While in Balestier picking up our popiah supplies, we dropped by Boon Tong Kee (BTK) for lunch. Would you believe this is my first time at this restaurant? Yeah, talk about overdue. Anyway, this is the original BTK, the real deal and frequently quoted as the best.
Of course you must have the house specialty chicken rice (S$10 for two persons). Nicely steamed and laced with the most fragrant soy-sesame sauce, this was a good plate of chicken. Even the breast meat was remarkably tender and succulent.
When you're having chicken rice, everything must come together well - right down to the condiments. The rice here is moist, tasty and not overly oily. The slightly tangy ginger-chili goes well with both rice and meat and the dark soy sauce adds sweetness to it all.
The restaurant menu also features a whole host of Chinese dishes. We opted for a fish-and-vegetable dish (S$15). This was surprisingly delicious! Lots of fish, kailan done just right. The taste is fresh, clean and lightly savoury. I even scooped up the garlic bits and gravy at the end.
Boon Tong Kee at Balestier is air-conditioned, and service is fairly quick and warm (the aunties fuss over you and make you feel quite at home). The dishes are a bit pricey but it's quality worth paying for. Oh and I loved the crunchy pickled vegetables they serve upfront.
BOON TONG KEE CHICKEN RICE
401 Balestier Road
Tel: 6254 3937