Along South Katipunan (that is what I call the section of Katipunan past the Katipunan-Aurora Flyover nearer White Plains) on my way to work each morning — and subsequently on my way home each afternoon/evening — I pass by this new restaurant called “Chicken Rice Shop.” It is located in the same building where the Army Navy Burger and Burrito place is.
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I was on my way home this morning from a short trip to Tiendesitas in Pasig.
I had seen the restaurant being constructed since around December and was somewhat excited for its opening. As readers of my blog know, I have this constant quest for the perfect Hainanese Chicken and its many variants.
Anyway, as I passed at around 11:15am, I noted that… lo and behold… there was parking. Actually it was so early that there was only one car parked along the frontage of the Chicken Rice Shop and Army Navy. Please note that Chicken Rice shop actually only has 3 parking slots in front. Parking for me is an important factor for me to eat at a place… so I was not going to pass up this opportunity.
The place is new, having been open only 2 weeks.
The place is bright with ample seating. Although I can never understand how a place this big can bother setting up with no parking slots for patrons.
There were set meals, but I decided to go build my own meal. So I go got the Quarter Hainanese Chicken.
The waiter recommends the Nyonya Pai Tee…
And for my drink… I go for the Kuching 3 Layered Tea… whatever that is. I really didn’t know what it was, I just opted for an item that didn’t sound familiar. Well, it was either that or The Tarik… which sounded weirder. Anyway, I expected my tea to be something like a Thai Iced Tea.
While asked to wait around 15 min. My whole meal arrived after only 5 min of waiting. I guess being the second customer of the day has its advantages.
While waiting, I noticed that the tables had cards about the Pancake House Group’s Orange Card. I later confirmed with the waiter that the restaurant is part of the Pancake House Group. Interesting. This must be their pilot store for Chicken Rice Shop.
Here is my Nyonya Pai Tee… kinda like some vegetable fried dumpling with some chicken meat. It was very nice and tasty. Also very subtly crispy. Yum yum.
My Hainanese Chicken…
My soup, Chicken Rice, with the ginger and chili sauce. The waiter later showed up with a separate saucer he called “black sauce” which of course was just the expected hoisin sauce.
And of course the 3 layered tea. It was actually kinda good, except it was hard to mix. It seemed as I kept on stirring, the syrup at the bottom seemed to resist blending with tea. So I just strategically sipped it through the straw around an inch from the bottom of the glass.
And so how was it. The Chicken Rice and the Chicken itself tasted “authentic.” It tasted as it should… though I would have liked it with some salt… but that is my taste preference.
As I write this blog I looked up my post on the Chicken Rice Shop I went to in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (see post here). So based on the logo, décor, and color scheme (and the same menu items), I guess that the Chicken Rice Shop is a franchise of the Malaysian operation by Pancake House.
Anyway… it’s a great place for authentic Chicken Rice at an affordable price (you can see some of the prices from my pictures of the menu above). I would go back here… if and only if there were parking slots available.