I haven’t figured out whether Hainanese chicken rice is a Singapore invention or whether it originated from Wenchang, Hainan Island. (Wenchang is the city where my grandfather was born in.)
My grandparents say it is the former.
Whatever is the case, I definitely prefer our Singapore version as the chicken meat is more tender and flavourful.
I have a sudden craving for my grandmother’s home-made chicken rice balls. I love eating chicken rice balls dipped in chilli sauce (also home-made).
One bite of the rice ball, followed by a bite of chicken. Plus other fixings like cabbage soup and chap chye.