One of the most loved hawker dishes in Malaysia and probably the adopted national dish of Singapore, Hainanese Chicken Rice (more often called ‘chicken rice’). You will find this delicious dish in most, if not all, food courts and hawker centres.
The dish consists of succulent poached chicken served with richly flavored rice and accompanied by chicken broth, chilli garlic sauce and a thick and sticky sweet soy sauce. The combination of all these elements is what makes this dish complete.
Although predominant across Malaysia and Singapore you can find Hainanese Chicken Rice throughout South East Asia. Each country has its own version, but it is usually the accompanying dips, condiments or garnishes that differ.
What makes the chicken rice so special is its pure simplicity. No complicated techniques are needed to prepare it. The only thing really needed is time. Each item needs to be prepared separately. However the chicken needs to be prepared first because you will use some of the cooking broth in each of the remaining items.
This recipe I believe recreates a perfect hawker-style Hainanese Chicken Rice!