Chicken rice lovers might be glad to know another Singapore franchise just opened at Mall of Asia.
I’ve been to Boon Tong Kee a few times in Singapore. Jeroen and I have even sat down with its owner to talk about taking the franchise to Manila about five years ago.
We got turned off because we both found the Singaporean owner a bit on the arrogant side. That and it’s not my favorite chicken rice in Singapore.
I ordered chicken rice and two kinds of chicken to taste. The waiter wasn’t the brightest, so I asked to be helped by someone else. The staff is really friendly here and love to do small talk.
Through its glass windows I saw that they could benefit from more cleaning around the corners.
The rice arrived first as a pyramid. Maybe Charice would love it. Personally, I prefer my chicken rice in a bowl or turned upside down on a plate—like a dome, not a pyramid.
Texture-wise it looked perfect and promising. But it lacked that chicken rice flavor in Singapore—when the rice is so good it’s a meal in itself.
The boiled chicken was excellent. Chicken-wise, this is probably the best in Manila.
The other chicken was fried to perfection. Crisp-wise, it doesn’t get better than this. Taste-wise, however, I think it lacked salt. But I’m not sure because my taste buds have been out of whack lately. Maybe it deserves another try.
Still it’s not everyday I go to Mall of Asia. I’ve been there maybe five times in my life. So maybe I’ll have to wait until a branch opens closer to us.