Hainanese Chicken Rice at a Teochew Club

Seems like a famous chef who used to work at Chatterbox moved to the Teochew Club near Newton and started cooking up his own version of chicken rice and other local dishes. It was of course the signature chicken rice that brought us here. It was good! Check out the full complement of accompaniments with the chicken – slightly upgraded cherry tomato and japanese cucumber from the local versions, soup that had slightly less msg than the hawker centre norm, the usual trio of sauces and something surprising, achar.

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The chicken was very well done as not just the thigh parts were tender (that’s simply expected), the breast parts were too! The chilli sauce was just the right balance of spicy and salty with a touch of vinegar and the ginger sauce was good enough. Even though my default is not for black sauce, I quite liked this version as it was thick and not too sweet. But what I liked best was the rice itself. It was incredibly fragrant, and not just from the typical ginger, shallot and garlic, but from pandan as well. It was so good that we asked our white rice for the other dishes to be changed to chicken rice.

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We also had the bak kut teh, which was surprisingly for a Teochew club, the Hokkien version. It was very slightly herbal and the herbs sat back for the garlic and pork flavours to shine through. Good stuff, especially with the chicken rice.

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Other dishes worth trying are the laksa which was decently lemak and had well-balanced spices…

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… and the mutton stew which had excellent chilli sauce with plenty of chincalok in the mix.

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The home made tofu is not bad too, it’s a cross between tofu and fish cake, like ultra firm tofu with a fishy flavour. Worth a try.

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Just don’t order the char kway teow. It lacked wok hei and was pretty much a jumble of soggy noodles. Bottomline: come here for the chicken rice and try a few other dishes, just not the char kway teow.

Chui Huay Lim Bistro
Chui Huay Lim Club
190 Keng Lee Road
Tel: +65 6256 9672

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