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Jun 25, 2014 04:36 PM

How to eat Hainanese chicken rice

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

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

    1. Amateur.

      Hainan rice is easy.

      Try Chicken 'N Waffles. With chopsticks.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

          1. re: hyperbowler

            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.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                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.

                1. re: boogiebaby

                  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.

                  1. re: boogiebaby

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

                    I do.

                    1. re: boogiebaby

                      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.

                      1. re: boogiebaby

                        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.