Yet Con Chicken Rice, Singapore
Wow - that was unexpected. We weren't even planning to come here; actually, we went to their competitor Chin Chin across the street first. Only on a whim did we swing over here afterwards (25 Purvis Street, 6337-6819) just to give it a try. We are so glad that we did.
If there were only one word that I could use to describe this place, it would be "character." Every aspect of this place was full of character, be it the proprietor at the front with his abacus, the old school yet air conditioned decor, or of course, the food itself: the chicken rice was unlike any that I'd had elsewhere. The chicken skin was lined with salt, pairing perfectly with the fat underneath, while the incredibly fragrant rice could easily stand on its own. The giant bowl of soup was garnished with pickled veggies and celery leaves, and even the ginger condiment was a delight with its layer of chicken oil floating at the top of the jar. The only thing I didn't like was the unnecessarily salty hot sauce - to which competitor Chin Chin got my vote on instead.
That aside, this place has instantly skyrocketed to one of my favorite chicken rice places on the island, perhaps even threatening my all-time favorite Tian Tian. Then again, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to compare the two: clearly this place was much more traditional. Either way, it was such a refreshing change from all of the other chicken rice places around that I really enjoyed it, and wouldn't hesitate to come back again.