Anyone who’s ever served in the Singapore Armed Forces would probably have come across the Salted Egg Yolk Butter & Butter Milk Chicken Rice from Jia Yuen Eating House.
Coming from humble beginnings, this hidden gem started out as nothing more than a food delivery business and eventually, after sufficient revenue was earned, decided on opening their first proper stall along Crane Road.
The menu here is straightforward—because their stellar Salted Egg & Buttermilk Chicken Rice is literally the only thing that people come for—but make no mistake, because for a dish as comforting and as tasty as this, who needs other options? You may think you’ve tried them all and savoured some of the best, but chances are you haven’t if you haven’t yet visited Jia yuen Eating House.
A glorious sight to behold, Salted Egg & Buttermilk Chicken Rice (S$8) is something salted egg fanatics are sure to swoon over. this one-dish-wonder features generous portions of bite-sized chicken pieces, rice and a fried egg with a runny yolk. The chicken pieces are first deep-fried before they are coated with a luscious and rich salted egg and buttermilk sauce.
Perhaps one of the creamiest and most decadent plates of food we’ve ever consumed, each bite was a combination of crunch and silky-smooth perfection. The nuanced flavours of curry leaves and chilli also helped to give the dish an added level of flavour but more so, to provide an element of heat.
Eaten together with rice, this is by far one of the best forms of comfort food around. Savoury, sweet with just the right amount of heat, we can see why army boys go gaga for this.
A much less saucy alternative—should the former be a tad too overly indulgent for your tastebuds—a great alternative is the Salted Egg Chicken Rice (S$8).
Evenly coated with salted egg yolk, the exterior is crusty and fragrant. We liked that it is not as rich and flavourful just the same. Our only gripe, perhaps, was that it was a tad too dry and became a little bit hard to down halfway into our meal.
Jia Yuen Eating House
13 Crane Road,
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Paya Lebar / Eunos