>> Dec 20, 2010
Initially, I wanted to go to Chatterbox (Meritus Mandarin) to have their famous (or rather infamously priced chicken rice and lobster laksa). Alas, someone wanted to treat us. Hence being a very nice guest, we opted for a more reasonably priced chicken rice place.
A couple of years back, Malaysia had a dispute with Singapore over the origination of a couple of prominent hawker food (eg: Bak Kut Teh), I am not sure if chicken rice was on that list as well, but frankly, I can't be bothered. As long as the food taste good, who cares where it comes from.
This is my 2nd visit to Boon Tong Kee so far. This time round, we were seated on the ground floor. A waitress took our order. Service was quite efficient.
The chili sauce differed a little from what we get back home. The chili sauce here was solely garlic, ginger and red chilies. I prefer my chicken rice chili slightly sourish, as served around KL.
The chicken was served with some pickles on the side. The chicken was rather ordinary. They were quite stingy with the sauce.
The Kai Lan was boiled and then topped with oyster sauce and fried shallots. Nothing exceptional about this dish.
The seafood claypot came with abalones, large scallops, giant prawns and fish bladder. Tastewise, it was rather similar to any random restaurant in KL that serves this dish. What impressed me was the quality of the ingredients used for the dish. I was rather impressed with the dish.
The rice wasn't great. Texture wise, it wasn't fluffy and soft. In fact, I would say it leaned closer towards the hard side.
All in all, ordinary chicken rice at a slightly steeper price. The dinner came up to a total of SGD111.10. Frankly, I regretted not trying the chicken rice at MO. My conclusion is, ordinary chicken rice at a reasonable price.
*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
Map to Boon Tong Kee (River Valley road)
425 River Valley Road,
Telephone number: +65 6736 3213
Weekdays: 11.30am – 2am
Weekends: 11.30am – 4am