I grew up having Chicken Rice every time we would come and visit Singapore. However, I never really thought much about it. I liked it, yes but it was only back in 2010 when Paul and I finally found THE ONE. It was during our week-long honeymoon here that we were able to try quite a number of stalls and shops selling Hainanese Chicken Rice. Finally, one evening we tried Wee Nam Kee and right there and then we knew we found a winner. We just love the tender chicken meat which had a good balance of meat, a bit of fat and bones. It's one of the most flavorful chickens that I've had that often times, I would even forget to use the dipping sauces as I'm happy eating just the chicken and a bit of its sauce.
So, we were so excited to go back to Wee Nam Kee last year but were surprised to learn that the original site across the Novena Church has closed down. Luckily, they have reopened late last year at the United Square Mall which is more accessible to the MRT station. Before anything else, let me talk a bit about the service. I have to warn you that you won't be getting very friendly and courteous service here. The staff are always in a hurry to the point of them making you feel like you're wasting your time if you request for additional utensils or you take your time in deciding what to order. Majority of them also are purely Chinese-speakers but the menu is in English and with a little hand gestures and pointing, you'll surely survive. :)
As for the rice, I truly adore Chicken Rice. I know it's not as healthy as having a bowl of plain white rice but really, enjoying Hainanese Chicken with Chicken Rice just makes perfect sense. During one of our recent visits with our visiting friend A, we even ordered an extra bowl to share because one if just not enough.
We are such huge fans of Wee Nam Kee that we were also able to visit the one in Manila. I noticed though that the menu here is simpler while the one in Manila has more offerings similar to a classic Chinese restaurant. However, the taste of the chicken was pretty much the same so you are assured of enjoying authentic Hainanese Chinese Rice in Manila.
Wee Nam Kee is located at #01-08 United Square, 101 Thomson Road in Singapore. Call them at 6255-6396. To get there: take the MRT towards Novena Station (red line) and follow the directions to United Square.