Don't you just hate it when some half-wit posts tantalising pictures of seemingly delicious food, but then, incomprehensibly, refuses to divulge the name of the restaurant? Inane claims of "but I dun wan other people to know lah, because den there will be a long queue leh" ring hollow AF.
Then wtf are you doing, posting online and bragging about eating the "best chicken rice in all of Singapore"?! Sheesh, good food is better shared with all, amiright people????? And it's not like foodie gems are some classified information requiring top-level security clearance. We're a teeny tiny city state populated by foodies aplenty whose pastimes are being preoccupied yakking about food; truly good food will never be kept hidden for long. But it's safe to assume these muppets wouldn't appreciate the concept of "sharing is caring". Urghh, that 'kiasu' yet pretentious routine always triggers me.
Anyway...as luck would have it, the identity of the aforementioned chicken rice stall was outed by an acquaintance who'd openly commented so. And as we were in the neighbourhood, we thought we'd drop in to see what the fuss was all about, and whether the chicken rice was worth the reticent secrecy.
And you know what, I didn't think it was "the best chicken rice in all of Singapore". In the East, maybe, but certainly not deserving of all that confidential hoopla. I suppose, that bonehead didn't just lack class, he lacked taste too.
To be clear, there were things I liked about Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice: the old-school flavours, the succulent meat, and the superb soups, all of which were more than decent. And the air-conditioning, afforded by its premises in the basement food court of the Katong Shopping Centre, was very much welcome.
We had a quarter each of the roasted and poached chicken, a platter of boiled greens, a couple of braised eggs, and rice, and it all came up to a wallet-friendly price of $35.
The Chicken at Delicious Boneless Chicken was slathered in a surprisingly delicate soy sauce, light on the sesame oil, and showered with fried garlic bits and shredded carrots. I preferred the poached chicken to its roasted one, it was notably silkier and more tender.
The rice wasn't the most flavourful (Thien Kee Steamboat trumps in this regard) but it passed muster.
The Soy-Braised Eggs, drenched in a dark soy-based sauce, were commendable.
We had 2 soups, both complimentary. There was the evergreen chicken soup, sweetened generously with cabbage and carrots. I loved this. It was absolutely exquisite.
And there was the rotating stable of herbal soups, and our soup-of-the-day was a scrumptious Lotus Root Pork Rib Soup with peanuts. Although this was free-of-charge, it wasn't some half-assed soup, there was a depth of flavour evident from many hours of stewing. So comforting, I would return just for the soups.
Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice
865 Mountbatten Road
Katong Shopping Centre basement
Tel: 9789 6073
Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.30am to 8pm; Closed on Mondays