Singapore and Malaysia both claim to have created the first Hainan chicken dish.

So, if Hainan chicken didn’t come from Hainan, where is it from?

Singapore and Malaysia both lay claim to creating the smooth-skinned, sweet, firm fleshed dish served with broth-boiled rice… but only one can be the victor

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Singapore and Malaysia both claim to have created the first Hainan chicken dish.
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Lisa Cam

Lisa Cam

Commissioning Editor at SCMP and Editor of Sands Style magazine, Lisa Cam enjoys reporting and editing all things about food, travel and anything in between. She also draws on years of banking experience to write business and financial articles. At the end of the day, she likes nothing more than kicking back to a good dose of true crime stories and cooking tried and true recipes from sticky old cookbooks.