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How to eat Hainanese chicken rice

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hyperbowler Jun 25, 2014 04:36 PM

Is there some sort of ritual to eating this dish and what you're supposed to get in a mouthful?

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    wattacetti RE: hyperbowler Jun 25, 2014 08:31 PM

    No, it's whatever combination that you like between the plate and your piehole.

    1. ipsedixit RE: hyperbowler Jun 25, 2014 08:59 PM

      Amateur.

      Hainan rice is easy.

      Try Chicken 'N Waffles. With chopsticks.

      1. Chemicalkinetics RE: hyperbowler Jun 25, 2014 10:24 PM

        What is the problem here?

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          hyperbowler RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 25, 2014 11:06 PM

          I wasn't sure whether the rice and chicken pieces were intended to be eaten together or separately.

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            Chemicalkinetics RE: hyperbowler Jun 25, 2014 11:53 PM

            Oh I see. I don't think there is absolute correct way. Many do eat the chicken piece and the rice in separate bites: e.g. one bite chicken, then one bite rice. If it is bone-in chicken, then you definitely eat them separately.

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              hyperbowler RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 26, 2014 06:21 AM

              Thanks!

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                boogiebaby RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 26, 2014 02:15 PM

                I wouldn't say bone in chicken has to be eaten separately. I've only had Chicken Rice in Singapore and Malaysia (many many times), plus I make it at home, but it's almost always bone-in chicken. You use your fork and spoon (because that's what you use to eat Asian style!) to pull the meat off the bone and then mix the chicken with the rice along with a little bit of sauce, use your fork to push it onto your spoon, and pop the whole thing in your mouth.

                I've never seen anyone take one bite of rice, then pick up the chicken and take a bite of it separately.

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                  limster RE: boogiebaby Jun 26, 2014 03:21 PM

                  Yep - chicken and rice are eaten together, along with the chilli sauce, ginger and chive and dark sticky soy sauce. Punctuated by spoonfuls of chicken broth.

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                    Chemicalkinetics RE: boogiebaby Jun 26, 2014 04:05 PM

                    <I've never seen anyone take one bite of rice, then pick up the chicken and take a bite of it separately.>

                    I do.

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                      michele cindy RE: boogiebaby Jun 28, 2014 03:17 AM

                      Would you share your recipe on home cooking page? Or post a link to a good rendition? I've only had it when dining out but would love to make at home.

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                        Uncle Yabai RE: boogiebaby Jun 30, 2014 03:40 AM

                        You could eat it any way you'd want, but this is the way I eat it, and seems to be widely adopted in Singapore and Malaysia. So I'll assume that's the "standard" way.

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