Where do I go if I want to have Chicken Rice?

We are truly spoilt with choices as the quality is so very high and so very widespread.

This are my top 3 which I rate highly as their rice is so very fragrant, the chicken so succulent and tender, and their sauces and garnishing brings out the best of this iconic dish.

And yes, despite the long queues and crowd, all 3 of this outlets makes a point to be nice to their customers.

1.  Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice is location within the Golden Mile Food Center at #B1-35 Blk 505 Beach Road and is appx a 10 min walk (1 km) south of the Lavender MRT Station.

Operating Hours:

Opens daily (except Sun)

11.30am-9pm but closes at 5pm on Sat

Everything is done well here, from the rice to chicken to the sauces too. The bonus is that this stall operates next to the outstanding Fried Hokkien Mee stall and just behind you get atas shiok kopi at a fraction of the price which one pays for in a cafe.

2.  Boon Tong Kee (@ Balestier)

Boon Tong Kee is located at 401 Balestier Road and the nearest MRT is at Novena MRT Station which is appx a 13 min walk (1 km) south west of the Boon Tiong Kee Balestier outlet.

Operating Hours:

Opens daily


This is the mothership of the Boon Tong Kee chain of Chicken Rice restaurants and where all trainees earn their spurs before they are sent to the other outlets. This outlet is a full fledged air-conditioned restaurant which serves some excellent Cantonese Zi-Char dishes too. I bring my foreign guests here as the service staff makes an extra effort to make everyone welcome.

3.  Margaret Drive Chicken Rice 

Margaret Drive Chicken Rice (previously named Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice) is located at #01-39 Blk 40 Holland Drive & is just 8 mins walk (700m) east of the Buona Vista MRT Station.

Operating Hours:

Opens daily (except Mon)


I have patronised Sin Kee Chicken Rice since my school days when they were located at Margaret Drive and operated by the father. One of the sons now run the main outlet at Holland Drive, & another son operates another outlet at Holland Close. They have the best chilli I reckon that goes really well with the chicken.

Tried! – Hua Kee Chicken Rice

 Hua Kee Chicken Rice is located within the Redhill Food Center at #01-72 Blk 85 Redhill Lane & is just opposite the Redhill MRT and a 5 min walk (300m) south east of the MRT station.

Operating Hours:

Opens daily (Except Mon)


Hua Kee Chicken Rice has been highly recommended by many, and I was there recently. Their Chicken is moist and tender though their rice is less fragrant. Do order the chicken liver as it is like foie grae.