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Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice Review: Try The Famous Bangkok Chicken Rice At $4.50++ At Nex

24th October 2018

Popular Bangkok chicken rice comes to Singapore

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Flatlay

When I’m in Bangkok, I never had the patience to join the interminable queue for a plate of award-winning chicken rice from Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice. All I had on my mind was to shop till I drop. Here’s a good news for die-hard Pratunam Market shoppers like myself – Bangkok’s famous chicken rice is now here in Singapore. Located at basement one of Nex beside Koi, the store replaces ThaiExpress.

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Single Portion Chicken

A plate in Bangkok will set you back THB40 (~S$1.68), but a Single Portion Chicken here costs $4.50++ for breast meat, and $5.50++ for the thigh. Served exactly the same way in Bangkok, you get poached chicken and cucumber slices atop a mountain of fragrant rice, along with chicken soup and their signature dark sauce.

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Single Portion Chicken Thigh

Three main elements make up this dish: chicken, rice, and chilli. The star of the classic trio was definitely the chicken thigh. The chicken breast was a tad too dry and I would definitely top up $1++ to get it changed to thigh meat instead. It ticked all the boxes of my dream poached chicken. The meat was tender and juicy, and the shiny sliver of chicken skin exploded with flavour.

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Chicken Rice

The dark-coloured chilli sauce came in a close second. Simply addictive, it was rich with umami flavours from a family recipe of fermented chilli, fermented soy bean, ginger, and sugar. Its deep and strong flavours, along with clean and light fragrance from the chicken, were a match made in heaven.

The rice tastes slightly different from the oily grains we are more used to. Here, the rice was on the drier side, and the taste of shallots were stronger.

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Stir Fried Basil Chicken with Kai Lan

Aside from chicken rice, they also have an extensive menu featuring other Thai dishes. My favourite was their Stir Fried Basil Chicken with Kai Lan ($8++). The Thai basil lent an aromatic earthiness to the crunchy kai lan. Its exotic and mellow fragrance makes it easy to finish this with a simple bowl of white rice.

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Chai Poh Omelette

When having Thai food, a good ol’ omelette is a must-order for me. However, the Chai Poh Omelette ($6.50++) here was nothing to shout about. I could barely taste or even see the chai poh bits. The only saving grace was the dipping sauce which was sour and spicy. I suggest giving it a miss. Order another plate of chicken rice instead.

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Steamed Sea Bass with Chilli, Lime & Garlic

If you have extra cash to splash, definitely order their Steamed Sea Bass with Chilli, Lime & Garlic ($28++). It was a whole hodgepodge of flavours that charmed everyone at the table. Thai cuisine thrives on mingling contrasting flavours into harmony, and this dish was just that. The delicate fish was sweet, spicy, and refreshingly sour all at the same time.

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Steamed Fish Broth

The broth was so tasty you’ll be thinking about it all week. Coupled with green and red chilli padi, and a dash of lime juice, it packs a mean punch. Be careful to leave the chilli padi alone or suffer a fiery death.

Ambience at Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Ambience

The outlet at Nex is a stark contrast to the outlet in Bangkok. They might have lost the gritty charm of Thai street food, since it is an air-conditioned eatery, but you can still watch the kitchen hum with activity like a well-oiled machine. Despite the crowd during mealtimes, they were nicely equipped with fast servers and enough seats to keep it going.

The verdict

Bangkok Chicken Rice - Storefront

This is a plate of chicken rice that can’t go wrong when you’re in Nex. Eating here can be budgeted at around $10 a head. Tasting like a carefully prepared home-cooked meal, Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice is a great place to bring your family to, especially if you’re looking to switch up from the usual zi char haunts.

For more Michelin-mentioned eateries that have arrived on our shores, check out Konjiki Hototogisu and Tsuta!

Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-05/06, Nex, Singapore 556083
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
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Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice is not a halal eatery.

Photos taken by Becky Chong.
This was a media tasting at Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice.

  • 8/10
    - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Pros
– Extensive menu
– Dishes were well flavoured
– Conveniently located
– Great service

Cons
– Some dishes can be pricey

Recommended Dishes: Single Portion Chicken Thigh ($5.50++), Stir Fried Basil Chicken with Kai Lan ($8++), Steamed Sea Bass with Chilli, Lime & Garlic ($28++)

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm

Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-05/06, Nex, Singapore 556083

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