Is Hainanese chicken rice a Malaysian or Singaporean dish? Photo: Winson Wong Is Hainanese chicken rice a Malaysian or Singaporean dish? Photo: Winson Wong
Is Hainanese chicken rice a Malaysian or Singaporean dish? Photo: Winson Wong
Food and Drinks

The Hainanese chicken rice debate: Singapore and Malaysia both lay claim to it – who’s right, or are they both wrong?

  • Adapted from Wenchang chicken, the dish was sold in Malaya and Singapore in the 1940s, the rivalry heated up after they became separated countries in the 1960s
  • Nowadays, both Singapore and Malaysia lay claim to the dish. A history buff went to Hainan to find out more about the dish’s origins

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Is Hainanese chicken rice a Malaysian or Singaporean dish? Photo: Winson Wong Is Hainanese chicken rice a Malaysian or Singaporean dish? Photo: Winson Wong
Is Hainanese chicken rice a Malaysian or Singaporean dish? Photo: Winson Wong
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