TL;DR – The supply of chicken may be disrupted, but it doesn’t mean that chicken rice is gone completely just yet!
Still craving for some chicken rice? Well, the supply of fresh chicken from Malaysia may have been disrupted, but it doesn’t mean that chicken rice is gone completely just yet!
Here’s some good news for the OG chicken rice fanatics! In its Instagram post, crowd-favourite Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice has shared its estimation that they would have enough fresh chicken to last the week.
After which, they would be rolling out side dishes to complement their signature fragrant rice and chilli.
Just think about it – the nation’s favourite cai fan, but with fragrant rice. What a brilliant innovation!
Don’t chicken out yet
Indeed, with every crisis comes an opportunity. And it seems like Tian Tian is not the only chicken rice stall pivoting to expanding its menu.
Others have also adapted by focusing on what’s still available – frozen chicken – and introducing new items such as fried chicken cutlet in their menu.
Of course, not all is merry and some are still adopting a wait-and-see approach. A key concern that most eateries have is that using frozen chicken may compromise the quality and taste of the food.
At Monga Taiwanese Fried Chicken, for example, the current supply of fresh poultry is expected to last for 10 days. A representative from the company shared that deep-frozen Brazilian chicken is still being currently still being considered as an alternative.
Well, we sure hope that we will still be able to get our fried chicken fix from Monga!
Meanwhile, if you don’t already know, in response to Malaysia’s chicken export ban, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has announced that they are currently working closely with stakeholders in the industry to increase the import of chilled and frozen chicken from other sources.
NTUC FairPrice, Singapore’s largest supermarket chain, also said that it has a stockpile of frozen chicken that can last for about four months, with another two months of supply on the way.