Usually at Twisted Noodles, I order the Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Thai Basil Fried Rice, or Panang Curry – already enough options to keep me deciding for a good five to ten minutes. Pad Thai is a large-sized portion of noodles (almost enough for two meals for me, I think), Pad See Ew is definitely my favorite noodles but a smaller portion, Basil Fried Rice is an excellent fried rice option and also very large portion, and the Panang Curry has a great kick. But when I visited, I noticed something on their ‘Specials’ chalkboard: Hainanese Chicken Rice (海南雞飯) – and I knew that I had to try it right away.
Hainanese Chicken Rice is actually a Chinese dish, but it has become commonly associated with Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine. It’s basically boiling chicken in pork/ chicken stock. It is served with ‘oily rice’, which is rice prepared with chicken stock – when done right, it has a very delightful flavor. The chicken is usually dipped in some sort of garlic-based sauce when eating.
So, here it is:
The first thing you might notice is that the sauce is not garlic-based.. it was actually soy-sauce based, with some chili peppers. I’m not sure if that’s Thai-style Hainanese chicken rice sauce goes, but it’s not what I’m used to..
And everything else? The rice was my favorite part (well, I always love rice..) – it was pretty much ‘oily rice’ down pat. As for the chicken, it was slightly dry, but I guess with boiled chicken (and skinless, on top of that), what else can you expect? Haha. Nevertheless, it was very delicious. The sauce pretty much balanced out everything, making it a really enjoyable dish.
So if you’re heading out to Twisted Noodles sometime in the near future, be sure to try out this dish before it’s taken off the Specials menu!