TOASTBOX’S HAINANESE RICE with ICED LEMON TEA, PhP 219+
Hainanese chicken rice is a dish of Chinese origin most commonly associated with Singaporean cuisine or Malaysian cuisine, although it is also commonly sold in neighbouring Thailand, and found in Hainan, China itself. So-called due to its roots in Hainan cuisine and its adoption by the Hainanese overseas Chinese population in the Nanyang area (present-day Southeast Asia), the version found in the Singapore region combines elements of Hainanese and Cantonese cuisines along with culinary preferences in the Southeast Asian region.
The chicken is prepared in traditional Hainanese methods which involve the boiling of the entire chicken in a pork and chicken bone stock, reusing the broth over and over and only topping it up with water when needed, in accordance with the Chinese preferences for creating master stocks. This stock is not used for rice preparation, which instead involves chicken stock created specifically for that purpose, producing an oily, flavourful rice sometimes known as “oily rice” with Southeast Asian pandan leaves added sometimes.
The dish is usually served with several dips, including chilli sauce and pounded ginger. It is common in Hainan to also offer a third sauce involving oyster sauce mixed with garlic, while dark soy sauce is more commonly served in Malaysia/Singapore. The Malaysian/Singaporean version of the chili are also much hotter, reflecting its Southeast Asian influences, and may also involve a mixture of chilli with garlic. Most dishes are served with sliced cucumber, reflecting the Chinese preference for introducing some variety for a more complete meal. ~Via Wikipedia
What was planned as a quick bite before hitting the grocery shelves in Landmark, TriNoma a day after Christmas turned out to be a heavy merienda for us! And if you’re following this site for sometime now, it’s no longer surprising! *grin*
My wife, Tina and I, including our son, Gabby consider ourselves foodies but also newbies on taking gastronomic adventures. We’re not that aggressive and still keep our personal preferences making every dining experience always fun!
It was our first time to try TOASTBOX, an Asian restaurant originated in Singapore that’s owned by BreadTalk Group of Companies. Another first for me was to taste Hainanese Chicken! Needless to say, there’s no way I can compare it with other versions but Toastbox’s actually satisfied my discriminating palate.
The serving of chicken was almost a quarter and was so tender and flavorful! The rice was just as tasteful. I enjoyed the chicken with its 3 traditional dips! I’ll consider ordering it again on our next visit with efforts to try other dishes as well.
Tina also gave her ‘thumbs-up’ to my plate but she was enjoying her bowl of soup as well.
THAI GLASS NOODLES-SEAFOODS with ICED LEMON TEA, PhP 169+. The bowl was big enough for two; it was served perfectly hot and never fail to warm our tummies. It has generous servings of squid balls, few pieces of sliced shrimps and its smaller variant with bean sprouts and some spices. Yummy!
Gabby had his favorite BreadTalk goodies and also enjoyed Toastbox’s MILO DINOSAUR! While Tina and I had Iced Lemon Tea and also shared Toastbox’s D.I.Y. KOPI JELLY.
ICED LEMON TEA was ordered with the entrees, D.I.Y. KOPI JELLY, PhP 80+, and MILO DINOSAUR, PhP 89+
We went grocery shopping after with wide smiles up to our ears!
Toastbox, P1 Level TriNoma Mall, Corner North Ave., Pag-asa Quezon City,