The self-service eatery has three different ways to order. For contactless orders, scan the QR code provided per dish and order via the online menu or use a self-service machine. There is also a counter where you can order via the staff. Your food must be collected at a designated station.
Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice at The Hainan Story
This Hainanese chicken rice brand which originated in Novena in 1987 needs no introduction. It currently has six outlets islandwide. The signature Chicken Rice ($5.20) is served with chicken simmered in premium chicken bone stock and rice cooked with chicken stock and oil which has been infused with pandan leaves, garlic and ginger. We kinda prefer their roast chicken, though. Or opt for their signature Dumpling Noodles ($5.80).
Ah Chiang’s Porridge at The Hainan Story
This thick gooey porridge has been around for almost fifty years. It’s owned by 73-year-old Mr Chiang who is chef-owner of the three-outlet eatery. A must-try is the Mixed Pork Porridge ($9.50) that comes with handmade pork balls, sliced pork meat, pig intestines and you tiao.
The Hainan Story
This stall serves thick, fluffy toast smeared with Homemade Gula Melaka Kaya & Cold Butter ($1.80), or a unique crunchy Rojak & Peanut Butter Spread ($2) made with tamarind paste, peanuts and gula melaka. Pair your toast with a cup of coffee – Kopi C ($2) or Kopi O ($1.60).
The Hainan Story also serves savoury dishes like Ah Kor’s Hainanese Lamb Stew made with spare ribs, tau kee beancurd, black fungus, carrot and broccoli. Pair with rice ($11.80) or crispy noodles ($12.80).
Newspaper Curry Rice at The Hainan Story
Hainanese curry rice was believed to have been created in Singapore by Hainanese settlers. The curry rice is a combination of pork chop inspired by British cuisine, paired with curry chicken, chap chye, babi pongteh from the Peranakans. The star dish here is Mama Wee’s Hainanese Curry Chicken Drumsticks Set ($7.80). Or choose Mama Wee’s Hainanese ‘Kou Rou’ Set ($8.80) which has braised pork belly instead of chicken. Their sets include rice, prawn crackers, sambal tempeh, sambal belacan, veg and egg.
Uncle Robert Western at The Hainan Story
Uncle Robert Western serves British cuisine with a Hainanese twist. There’s Old English Oxtail Stew ($18.80) that’s been braised over three hours with fresh tomatoes, spices and onions. It’s paired with mashed potatoes. Another signature is the 1980’s Hainanese Fried Pork Cutlet Coated with Potato Chips Crumbs ($14.80).