After all the cookies and carbs my family devoured over the holidays, rice and sugar should be banned from our pantry! Haha!
That being said, this is not the time to be eating rice.
Check out what arrived at “Maison Epperson”:
Chef Ferdie Agustin of Hai Chix & Steak is a tease. Really. You don’t believe me? Read on!
He sent us a big platter of Hainanese Chicken Rice at a time when everyone is on a diet! O, di ba?
Allow me to break down the goodness of this dish.
Let’s start with the chicken.
The dish arrived cold (I assumed it came all the way from Q.C.) to our place. Luckily, I was home so I immediately tried it without heating it up just to see if the dish holds up to the beauty of the packaging! Hahaha!
The chicken fillet was moist and tender. The flavor was light and the smell did not disappoint — freshness!
Now, time to combine the flavors…
Let me tell you about the rice: it is the bomb! It was perfectly cooked. The grains were long and flake-y and the chicken broth flavor, in my opinion, was superior. Really. Tom, who rarely eats rice, had two big servings.
There are four different sauces that came with the dish. They are quite intense. The chili will knock your taste buds out so use it with caution. The ginger was amazing! It could only be from using super fresh ginger to get that kind of flavor while the oyster sauce was not as salty as the other sauces I’ve had — I loved this!
The other light sauce was my favorite! Feel free to let the chicken swim in this one!
Tip: After trying the sauces, I suggest that you hold the chili. To savour the delicate flavors of the chicken, stick to the ginger, oyster sauce, and light sauce as toppings. If you must add chili, use it very, very light!
The perfect bite
The caramelized onions did very little for the dish but personally, I like the sweet taste of it with the chicken.
Bottom line: Hot or cold, masarap sha!
Now, the part where Chef Ferdie Agustin is a “tease”: As of now, Hai Chix & Steak does not deliver. To try their amazing Hainanese Chicken Rice, you will have to visit their resto at CW Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Ave. Call (632) 6337966.
Thanks Chef Ferdy! Can’t wait to have more of your Hainanese Chicken Rice and I also want to try your steaks!
Shopingero/shopingera, visit Hai Chix & Steak now!