There are two reasons to make a comforting food: You or one of the people you live with is sick or the weather outside from your cosy flat is just ugly and cold. Like yesterday: A wet day outside and a miserable working day. Or you might have encountered a Singaporean specialty: Singapore rice with chicken and a wonderfull light but fully flavoured chicken broth.
The first time, I do think, I had it as well as the Duck Noodles just on another day for our ‘breakfast at lunch time’. When you are on holidays in Thailand you normally do not get up before lunch time – depending on how long the night before was.
Our normal way with the Singapore Chicken would be: We would get in Patong Beach on the second road parallel to the beach and would be there around 1pm. Our friend Sugar works just in a travel office besides the restaurant and if he has time we would be happy to talk some chit-chat or some serious talks about the evening before.
The order here is even still faster than the duck noodles: You can have Singapore Chicken or some roasted or grilled pork. The water bottles are on the table and the waiters bring you some glass and ice cubes or coke or whatever you ordered besides your Singapore Chicken. They put Thai (a bit smaller then our European ones) spring onions and coriander leaves on the table and short time after that you will get the Singapore Chicken (with skin or without) with rice and some cucumber cut in half and thin pieces. They are also bringing for each of us a freshly made dark and thick sweet soy sauce, mixed with cured bean paste and small cut chilli in it!
And together comes the broth in which the chickens have been cooked in and some parts of bones or joints are still in this wonderful broth. And while the Thai people do not bother to slurp the broth with their spoon and leave the other things in the bowl – when they are finished they have really a true smile of their faces. If your partner can do the trick and cook a Singapore Chicken for your, leave the most of the broth until then, to hold the best up until the end.
And if you are really sick and your stomach can not keep anything, this is a real treat to begin with and you will understand why most Thai people in a simple restaurant slurp there broth in: You really feel much better when you realised this is the first meal in days that does not go down the drain but makes you happy because you could keep it.