I have previously mentioned the sprawling vomit of fried chicken providers that infects the streets of our once fine town. It is amazing, considering the number, how piss poor, pants, and disgusting all of them are.
There is a place to buy nice chicken in Croydon. It’s called Uncle Lim’s. You will find Uncle Lim’s upstairs in the Whitgift Centre. The bit near JJB Sports that is opposite the inside part of WH Smiths. Admittedly not the most picturesque location for a restaurant.
Uncle Lim doesn’t fry his chicken, he boils it in stock. Presuming he cooks in the kitchen may be far-fetched, but I am a romantic, which is necessary if you are to extract any joy from this part of town. I don’t know what else he does to the chicken but it’s clever.
He put’s it on a plate with some deeply savoury chicken rice and the two favourites of the vegetable fruit debate – cucumber and tomato.
You get this dish if you go on the weekend and order Hainan Chicken Rice, I would avoid all the stagnant stuff in trays behind the glass. It just will not be as good.
I have never even eaten Hainan Chicken Rice before so, unlike all the other bloggers in the inter-world, I can’t claim this is the best Hainan Chicken Rice in London.
I can however say this: it is the best chicken lunch in Croydon by a very large distance.
I went back to Uncle Lim’s this weekend and ordered a different special, adventurous me. I ordered Nasi Lemak, a chicken curry served with coconut rice, peanuts, dried anchovies, boiled egg, cucumber and a spicy sambal.
It smelt like dead fish and some of it tasted like very dead fish which is great because I love dead fish.
On a serious note this was dead good, almost as good as the Nasi Lemaks I have eaten in Malaysia and Singapore and stuff.
So that’s another reason to visit Croydon, and the Whitgift centre.
The nitty gritty:
Hainan Chicken Rice costs about 6 quid, is very big, and is only served Friday/Saturday.
Uncle Lim’s, Whitgift Centre, Croydon.