The Big Bird in Balmoral Plaza
Endorsed and frequented by one of Singapore's favourite daughters, pop icon Stefanie Sun, The Big Bird in Newton is one of the city's most popular chicken rice outlets. The chef and owner, Derek
Chen, and his wife Bessie opened the first of their two restaurants in 1998 at Parklane Shopping Centre and expanded a year later into Balmoral Plaza.
The opening followed a decade of experimenting with flavours and techniques, resulting in a unique, fiery style that has taken the city by storm.
The chicken is always thick and tender and unusually it is also served warm. The rice is fragrant and packed full of delicate flavours, with ginger, garlic and pandan being prominent - and then there is the punchy, rich, red chilli sauce. For those who like it hot, it is a match made in culinary heaven!
The Big Bird started out as a humble chicken rice restaurant but today offers a wide selection of other traditional regional dishes. Balmoral Plaza can be found at 271 Bukit Timah Road, around 10 minutes' walk from the Newton MRT station on the Downtown Line.