If you ask anyone on the street what Singapore’s national dish would be, most of the time, their immediate answer would be chicken rice.
There’s always a heated debate on which chicken rice stall is the best on the island, and the residents of Bishan has proclaimed Ming Kee Chicken Rice to be their star.
Space and Ambience
Ming Kee Chicken Rice is located at Kim San Leng Coffee Shop, a 5 minute walk from the Bishan Bus Interchange. There’s ample space both inside and outside the coffee shop, with big curtains to shelter diners from the weather.
Steamed Chicken (Whole: $27, Half: $14)
A selling point of Ming Kee Chicken Rice is their ice bath technique. The chickens are shoved in an ice bath and kept there till chopped, resulting in the ‘chilled’ chicken.
For a whole chicken, the portion is decent, with ample chicken thigh and breast meat. The dish also provides generous slices of cucumber underneath. The chicken is tender and succulent, with pieces of jelly snuck in between the skin and meat. The sauce that coats the chicken is light and not too salty. The chilled chicken is refreshing to savour as you sweat it out in our humid climate.
The rice ($0.50) is not oily and has a subtle chicken oil flavour to it. However, I personally would’ve hoped for rice with a more robust flavour and fragrance of chicken. Overall, the rice is quite bland.
The Bean Sprout ($2/$3/$5) is crunchy and heavily coated with the light sauce. The fried shallots on top complement the bean sprouts. I would recommend ordering this to go with the chicken rice.
The Chicken Feet ($2/$3/$5) is deboned and has a chewy texture. The chicken feet is also chilled but not slimy.
The Chicken Organs ($2/$3/$5) are chewy. However, the organs are a bit dry on the inside and bland. I would recommend skipping it.
To answer whether Ming Kee Chicken Rice has the best chicken rice, I believe it is deserving of the claim at this moment. The chicken and its sauce are balanced: it’s pact with flavour while not being overly salty or loaded with MSG (which leaves you terribly thirsty after the meal). The meat is also succulent and generous in portion.
Overall, I give Ming Kee Chicken Rice the following rating:
Space & Ambience: 3.5/5
Service: N/A (self-service)
*All photos were taken by me. This post is not sponsored, opinions are of my own.
Ming Kee Chicken Rice
511 Bishan Street 13, #01-522, Kim San Leng Coffee Shop, Singapore 570511
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (10am – 9pm), Closed Wednesday