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Steamed Chicken Rice

Steamed Chicken Rice

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Hainanese chicken rice (海南鸡饭) is arguably Singapore’s most famous national dish (though it is also available in other SEA countries). This flavourful steamed chicken rice is my mother’s version of this popular hawker delight. The traditional and authentic Hainanese way of cooking the chicken is by poaching the bird in hot water – no direct heat from the stove is involved. Instead, my mum steamed the chicken.

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This method is easy and great, because the juices collected from steaming the chicken is really rich and pure – just like those bottled essence of chicken. The chicken also turns out juicy and tender.

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The only small set back is that you do get a lot of broth collected from cooking the chicken (but they are very rich), probably just enough to cook the rice (which is the most important anyway). If you need more broth, you can use your own home-made chicken stock, store-bought tetra-pak chicken stock, msg-free chicken cube or chicken seasoning powder if required.

Steamed Chicken Rice

66 comments on “Steamed Chicken Rice”

  1. looking at your hainese chicken make me hungry now..Love the chicken rice and chilli sauce,must have soy sauce especially if not tak jadi la..

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  3. My mom loves preparing chicken and rice! This reminds me so much of home. I love love love the ginger garlic sauce. It makes the dish even more amazing!

  4. Sis ~! The chicken rice looks yummy …

    Maybe u would like to try video recording the process :D

  5. Still a few hours to dinner time but I can hear drumming sound from my stomach. You sound so pro in preparing this dish with its condiments and soup! Planning to open a chicken rice shop soon? I will definitely be your 1st customer! ;)


  7. when i get to eat chicken rice, it’s always a happy occasion cause it’s something tht doesn’t happen a lot. so when i do, i always get the roasted chicken option (although i dont eat the skin) but the last time i had chicken rice, i was a boiled chicken convert. i’m liking the steamed one better now..and ginger sauce is to die for. why is it so good!! x

  8. wow! this is a real favorite… thanks for sharing… :)

  9. fantastic step by step recipe. We’ll have to try this. Mom usually boils it, but I like the idea of steaming.

  10. This sounds fragrant and delicious

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