Thursday, February 24, 2022

Ah Keat Chicken Rice : by a young hawker

Lim Wei Keat, 27, is the owner of this newly opened chicken rice stall at Bukit Merah Central Food Centre in early January. He graduated from The Culinary Institute of America on the campus in Singapore, training in Western cuisine. He decided to become a hawker rather than work in some fancy restaurants by enrolling in the Hawker's Development Programme by National Environment Agency (NEA). He started as an apprentice at Leong Hainanese Chicken Rice at Shunfu Mart Food Centre before venturing into his own stall. He is running the stall with his mother.

I decided to go with half of the chicken with the fragrance rice and a ramen egg. The usual chicken rice is priced at $4 per portion. The texture of the poached chicken was nicely done, still tender and juicy. I would not say that I liked the chilli sauce as it has a little too much ginger added that actually toned down the level of spiciness. And, it would be nicer if the ginger paste is provided for the chicken as the sauce is a little bland. They might want to consider packing the sauce for chicken separately for taking away. 

The rice has a slight fragrance of chicken broth and is not greasy. 

The ramen egg is not overcooked as it was still soft with a runny yolk.

am impressed as it is prepared by a young hawker that has only done it for close to 2 months. There is still much room for improvement, but overall, it is still worth trying if you happen to be near there for lunch.

163 Bukit Merah Central #02-35 Bukit Merah Central Food Centre SINGAPORE 150163
Operating Hours: 9.30 am to 3.00 pm (Mondays to Thursdays) 
/ 9.30 am to 1.00 pm (Fridays & Sundays) (Closed on Saturdays)

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