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,



    1. milo dino and seafood noodles may not be a perfect pair but who cares? for as long as there’s craving, then by all means, go ahead; find that gastric satisfaction! lol.

  1. Doc, tumaba na naman ako niyan nang mabasa ko ang blog mo hehehe. Parang ang sarap ng chicken, parang Ysabela’s chicken (ni Judy Ann Santos) hehehe. I will try that sa Trinoma pag umuwi ako at medyo malapit sa amin yan hehehe at yun mga drinks nilang parang ang sarap din hmmmm tsalap talaga tumambay dito.

    1. you know you’re always welcome to swing here, sardz.. but i think hainanese chicken from the one shown in judy anne’s teleserye (huli, nanonood with tina!!! blame her, she idolizes juday! lol) seriously, that chicken’s a bit sour for my tongue but hainanese is just right. in fact, it’s so flexible with those dips!

    1. wow, you’ve already tasted closest to authentic (if not the original) hainanese chix, dyanie! never been to singapore, but who knows, perhaps next year? *wishful thinking* 😀

  2. I’ve tried toastbox in singapore and their peanut butter toast is so good! I wanna try the Pinoy franchise though. pero I’ve seen it in Trinoma lang? 😦

    I love Hainanese Chicken Rice. I never miss eating that in SIngapore.. although there, they have the option to have the chicken roasted (w/c my sis prefers) 😀 Hehe, oh that noodle soup looks good too.. and price is cheap if it’s good for two! 😀

    thanks for this reco.

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