The most expensive chicken rice in Singapore. Chatterbox elevates hawker food to luxury hotel restaurant quality.
Chatterbox is perhaps best known for selling the most expensive chicken rice in Singapore. Laksa and rojak are also amongst the beloved hawker dishes that are given the same luxury treatment.
Chicken rice is perennially mentioned as one of Singapore’s national dishes, but its affordability and ubiquity is a strong part of its charm. This might raise a few eyebrows if you are unfamiliar, but Chatterbox’s rendition of chicken rice carries a hefty price tag of $27 ($13.50 during promotion).
I had this at home during Circuit Breaker, so delivery is a factor to consider when reading my review. I saw Mandarin Orchard providing 50% off their entire menu, and I thought — hell, why not?
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It was without a doubt one of the better chicken rice I have tried. Portions were sizeable, with perhaps a quarter of a chicken and a good portion of rice, enough for 2 to 3 people — not quite an exorbitant version of your typical $3-$4 plate, maybe more $6-$8.
The quality was immediately apparent, as I indulged in the rice’s intoxicating fragrance and its supreme fluffiness that was devoid of any greasiness, even after delivery. A delectable rendition of rice that beats many of the most famous stalls.
The sauces were also immaculate. The dark sauce and garlic were satisfying and my personal favourite, the chilli, was addictively fragrant and gratifyingly hot.
Alas. The star, the poultry itself, was supple at parts but also slightly tough at others. Hardly terrible but rather, decidedly average.
There was no culinary innovation in this most expensive chicken rice, so when it failed to hit the mark the disappointment was naturally stronger. Suffering due to experimentation would have been a memorable experience for the most expensive chicken rice.
As it stood, playing it safe without achieving perfection was just morbidly anticlimactic. I’m not looking for truffle or gold shavings, but where is the basis of price differentiation if it’s not absolutely pristine?
Could mere rice and sauce, good as they are, support the weight of such a hefty price tag?
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Their hokkien mee ($28, $14 during promotion) also caught my eye and, as a hokkien mee lover, I had to order it.
It absorbed most of the stock and sported a slightly moist texture but with noodles still retaining bite. As a result of stock absorption though, every strand of noodle was potently flavourful.
Besides wafts of indulgent seafood richness, there was another outstanding element — the sambal chilli, probably one of the best I’ve tried. A fiery kick and delightful fragrance helped built layers of flavour in each mouthful of noodles.
It was finished with a generous medley of premium seafood — king prawns, abalone clams, squid and scallop, all fried skilfully, giving credence to its price tag. This was my pick of the two luxury hawker dishes from Chatterbox I tried,
Is it one of the best hokkien mee in Singapore though? Hmmm.
Overall, I felt that Chatterbox failed to convincingly demonstrate its raison d’etre. What makes these luxurious renditions of hawker dishes worth the mark up? Whilst both dishes I’ve tried were undoubtedly skilful in execution, I am not convinced they are the best renditions available.
- Address: 333 Orchard Rd, Level 5 at Mandarin, Singapore 238867
- Getting There: Alight at Somerset Mrt: approx 5 mins walk.
- Hours: (Daily) 11am-11pm
- Price Range: Approximately $15-$30 per pax