Hainan Chicken at Banyan Tree (Union City)
One recent Saturday I went for lunch to Little Sheep at Alvarado Niles Blvd and Decoto Road in Union City. It was packed and I was hungry. Little Shen Yang was also backed up with customers, so I decided to try Banyan Tree, which advertises "Malaysian Singaporean Thai Cuisine", in the same strip mall. They had less clientele than the other joints, so it was actually peaceful and pleasant. I was promptly seated and ordered a Tiger beer, a roti canai and Hainan chicken.
The roti and beer arrived quickly. The roti was hot and freshly made. The curry dipping sauce was delicious, one of the best I have had in the Bay Area, and I enjoyed every bite. The cooks were busy in the open kitchen and the "whoosh" of the gas flames on the woks gave this place an interesting, industrial atmosphere. The other tables were being served plate after plate of enticing preparations (one clam dish made me regret my chicken order) and the clients seemed to enjoy them all. I don't pretend to be an expert, but my Hainan chicken and rice was excellent. The chicken was very flavorful and moist, the rice with a pronounced chicken stock flavor, and the chili-garlic-ginger sauce tasted freshly made, with kaffir lime juice. I ate half the chicken and rice and took the rest home for another meal. I asked for the bill and got a pulut hitam as a courtesy dessert. Beer ($3.50), roti canai with curry sauce ($3.25) and the half chicken with rice and chili sauce ($8.95) made for a reasonable value. I want to go back and explore the rest of their menu. Has anyone eaten here recently?
34396 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587
Little Shen Yang
1749 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587
1771 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587