Boon Tong Kee got Nothing on Me

Move aside Five Star..Wee Nam Kee, Boon Tong Kee, Sin Swee Kee, Tian Tian... and so many more of you Hainanese chicken rice institutions...because mine can possibly be in the running.

I have been assigned to do family meal every tuesday at the restaurant..this means a HUMONGOUS responsibility to feed 17 people (including the boss) and making sure I don't poison them and trust me..you don't wanna disappoint. If you think that a classroom full of kids are hungry during lunchtime!? Boy...you haven't seen nothing yet.. let me tell you..the staff at the restaurant are like wild voracious water buffalo's, even before 4:30 (our dinner time) they have set the table, laid the plates but instead of sitting quietly like a church choir they walk in and out of the kitchen clearly trying to make a statement. This coming Tuesday will be my very first family meal experience and what better than to make them chicken rice?! ...they don't know how lucky they are...Oh by the way we have an aeshian kitchin (asian kitchen) exec chef and owner is Malaysian Chinese, the sous chefs are both taiwanese, theres an American born Hongky on garde manger, theres me, and a korean intern...

Anyway... (I needed to refresh my memory and brush up before the big day..) So It's clear that I haven't had the pleasure of eating chicken rice here in New York.. I did hear that a restaurant called Penang in ctown makes it but..why go there when I can make it on my own!? And so I went on yet another adventure to the back alleys of canal streets chinatown. The main ingredients are of course pandan leaves, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, cilantro, rice and a chicken! It is really very simple guys but it is the technique that makes the whole dish. I have made chicken rice ..or at least attempted to do so in the past however this time around the rice was perfectly al dente, well seasoned and the chicken was Oh my god...tender and succulent. unbelievable...





plump and juicy


see? the rice isn't mushy..ohh i am so proud


think it's comparable to the big names?? I think so!!

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