A popular dish from Southeast China, Hainan chicken has become ubiquitous in Southeast Asia and many parts of the United States. The dish includes chicken steamed with scallions, sesame oil, and fresh ginger over rice seasoned with peanut oil, shallots, and chicken broth. Several different sauces may accompany the dish, depending on the restaurant. The most common sauce ingredients include soy sauce, garlic, scallions, and/or chili oil.
In Los Angeles, Savoy Kitchen serves perhaps the best rendition of Hainan chicken, which comes on the bone and with three different dipping sauces. Tasty Choice is also known for its Hainan chicken. The restaurant offers a huge serving size complemented by pickled vegetables and a braised egg.
For the most visually appealing Hainan chicken, diners should go to Green Zone, an organic Asian fusion restaurant. The dark, boneless meat is from organic chicken, and the rice comes spiked with a deep lemongrass flavor. Tasty Garden, a Hong Kong-style cafe, serves a very simple version of Hainan chicken that explodes with flavor, especially when diners use the minced garlic and scallion condiment served on the side.