I am sure many of you would have heard about the super expensive chicken rice in Singapore which is located at Mandarin Orchard. Chef Steven Low, used to be a chef at the Chatterbox coffeehouse in what was known as the Meritus Mandarin hotel (now Mandarin Orchard) along Orchard Road. Ever since he was retrenched by the hotel he decided to come out and start his own and its Mr Chicken Rice.
You will see his history and story with Chatterbox and some articles of him being retrenched and then starting Mr Chicken Rice. Many blog sites and papers has written about him and mostly a couple of years ago, if not more. Here iEatTravel brings you back here once again to savour this famous dish at a huge fraction of the original costs at the hotel.
The setup of the place is somewhat economic and simple, nothing posh but just simple layout similar to that of many fast-food restaurants. Having said that, the service of Mr Chicken rice is exactly what you will do at any fast-food restaurant. Choose your set meals or ala-carte dishes which is displayed prominently on the menu board and make your order at the cashier. Everything self service and lets skip all these and head on to the food
I have came here quite a number of time and I feel that the consistency of the quality of the chicken served is very good. Of course you might be able to find a few other chicken rice stalls selling tastier chickens, I find this quite tasty as well. Comparing to Chatterbox which uses COBB 500 chickens, which are the most popular broiler chickens in the USA, for the dish. Mr Chicken Rice's chickens are slightly skinnier compared to the former and its not as juicy. The rice itself is fragrant and not very oily (which might not be good for some die hard chicken rice lovers). The best of it all are the sauces. The spicy garlic chilli and the minced ginger kicks up a few notches to the overall experience of the dishes. You have to have these to enhance the tastes to it.
They do have several side dishes to choose from like the popular fried tofu and oyster sauce vegetable. Seems like they might have lose out on the support of local chicken rice lovers that they had even come out with curry fish head? Don’t get me wrong, the food is still very consistent and yummy just that it might not be the best there is in Singapore but its still very worth the price and taste from a former master of Chatterbox Chicken Rice that is the reason why this place is still filling up with many hungry eaters.
You might have been there, try again not, you can go and try it out yourself to share with me your verdict. Enjoy this lovely dish and jiak bah bah (fill your stomach)~
With over 21 outlets island wide, a place where you can tuck into the signature dish and a whole range of quality menus at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment. At Hans Café you will be spoilt for choice. Start your morning with Hans Set Breakfast, there are All-Day Set Meals and local favourites too like Pasta, Focaccia and Salads.
This is a household name where I’m sure especially for those who have grown up in Singapore, you will know about this old brand. They have popular local favourites as well as simple western meals not forgetting the breakfast sets which only till recently that I had got to know about. So what is your favourite dish when you’re here at Hans? Let me share with you some of my favourites and some of the items that I had tried
Aimed at the busy office workers simple english breakfast for everyone. Eggs are a must in their menu. From scramble to sunny side up and comes with toasts and some even have a sausage or my favourite bacon! But be warned, don't expect flamboyant cooking, if you’re particular on how your eggs has to be cooked, be sure to make known when ordering. We had our breakfast at one of the many outlets situated. The service is not what I would praise about but I’m glad that this outlet offers seniors a job but I think they deserve a better working environment too.
Lunch & Dinner
A huge array of choices for you choose from. they have daily specials, or you can choose from their megaload of dishes which I’m sure that you have a couple of choices that you’ll like to have. The typical western delights, where you can enjoy a steak at a very reasonable price, chicken chops with crispy greens, or fancy a good battered fish & chips? Flaky fish good enough for me and I have to say, the standard of the food varies at different time of the day and at different outlets
The local delicacies which brings most of the diners to this place. Hainanese pork chop (with savoury sweet sour sauce), Redang chicken curry (one of my favourite and its only available to some outlets as their daily specials), Hor fun is another must try with yummy seafood and generous gravy which might flow over sometimes. Or just a simple fried rice with an egg on top? You can add on to a set for most of them. The set comes with a drink, garlic bread and soup of the day. I’m a fan of garlic bread but for Hans, their bread is too hard for me and lack the strong garlic taste to it.
So what if you don't have the appetite for mains? Some of the outlets does offer cakes, salads, or even a curry puff if you’re here for tea.
Drop by one of them and share with me whats your favourite dish at Hans!
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