Sai Wan Ho’s Chicken Rice – almost to the end of the HKT line

Posted: May 2, 2014 in food, lunch, snack
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I figure it would be a good time to venture over to the eastern side of the island.  It’s quite different being away from the hustle and bustle of the financial district.  My first stop would be the Sai Wan Ho cooked food centre, inside the same building that houses the MTR station, but the food options were rather limited.  Venture outside and one will see crowds of people coming and going from the building across the street.  One entrance is right beside the McDonalds.  Look for the metal poles that act as a gate preventing large trolleys from using it as a point of shipping and receiving.

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Inside one will find a wide assortment of food options, congee, rice, cart noodles, fresh burgers, fried chicken and anything Chinese but not fine dining.  The smell of hainanese chicken permeates the air, even amongst all the other food options.  The chicken joint has a long que waiting for their options.  Look at the crowd gathering.

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The options are broken down as follows: chicken rice with soup $20, chicken thigh rice with soup $28, half a chicken for $68 and a whole chicken for $128.  Sauce options: vinegar, soy, ginger sauce/oil and sambal sauce.  Go with everything together.

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This is their kitchen set up, small but the long line up will show it is worth the wait.  They are open every day and close around 9pm or after they sell out.  They sell out before closing so I suggest going between the lull after lunch before dinner.

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The final result.  I got the normal chicken rice option for $20.  They take the skin off the breast on request.  With the normal option, you can request specific cuts of chicken except the thighs.  They are more than happy to serve you the breast without a surcharge.  HK can’t give the breast away vs NA where breast meat demands a premium.  The soup has 4 chunks of melon inside and they confirm the soup does not have MSG.  The taste profile has the hallmarks of chicken rice singapore style.  They took the skin off so most of the flavour is provided by the rice.  The rice is made with the leftover stock after cooking the chicken.  The rice glistens under light.

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Seat options are limited inside that area so I would suggest taking the new purchase across the street to Aldrich Bay Park for al fresco dining.

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No complaints on my end for a meal consisting of breast meat, rice and soup for $20.  One is hard pressed to find a better dining option at the price point.  The cheapest meal at McDonalds will cost $21 and the chicken rice will beat it any day of the week.  Do not take the Hong Kong Tram from Central to get here.  The ride will take a while so unless you in the mood to play tourist, take the MTR.






  1. bluebalu says:

    Sounds great – did you order in English? They immediately understood you that you wanted to have a chicken breast without the skin?

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