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Malaysia's Finest Soul Food: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Malaysia's Finest Soul Food: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Although Hainanese Chicken Rice is most commonly associated with Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine, the origins of the dish lie in China. The dish is based on Wenchang chicken, a Hainanese dish created by early Chinese immigrants. Since its adaptation, the food has grown in popularity to become one of Malaysia's most favoured street foods.

The dish itself is very simple - chicken and rice. The rice is cooked alongside chicken stock and fat in water, intensifying its delicious flavour, whilst the chicken is cooked to perfection leaving it quite silky and tender. To top the dish off, the chicken and rice are covered in sauce - we recommend our Mak Tok Garlic Chilli Sauce - to give the dish a yummy finish.

Perhaps the most iconic street food rice plates out of the three, the Hainanese Chicken Rice is a traditional dish found all across South East Asia.

Two more types of chicken rice that you should know

Malay Chicken Rice (Nasi Ayam Melayu)

Malay Chicken Rice (Nasi Ayam Melayu)

Served with tasty chicken thighs and wings, flavoursome chicken soup, and savoury sweet chilli sauce, Malay Chicken Rice is deliciously simple. The appearance of this dish is quite bland upon first impressions – white rice held together in a ball surrounded by a few ingredients – although definitely a treat for anyone with a love of Malaysian food!

Melaka Chicken Rice Ball

Melaka Chicken Rice Ball

Tender and moist in texture, the Melaka Chicken Rice Ball is one of the most unique yet recognisable rice plates. These soft ping pong-sized rice balls are served alongside sweet chilli sauce and streamed or roasted chicken. Known for its sticky but smooth texture, indulging in this dish is an experience in itself. A must for anyone looking to try an authentic Malaysian rice dish.

Find out how to cook a simple Malaysian Chicken Rice Ball below

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