LOL NY Times – Hainan Chicken ‘Salad’??

LOL NY Times – Hainan Chicken ‘Salad’?

NY Times Hainan chicken salad

NY Times The Minimalist: Hainan Chicken Sept 12th, 2008

Hainan Chicken was featured in this week’s NY Times Food Section. Is it me or does this photo look more like one of Chicken Salad than Hainan Chicken – or maybe they just do it differently in LA? To give credit, the author admits he doesn’t know much about Hainan and that there are many ways to make this dish, which is true. However he also wasn’t able to name any places in New York to get Hainan Chicken.

Personally, I love the Hainan Chicken at the Malaysian restaurant NyoNya as Hainan Chicken is one of their signature dishes and it’s probably as close to the real thing outside of China. At NyoNya, they steam the Hainan Chicken with a soy sauce (and slightly garlicky) marinade. The chicken is served whole (not shredded) in a deep dish of sauces made up of the rich fatty flavors from the chicken skin and bones. To eat, you first ladle a spoonful of the sauce over the chicken, and then dip it in the spicy chili. To take the intensity of the flavor to a higher level, order a bowl of rice cooked in chicken sauce (you have a choice of chicken flavored, coconut and regular rice).

To be fair, I haven’t tried the shredded variety featured in the NY Times article. It looks great and since it’s skinless it’s probably more a bit more healthy in many regards. Either way, judge for yourself at NyoNya. I know you won’t be disappointed.

NyoNya is located at 194 Grand Street (at Mott) in Chinatown NY
212 334 3669
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