Sunday, October 22, 2006
Alison Eating House, Lucky Plaza
I don't know if this was the "Lucky Chicken Rice" that was suggested recently, but this was the only chicken rice place that I could find on the second floor of Lucky Plaza, and it was called Alison Eating House instead. It was tucked away in the back (#02-66) with a big red signboard and a variety of rather attractive Chinese-style roast meat hanging away. I was actually passing through earlier this morning and also noticed them getting some of the ingredients ready...with such a big spread of neatly cut scallions laid out on the table, I knew I had to come back in a bit for lunch.
So I did. And this one I liked. While they were totally stingy on the meat (and they didn't even give me any soup to go with this), this meat was tender, tasty, and most importantly, had the secret key to my heart: a hint of sesame oil. They also had some alternate hot sauce that was darker than the usual chicken rice hot sauce and lacked the dragon-breath-inducing raw garlic, thus creating another plus for me (I think the dark sauce was actually meant for people who ordered noodles from this guy instead or something). Sure, the rice was a bit dry too, but that didn't matter to me as much when they got the taste right.
Good enough for me. While it was clearly not a home run due to the shortcomings mentioned above, it was good enough for me to want to come back next time I'm in the area. In my opinion, this is the bare minimum standard that chicken rice should adhere to. Anything less (and I've had a number of instances fit that description) is not good enough to warrant a repeat visit.
Digested at 2:08 PM
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