Heartland Gems @ South West
Shi Mei Hainanese Chicken Rice
"The Great Wall of Gombak"
The queue for this Chicken Rice stall has been termed the Great Wall of Gombak!
Opened since 2016, native Gombak residents declare it the best in the West. Said to be a childhood favourite of millennials.
Address: Blk 371 Bukit Batok Street 31, #01-326, Singapore 650371
About Shi Mei Hainanese Chicken Rice
Opened by the deceptively young Mr Tan Siew Teng, the skills inherent in Shi Mei Hainanese Chicken, is actually passed down from Mr Tan’s senior shifu.
Mr Tan learned the skills the old fashioned way, from kitchen cleaner to selected disciple, to now boss of 3 outlets!
The chicken meat is especially touted to be really tender, the sesame chicken teases the tastebuds with its crispy skin, coating of sesame seeds, just right nutty flavouring, and a melt in mouth texture. The chicken is served on a bed of crunchy bean sprouts.
Their roast pork is crispy on the skin, succulent and juicy on the inside. Their regulars also recommend ordering tofu on the side!
What's so special about Hainanese Chicken Rice?
Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish that is uniquely found in Hainan. It uses wenchang chicken. In the past, when Singapore just started out as a trading port, many Hainanese immigrants came over, introducing their culture into Singapore. The major difference between the Hainanese chicken rice in Hainan and Singapore would be the stock used. In Hainan, chefs would cook using pork-bone and chicken-bone stock, on the other hand, our local chefs would avoid using pork for this dish.
Over time, it is inevitable that dishes such as the Hainanese Chicken Rice would evolve and include some local influences. The Cantonese significantly influenced Hainanese chicken rice. The Cantonese were famous for their pak cham kai which means white-cut chicken and this inspired Hainanese chefs in Singapore to adopt this style of preparing the chicken for their Hainanese chicken rice dish. As an individual eats each mouthful of this dish that is rich in history and flavour, it gives people a warm fuzzy feeling that is nostalgic.
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HEARTLAND GEMS @ SOUTH WEST
The South West Community Development Council (CDC), in collaboration with Corporate Alliance for Good Ltd (CAforGood), LDR Technology Pte Ltd (LDR), SG Digital Office (SDO), and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), are launching the first of its kind, Heartland Gems @ South West Augmented Reality (AR) Trail on 2 July 2022.
This initiative aims to encourage residents to appreciate the rich history, culture and heritage of the heartlands and learn new digital skills in support of the Digital for Life (DfL) movement.
The inaugural trail at Bukit Gombak comprises 15 interesting scenic spots such as the Little Guilin and local food delicacies at the Neighbourhood Food Centre. Through the use of augmented reality and QR code placed strategically along the trails, residents can discover interesting facts and history about the places and stories of the hawkers and merchants, enjoy little games at the various spots and take fun photos with 3D AR objects.
For the convenience of customers, there are coffee shops like Air Pasang, shops and stalls like Top Durian, and Sin Chwee Mini Mart which accept E-payments and allow customers to transact digitally using their mobile phones. Customers can also use their CDC vouchers to pay for their purchases.
Come experience this special AR trail now, and enjoy the heartland gems Bukit Gombak can offer!