For all the fans of Hainanese Chicken Rice, this post goes out to you. My favourite spot to satisfy my chicken rice cravings is Tak Chee House in Northbridge (check out our earlier review of dinner dishes). Often described as the best in Perth, Tak Chee's is the most authentic chicken rice I've eaten outside of Singapore and Malaysia.
Hainanese chicken rice ($9.50)
An excellent sign of high-quality chicken rice is the rice itself. You can see bits of chicken in Tak Chee's rice bowls and my friend would happily eat the rice alone as a meal. The chicken is deliciously tender and perfectly cooked, swimming in a wonderful salty brown sauce and sitting on a generous pile of soft bean sprouts. The chilli sauce is tangy and sweet, but I'll always order extra sauce ($0.50). The clear chicken broth isn’t too oily or salty, but on some visits it seems to tastes less flavoursome.
(If you have an evening to spare, bust our your Masterchef-worthy skills and check out our recipe for home-made Hainanese chicken rice.)
Bak kut teh ($12)
My friend and I each ordered chicken rice and bak kut teh to share, which is the Wednesday special. I have to go back and try the other specials, including Asam Laksa! I’m happy to report that the bak kut teh stock was much tastier than the packet stuff we use at home. The deep fried bread stick pieces were fantastic: drown them in the bowl until they soften up. Just beware, your friend may decide to eat them all while you’re distracted!!
Ice lemon tea ($4.00)
I only grumbled about the recent 50 cent price increases when I noticed the fresh-made ice lemon tea was double the cost of the bottled stuff. Oh well, it doesn’t hurt to splurge on occasion :P
Head to Tak Chee to try out their famous Hainanese chicken rice. They also serve roast chicken rice, which is the same except for the browned flavour-packed skin. However, I’m a chicken rice purist so I’ll advocate for the steamed chicken every time. Arrive early or ring to reserve your chicken rice on weekends or risk disappointment!
Likes: authentic Hawker’s food, fast service, casual dining
Dislikes: paying for extra chilli
Value for money: very reasonable, but don’t convert the prices to ringgit..
Overall: deserves its popularity as one of Perth’s best spots for Hainanese chicken rice
1/364 William St
(08) 9328 9445