One of the Last Few Remaining Chicken Rice Ball Stalls in Singapore
Chicken rice balls were traditionally made by Hainanese people as an easy way to transport rice when bringing it out of the house. Over the years, Chicken rice balls have gained fame in Malacca, Malaysia, with Chop Chung Wah being at the forefront of chicken rice balls, and attracting many tourists that form long queues.
Try Chicken Rice Balls at Dickson Road
On the other hand, chicken rice balls are not commonly seen in Singapore. There are only a handful of chicken rice stalls offering chicken rice balls. One of the well-known Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball stall has closed permanently, bring the tally of chicken rick ball places in Singapore to maybe only..... one?
I could be wrong of course, but the one of the last (if not the last) remaining chicken rice ball stalls is Hainan Chicken Rice Ball at Dickson Road. Located at 3 Dickson Road, Hainan Chicken Rice Ball shares the same coffeeshop as another highly-rated Hock Prawn Mee. More of Hock Prawn Mee on another post - my visit today to Shing Boon Hwa Food Centre was to try out Hainan Chicken Rice Ball.
Two Rice Balls Per Person, on Average
Arriving at 11am or so, the coffeeshop was filled with many customers trying the prawn noodles instead. I made my way to Hainan Chicken Rice Ball, and the uncle at the counter was ready to take my order. "How many rice balls would you require?" he asked. It seems that a single person would have an average of two rice balls.
So what's my verdict of Hainan Chicken Rice Ball?
Chicken: The chicken was the Hainanese steam (white) chicken variant. Cooked and prepared simply, it was the chicken with dark soy sauce without any additional garnishing. No cucumbers, no coriander, etc. The chicken was tender but did not retain any flavourful juices from the cooking process.
Rice Balls: The rice balls were well-rolled. I would have preferred the rice balls to be more fragrant. Also, it might have been nicer to have the rice balls to be more sticky.
Chilli: The chilli sauce was spicier than usual, but not in a bad way. It might have been prepared in such a way to go with the relatively-bland chicken meat.
Soup: Hainan Chicken Rice Balls also serve a bowl of free herbal soup with any order of chicken rice balls. I could taste goji berries which made the herbal soup slightly sweet and sour. (very slightly only)
If you are looking to try chicken rice balls in Singapore, do drop by at Hainan Chicken Rice ball for your rice ball fix. But we think there is no need to make an effort to travel just for this.
Hainan Chicken Rice Ball
Address: 3 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209530