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Opinion: This is Burnaby’s perfect takeout dish amid COVID-19 restaurant restrictions

With in-person dining banned, here's a takeout dish that travels better than most
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Hainanese chicken rice.

OK, so provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the call to ban indoor dining in B.C., despite having said repeatedly in the months previous that restaurants were fine.

Sure, well, OK – I guess things have changed.

So, you don’t want to cook and you can’t sit in a restaurant. That means ordering food for delivery or picking something up.

I have the perfect dish and restaurant in Burnaby to choose. The problem with many dishes is that they don’t travel well. By the time they get to you, the food is either cold or it’s gone soggy because it really should be eaten right away.

Pizza always travels well, of course, but I have another suggestion.

It’s the Hainanese chicken rice from Green and Oak on Hastings in Burnaby Heights. The reason is because it’s not served hot – more of a room temperature dish and so it travels exceptionally well.

It is chicken that is steamed and cooked in chicken stock and served at room temperature with chili and ginger dipping sauces.

It’s such a simple dish, but it’s divine. Whether you order white or dark meat, the chicken is ridiculously juicy. The chili sauce is good, but I’m in love with the ginger dipping sauce. The combination is outrageous.

As for the rice, Green & Oak serves rice that is cooked with turmeric, ginger, soup stock and lemongrass. It’s light, fluffy and full of flavour. The dish comes as a set meal that also includes a yummy soup.

We usually toss in an appetizer of roti-canai, which is freshly made Malaysian flatbread with a mild curry dipping sauce.

After eating a lot of different versions of this dish, I’m swooning that the best one is in Burnaby.

DISCLAIMER: I have not been paid by the featured restaurant to write this article. They don’t even know I’m writing about them.

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