Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice Demonstration

In my previous post on 26th October 2013, I was an invited guest to lunch at Mr. and Mrs. Teng’s cozy abode…

Hainanese Chicken Rice (HCR) is considered as one of Singapore’s National Dish. It is often served as food that represents Singapore at international expositions and global events abroad, not to mention Singaporean-run restaurants overseas. Today, I had the privilege of eating one of the most authentic preparation (along with other traditional dishes) by Mr. and Mrs. Teng, who used to operate Twe Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice stall at East Coast Road, in their home.

A whiff of aromatic pandan leaves and chicken broth permeated the air as I stepped out of the lift. I followed my nose. To the right, to the right. As I opened the unlocked gate, I was greeted by a smiling man with a head of snow. On my right, my makan kakis were already at the dining table, digging in…

If you are interested in learning to cook Singapore’s style of Hainanese Chicken Rice, watch the video below and click here to see the photos on my post in Twe Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice – Untweaked Tradition.


Many thanks to Philip Lim for making and uploading this video.

The Cooking Demonstration was conducted on Wednesday 27th November 2013 by Mr. Teng Swee Lan and his wife at their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Teng used to own the defunct Twe Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice at Fu Sen Eating House (228 East Coast Road).

Many thanks to the couple for their generosity and hospitality.

Happy cooking 🙂

P.S. You want to try cooking this (one of our national dishes) over the weekend. Make sure to get a big bird of over 2kg. You can re-fry them with oil, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and a little black sauce for the leftovers. Eat with steam rice. Yarmay! 😀

Chinese or Lunar New Year (CNY) is around the corner! Lookout for tomorrow’s post related to Reunion Dinner, the most important meal of the year to a Chinese on the eve of CNY. In a Haninanese home like my parents’ in-law, we were always treated to HCR while my maiden family would have steamboats for reunion meals.

Click here for my non-authentic but easy to cook Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe a la Sam Han.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe a la Sam Han.
See the carton boxes in the background?
We were moving back to Singapore then.
This was the last HCR I cooked in Melbourne.
I had prepared 2 birds and divided them into a few portions for freezing.
They were for Vanessa who stayed behind a bit longer.

6 Responses to “Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice Demonstration”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    Happy New Year! It’s year of the Dragon, right? I wonder if it will be a good one for me. I was born in the year of the Rat! Very lucky (and crafty!)

    • Sam Han says:

      It’s going to be year of the Horse 🙂 And yes Rats are always lucky (and crafty). In fact, all the “RATS” I know are my close friends (although I don’t like the real rodents) 😀

  2. Jessica says:

    Happy New Year, Sam! Sorry I’ve been so out of touch lately! Hope you’re doing well! (I wish I could say I love Hainanese chicken, but, alas, if I did so I’d be lying! Great post, though!)

    • Sam Han says:

      Agreed Jessica, not everyone likes HCR. My children preferred the refried chicken or roast chicken better, too.

      May 2014 brings you more inspiration and joy 😀

  3. Rörschåch says:

    That chicken looks sumptuous. Beautiful. There’s just not enough time to make all these wonderful recipes you deliver. I need more time and enough money that THAT means. 😉

    • Sam Han says:

      Hehe… Thanks Janet 😀
      The white chicken is an acquired taste. I have middles eastern friends who aren’t used to plain boiled chickens. If you ever cook this. let me know how you liked it.

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