Chicken & Rice of Singapore

Chicken & Rice? That’s it?! Don’t judge this dish by its simple and quaint title. This meal has been one of my favorites thus far!

Sometimes, I come across mediocre recipes. They get the job done, but lack more sophisticated techniques that are important for developing flavor. This recipe, though, was thorough and well written. It enhanced my knowledge and skill of cooking, and created a simple yet ultra flavorful meal.

There are several components to the meal, including a whole chicken, the broth created from the chicken and used as a soup, ginger & garlic rice, and a homemade chili sauce. I won’t go into the details of making the dish; you should read it for yourself. Find it in the Recipe Links page.

This dish was also special because of our guests of honor: Leah (sis) and Alex (bro-in-law)! We tried listening to music native to Singapore and had a hard time listening to it… We opted for the Mulan soundtrack instead. An all-around successful evening!

Ingredient List

For the Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken, organic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Green onion
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper

For the Rice

  • Chicken fat or veg. oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Long-grained rice
  • Reserved chicken broth
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt

For the Chili Sauce

  • Lime juice
  • Chicken broth
  • Sugar
  • Sriracha
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Salt

To Serve

  • Dark soy sauce
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber, thinly sliced

Quick Quotes

Leah: “Simple but delicious, rice had a nice crispness, broth was outstanding and light, and good balance overall of flavors.”

Alex: “Simple but delicious, but it had a nice kick with the chili sauce.”

Teresa: “Very good. Learn how to carve a whole chicken for next time, and I need a bigger pot. Organic chicken was worth it.”

Spencer: “Aptly titled. Chili sauce provided nice flavor and rice had ginger! Woo!”

Trivial Trifles

  • Singapore does not have a capital, but is a global city and sovereign state
  • The official languages include English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil
  • It is the world’s only island city-state
  • Nicknames include the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot
  • Singapore ranks high in business, technology, quality of living, education, social policies, and green living, while ranking low in drug and alcohol use, violence, and homicide
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