08 August 2009

Malay-Chinese Takeaway: Hainan Chicken Rice, Sydney (6 August 2009)

Shop 1, 50-58 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000

Moist & Quite Boneless

Where can I get the best Chicken Rice in Sydney?

I've enjoyed many chicken laksas at this popular place but I can't really remember the last time I tried their Chicken Rice so I had to retry. At first sight I thought oh no where's the garnish but hidden underneath I found the cucumber. Be sure to get the correct ginger chilli sauce from the service counter as they don't provide it with your meal. The chicken was moist and tasty and there was hardly any bones, especially those awful bone splinters you sometimes get so I was happy about that. The rice had a very subtle chicken stock taste for me and not as gingery as some other places — at first I thought it looked like plain rice which would have been sacrilege. The daily special of Mee Siam comes as a soup version instead of dry and had a tasty broth — it's appearance reminded me of a Har Mee and Assam Laksa.

Other visits to Malay-Chinese:
5 Nov 2009 - Assam Laksa
26 Oct 2009 - Seafood Laksa, Combination Clear Soup
6 August 2009 - Hainan Chicken Rice, Mee Siam
13 May 2009 - Chicken Laksa
29 April 2009 - Char Kway Teow
24 March 2009 - Har Mee, Seafood Laksa, Assam Laksa, Chicken Laksa

Other places tried for Chicken Rice:
Singapore Shiok!* - 29 Sept 2010
Malacca Straits - 23 Jan 2010
Yummy Chinese - 20 Jan 2010
Laksa House - 24 Sept 2009
Laksa King - 16 Sept 2009
Malaysian Food House - 18 Aug 2009
Malay-Chinese Takeaway - 6 Aug 2009
Mc Lucksa - 5 Aug 2009
Jaya Malaysian - 29 July 2009

Hainan Chicken Rice (Leg) $8.20

Side soup

Cucumbers hidden underneath chicken

Bone factor - pretty good

Mee Siam $9


Anh said...

I ate the chicken rice there quite a lot. It was ok, but I prefer more condiment. I still prefer this to the fried chicken with tomato ricr they have there though.

Will check out the other places you mentioned!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Three words (or five): Ginger & Spice, Neutral Bay :P

Absolutely amazing chicken rice!

Iron Chef Shellie said...

oh pictures making me hungry. I love nothing more than Hainanese chicken rice!!

Mr. Taste said...

Yummy. Chicken rice is the best,
I wish I could have it more often. I'm living my chicken rice fantasies through you Simon! hehe

Simon Leong said...

Hi Anh, i haven't tried their fried chicken and tomato rice so will have to try next time.

Hi Lorraine, I've been to ginger & spice but ordered all the classics except for chicken rice because my brother thinks it's boring hehe. i'll have to make the time to check it out now.

Hi Iron Chef Shellie, a really good chicken rice is very satisfying but half the battle is finding a good one to start with.

Hi Mr Taste, hope all your chicken rice fantasies come true, let me know if you find any good ones

Anonymous said...

There are some many places to get good hainanese chicken rice in sydney. We are spoilt with good choices!

B said...

The skinless chicken laksa is great here, but you have to get in early before 12pm to beat the rush!

isyaantonius said...

I went to this place for lunch to end the 2009, and I think it is safe to say they have the best hainan chiken rice in Sydney and super yummy char kway teow too...
The people are very friendly as well. Ur recommendations is always spot on Simon :)

Simon Leong said...

hi ellie, definitely a lot of competition out there but i wonder where's the best of the best?

hi b, definitely need to arrive early to grab a spot to eat. it's one of the most popular laksa houses for sure in the city. i actually haven't tried the skinless one, i just love the fatty skin version too much hehe

hi isyaantonius, so glad you liked the chicken rice although you should also try Sayong to compare both dishes. you might like them there as well :-)

Extra said...

I can't believe this! A whole list of tried chicken rice places?! My absolute dream food blog!! Thank you so very much, Simon! Love your many photos too! This will save me going to all the wrong chicken rice spots when I'm next in Sydney lol!

By the way, I wonder if you or any of your readers here can advise where (or whether) I can find Pork Noodle Soup in Sydney. This is the stuff in PJ & KL coffee shops that can include the liver, kidney and intestine but great ones usually come with "Chee Yau Char". I've discovered a place here in William St, Perth that makes a pretty good one with Chee Yau Char - couldn't believe my luck, and keep going back as it's as good as I remember it.

Simon Leong said...

hi kitty, glad you found the blog helpful. i'm not sure about the Pork Noodle Soup though? I don't think i've come across something like this before but sound a bit like a Pho Beef Soup Special which includes lots of offcuts :-) is it a Malaysian or Chinese dish? if so then possibly Albee's might be your best beat in Sydney http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/2009/09/albees-kitchen-malaysian-and-chinese.html

Extra said...

Hey Simon,

Yes, the Pork Noodle Soup is very similar to Pho. It is a Chinese dish that is found in Chinese coffee shops around KL and PJ. I think the term (in Cantonese) in Malaysia for this type of dish is "ching tong" (meaning clear soup - please excuse the spelling lol). I have taken photos so will try to post it online somewhere and post a link here so you can have a look...

Simon Leong said...

hi kitty, perhaps post a photo on the Sydney Food Bloggers group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/38028323532

Extra said...

Hi Simon,

It says I need to log in to see the page on FaceBook.

This is a link from my Google account - see if you can open it... if not, let me know and I can email it.


Simon Leong said...

hi kitty, thanks for the link. i can see it. i haven't come across a dish exactly like it but it sort of looks a bit like a combination wonton noodle soup without the wontons and will extra special bits in it. will keep my eye out for it though. Singapore Shiok might be able to cook it for you. I know they have some great fried pork lard on their Har Mee http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/2010/12/singapore-shiok-one-of-sydneys-best-har.html :-)

Extra said...

Oh wow, that Har Mee looks fantastic with the fried pork lard, Simon! I'm salivating! Will check it out next week when I get there, although looking at your photos, I feel like taking the next plane out right now lol! What torture! Can't wait! Interestingly, I checked with my aunt about how the pork lard is made - apparently no oil is added and the pork lard is just fried on its own!

Simon Leong said...

hi kitty, i'm not surprised about pork lard needing no oil since it's basically pure fat already. hope you enjoy Sydney food :-)

Extra said...

I will really enjoy Sydney food now, thanks to you Simon! :)

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