Yes, it’s that highly raved Michelin chicken rice stall with the insane queue.
Growing up in Singapore, I can proudly say that chicken rice is probably one of the few dishes I grew up eating. You can imagine my reaction when they announced the Michelin star awardees this year – I just had to try this Hong Kong Chicken Rice and Noodle stall.
I haven’t really been around tasting food from Michelin star awardees but chicken rice/noodles has been such a homey (and almost local) food in Singapore, and I’m pretty sure locals know what’s good when they have tried it. I decided to head down on a Saturday morning, with plans to arrive an hour before their weekend opening (8.30am). Obviously my plan was thwarted when I heard my alarm at 7.15am.
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle 香港油雞飯麵
Blk 335 Smith Street #02-126, Chinatown Food Complex, S(050335)
Opening hours: 10.30am – 7.00pm (Weekdays, closed on Wed)
8.30am – 7.00pm (Weekends)
I arrived at around 8 am in the morning (obviously nowhere close to being the earliest – the lady arrived at 630am?!) and there were around 25 people in front of me. The queue starts about 3metres away from the stall – indicated by a signage pole and a lady watching the queue – so please try not to embarrass yourselves by unintentionally cutting the queue.
To be honest, I thought the length of the queue (25 people) was rather short for such a highly raved stall… until the first few people in the queue ordered a couple of whole chickens ($14 per chicken).
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and maybe breakfast for the next morning as well ?
By the time it was my turn to order, it was already 9.15am. So I truly queued an hour for breakfast. As I made my way down the queue, I asked the female stall helper that watched the queue for recommendations on what’s the best dish I should order since it was my first time there.
“I personally prefer the roasted ones,” she gave a slight smile. “and noodles”.
A regular plate of soya sauce chicken horfun is priced very affordably at $2.50 per plate, along with the other dishes they offer – soya sauce chicken rice, roasted meat rice, charsiew rice, pork ribs rice etcera, My add-ons of charsiew and roasted pork added a mere $2 to my meal, resulting in a $4.50 protein packed breakfast.
The horfun noodles was slightly clumpy – probably because I did not stir it immediately (cameras have to have their share of the food first right?) but delicious nonetheless. I loved the flavour of the gravy – just the right level of sweet and salty. That being said, I would have preferred less oil in my noodle sauces as I felt a little jelat (sick) from the grease when nearing the end of my meal.
Lastly, I was also told that the queues get especially long during lunch hours, people were expected to queue for about 3 to 4 hours. Food also do get sold out nearing their closing time since you can’t really limit the amount of food somebody buys right? There were times where the queue got cut off way before 7.00pm so do visit the place earlier to avoid disappointment!
All photographs in this post are taken by Calvin. Thanks for the awesome shots!
Have you tried the Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken and Noodles? Do share your experience in the comments below(;