14 July, 2008

The Chicken Rice Company - Sakura Chicken


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I live by the principle that “Good Food is Always Sinful, and Healthy Food is Never Good” so much so that the people around me foresee that I wouldn’t live past 50 due to my impending heart problems. Enter The Chicken Rice Company that sets to dispel this line of reasoning.

With a special breeding technique using advanced Japanese farming methods – the chickens are reared in climate-controlled environments and totally free of antibiotics, growth promoter and chemicals. Hence a menu that offers diners a healthy rendition of the local favourite with no compromise on the flavour and enjoyment factors is born. The Chicken Rice Company is the only chicken rice operator in Singapore to use Sakura Chicken in all their dishes.

Opened in end-May and presently located at Newton Food Centre and Lau Pa Sat, HFB is honoured to be invited by them for a food tasting. The Chicken Platter for Two ($9 for ¼ chicken) when served has noticeably less fat underneath its skin – similar to what you get from Kampong Chicken at Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice.

No doubt one won't be getting that succulent gelatin, or jelly-like texture when biting the skin, the flesh is remarkably tender, succulent and surprisingly sweet-tasting.

Carefully concocted and subjected to stringent recipe tests, The Chicken Rice Company has also put together their special brand of Chilli Sauce that consist of quality Vietnamese Chilli Padis, and hint of Calamansi Juice. In addition, they also came out with a separate Spring Onion-ginger Sauce that is an invigorating mix of spring onion, ginger, garlic and shallots. Therefore one can either dipped their chicken in both sauces separately, or a mixture of both for a combination of spices.

The rice ($0.60) is pretty fragrant and although one does not really taste the oily residue when consuming the rice, I do find the rice slightly mushy – I prefer it to be more al dente – firm and grainy.

For more healthy options, one can also order their Green Vegetables ($3.00). Garnished with fried shallots, I find the vegetables really fresh and crunchy. Although I reckon some would probably find the vegetables too “green”, I personally love vegetables that are not too over-cooked.

Overall, I believe the arrival of Sakura Chicken would be a delight to the health conscious that has been shunning Chicken Rice for ‘oily’ reasons. With a slight twitching to their rice, I surmise The Chicken Rice Company will be a force to reckon with in the industry in time to come.

Stall 57, Newton Food Centre,
500, Clemenceau Avenue North,
Singapore 229495

Stall 18, Street 2,
Lau Pa Sat Festival Market,
18 Raffles Quay,
Singapore 048582


Disclaimer: No ratings would be given, as this is an invited taste test. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank The Chicken Rice Company for their generous hospitality.

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Precious Pea said...

Recently i have tasted Sakura Pork and cool to know that there are sakura chicken too!

His Food Blog said...

Hi precious pea,

Thanks for dropping by. Nice blog you have there - I love your pictures!

I haven't heard of Sakura Pork - any idea where I can get them and is the breeding technique similar to Sakura Chicken - i.e. the pigs reared in climate-controlled environments and totally free of antibiotics, growth promoter and chemicals??

tigerfish said...

I would like to try Sakura Chicken and Pork or a range of poultry/meat.

I would need to try The Chicken Rice company when I'm back in SG. Thanks for your recommendation.

His Food Blog said...

Hi tigerfish,

Thanks for dropping by.

The chicken is not too bad, especially if you are a huge fan of healthy eating - you wouldn't feel sinful about it.

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