Ricky’s Chicken Rice, Adelaide CBD

ADELAIDE | Walking to lunch during my last Saturday in Adelaide, I decided to pop into the Adelaide Central Market in Chinatown for a wander. While there, I popped into the food court to see what was there. I’ve got a rule that some of the best food in a city can be found in market food courts, and Adelaide is no exception.

I spotted Ricky’s Chicken Rice, a place that’s been serving up authentic Hainanese chicken rice to the people of Adelaide for 12 years. The restaurant’s namesake, Ricky Chau, sold up early on, but the restaurant has been in good hands in the decade since. Owners Anne Feng and Allen Kim run a Ricky’s in North Adelaide, while Feng’s mum keeps things running smoothly at the Chinatown original.

I went for a serve of their signature soy sauce chicken rice and want disappointed. Tender, flavoursome steamed chicken, check. Delicious, fragrant rice, check. All of the condiments, check.

There’s nothing quite like the classics done right eh? And with that, I left the markets and continued walking towards lunch 2.0, taking the scenic route and getting in some street photography and street art, to work that appetite back up.

Ricky’s Chicken Rice (Chinatown)

Shop 5, 61-63 Grote Street
South Australia 5000

Telephone: (08) 8212 3288
E-mail: n/a

Sat – Thu: 11:00pm to 5:30pm
Fri: 11:00am to 9:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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