Nan Xiang Chicken Rice at Whampoa Market
I went on a Balestier Food Trail with Uncle Bob and ended with lunch at Whampoa market. Loy Kee was closed that day, Uncle Bob recommended us to try Nan Xiang Chicken Rice at the other end of the market. This name may ring a bell to some of you as there is also Nan Xiang at Square 2. In December 1986, founder, Nancy Lim, took charge of her first chicken rice stall at Whampoa food centre. In May 2007, Nan Xiang Chicken Rice launched its first restaurant-style eatery in Square 2. They have now moved this outlet to Basement 1 (#B1-01/05)
Nancy and his husband takes turn to manage the hawker stall. Honestly, it looks like another unassuming chicken rice stall. But when the plate of rice was served to the table, it was sooooo fragrant that I can’t help but to take a mouthful first (while waiting for the poor boyfriend who was still queueing for Hoover Rojak).
The taste totally reminded me of the chicken rice we cook at home, that is to first stir fried with garlic, ginger, shallots and chicken soup before cooking it in rice cooker. Not a lot of chicken rice stalls do that now because it’s laborious and takes extra time to prepare the rice. But it’s worthwhile because by frying the rice before cooking makes it more fragrant.
We ordered bottom 1/4 portion for $6, and 50 cents for each plate of rice. The meat is succulent and cooked just right, leaving a gelatin layer beneath the skin. The addition of lime juice to the chilli sauce also makes it very delectable!
Nan Xiang Chicken Rice
Address: Blk 90, Whampoa Drive, Whampoa Makan Place #01-21, Singapore 320090
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11am to 10pm
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