Chicken Rice Wars

01st January 2012



Chicken Rice is a rather contentious dish among Bruneians. Ask around and anyone would have their pick of their favourite restaurants serving this quintessential South East Asian dish. The rice being the defining element of the dish, should be fluffy, with hints of screwpine leaves, chicken stock and ginger that it is cooked in. The chicken should be moist and tender, while the chili dip should be spicy with that distinctive tang on the finish. Dominic Ong goes on the chicken run around town for a taste test.


Villa Mauri



Who would ever think of going to an Italian restaurant for chicken rice? I have heard positive comments about their chicken rice a while back but never took it seriously. For those familiar with the chicken rice from Chatterbox at the Meritus Mandarin in Singapore, savouring the Villa Mauri chicken rice would be a trip down memory lane. It's the version of chicken rice that most of us are so familiar with– complete with ginger and soya dipping sauce. The rice is well seasoned, fluffy and full of flavour. It is served with a very generous portion of velvety tender chicken pieces on a bed of lettuce, tomato and cucumber slices. It also comes with a mound of fried beansprouts – the crunchy vegetable side dish makes an appetizing addition to this wholesome meal, and a bowl of clear soup packed with flavour; suggesting the superior stock used. And to top it all – the chili dip shines here, a balanced flavour of garlic and chili giving enough zing to this well executed Asian classic. My only complaint – I would have liked to have thick sweet soya sauce as part of the condiments served.


Verdict:

Price: B$12.00

Address: Spg 369, Jln Muara, Kg Sungai Tilong

Phone: (673) 233 5585


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