Hainanese Chicken Rice: From Wenchang to the World
The story of Hainanese chicken rice is one of resilience and adaptability of Hainanese immigrants as well as quiet determination to preserve their culture. As the name of the dish alludes, Hainanese chicken rice has its roots in Hainan Island, specifically in Wenchang （文昌） county on the northeast coast of Hainanese Island. Most Hainanese migrants in Southeast Asia came from Wenchang.
Thai Hainanese chicken rice
In Thailand, where the dish is known as Khao Man Gai (ข้าวมันไก่), the chicken and rice are prepared and served like it is on Hainan Island.
Poached chicken with “jelly” under the skin
e poached chicken is dunked in cold or iced water to prevent overcooking by residual heat
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