.80 chicken rice but more of a SGD 15 meal, lets take a look at the chicken.

So smooth and so white. It seems to be almost glowing. Again, it could have been a simple case of starving that caused the immediate love to (not with) the chicken. Cooked to almost perfection, no blood yet very smooth, everything was so tender. Imagine putting pieces of de-boned and chunks of thigh and breast meat in your mouth. I just can't figure out how come people don't sell huge chickens like these in Malaysia for chicken rice. It makes our chickens look anorexic, but wait, aren't these chickens imported from Malaysia? If i am not mistaken though, a whole bird will set you back a good SGD 25-30.

Again its another Singaporean thing, the minced ginger sauce and chilli is very pungent and on the strong sauce, use sparingly and not like how we pour the chilli all over the rice in Malaysia, doesn't exactly work that way.

Add a vegetable for almost SGD10.

Which to be honest serves not much purpose other than making the dish abit greener.

The rice which is fragrant but not as good as the one at Chatterbox is still good enough to accompany the chicken. Like the pyramid shape!

Quench your thirst with Barley Ice.

And there you have it, indeed one of the best Singaporean chicken rice for SGD 15 per pax, which could have bought alot of chicken rice in Malaysia.

Since Boon Tong Kee is a chain of outlets, there have been different qualities and i have been told the one at Bukit Timah is one of the better ones, abit like the Ipoh Chicken Rice at Jalan Gasing and Sri Petaling.

Address and contact details:

18, Cheong Chin Nam Road,
Singapore, 599742

Telephone: 64632289

I understand it opens till late and sadly it should be non halal.

Verdict: The first time was a 4 stars out of 5 stars and when we left and had another meal there, it just wasn't the same, the meat wasn't superbly tender like the first so maybe a 3.5 star rating would be suitable. Basically a chain restaurant who still serves a pretty damn good chicken rice, so give it a try if you are down in Singapore.


Tn.Punya said...
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J said...

Haiyo. 15 SGD can buy really really a LOT of chicken rice in KL loh.
(But I guess you cannot compare these things when you are in a foreign country - if not you'll starve to death or eat very grumpily...)

Sean said...

there's ipoh chicken rice in sri petaling? eek, i live here and i didn't know!
that rice looks excellent though. maybe someone should organize a real msia vs singapore food fight someday. msia's best chicken rice vs singapore's, along with other hawker fare, judged by an independent panel of critics from other countries :D

thule a.k.a leo said...

you go all the way down south for chicken rice?? what la you... look for something not found in Malaysia lah

J2Kfm said...

Yeah .. SGD 15 can net you more than a whole chicken here!
I heard about Chatterbox as well, from a friend down in Singapore. How a serving of chicken rice cost SGD22!

For the novelty more than anything else? Hmm ... I am sure somewhere in Malaysia, there will be a stall worthy to be worshipped.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: yes, chatterbox comes up to almost sgd30 per pax after taxes..well it is quality chicken rice with the extra dash of novelty.

leo: no la, happen to b on a trip.

sean: go pitch that idea!

j: yeah start converting and u will indeed starve

eiling lim said...

thanks for the review! I must go there and try it for myself!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: nxt trip down!