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May 2, 2013 06:11 AM

A Useful Top 10 List--Hainan Chicken

Best Hainan chicken in Los Angeles. Courtesy Clarissa Wei and LA Weekly.

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  1. Jitlada's version looks pretty dry with that precut white meat.

    The version at Sapp is actually very good. I like it as much as the Savoy version.

    1. Too bad the "The Noodle Island"/"Ace Kitchen" variant is gone.. it would have done well on this list.

      Nha Trang (pic) ain't bad, but they leave the bone in, and the way they cut it made it so I ended up gnawing @ each piece hoping to get as much meat off as possible before getting annoyed and moving to the next piece.

      For green zone.. i've had numerous meals there where the rice and chicken are way too dry. That, and their sauces are strange and chicken doesn't come with skin

      1. I agree that Savoy is No. 1. I've tried the HC at a handful of the other places on this list and the common thing I have noticed is that the chicken tastes old. I think since Savoy is always busy, their turnover results in fresher meat.

        1. no Man Chan of Rowland Heights? (IMO closest to the Singapore version)...

          what disappoints me is the lack of boiled chicken liver and soy eggs options in LA.

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          1. re: dreamcast18

            Haven't tried yet, will go later in the week and compare to places i've tried in sg.


            I saw that they have hainan chicken curry rice!!
            Something that isn't nearly as common but also quite good.

            Now I need to make the trip there and try it.

          2. Dawns on me that Litz should have been included (sorry Clarissa!). The only Singaporean restaurant in the SGV. The fact that it escaped me shows how off the radar it is.

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            1. re: JThur01

     friends tell me Penang's Hainanese Chicken rice is pretty good too...

              1. re: JThur01

                I think they're more like a Chinese restaurant that happens to make some Singaporean/malaysian food, and not an actual singaporean restaurant.

                1. re: JThur01

                  Litz's Hainam chix, is a bit rudimentary and a rip-off. Golden Bull Noodle should've been included; 50% of SI's list shouldn't have made it to print (blog, whatever). Just because it's Singaporean doesn't mean it's any good.

                  But again, there's a deadline and a quota to be met in this era of Mo-Lists-Mo-Money.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    blimpbinge, TonyC, thanks for the details on Litz. Explains why it's off the radar. For me, it's more like no-lists, no-money. Some things just aren't ten-able (yes, a bad pun).