Everyone should have a Chicken Man! Unless you’re a vegetarian, of course.
When I was a kid and we lived in Brazil, we had a Chicken Lady. This lady would bring fresh chicken to our doorstep and mom would buy what we needed for a few days. I remember her vivivdly. Her name was Dona Tai (sp) and she probably made a pretty penny selling to all the “rich Americans”. We found out later that she was actually very wealthy herself and my family was invited to her beautiful house out in the country. She sold chickens to us “rich Americans” because she wanted to get to know us. I thought that was cool. My parents became good friends with her and her husband.
So when we moved to Singapore, some new friends at church invited us to dinner and she shared with me the contact info for The Chicken Man. Once we moved into our own place, I called him and placed my first order for delivery to my door. Delivery is a huge help in Singapore. The minimum order is $50 SGD and at that time included about 15 boneless, skinless butterfly chicken breasts. I think his prices have gone up just a little but it’s not that noticeable. Later I ordered some whole chickens and leg quarters for a really good price. My latest order at the time of this post was 10 chicken breasts and 10 leg quarters (whole legs) for $43 SGD and it’s alot of meat. A whole chicken is about $8 SGD. He’ll bring you all the “yucky stuff” or he’ll just bring the chicken. I just get the chicken. He laughed at me when I ordered the whole chickens and asked him to take all the “yucky stuff” out of the middle. American chicken.
I was nervous when I first called but was relieved to find out he spoke English really well. Then when they delivered, he was so kind and I have really enjoyed getting to know him and his wife. Now, when I order, I text him and I have fresh chicken at my door the next day between 12-1pm.
He tells me the chickens are fresh from Malaysia each day and that he cuts them up and delivers fresh between 12-1pm. He will not deliver later because they won’t be fresh and you must order one day in advance so they will be fresh. The nice thing about getting fresh meat is that most meat you buy in the stores here has already been frozen during import and thawed to sell. You either have to cook it and refreeze it or eat it within 3 days. Getting fresh chicken allows me to put it in my freezer and have it for when I need it.
They can get free range chicken but only offer the whole chicken. It is more expensive for less chicken but they can get it.
I am so thankful for the Chicken Man and his wife. They are really sweet people and I hope to get to know them better over the next couple of years. We will miss a lot about Singapore when we go but this chicken will be high up on our list of things we miss most.
If you live in Singapore and you eat chicken, give him a call and try it out. I think you’ll be happy with the results.
Mr. Wee and Lorna
+65 9139 2189
P.S. They are usually closed on Mondays and for a couple of weeks during Chinese New Year.