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A Useful Top 10 List--Hainan Chicken

Chandavkl May 2, 2013 06:11 AM

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


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  1. Porthos RE: Chandavkl May 2, 2013 07:34 AM

    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. blimpbinge RE: Chandavkl May 2, 2013 09:01 AM

      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

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        Ernie RE: Chandavkl May 2, 2013 06:26 PM

        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.

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          dreamcast18 RE: Chandavkl May 3, 2013 09:14 AM

          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
            blimpbinge RE: dreamcast18 May 3, 2013 09:44 AM

            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.

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            JThur01 RE: Chandavkl May 3, 2013 11:44 AM

            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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              dreamcast18 RE: JThur01 May 3, 2013 12:46 PM

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

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                blimpbinge RE: JThur01 May 3, 2013 01:41 PM

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

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                  TonyC RE: JThur01 May 3, 2013 11:12 PM

                  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.

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                    JThur01 RE: TonyC May 4, 2013 12:29 AM

                    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).

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