My favorite places for Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore are Boon Tong Kee, Chatterbox in Meritus Mandarin along Orchard, and Wee Nam Kee (WNK for short) in Novena. Finally, Wee Nam Kee is opening in Manila this November, tucked inside the Ayala Triangle Gardens.
In Manila, Tao Yuan is the undisputed king of Hainanese Chicken Rice but you have to pay P450+ for 1/2 chicken and order a separate serving of chicken rice for P100+. Wee Nam Kee's Hainanese Chicken will debut at a price point of only P170+. The price of Shiok but with the quality of Tao Yuan -- how can you beat that?
Foodies are definitely excited to welcome The Best Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore, now in Manila!
Every time we go to Singapore, I make it a point to ride a train to Novena Station. Novena is very special to me because the P&G Singapore headquarters are based there, and we would often visit the office at least once a year.
To go to Wee Nam Kee in Novena, you have to walk and cross the pedestrian overpass (where the photo above was taken, with a view of the P&G Singapore HQ).
My last visit to Wee Nam Kee was last September 28, 2009 when we visited Singapore for the Take Me to the Philippines campaign of apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas. I really miss it already, especially since we have a lot of ho-hum Hainanese chicken rice available in the metro.
Arvind Mathur, one of my Indian friends in P&G, is a foodie. We would usually meet in Wee Nam Kee to catch up on life in and after P&G. He loves Hainanese Chicken Rice as well and he would often rave about Wee Nam Kee as the #1 place for Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore.
A lot of P&Gers love Wee Nam Kee, and I'm not surprised that a former P&Ger, Linfred, got the Manila franchise for it. Way to go!
Wee Nam Kee (Singapore) Hainanese Chicken Rice (SG$8) and Plain Rice (SG$1).
The chicken in the chicken rice can either be steamed or roasted. The roasted is the best seller and is indeed a unique signature dish of WNK. The meat is tender, tasty and a bit fatty. They have the best flavorful chicken rice, too. :)
But the best part of the Wee Nam Kee experience in Singapore is the unlimited serving of garlic ginger, chili, soy and jalapeno sauce I like the fact that it is served home-style and has that freshly-created look.
In Manila, restaurants would serve these in the tiniest portions in little saucers. And if you order additional sauce, they would usually give you "the look".
I'm excited for the opening of Wee Nam Kee in Manila on November 15, Monday! I heard from Linfred that they imported one of the actual chefs (who cooks in Singapore) to be the main chef here in Manila. Wee!
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: Linfred is a friend from my P&G days.
P.S. I'm organizing a SecretResto.com foodie event one day before Wee Nam Kee opens. I'll be sending the invite tomorrow in Facebook. Let me know if you want to reserve/pay for your slots before I open the invite to other foodies. :) Here is the info:
SecretResto.com invites you to experience for the first time:
Wee Nam Kee - The Best Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice now in Manila!
Date: November 14, 2010, Sunday
Venue: Ayala Triangle Gardens
Open to all Foodies who would like to welcome Wee Nam Kee to the Philippines :)
Please join me as we get to taste Wee Nam Kee in Manila for the first time.
Yes, this is also an anticipated celebration of Pacquiao's win vs. Margarito. :) Join us!
Wee Nam Kee Menu:
1. Steamed and Roasted Chicken Combination + Chicken Rice
2. Cereal Prawns (2 prawns per pax)
3. Choice of Vegetable (either Dou Miao in Oyster Sauce or Sambal Kangkong)
4. Choice of Drink: Lime Juice or Barley
Price: P350 per head
Table Arrangement: 8 pax/table (please specify if you want to reserve a table)
Maximum Number of Foodies: 50
Reservations are now closed. We already have 100+ foodies reserved for 5-7pm and 7.30-9.30pm time slot. Thanks for all the support and we will share with you the experience in OAP blog.
To reserve your slots, please email email@example.com with the following:
Subject: Wee Nam Kee Manila, Wee!
Other details: Your Full Name, contact info, and number of slots you'd like to reserve
I will send you the payment details. Please pay immediately to confirm your slots.