Is there any difference between chicken rice in Thailand and Singapore? That was my first question when I saw the Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice at NEX.
Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice began as a food stall In Pratunam district of Bangkok in 1960. It became very popular in Bangkok and Bangkok Michelin Guide listed it as a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019.
Let’s check out this famous chicken rice shop from Bangkok and see if it lives up to its reputation.
The interior of the restaurant reminds me more of a Hong Kong cha chaan teng with the brass dividers and pink neon words on the wall. The only tell-tale sign that this is a Thai restaurant are the brown motif tiles on the floor.
This is their Signature Thai Hainanese Chicken Rice (Single Portion) [S$4.80]. I honestly don’t feel that it is any different from the Hainanese chicken rice we have in Singapore. I wish the rice could be more fragrant and the chicken meat juicier.
Steamed Sea Bass with Chilli, Lime and Garlic [S$28.80] seem to be extremely popular, I saw it on many tables. Since I can’t really take spicy food, I ordered the non-spicy Steamed Sea Bass with Thai Fish Sauce [S$28.80] instead.
The fish comes in a fish-shaped steel plate with a burner underneath. The sea bass is very fresh and the salty Thai fish sauce further accentuates the fish’s freshness. If only they had cleaned the fish scales more throughly, it would have been perfect.
Homemade Lod Chong [S$4.80] is a popular dessert that is enjoyed throughout Thailand. Lod chong is a combination of green noodles, sweetened coconut milk and crushed ice. I am used to the rich and flavorful cendol so I can’t really appreciate this watered-down version that is lod chong.
Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice serves well-executed Chinese and Thai dishes at affordable prices. I won’t recommend their chicken rice but the steamed sea bass is a must-try.
You can find the addresses and telephone numbers it all 4 outlets in Singapore here.