Can we get a good plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice at food court? The answer is Yes you can because Sergeant Kiang is back at the food court scene once again but this time with Kopitiam instead of the other big food court brand to impart and teach his chicken rice recipe to the staff so we can get a plate of delicious and succulent Hainanese chicken rice on our table. I am glad that Kopitiam has brought back Sergean Kiang and strike a partnership.
So who is Sergeant Kiang? Well in short he is the chef that created the famous ChatterBox Chicken Rice at Mandarin Hotel, subsequently Sergeant Chicken at Rasa Singapura and Jiang Ji Chicken Rice. After several different ventures that did not really materialized, it is great to see him back in the food scene imparting his culinary skill and recipe to the next generation who is keen to learn and continue the hawker heritage. I have to thank Ian for introducing me to one of the godfathers of Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore.
Hainanese Chicken 4.8/5
Roasted Chicken 4.2/5
I have not eaten the Chatterbox chicken rice because I am not willing to pay big bucks for a hawker dish and neither do I have the chance to try Jiang Ji Chicken Rice before it pulled down its shutter. Nevertheless, thanks to Sergeant Kiang unselfishness in passing down his recipe, I now can savour this tender and succulent Hainanese Chicken at affordable food court price. Compare to the Roasted Chicken, I still preferred the white one because of the layer of jelly like skin. This is simply delicacy that melted in the mouth. And not to forget the special blend of chilli and garlic dip that further accentuated the whole enjoyment.
Char Siew 3.5/5
The Char Siew on the hand was rather average. The sweetness of the char siew was lacked down by the missing charred flavour. Decent but not outstanding.
As Sergeant Kiang is moving around the different Kopitiam food courts to teach and impart his recipe to the different chicken rice stalls, he may not be always at the Hougang One Kopitiam. If you want to have a delicious plate of chicken rice, just look out for the sergeant brand at any of the Kopitiam chicken rice stalls. That means they are using Sergeant Kiang's recipe. Do also note that he has left the other big brand food court and the recipe there may have changed.
1 Hougang Street 91
Nearest MRT: Hougang (NE Line)
1) Alight at Hougang MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop along Hougang Central (Stop ID 64541). Take bus number 72. Alight at 6 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Hougang MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Hougang Central Bus Interchange (Stop ID 64009). Take bus number 116. Alight 6 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]