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Allston Is Getting a Singaporean Chicken and Rice Restaurant This Month

Chic Chick will open toward the end of March, serving Hainanese chicken rice

Overhead view of Hainanese chicken rice with a variety of sauces and ingredients next to the plate.
Chic Chick’s Hainanese chicken rice
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A Singaporean chicken and rice restaurant is set to open soon in the space currently occupied by Iron Kitchen at 164 Brighton Ave. in Allston: Chic Chick plans to open in the third week of March, according to a representative of the new restaurant.

Chic Chick is under the same ownership as Iron Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant that opened in 2016, but the conversion to Chic Chick will include new management.

Chic Chick will specialize in Hainanese chicken rice, which is typical of both Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine — especially at street markets in those countries — and originated with emigrants from Hainan in South China. The chicken is poached, while the rice is cooked in the poaching liquid. It is typically served with a chile-garlic sauce on the side, though Chic Chick will offer three sauces: soy sauce, ginger sauce, and scallion-garlic sauce.

“The goal was to bring delicious Singaporean food to the Boston area, so people can experience the wonderful taste of this local Hainan food,” said the Chic Chick representative. “People are becoming much more conscious of eating healthy and want dishes with less oil and more fresh ingredients.”

Chic Chick will also offer a variety of teas, including tea lattes.

The forthcoming restaurant isn’t the only upcoming arrival to feature the popular Southeast Asian dish; Hen Chicken Rice is aiming for an April 2020 opening in Somerville’s Union Square, featuring khao man gai, the Thai variation on Hainanese chicken rice.

Keep an eye on social media for the arrival of both chicken and rice spots this spring: Chic Chick, Hen Chicken Rice.

Update, 2 p.m.: This story has been updated to clarify the relationship between Iron Kitchen and Chic Chick.

Chic Chick

164 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 02134