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Weekend Food Choices Week 62: Delicious Hainanese Chicken Rice

A couple of years ago, hubby and i tasted the best chicken rice while we were in Singapore and yesterday the very same restaurant opened their second international branch here in Manila

We were fortunate to get reservations to Wee Nam Kee‘s soft opening because walk-in hopefuls were turned away and asked if they wanted reservations for the next day…

not exactly an option to a hungry customer! And the next day they would open their regular operations…without the 50% discount…thanks hubby for the surprise reservation!

the restaurant was pretty busy, filled with fans of Singapore’s best kept secret

As we were seated, hubby and i noticed the acoustics in the restaurant was pretty bad, our waiter could hardly hear us and our conversations seemed to drown in the voices of the other people in the restaurant.

Once i got over the noise, i realized the interiors of Wee Nam Kee Serendra was pretty nice, different from the one in Ayala Triangle

these bird cages reminded me of an Asian indie film i saw, the title which now eludes me

This is me pretending like i didn’t know what i was going to order

…but of course i knew exactly what i wanted

our drinks came first
Hubby had wanted barley juice but we were told we had to wait 30 minutes for it so he decided to just have their house blend iced tea while i had fresh lime juice, both of which were decently good

Hong Kong Fried Noodles
these noodles were delicious! good flavors with just a hint of spiciness

Cereal Prawns

i was a bit disappointed with the cereal prawns because i absolutely loved this dish in Singapore. The prawns were not a considerable size so the flavor just didn’t compare, and with almost P100 per prawn, this would not be a favorite of mine in Manila

Sambal Squid
we had initially wanted honey crispy squid, another favorite of mine in Wee Nam Kee’s original restaurant, but it was not available so we ordered this dish instead. This was a pretty good dish but i would still prefer my crispy squid!

Chicken Rice
we ordered the Medium – half chicken, good for 3-4 people

Hainanese chicken rice is often considered Singapore’s national dish.

Although it is often served with the chicken’s white meat (which Hubby avoids), proper boiling in a flavorful chicken bone broth renders the meat very soft and might i add, very flavorful!

Wee Nam Kee allows you to choose steamed, roasted or a combination of both. Hubby and i of course got a combination of the two.

I’ve always liked the steamed version better, though. The simplicity makes you appreciate the soft flavorful chicken meat drizzled with light soy sauce and sesame oils.

delicious with the perfect chicken rice
fragrant rice prepared with rich chicken stock

and dips

i like my chicken rice with thick soy and ginger while Hubby likes to add chili

Although some of the dishes we ordered in Wee Nam Kee Serendra were not exactly spectacular, the chicken rice was delightfully pretty good!

Hubby and I are definitely happy that we don’t have to prepare our passports anymore to get delicious Hainanese chicken!

Wee Nam Kee
Ayala Triangle, Makati, Philippines
Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Philippines
Thomson Road, Singapore


September 19, 2011 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | , ,


  1. oooohhh!! they have at Serendra na! 🙂 I love Wee Nam Kee — but I just find their serving of rice bitin! haha

    Comment by JodiesMommy | September 19, 2011 | Reply

    • i totally agree JodiesMommy! Its so tempting to order 2 cups straight away! hehehe!

      Comment by mrs lavendula | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  2. yep the chicken rice is Singapore’s staple food 🙂

    i love this dish so much. i think i gained a couple of pounds by eating this often….

    Comment by anne | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. I should schedule a visit to Serendra, the Ayala Triangle branch was a chore to go to.

    Comment by Richard | September 20, 2011 | Reply

  4. I agree, I expected a lot from their cereal prawns. Try their Birthday noodles! Soooo good! 🙂 Btw, have you tried Stevie’s HCR? You.Must.Order.From.Him! Super super good!!! 🙂 Google him! 🙂

    Comment by dyanie | September 20, 2011 | Reply

  5. hi doc! i love HCR but (obviously) i haven’t tried wee nam kee. when we visited singapore recently, we enjoyed it from tian tian in maxwell center in chinatown. i also had a plate before leaving changi airport, haha!

    i wish we could try these new resto in manila when we come home for the holidays.

    Comment by docgelo | September 20, 2011 | Reply

  6. I have yet to try Wee Nam Kee, the cereal prawns are crazy expensive though.

    Comment by Carlo | September 23, 2011 | Reply

  7. Wow ir’s look so delicious. I’m kinda hungry just by looking at it.
    I’m happy to see you enjoying good food.
    Love you

    Comment by Mom | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  8. The Hainanese chicken rice does look good. I saw this branch two weeks ago in Serendra but they were still closed. Hope to try it soon!

    Comment by Guia Obsum | September 30, 2011 | Reply

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