Friday, October 29, 2010

Hainan Restaurant (海南餐廳) - ♕♕♕♕

海南餐廳 in Central used to be known as 金葉海南餐廳.  Started-up by a Mr Chan, a Hainanese native villager who lived just one village away from the famous Hainanese owner 莫履瑞, who had brought over his Hainanese Chicken recipe to Singapore and ended up contributing to making it the Lion’s City best known signature dish via Swee Kee’s (瑞記) influence…

While Swee Kee and its successors ended up evolving the recipe slightly to become a Singaporean Chicken Rice version, here Mr. Chan insisted on keeping more or less to the original Hainanese recipe.  He has recently sold his shop to a different owner but the main chef decided to stay and remains the same as before, ensuring consistency.

A bit of explanation about real Hainanese Chicken,
and how it was originally served Warm and with Bones intact..

Lemon Tea ~

Hainanese Chicken Rice Set ~

Chicken was a little tough and not overly flavourful,
and it comes with bones attached and was served warm,
as is traditional in Hainan…

Authentic Hainanese Chicken rice are served as balls,
rather than as rice.  But nowadays, BOTH are considered accurate…

In Hainan, originally there’s no Dark Soy Sauce like in Singapore.
The most authentic and only sauce to accompany a Hainanese chicken is made with Chili (紫天椒), Chicken Oil & Garlic, like the version here..

Chicken Soup here, is cooked with 冬菜 Pickles and Chicken Gizzards/Innards,
otherwise it could be served with the chicken meat itself instead.


Price: $80 Per Person + 10%
Score: ★★★★☆☆

Address: 上環干諾道中130-131號誠信大廈地下
(G/F, 130-131 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan)
Phone: 2581 9191


1 comment:

  1. wow, i haven't tried hainanese chicken rice in the form of balls. i should give it a try soon :)



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