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Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball

Address: Blk 111 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-366 Singapore 310111

Time: (Monday - Saturday) 10.30am - 7.30pm, (Sunday & Public Holidays) 10.30am - 5pm, Closed on Friday

Specialty: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Roast Chicken, Roast Meat

In-Charge: Mr Hoo

Contact: 62565348

Website: http://www.sbestfood.com/goodyear.htm

About Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball

Traditionally the chicken rice balls are eaten during special occasions, like Lunar New Year, Qing Ming, birthdays, and etc. In Hainan, chicken rice ball is known as "Fan Zhen", it represents family reunion. It is cook over a controlled fire, with chicken stock, ginger, pandan leaves, plus a secret family recipe. When the rice is hot, it is molded into a round ball (tennis-ball sized), which locks the flavor in. The rubbing requires some skills, it got to be fast, patient and heat-resisting.

In the old times, hawkers used to carry their food in baskets slung on a pole across their shoulder. It was too heavy to carry pots and bowls, so they shaped the rice into balls to make it easier to wrap in banana leaves and sell it to customers. Unfortunately this Hainanese food cultural art has changed. Today, most chicken rice stalls have replaced the rice ball into normal chicken rice (rice served with plate) as this is more convenient and less work involved.

I have learned the skill from my father-in-law. Until today, we still insist in serving riceballs as we wanted to pass down this traditional skill to the new generation. Otherwise it would be such a waste if this legacy is lost. You have to eat the rice ball with hands as it tastes better and brought back the old memories. Other than the riceballs, white and roasted chicken, we also served char siew, roasted pork and vegetables.

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12 Jun 2006 Mr Wong / Editor

We order a full set that comes with the famous chicken rice balls, white chicken, roasted meat, Hainanese mixed vegetables and pepper spice pig’s stomach soup. Chicken meat is fresh & tender… chilli sauce is spicy… rice is delicious… vege is tasty and the pig’s stomach is very well-cooked. Two thumbs up!!! All chicken rice lovers must try, highly recommended!!!

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12 Apr 2006 Mr Koh / IT Consultant

I was recommended by friends. I tasted and find that the chicken rice here is much much better than others. I will also recommend friends to patronize this food outlet.

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5 Feb 2006 Ms Elaine Chua / Student

Thank you “Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball”. I’m so glad that your website helps me a lot in my school project when we search for the old traditional chicken rice ball in Singapore. Now I have learnt the story of the chicken rice ball. Once again, thank you!!!

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21 Dec 2005 Ms Karen Teo / Engineer

It was one of the BEST chicken rice food outlet in Singapore!!! Whoever like chicken rice must try this outlet. I’m sure you will fell in love with their chicken rice.

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8 Jul 2005 Mdm Lee / Housewife

We used to have our lunch here whenever we passed by Jalan Besar. The white and roasted chicken taste very nice and delicious. My children enjoy eating the chicken rice ball too.

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14 Mar 2005 Mr James Lye / Student

I love to eat at this stall because they offered the best chicken rice in town. Yummy!

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