Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice - A Michelin Bib Gourmand Thai-version Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore

If you have tried the Singapore-version Hainanese Chicken Rice, why not try the Thai-version tat Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice? 

Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice in Bangkok was awarded the Bib Gourmand. The Bib Gourmand Category was granted by MICHELIN's inspectors to the addresses that offer diners very good value for money, with a complete and high quality menu priced at a maximum of S$45. In 2018, Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice set up numerous outlets in Singapore. 

Steamed Chicken Rice is a common dish in Singapore. You may have dined at famous local brands like Boon Tong Kee, Tong Tong, Sing Ho, 925 Yishun, Tian Tian, and many more. So, how are they different from the Thai-version Hainanese Chicken Rice? 

My immediate response the way it is being prepared. Though they are all steamed chicken, there is still a difference in terms of taste and texture. You can argue that the way the dish is prepared differs between the two countries. 

I always believe that a good steamed chicken is determined by the texture of the breast meat. Tough and dry breast meat means poor preparation. 

We ordered half portion of steamed chicken, coupled with a few additional Thai dishes. When served, you can see the immediate difference. The steamed chicken dish was served with only cucumbers and Chinese parsley. The meat was tight but a little dry, particularly on the breast. Every part of the chicken was lean.  The garlic chilli sauce was extremely spicy and had a rich flavour. Though the steamed chicken is important, the chicken flavoured rice is equally important. The flavoured rice was slightly fragrant with chicken stock but lacks the edge. It lacked the gingerly taste compared to the local version. The texture was a little chewy. (Food rating: 3/5)

Apart of serving chicken rice, Go-Ang also serves Thai food. 

Mango Salad is one of my favourite appetisers whenever I go for Thai food. At Go-Ang, this mango salad was pretty good. The highlight of this dish was its self-roasted peanut bits. The salad was tangy and spicy. The peanut bits gave a nice sweetness and texture. (Food rating: 3/5)
The Fried Tofu with Sweet and Sour Chilli was pretty good. The tofu was beautifully fried to perfection - golden brown crust with soft tofu inside. The sweet and sour chilli was good as well. (Food rating: 3/5)

The onion omelette, though looked beautiful and fluffy, lacked the fragrance from the wok (锅气) and more importantly, the sweetness from the onions. The onions tasted raw and lacked taste. (Food rating: 1/5)  

Seafood Tom Yam Soup was rich with seafood but lacked taste. Tom Yam soup is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with its fragrant spices and herbs. This soup was more spicy than sour and fragrant. It was hot, hot and hot. To be frank, even a Mala Hot Pot which is very spicy had nice fragrance from the spices and herbs. (Food rating: 1/5)

The saving grace was its Red Ruby  in Coconut Cream. The water chestnut in the red ruby balls were very extravagrant. The coconut cream was fragrant with the nice aroma. Most patrons would narrow down and try its chicken rice and may not notice its desserts. Frankly, the desserts from Go-Ang are much better than its other dishes shared above. 

Perhaps you may want to consider ordering its desserts, not its main dishes. Based on Michelin's bib gourmand's criteria, the chicken rice may be a little value for money when dining in air-conditioned malls. I am sure that you will also agree that the ones in the food centres such as Tong Tong or 925 Yishun are much better than Go-Ang in terms of texture, taste, fragrance and more importantly, value for money. 

By the way, it is halal-certified. 

Address: VivoCity, #B2-30, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Price: $$ (Total damages <S$70)
Food rating: 2.5/5
Recommended dish(es): Red Ruby Coconut Cream