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šHainan Jeefan
Shokudo/
Azabu-Juban:
Singaporean
₯5474-3200
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Hainanese chicken
rice is extremely
popular in Singapore
- it's practically
the national dish -
and it's also the
inspiration for this
chic little cafete-
ria in the shadow of
Roppongi Hills. The
dish is built around
a very fragrant,
intensely flavored
jasmine rice, and
the aromas of this
steaming rice hit
you as soon as you
walk through the
door here, permeat-
ing the small dining
room.

The paper placemats
on each table in-
clude a recipe for
Hainanese chicken
and detailed in-
structions for eat-
ing it. You get a
good-sized portion
of steamed chicken,
tender enough to cut
with the side of
your fork; a big
heap of herb-infused
jasmine rice (re-
fills are free); a
peppery but other-
wise plain cup of
chicken broth; and
crunchy pickles.
You're also served
dollops of three
very different
sauces - a sweetish
Thai-style chili
sauce, ginger sauce,
and a thick, dark
soy sauce.

The idea is to mix a
bite of chicken,
rice, and one or
more of the sauces
in your spoon and
then eat it all
together, with sips
of chicken broth
between bites. We're
not sure how this
place would rate in
Singapore (we sus-
pect that the chili
sauce might be
underwhelming for
that town), but here
in Tokyo it's worth
a visit for the
jasmine rice alone.

Lunchtime choices
are limited to
chicken rice plus
one other dish, but
the dinner menu
includes a number of
curries and spicy
stews from various
points in Southeast
Asia. They're listed
on the menu with
helpful little pep-
per icons to tell
you how spicy they
are, ranked accord-
ing to a three-pep-
per scale. We tried
one of several Sin-
gaporean seafood
stir-fries, and the
garlicky, peppery
sauce packed a good
punch, although the
shrimps were disap-
pointingly bland.
Much more successful
was the laksa lemak
- a popular
Malaysian-style dish
containing thin
noodles in a rich,
spicy, creamy, thick
red soup, along with
bean sprouts, fried
tofu, clams, hard-
boiled eggs and
more.

The interior is
pleasant and simply
decorated - dark
wood chairs and
tables, white tile
floor and white
stucco walls. (At
lunchtime we noticed
a lot of well-
dressed women wear-
ing black, and they
fit in perfectly
with the decor.) The
service was unusual-
ly friendly and
enthusiastic. The
drinks menu includes
French wines for
some reason, along
with Yebisu and
Guinness beers on
tap (a much better
match). The chicken
rice is also avail-
able for take-out in
case you want to
hold a Singaporean
picnic out on your
balcony.
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Minato-ku, Roppon-
gi 6-11-16. [across
the alley from Food
Magazine 24-hour
grocery store, at
the very southern-
most tip of Roppongi
Hills complex]
 Open 11:30am-1:
30, 6-10pm (LO).
Closed 3rd Monday.
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