Midtown’s Singaporeon food hall Urban Hawker wouldn’t be a hawker center if you couldn’t get your hands on Singapore’s national dish there. Hainan Jones is officially our favorite vendor in the food hall, and we’re not alone. Wait times for their Hainanese chicken rice can stretch up to 45 minutes, and they’ve run out long before closing on multiple occasions. But if you’ve got the time, you won’t be disappointed. You can get your chicken roasted or fried, but we prefer the classic poached version. It comes out tender and juicy with skin that falls off like the ol’ bird just got home from a long day. The uber gingery rice and broth that come on the side are plenty flavorful by themselves, but the spicy chili and sweet sesame soy sauce help the dish realize its full potential.
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