November 12, 2012

Yishun 925 Hainanese Chicken Rice ~ A League of Its Own

Some of you have the impression that I eat only atas restaurant food, as I blogged mostly about restaurants and cafes, but this is absolutely not true! If you are following me on Instagram (check out my web profile here), you will see photos of food which I enjoy on a daily basis. Yes lah, I also enjoy my bbq chicken wings, bar chor mee, wanton mee, among the many other local delicacies. One of which I do not get tired of is.... Chicken Rice!

As much as I enjoy chicken rice from the bastion of Hainanese cuisine, Yet Con, as well as big boys like Wee Nam Kee, Boon Tong Kee, to high end offering by Meritus Mandarin's Chatterbox, the one chicken rice place which succeeded too in capturing my heart is one which is not too far from where I live... Yishun 925 Hainanese Chicken Rice. It is located in the coffeeshop of Blk 925 in Yishun, just a few minutes walk from Northpoint Shopping Centre.

The first time my friend brought me here, he urged me to take the chicken breast part which is much healthier compared to the drumstick that I always prefer. I don't like chicken breast as I find it too tough and dry, but my friend assured me it will not be the case here. After much coaxing, I finally gave it a try and yay! the chicken breast here did proved me wrong. It was really tender and moist! Since then, whenever I try a new chicken rice place, I will judge it by its breast meat. Afterall, most places can serve a tender drumstick, but not all can serve a tender breast too, right?

Usually I will be here at dinner time, trying to reach not too late, as the chicken can be sold out as early as 7plus in the evening at times. Unlike other chicken rice stalls which hang up the chicken, this stall hang up the chicken bones instead. I always thought it looked like rows of white snakes from afar. Scary. Anyway, the stall assistants told me this is their tradition: "20 years already, don't change one".

The taking of orders is really systematic here. This guy at the cashier will ask you if you're eating here or takeaway, number of person eating and your table number, before taking down your food order. After which you pay, take the receipt, return to your table and the servers will bring the food to your table in less than 5 minutes! Talk about efficient fast food concept in a coffeeshop!

On the evening of my most recent visit, I ordered my usual chicken drumstick rice. A S$3.80 portion consists of a drumstick, rice and soup. Most places will charge you additional if you order the drumstick, but this stall charge a flat rate regardless of which part you choose. This is the only chicken rice stall I know which practice this. Very out-of-the-norm, I would say.

The chicken meat is thoroughly cooked to the bone here, with no sight of the pinkish blood which can be seen at some stalls which undercooked the chicken to keep it tender. Though this is thoroughly cooked, the meat is still very very smooth and wonderfully soft to bite. It is served deboned which makes it convenient to eat. The soya sauce which it is bathed in is also not too salty.

I like to mix the rice with a bit of black soya sauce and lots of chilli sauce. The rice here is pretty normal and not as fragrant as some of the other chicken rice place I've tried, but still palatable. The overall combination is always satisfying.

If you live in Yishun, or happened to be in the vicinity, why not give this chicken rice stall a try? I hope you will enjoy it, as much as I do. :)

Yishun 925 Hainanese Chicken Rice 义顺925海南鸡饭
Address: Blk 925 Yishun Central 1, #01-249 Singapore 760925 (Yong Yun 81 Yishun Foodcourt)
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 8pm Daily


  1. It's available at AMK too.

  2. Yo Kenny! Have u tried the branch at AMK? Good?

  3. I felt that the standard has dropped compared to the past years. (just a personal opinion, taste is subjective) =)

    Have you tried the chicken rice at Bishan called 'Ming Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge (Bugis Street)'. Its quite good.

  4. I was just introduced to the place last year when I moved to the area. But yes, it seems that the standard is not comparable to before as you're not the only one making the same comment.

    Nope, have not tried the Bishan chicken rice before. When I'm in Bishan, I always go for the braised duck rice :p

  5. OMG> 925 chicken rice. 1 of my fav chicken rice stall. eat it since young.

    1. I'm guessing you stay in the area lol. What else is good around there?