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Where to Eat Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is just one of the many amazing dishes you can find in Singapore and, although not that popular around the world, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish you should definitely try at least once in your life. Despite its popularity in Singapore, this dish actually originates in Hong Kong and has slowly been accepted into Singaporean culture. Although trying this dish is important, where to try this dish is another factor you should put in your mind as the taste varies from place to place. This dish is usually found in your local hawker but for this article, we will give you a little more than just the ordinary hawker center chicken rice.

Here are some of the best places to have a taste of Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

1.  Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell

With a very affordable price of 3.50 Singaporean dollars, you can get yourself the perfect bowl of Hainanese Chicken Rice that’s oily and flavourful just the way that Hainanese Chicken Rice ought to be. You may be shocked of how cheap it is and although there are cheaper prices you can find in Hawker Centers all around, the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell is definitely a steal.

2.  Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier

Just another mouth-watering addition to this list as their Hainanese Chicken Rice is served. The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier is best known for their convenience as they are open until 4:30 in the morning, which means that if for some reason you are craving for chicken rice at three in the early morning, it is not impossible to get some!

3.  Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice

The good thing about Hainanese Chicken Rice is although it is but one recipe, the taste may vary a great deal depending on where you are eating. Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice prides itself to have the most colorful and the tastiest dipping sauce around. Oh and by the way, did you know that the chicken can be either served steamed or roasted? Well, now you know. Wee Nam Kee also does an amazing job if you are planning to order your Hainanese Chicken Rice with roasted chicken.

The taste may differ depending on where you plan on eating but one thing is for sure, you can never go wrong with Hainanese Chicken Rice!


What are the Condiments Made Of?

We often take them for granted because they are not the most important ingredients in the food, but condiments make meals tastier. So, do you know what’s in your favorite condiments?

Ketchup
Ingredients: Tomatoes, salt, vinegar, sweeteners, onion and garlic, other spices, and flavorings
Trivia: The original ketchup was made from pickled fish or shellfish. Some ketchups today are made not from tomatoes, but other main ingredients like banana and mushroom.

Mustard
Ingredients: powdered mustard seeds, water, and vinegar; others contain wine/beer, oil, sugar, and spices
Trivia: There are different types of mustard based on the three colors of mustard seeds (white, black, and brown). The yellow mustard is white mustard seed plus turmeric, while Asian and most European mustard are made from brown seeds.

Sour Cream
Ingredients: fermented regular cream (mostly butterfat)
Trivia: Sour cream is a dairy product that undergoes bacterial culture which can vary according to the thickening agents used.

Mayonnaise
Ingredients: egg yolk, oil, and vinegar or lemon juice; others add spices and herbs, while some make egg-free mayonnaise
Trivia: There are many speculations to the origin of the word “mayonnaise,” and it was not used as a condiment until the early 19th century.

Worcestershire Sauce
Ingredients: anchovies, brine, garlic in vinegar, tamarinds in molasses, cloves, sugar, shallots, and chilies
Trivia: The mixture is sat for two years and stirred occasionally, then the solids are sifted before it’s bottled.

Tabasco
Ingredients: tabasco peppers, vinegar, and salt
Trivia: The name Tabasco is taken from a Mexican state, but it was first made in the Louisiana, USA in 1868.

Soy Sauce
Ingredients: fermented soy beans, water, salt, and roasted grains
Trivia: Creating soy sauce can sometimes take months. There are also more than a hundred types of soy sauce because of the variety of the recipes.

Balsamic Vinegar
Ingredients: different varieties of grapes
Trivia: Creating a true balsamic vinegar in the traditional way is as tedious as creating the best wines. The grapes are crushed, simmered, then transferred to wooden barrels for evaporation and oxidation. Then, red wine vinegar is added and aged for 12 to 150 years.

Wasabi
Ingredients: grated wasabi rhizome; most manufacturers outside Japan use horseradish, starch, mustard, and spinach powder or green food coloring
Trivia: Most of the wasabi paste served with your sushi outside Japan are fake due to the high cost of the wasabi plant.

Fish Sauce
Ingredients: fermented fish with sea salt, herbs and spices
Trivia: Fish sauce is usually made from one species of fish or shellfish. One variety, called kechiap, might have been the inspiration for ketchup.

Salsa
Ingredients: tomatoes, chilies, onion, corn, beans, and other spices
Trivia: The word “salsa” means “sauce” in various languages.

Vinegar
Ingredients: acetic acid (made from fermented ethanol), water, and trace chemicals
Trivia: There are more than a dozen varieties of vinegar all over the world, but they are made through process called fermentation. The most popular types are apple cider, cane vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and coconut/date vinegar.


The 5 Best Vegetarian Restaurants for Your Money  

Who doesn’t want to eat healthy, right? Problem is, the effort and time required to make delicious vegetarian dishes often outweighs its benefits. So what’s a diet-conscious busy person to do? Well, go to restaurants of course.

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When it comes to delicious vegetable fare, there’s never a shortage in Singapore – and they’re quite affordable too! Here are 5 of the best we’ve found in the country.

  1. Gokul

What if you’re an ardent vegetarian but your friends or your boyfriend are die-hard meat-lovers? At Gokul, that won’t be an issue as the restaurants use mock-meats that taste just like the real thing. They have an extensive 500-item menu of vegetable dishes as well as traditional “meat dishes” like chicken curry and mutton biryani.

  1. Fill-a-Pita

For those who favour Middle Eastern flavours, Fill-a-Pita is the place for you. This resto offers arguably the best authentic falafel in town. (Their hummus is pretty great too!) The place is ideal for vegans as all dishes are free from egg, dairy and other animal products. Plus, all orders are served with a smile.

  1. Komala Vilas

Love dosai? Well, Komala Vilas have delicious masala dosai and cone dosai, plus over 40 other kinds of the dish. Giving customers the best value for their money, they also have a rice meal, which for only $7.20 already has raita, appalam, payasam, dhal, kulambu, sambar, thairu, rasam, pickles and three vegetables. The restaurant specializes on South Indian cuisine and offers customers to customise their orders.

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  1. Veggie Cottage

Veggie Cottage offers a mix of local and Western cuisine. On their menu are local favourites like laksa, claypot tofu, nasi lemak, veggie chicken rice, as well as popular Western fare like spaghetti Bolognese and fish and chips. This restaurant is unique for their homey, café-like atmosphere, providing customers with leisurely dining. The Veggie Cottage is 100% vegan, even using soy milk for all its milk-based drinks.

  1. Zen Fut Sai Kai

Serving vegetarian dishes even before the diet became popular in the country, Zen Fut Sai Kai sure knows how to make excellent meals, especially for Chinese vegetarians. Their best-seller is the mushroom wanton, which features crispy, aromatic filling made of mock meat and mushrooms. This restaurant is also known for favouring Buddhist vegetarians both with its menu and interior décor.

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