Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice @ Singapore

The quest for the best chicken rice in Singapore continues...

Recently I was on a working trip to Singapore and the first thing that comes to my mind during lunch time is to eat chicken rice! My colleagues are not a big fan of the Hainanese chicken rice but I managed to convince them to try a new outlet with me. My aim is to try as many chicken rice outlet in Singapore as possible so that I can ascertain my list of the best outlets!

And since Novena ville is just a station away from my office, we decided to take the MRT there during lunch time. I have read many reviews about Wee Nam Kee in the internet and the reviews was a mix of good and bad. Being rather skeptical and curious at the same time, I decided to give it a try.

To be a good chicken rice outlet, they will normally serve 3 types of sauces to go with the chicken rice. The ginger, chilli and thick soya sauce is a must! Actually, I think they do serve these 3 sauces at almost every chicken rice outlet in Singapore.

I was so hungry by then I almost ordered everything I saw!

Dumplings (Sui Kow) - SGD$ 5

The dumplings are quite big and for that price, it's considered very value for money because there were 9 pieces in the bowl. The texture is nice but I feel that they could do better with the skin. I prefer a more silky smooth, thin and translucent skin.

Stir Fried Beansprouts - SGD$ 6.40

Ok, this I feel is a complete rip-off! The portion is small and instead of the usual beansprout served with oil and soya sauce, they have it stir fried with salted fish. To be honest, the taste wasn't that great and the beansprouts weren't juicy enough. I know I shouldn't convert to RM but if you think of it, paying RM15 for a plate of beansprouts is really unbelievable... I could have bought beansprouts for the entire village if I were buying them from a market in Ipoh.

White & Roasted Chicken - SGD$ 14

We told them that we wanted a 3-person-portion and it looked like they served us half the chicken! I think we can easily feed 4 people with that portion. I don't have much complains on the chicken as the meat is smooth but not as smooth as the one at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice @ Maxwell Foodcourt. The skin is thin and not silky smooth enough. Although the chicken here isn't exceptional but I think the standards are acceptable.

Mix Roast

We ordered a plate of mix roast of pork - "char siew and siew yoke". I don't think I need to elaborate further because this is definitely a miss! Any outlet in KL can do a better roast pork.

Plain Rice - SGD$ 1.50

The rice is fragrant but not as good as the one I had in Chatterbox @ Mandarin Orchard. They are also using a good quality rice as you can see that the grains are whole and perfect.

That's me with all the food! My naughty colleague wanted presence in the photo and thus he purposely invade my photo with his wrist! A hearty meal and then a long meeting / discussion till 7pm.

In conclusion, I wouldn't purposely come here to have a good chicken rice meal but if there's no other choice available, I wouldn't mind coming back. They do serve other dishes like seafood and vegetables. I have actually been here a year ago but have forgotten about it.

This place is located at a row of shophouses in front of Novena church. It's just a 5 minutes walk from the MRT station.

Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice & Seafood Restaurant
275 Thomson Road
#1-05 Novena ville
Tel: +65 - 6255 6396


Huai Bin said...

WAH! A very noble mission! I can't wait to see you finish it. I love chicken rice too. I actually prefer it with thick soy sauce. :)

KY said...

chicken does look good, the pork's a bit miserable no?

Calvin said...

Will bring to two that I find pretty good since you have been to a few (mainly commercial ones).

And cheaper than Chatterbox definitely. =)

Simon Seow said...

But the queue in Tian Tian is crazy! Next time I'll go during off peak hour lol.

eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: Hehe... eating chicken rice is not a noble mission la! I actually like the chilli sauce.

KY: Yep the pork is a disappointment

Calvin: ok I will look forward to it! Soon I hope!

Simon: Even at off peak hours. I had to line up at 3pm ok!

Sean said...

gosh, y'know, i don't even know where to find the best chicken rice in KL! :D

suituapui said...

Try the original Swee Kee along Middle Road. Think there are two now - opposite one another, more or less along that road - both claiming to be THE original.

eiling lim said...

Sean: haha as a matter of fact, I don't know either!

STP: Ok I shall give it a try! Thanks!

cumidanciki said...

aiiyah.. KL pak cham kai damn good okay.. come i take u la :P

zewt said...

this place is very near my current condo.

i think the chicken is so so...

as far as char siew and siew yok are concern, malaysia always beat singapore. the only place close to malaysian standard is this place called phillips street... raffles' place MRT... near my office.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

luckily i had chicken rice for dinner but it is sooooo god damn hard to find good chicken rice here...

esp with all the condiments!

eiling lim said...

cUMI & cIKI: sure or not?!! oK OK I call you!

Zewt: Ooh thanks for the recommendation. I think someone told me that before too. Will ask you for the shop name next time when I'm down in Singapore again.

Joe: Haha... I'm sure you'll miss a good chicken rice the hainanese style with yummy chilli!

foongpc said...

Wow! You really are into chicken rice! I like chicken rice too but is Singapore's chicken rice better than Malaysia's?

eiling lim said...

Foongpc: Yeah I'm a big fan of chicken rice. I don't know la... maybe malaysia one is better but so far have not been to one leh

Anonymous said...

I really do not understand your obsession with Singapore chicken rice.Kl street food is definitely superior to what you can find in Singapore on the whole.

eiling lim said...

Anon: Obsession is not for anyone to understand. It's a personal thing. I was not obsessed with Singapore chicken rice, I was in quest for the best chicken rice stall in Singapore.

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