Boon Tong Kee
399, 401 & 403 Balestier Rd (Map) https://boontongkee.com.sg/ Mon – Fri: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 12am Sat & PH: 11am – 12am, Sun: 11am – 11pm
This is possibly the most iconic name in modern day chicken rice history here after the legendary and now defunct Swee Kee at Middle Road. They began as a hawker decades ago but now have central kitchen operations with many outlets (currently 8). But most of the artisanal work is still practiced at the stalls, like making the rice and the fine art of chopping the chicken (theirs come chunky, soft, smooth and confidently chopped). Their rice has a bold chicken stock and garlic flavour and it's contained with sharp tangy chilli sauce. Drizzle some of the thick soy sauce over for a sweet smoky soy sauce accent and dip the chicken pieces into the ginger sauce too.
Lee Fun Nam Kee
94 Lor 4 Toa Payoh #01-04 (Map) http://leefunnamkee.com/ 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 9pm Daily
They have historical ties to yet another famous brand Wee Nam Kee, but Lee Fun Nam Kee had been around way longer. They are also famous for their soy sauce chicken but their good' ol’ white poached chicken is our shoutout here. They, like all good chicken rice stalls, use a bigger (around 2kg) chicken and the result is chunky, softly resilient, smooth and silky pieces of chicken doused with their own-blended soy sauce. The rice is boldly flavoured with chicken stock and has a mild al dente-ness to it. They offer a menu of family favourite cze cha dishes to go with the meal. They have a young third generation, celebrity Chef Genevieve Lee, who now helps helm the place with her parents.
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