Waitrose Beautifully Simple Hainanese Chicken Rice???Wahahah!

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The innovative and creative Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about the controversial…

MISINTERPRETATION of a celebrated dish in sunny Singapore…

The latest asinine “scandal” over FOOD, a subject close to all, except anorexics who prefer to starve themselves to death…is Chicken Rice-Gate! No connection to bill gates. Before this was the so-called Rendang-Gate ‘scandal’ {after the infamous Watergate scandal in DC which pales in comparison to the HIGH CRIMES and TREASON of slimeball obozo and corrupt killary…}. That was when a Muslim lady Chef in Masterchef UK was eliminated by a European Chef/Judge who did not have the FOGGIEST idea what Beef RENDANG was!!!! Wahahahah!

Big BROUHAHA over Chicken Rice!!!

Storm in a teacup or shall we say Typhoon in a rice bowl!!!! Wahahah! Now many so-called food writers and bloggers who I must add respectfully and inoffensively, and this is terribly but absolutely TRUE, CANNOT cook and are NOT trained Chefs…all these ”experts” condemn this “Beautifully Simple Waitrose recipe” for being UNAUTHENTIC, which it is. I agree with them, BUT what the hell do you expect??? WAKE UP YOUR IDEA! This is by an Ang-Moh (literal translation is ‘red hair’ in the Hokkien dialect) who has NO idea what is authentic Chicken Rice à la that in the famous and my favourite Chatterbox restaurant of la grande Dame of Orchard Road hotels, namely the splendid 5 Star Meritus Mandarin Orchard. Am I right or am I right? YES, believe me, I am right. Truth be told, there is NO authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice from Hainan Island the “Hawaii” of China. It was all made up by some clever dick Chef and became famous! SO AS WHAT MY CHEF FRIENDS TELL ME, WHEN THEY GET A REALLY DEMANDING, BOORISH, NOUVEAU-RICHE, IGNORANT AND UNAPPRECIATIVE DINER WHO MAKES STOOOPID GOONDOO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEIR CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY COOKED CUISINE , THEY TELL THEM (if they own the restaurant that is): IF YOU DON’T LIKE MY FOOD, PAY THE BILL, GO HOME AND COOK IT YOURSELF IF YOU CAN!!!!

Incidentally, I, The Travelling Gourmet TM am a professional Chef, trained by experts and 3 Michelin Star Chefs, Le Cordon Bleu, Ecole de Culinaire Le Notre Paris, CIA and more…I used to be a spy but it got too dangerous…:-)

The Oxford University of Culinary Arts, the Culinary Institute of America was founded in 1946…the other one was founded in 1947…

Without white there is no black.

Waitrose Ang Moh recipe

Hainanese chicken rice 🙂

  • Preparation time:5 minutes
  • Cooking time:20 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes

Serves: 2


125g pack trimmed salad onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal keeping the green ends separate
½ Cooks’ Ingredients Red Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lime,
2 tbsp essential Pure Clear Honey
1 pack 2 chicken breast fillets fed on an omega 3 enriched diet
150g hom mali jasmine rice, rinsed
40g Cooks’ Ingredients Hainanese Paste


1. Combine 1 tbsp of the green salad onions in a small bowl with the chilli, lime zest, juice and honey, then set aside.

2. Place about one third of the remaining salad onions in a medium saucepan, thinly slice the chicken breasts and add to the pan. Pour over 350ml water and season with a little salt. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and there is no pink meat.

3. Remove the chicken from the pan, keep warm and set aside. Stir the rice into the pan of chicken cooking liquid. Cook gently, covered, for about 10 minutes until the rice is tender and the stock absorbed. Add a dash of water if the rice is still firm and cook a little longer.

4. Stir the remaining onions and rice paste into the rice and heat gently, stirring for a couple of minutes to heat through. Pile onto serving plates and top with the chicken fillets. Serve drizzled with the reserved chilli and lime sauce.

Although no relation to the lovely luscious and yummie Chicken Rice in the Chatterbox of the Mandarin Orchard Hotel, which was created by my good friend Executive Chef Peter Gehrmann, it is not that bad actually…A new take and a twist on what is popularly regarded as Hainanese Chicken Rice.

L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu. 🙂

Baron Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Ignore typhoons in rice bowls! Keep calm and carry on eating! Wahahahah! ENJOY!


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5-Star Mandarin Orchard Chatterbox Chicken Rice to nuke North Korea for! Ich liebe es sehr!

Venerable award-winning Chatterbox prides itself on the hugely popular Mandarin Chicken Rice which has evolved into one of Singapore’s most captivating and celebrated local dishes. Other signature favourites include the Chatterbox Lobster Laksa & King Prawn Fried Hokkien Noodles.

Chatterbox earned the Hall of Fame distinction as a Heritage Brand by Singapore Prestige Brand Award.

Reservations recommended: +65 6831 6288 

Chatterbox Restaurant

333 Orchard Road

Level 5 @ Mandarin Orchard Hotel Singapore

Republic of Singapore, 238867 

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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