Chicken rice survives the endurance test in terms of being one of Singapore’s national favourites. There is no shortage of it being served hot, fragrant and tender for enjoyment but aside from the most convenient stall-next-door, it’s difficult to agree on which cook did it right—because many of them do.
For Easties though, Jefri – The Original Botak Chicken Rice serves an interesting variation of the dish. Spotted in Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre is their rice that’s served in a unique shade of orange. Just next to popular mee rebus stall Inspirasi, it’s a popular stall that sells Malay cuisine and excellent Muslim-friendly chicken rice.
Jefri’s most highly-raved dish is their Nasi Goreng Ayam (S$3.50) that looks like a plate of fiery hot rice with roast chicken on top. Contrary to how it looks though, the rice leans towards the sweet side with a subtly spiced taste that reminds us of nasi goreng.
In terms of looks, the meat didn’t lag far behind the interesting rice. The chicken appeared delicious with a thick glossy glaze. Tender and soft, it had the familiar taste of roast chicken from chicken rice. The lack of bones made it hassle-free to eat and we liked that the dish was not greasy.
They also sell Mee Soup (S$3), Mee Hong Kong (S$3), and Mee Bandung (S$3.50) too if you’re in the mood for noodles instead. Otherwise, grab some kuehs for a sweet ending to your meal!
Jefri – The Original Botak Chicken Rice
208B New Upper Changi Road, #01-07
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bedok