Thursday, April 2, 2020
Brother Cheng's Chicken Rice @ Wisma Atria - Recreating The Nostalgia Taste
If you are craving for chicken rice in Orchard Road, you may like to check out Brother Cheng's Chicken Rice at Picnic Food Park, located inside Wisma Atria. The owner of Picnic Food Park, Mr Cheng Hsin Yao, feels that chicken rice doesn't taste as good as before. Hence he decided to open a chicken rice stall to recreate the nostalgia taste, using his family recipe that involves both Hainanese and Cantonese techniques.
The key components for Brother Cheng's Chicken Rice have to be the specially sourced corn-fed kampong chicken. Each bird has to be between 1.7kg and 1.9kg. If you have noticed, the 21-day corn-fed chicken has distinctly yellow skin. Probably due to the feed, it has a subtle sweetness, juicy and tender.
The chicken is cooked using a mix of Hainanese and Cantonese techniques. The chicken is poached in boiling water until cooked and then immersed in an ice bath to get the characteristic layer of collagen underneath the skin. It is then hung to dry. Before serving, it is chopped and drizzle in a sauce comprising of premium soy sauce and sesame oil.
The chicken rice is available in a la carte portions as well as in a set. Each set comes with a side of Oyster Sauce Vegetables or Bean Sprouts and a bowl of Chicken Soup. A set for one person costs $14.90, set for three person costs $42.90 and $84.90 for 6 person set.
Besides the chicken, Brother Cheng also uses the king of ginger, Bentong ginger for their rice and chilli sauce. To prepare the rice, it is first fried in chicken fat and Bentong ginger before steaming the rice with fresh pandan leaves and chicken stock. Unlike other chicken rice stalls, the chilli sauce comes in a paste form, hand-pounded daily with bird's eye chillies, red chillies, fresh garlic and Bentong ginger.
As you have read, a lot of efforts and dedication have been put into the plate of chicken rice. The chicken rice here is indeed good, but for the price, I probably can have 2-3 plates elsewhere. Hence it really depends on the individual whether you are willing to splurge on a plate of chicken rice.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Brother Cheng's Chicken Rice
Picnic Food Park
435 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 67348352
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 11am - 10pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]