September 13, 2017

Best Places to Eat Hainanese Chicken in the Metro

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  • Hainanese chicken is a dish adapted from early Chinese immigrants originally from Hainan province in southern China. It is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore. Hainanese chicken dish  is most commonly associated with Singaporean, Malaysian and Hainanese cuisines.

    Craving for Hainanese chicken? Come and visit these restaurant to satisfy your intense cravings and become an instant food junkie with these must try restaurants!


    Toastbox, under the same family with BreadTalk, is a popular Singaporean restaurant chain that has become a favorite breakfast (and more!) destination in Asia including Manila.

    Toast Box’s authentic version of the Hainanese chicken is soft and juicy steamed chicken which blends well with the flavorful and tasty ginger and spring onion sauce served with ginger-infused rice and warm chicken soup.

    If you want to try Toast Box’s version of the Hainanese Chicken, you may visit them at G/F, Promenade, Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila. They are open daily from 10 am to 1:00 pm. Aside from their main branch in Greenhills, they also have other branches at Trinoma, E-Commerce Building BGC, Greenbelt 5, SM Aura, and in Solenad 2.

    Also read: Toastbox: Southeast Asia’s well-loved foodie destination


    Wee Nam Kee

    Wee Nam Kee may be a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Singapore, but its Philippine branches are known to be sit-down restaurants where your family can share a whole Hainanese chicken, or two.

    In Wee Nam Kee Singapore, the soy chicken has always been part of their Hainanese chicken family. When they opened a branch in the Philippines though, they decided to keep the menu tighter and included Soy Chicken as one of their best sellers in Wee Nam Kee Ayala Triangle Makati Branch. Their soy chicken is slightly sweet and doused in sauce, perfect for pouring over your Hainanese chicken rice.

    If you want to try Wee Nam Kee’s version of the Hainanese Chicken, you may visit them at Ayala Triangle Walkways, Makati, Metro Manila. They are open daily from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm.

    Also Read: Wee Nam Kee at Ayala Triangle


    Tao Yuan

    Awarded as one of the best restaurants in 2010, 2013 and 2014, the restaurant first established itself in the Philippines in 2008 in Malate, Manila and has branched itself in three more locations namely; Cebu, Binondo and Newport, Pasay City.

    Their signature Singaporean Hainanese chicken is a must try. Boneless and generously served, the Hainanese chicken is savory and mild which is why it came with three different sauces; ginger oil paste, chili sauce, and oyster sauce which you can combine to your personal taste although we recommend mixing all three sauces together for a unique flavor.

    If you want to try Tao Yuan’s version of the Hainanese Chicken, you may visit them at 508-512 General Malvar St. cor. A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila. They are open daily during lunch at 11 am – 3 pm, and dinner from 6 pm – 10 pm. Aside from their main branch in Malate, they also have other branches in Cebu, Binondo and Newport, Pasay City.

    Also Read: Tao Yuan Restaurant in Malate, Manila


    101 Hawker Food House

    Located at Chino Roces Avenue, Makati, 101 Hawker Food House is the ideal restaurant for those who are looking for Singaporean food that can definitely fill the tummy but won’t break the bank.

    One of the favorite amongst the surrounding offices because of the quality of food and its affordability —  nothing fancy or complicated, just pure quality and goodness. There are a lot to choose from, but if we were to pick, our recommendation would  include their  Hainanese Combination. The special sauces that come with the dishes are totally great!

    If you want to try 1o1 Hawker’s version of the Hainanese Chicken, you may visit them at 1 / F The Beacon, Chino Roces Ave., Makati. They are open on Mondays to Fridays from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m and on Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Also Read: 101 Hawker Food House in Makati: Affordable Singaporean Hawker-inspired dishes


    Empress Jade

    Empress Jade is a modern Chinese restaurant hidden away on the ground floor of I’M Hotel in Poblacion, Makati that specializes in fresh seafood and savory meat dishes. This restaurant is operated my Ming Kee Live Seafood, a restaurant that originated in Singapore and opened its first branch right next to I’M Hotel on Makati Avenue in 2015.

    A great must-try is Singapore’s classic, Hainanese Chicken, which is steamed to succulent perfection and then served on fragrant rice with dips of soy sauce, grated ginger in sesame oil, and garlic-chili.

    If you want to try Empress Jade’s version of the Hainanese Chicken, you may visit them at Ground Floor, I’M Hotel, 7862 Makati Ave., Poblacion, Makati. They are open on Mondays to Sundays lunch time from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and dinner time from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Also Read: Empress Jade in Poblacion, Makati


    With all these restaurants serving different kinds of Hainanese Chicken cuisine, it will definitely leave you wanting more. Are there other restaurants offering Hainanese Chicken we need to consider? Share your thoughts with us below!


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