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Boon Tong Kee (Balestier Road) (文东记)

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Long known for its chicken rice, this operation haLong known for its chicken rice, this operation has expanded to include a full range of typical coffeeshop zi char dishes. Complement your chicken rice with some stir-fried vegetables or tiger prawns in seafood sauce.s expanded to include a full range of typical coffeeshop zi char dishes. Complement your chicken rice with some stir-fried vegetables or tiger prawns in seafood sauce.

Daily: 11:00 - 05:00

+65 62543937
$20 based on 10 submissions
Children/Family (4 votes), Dinner (4 votes)
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Lovely chicken rice and fried crispy tofu

Boon Tong Kee is, and always has been my favorite place for a good chicken rice meal, because of the excellent service, good variety of food, quality of food and comfortable ambience. Hence, when *Faye and the hubby were in town, this was the place to bring them for some local delicacy.

Then each had a bowl of fragrant Chicken Rice (SGD$0.80 each), with their signature Soft-boiled Chicken (SGD$15.00). The chicken was well-oiled but not greasy; it was succulent and juicy in its freshness. The pairing with fragrant ginger-garlic infused rice was good comfort food but not in-your-face impressive (could it be because this is Cantonese style instead of Hainanese style?), but nonetheless it was delicious enough we finished every single grain.

Next, we had the Spinach with Assorted Egg (SGD$10.00) dish for some balance. The spinach was cooked soft and tender, the gravy well-flavored with 3 types of eggs - chicken egg, century egg and salted egg.

Last but not least, we had the mandatory Crispy Fried Beancurd (SGD$6.00) with a gorgeous golden outlook, a very crispy exterior and melt-in-your-mouth interior, like molasses literally. The palate loves it - imagine biting into something that literally crumbles and melts in your mouth in a heap of deliciousness; the sensation was simply amazing.

For full review and more photographs, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/12/lunch-at-boon-tong-kee-chicken-rice.html

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• 31 Dec 2014 • 442 reviews • 7 followers

Lovely chicken rice and fried crispy tofu

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Boon Tong Kee is, and always has been my favorite place for a good chicken rice meal, because of the excellent service, good variety of food, quality of food and comfortable ambience. Hence, when *Faye and the hubby were in town, this was the place to bring them for some local delicacy.

Then each had a bowl of fragrant Chicken Rice (SGD$0.80 each), with their signature Soft-boiled Chicken (SGD$15.00). The chicken was well-oiled but not greasy; it was succulent and juicy in its freshness. The pairing with fragrant ginger-garlic infused rice was good comfort food but not in-your-face impressive (could it be because this is Cantonese style instead of Hainanese style?), but nonetheless it was delicious enough we finished every single grain.

Next, we had the Spinach with Assorted Egg (SGD$10.00) dish for some balance. The spinach was cooked soft and tender, the gravy well-flavored with 3 types of eggs - chicken egg, century egg and salted egg.

Last but not least, we had the mandatory Crispy Fried Beancurd (SGD$6.00) with a gorgeous golden outlook, a very crispy exterior and melt-in-your-mouth interior, like molasses literally. The palate loves it - imagine biting into something that literally crumbles and melts in your mouth in a heap of deliciousness; the sensation was simply amazing.

For full review and more photographs, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/12/lunch-at-boon-tong-kee-chicken-rice.html
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• 30 Nov 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

nice food

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the chicken is nice but it will be better if it is hot. spinach with 3 kind of eggs is very good.
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• 13 Jun 2014 • 272 reviews • 1 follower

Great Lunch @ Boon Tong Kee Balestier on 13Jun2014

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See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2014/06/13/great-lunch-boon-tong-kee-balestier-on-13jun2014/

a good friend had a S$10 boon tong kee voucher to use & invited us for a 3pax lunch at the balestier branch. this a restaurant with 31 years history. :-) the stall at chinatown was started by a thian boon hua in 1979. and the very first btk restaurant opened at balestier road in 1983. 
my friend wanted to book btk at 1pm (as we were all watching world cup soccer opener brazil vs croatia) but it was fully booked. we decided to go early instead at 11.45am, also there were limited kampong chicken so better to be early. 
there is a huge carpark just behind balestier food centre which is adjacent to btk.
we got ourselves a table. the place was aircon-ed. it was full & a queue soon formed outside. about 3 tables were reserved for tourist busload!
my friend ordered 4 dishes.
#1 kampong chicken was very good, though my friend the connoisseur felt it was not as good as usual. for me it was very good, smooth, sweet & not so fatty. & the rice was very good, flavourful & not too oily. the thinly chopped ginger oil dip was excellent! 
#2 the chicken liver & gizzard were ok. i am partial though to chicken intestine which was not offered at this btk branch.
#3 the bean curd with jing bai (津白) chinese cabbage was very good too, especially the beam curd!
#4 the hk steamed cod fish with wood fungus (木耳) was excellent, the best. 
the meal came to S$84 for 3pax including 3 barley drink (S$2.20 each) before using the S$10 voucher. it was not cheap but it was really a very good meal for me.
btk is more like a zi char than just a chicken rice stall. i don’t take so much chicken rice these days but this was really good relative to many good neighbourhood chicken rice stalls like the ones i had at tanglin halt & 6th avenue. i will certainly come back both for the chicken rice & also the zi char dishes.
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