Holydrummer has been telling me about this chicken rice since the early days of the blog but I never really got down to Katong Centre to try it. However, lately I have been going through a chicken rice phase, (you all go through phases too right?) and I really felt I needed to sink my teeth into some nice, fat and succulent chicken thigh.
Incidentally, when I say chicken thigh, do you think of the drumstick? You do realize that, anatomically speaking, the drumstick is not technically the thigh right? The drumstick is actually the part below the knee whereas the hind quarters ie the most fleshy part of the chicken is the real thigh. Don’t believe me? Check out a bird’s anatomy properly!
Anyway, I realize why I don’t really like Kampung Chicken. In the normal chicken, the drumstick is usually fat and tender, but in a Kampung Chicken, the drumstick is really tough! So the only really succulent part of the Kampung Chicken is the thigh. Anyway, enough ranting about Kampung Chickens, if you want a well endowed chicken, this is one place where you will find some.
The Lao Ban Niang here tells me that they use only chickens that are over two kg in weight. So you can expect chicken that you can fill your mouth with. What makes this place unique is that instead of just having the coriander over the chicken, they give this nice concoction of fried garlic, chillies, shredded carrot and radish garnish. Also every plate of chicken rice comes with a serving of their soup-of-the-day which happens to be watercress soup when I visited them. On top of that, you get a free flow serving of 2 different types of Achar. So for $4, you can a four course meal! Which is why this stall gets my vote for Best Value Chicken rice!
The only thing I would complain about here is the rice. They use yellow ginger to colour the rice, so it comes out a eerie yellow colour, as if you have just spilled highlighter ink onto your rice. The texture and flavour is not great but acceptable. If only the rice had been good, this place would have scored much higher. 4/5
Best value for money Chicken Rice! I had half a chicken, 2 rice, 2 plates of achar and a big bowl of watercress soup with pork bones and chicken mid joint for just $14! Mind you, half a chicken here is equivalent to a whole Kampung Chicken!