Friday, 21 March 2014

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant - Marina Square - Singapore, Singapore

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant

Singaporeans love their chicken rice and it has become to be known as their national dish. A humble and simple dish that is packed with flavour and is the ultimate comfort food. I am a big fan of chicken rice myself and it's a must have every time I go to Singapore, being reasonably cheap and absolutely delicious. It is readily available in many locations such as restaurants, hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts.

The most famous chicken rice restaurant in Singapore is probably 'Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice', with the most visited branch located at Maxwell Food Centre. Many have pronounced it as one of the best chicken rice stalls in Singapore and I have to agree with them. I've been there a few times having joined the extremely long queue to get a taste of their famous dish but this time around I didn't have the chance to. The line seems to be getting longer and longer, year by year. The post will be coming soon once I find my photos, I promise!

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice is an established chicken rice stall with 4 outlets in Singapore. We visit the branch at Marina Square for dinner and it is very quiet as most workers have gone home for the day. During lunch, the place is usually a full house with a queue. They don't only sell chicken but have a range of local favourites available too.

You take a seat at a table, then the waiter comes and takes your order. Simple!

The side condiments are placed on every table including dark soy sauce, light soya sauce, green chillies, chilli sauce and ginger. The chilli sauce was good but not great. It failed in comparison to the one at Tian Tian as it lacked that potency. The condiments make a big difference to the overall taste of chicken rice as they work to complement each other.

The two most popular items are the steamed chicken and roast chicken.

The 'Chicken Rice Vegetable Set ($7.00)' is good value. The set consists of a bowl of steam rice, plate of chicken, plate of vegetables and soup.

The rice was fragrant and had a nice flavour to it. It was cooked well in that it wasn't oily, soggy or mushy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you order chicken rice, you usually get the breast meat as the drumstick part of the chicken is more expensive and you have to specifically state that you want the drumstick area. Unfortunately, I ordered without looking at the menu properly and ended up with breast meat, which I've never liked as it is tough and dry. Luckily, the plate of chicken I got was nicely cooked and drizzled with a light soy dressing. The bones were still intact and yay for the chicken wing! The silky, smooth chicken was fresh, juicy and relatively tender thankfully.

As for the soup and vegetables, it was just that, soup and vegetables. It provided a good balance to the meal overall.

The chicken rice here is decent but not the best. For those who want to escape the heat and do some shopping, then this is the place to go as it is located within Marina Square Shopping Mall. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned so you won't sweat buckets. For those who prefer a view of the esplanade, then there is a branch just outside of the mall at Makansutra Gluttons Bay, along with a number of other great dining options.

I couldn't help myself and got a cupcake to have as a night time snack. Twelve Cupcakes specialises in hand made cupcakes that are baked daily maintaining the freshness guarantee.

'Salted Caramel Cupcake' is a caramel cupcake with a caramel infused buttercream. The cupcake was moist and not overly sweet, catered towards the Asian palate. Yummy. Ain't the packaging so pretty? Not the most environmentally friendly but it does its job.

6 Raffles Boulevard
The Gallerie

Phone no: +65 6333 9830

Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday
10:00am - 12:00am

Website - Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant

Website - Twelve Cupcakes

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