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Jul 12, 2008 03:26 PM

Hainanese Chicken Rice/Chinese Chicken Rice

Does anyone know of a good Asian restaurant VA/DC/MD area that serves Hainanese Chicken Rice/Chinese Chicken Rice? I've been wanting to taste this ever since I saw Anthony Bourdain talking about it on "No Reservations". I've always liked the boiled chicken wings that my sister makes and I'd imagine it's similar to that.

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    1. re: MartyL

      Thanks for the suggestion! I was able to find the menu online and it appears to be a Chef Specialty so I'll definitely give them a try.

    2. For what it's worth, I tried to make it at home several times and found even my crudest versions amply appreciated by my family.

      Which leads me to watch this thread, not just for where to get this dish in the area, but for places that offer much of the rest of the Indonesion menu.

      I hope for Virginia suggestions, but I'll be looking at that Michael's Noodles menu.

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      1. re: wayne keyser

        Here's the menu.

        I would eventually like to try it at home but I want to taste it first to see what I'm shooting for. lol It just seems like total comfort food to me.

        1. re: wayne keyser

          Just a quick note: Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish that is a pretty big deal in Singapore and Malaysia, and mostly associated with the Straits Chinese in that area. In addition, at least one regional variation I know of is from Melaka (in Malaysia) where the chicken is served with these amazing rice, on the off chance you find something Melakan (or Mallacan) style, I'd say go for it.

          I wonder if the Michael of Michael's Noodles is originally from either Malaysia or Singapore? I, too, would be interested in trying their version there when I'm in the area.

          1. re: baltoellen

            I've had the Hainanese Chicken at Michael's. it is a very simple dish that is good, nothing more. A Chowhound friend who has been to Singapore said that it does not compare to what he had over there. Overall, Michael's is a good place to know about.

            1. re: Steve

              I agree with Steve that Michael's Hainanese Chicken is very good and homey, but not transformative. And that the menu is worth some exploration.

              1. re: MartyL

                This is the second time recently that someone used the word "transformative" when describing something food related. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what that means. Can you explain a bit? Thanks.

            2. re: baltoellen

              There's also a very similar Thai dish called khao mun gai, so you may be able to sate your craving at a local Thai place. (I don't know of any offhand that make khao mun gai--the last place I saw it that I can remember was the long-departed Cajun Bangkok.)

          2. Malaysia Kopitiam on M Street does a good version of this.

            1. Penang in Farragut North/Dupont. It's a chain but the food is usually good in my experience and I've had their Hainanese chicken in Boston. It's pretty close to the original that you get in Singapore, where my mom is from. If you go, be sure to get the roti as well, which comes with a mouthwatering curry dipping sauce. I also love their green beans with shrimp paste (tastes much better than it sounds).

              1. Penang near Dupont (at 19th and M more specifically) is good but very, very Americanized. it doesn't closely resemble the hawkers in Malaysia. Alternatively, try Penang (only the name is the same) in Bethesda. It's the most authentic version of what you'd find on the island of Penang in this area. The service isn't always great but that's also consistent with the best food on the island in Malaysia since, for the most part, the best food is outdoors at hawker stands.