Enjoying Extravagant Chicken Rice

By Rachel Yeoh

December 2023 FEATURE
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HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE is an often-overlooked Penang hawker delight among its celebrated cousins like Char Koay Teow and Laksa. Chicken rice can be found throughout Southeast Asia (also referred to as nasi ayam in Malaysia) in one variant or another; in the case of the Hainanese Chicken Rice, the variety within Malaysia (and Singapore) can be surprising.Hainanese Chicken Rice originated from the Hainan province in Southern China. Migrants in the late 19th and early 20th century brought this culinary treasure...

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Rachel Yeoh

is a former journalist who traded her on-the-go job for a life behind the desk. For the sake of work-life balance, she participates in Penang's performing arts scene after hours.